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Showing his versatility by winning on dry pavement and in the rain earlier this month at Circuit of the Americas, Michael Lewis took both ends of the Pirelli World challenge opening rounds in his GTA No. 41 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Dateline. St. Petersburg, Florida

Circuit. St. Petersburg Street Course

Track Length/Turns. 1.8 mile, 14-turn Temporary Circuit

Round. Pirelli World Challenge, Rounds 3 and 4 of 20

Next Round. Long Beach, California, April 17-19, 2015


Porsche Events.
Pirelli World Challenge
Date. Race 1: Friday, March 27 - GTS Class: 10:15 a.m. ET, Saturday, March 28 - GT/GTA/GT Cup Class: 11:10 a.m. ET
Race 2: Saturday, March 28 - GTS Class: 5:45 p.m. ET, Sunday, March 29 - GT/GTA/GT Cup Class: 10:45 a.m. ET
Race Duration. GTS Class: 50-minutes GT/GTA/GT Cup Class: 1 hour
Classes. GT (Porsche 911 GT3 R), GTA (Porsche 911 GT3 R), GT Cup (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup), GTS (Porsche Cayman S)


Porsche Profile. Event Story Lines.
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Porsche Shows Well in PWC Season-Opener.

Ryan Dalziel, Michael Lewis and Colin Thompson combined for four Porsche wins and six podium-finishes in the Pirelli World Challenge season opener at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) on March 8. Three Porsche drivers either won their class or finished second in the first two rounds of the GT/GTA class. In addition, ten driver/team combinations debuted the new one-make GT Cup class for Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars and two Porsche Cayman S models competed in the GTS class. It was a major weekend with 15 Porsche models on track in the PWC.

Ryan Dalziel (Scotland), in the No. 31 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R, finished second in the GT portion of the GT/GTA/GT Cup race while EFFORT Racing teammate Michael Lewis (Laguna Beach, California) had an even better weekend. The EFFORT Racing/Porsche Young Driver Program scholarship recipient put the No. 41 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 won the GTA class both days. The performance gave Lewis the GTA point lead in his first ever PWC season while Dalziel sits second.

In the first-ever GT Cup class, the top-three held position in both of the weekend's races. Colin Thompson (Doylestown, Pennsylvania), the reigning Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA champion, took his 2015 Bucks County Porsche prepared by Kelly-Moss Motorsport to victory lane in both races. TruSpeed Autosport Porsche driver Sloan Urry (Park City, Utah) and 19 year-old Alec Udell (The Woodlands, Texas) followed suit, mirroring second and third-place finishes in each race. Like Lewis, both Thompson and Urry were participants in the Porsche Young Drivers Academy at Barber Motorsports Park in late 2014.

In the pair of GTS class races, GTSport Racing teammates Jack Baldwin (Marietta, Georgia) and Buz McCall (Boca Raton, Florida) both struggled but are poised for a quick turn-around going into the streets of St. Pete. The temporary street course should better suit the Porsche Cayman's attributes.

This weekend's races - two each for the GT/GTA/GT Cup and GTS - promise the same tight competition as COTA. However, on the first street course of the year, the opportunity to snatch defeat out of the mouth of victory is high. The tight, wall-lined confines of the circuit coupled with a bumpy road surface will challenge every driver from veteran to novice to keep the cars undamaged and fighting for position.


Porsche Point of View.
Jens Walther, President/CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America
"The opening round in Austin was a very good start for all of our customer teams. The street circuit in St. Pete is a different beast than COTA but the Porsche 911 GT3 R, 911 GT3 Cup and the Cayman S are very good platforms for this type of course. With several other street courses remaining on the Pirelli World Challenge schedule, this will be a good indication of where the Porsche teams stand against the competition. It will also be an excellent opportunity for many of our GT Cup customer drivers to experience a street course in the 911 GT3 Cup car for the first time."

Ryan Dalziel, Driver, No. 31 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R, GT class
"I think it goes without saying that I am excited to get the GT3R on the streets of St Pete. When it comes to being fast on a street course, the most important thing is traction off the corners and that's always a strength of the 911. My first race in World Challenge was at St. Pete in 2013 driving a 911 and we won the race. So, coing back here with EFFORT Racing and the 911 GT3R seems like a great combination for success. We have a lot of momentum coming off our double podium at COTA but I look forward to getting Porsche their first overall GT3 R win of 2015."

Jack Baldwin, No. 73 GTSport Racing, Porsche Cayman S, GTS class
"We're looking forward to going back to St. Pete. It's a track that favors the superior handling of the Porsche Cayman. The team has been working really hard since COTA and we're well prepared for the weekend. We've had great success in the past here and, as a track that is such a good place for the Porsche Cayman platform, we hope to make up some ground in the GTS championship."


Where to Watch.
Pirelli World Challenge
Television Race Broadcast:
Sunday, April 5, 5:00 p.m., CBS Sports Network
Re-Air
TBA
Live Race Streaming:
www.WorldChallengeTV.com
Live Timing and Scoring:
http://www.world-challenge.com/liverace


Social Media.
Porsche Cars North America. @Porsche
Porsche North America. @PorscheNARacing
Porsche AG. @PorscheRaces


Race Weekend Schedule. (All times Local - Eastern Time Zone)
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Pirelli World Challenge Practice Test Session 1 - GT/GTA/GT Cup - 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Practice Session 1 - GTS - 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Practice Session 1 - GT/GTA/GT Cup - 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Qualifying Session - GTS - 6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Pirelli World Challenge Race 1 - GTS - 10:15 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. (50-minutes)
Pirelli World Challenge Qualifying - GT/GTA/GT Cup - 5:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Pirelli World Challenge Race 1 - GT/GTA/GT Cup - 11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. (60-minutes)
Pirelli World Challenge Autograph Session - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Race 2 - GTS - 5:45 p.m. - 6:35 p.m. (50-minutes)
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Pirelli World Challenge Race 2 - GT/GTA/GT Cup - 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (60-minutes)


Porsche Entries.
Pirelli World Challenge
GT (1) Porsche 911 GT3 R
No. 31 EFFORT Racing Ryan Dalziel (Scotland)
GT Amateur (GTA)(1) Porsche 911 GT3 R
No. 41 EFFORT Racing Michael Lewis (Laguna Beach, California)
GT Cup (8) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
No. 11 Kelly-Moss Motorsports Colin Thompson (R) (Doylestown, Pennsylvania)
No. 13 ANSA Motorsports Lorenzo Trefethen (R) (Napa, California)
No. 17 GMG Alec Udell (The Woodlands, Texas)
No. 18 TruSpeed Autosport Phill Fogg, Jr. (Portland, Oregon)
No. 77 Phoenix American Motorsports Preston Calvert (R) (Potomac, Maryland)
No. 81 DragonSpeed Victor Gomez (R) (Puerto Rico)
No. 97 Landry Racing Mitch Landry (Lake Charles, Louisiana)
No. 02 TruSpeed Autosport Sloan Urry (Salt Lake, City)
GTS (2) Porsche Cayman S
No. 72 GTSport Racing Buz McCall (Boca Raton, Florida)
No. 73 GTSport Racing Jack Baldwin (Marietta, Georgia)


2014 Images from Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
http://press.porsche.com/media/gallery2/v/photos/motorsports/happenings/2014-+World+Challenge-+St_+Petersburg/

Porsche Cars North America Media Site. http://press.porsche.com/

Porsche North America Race Team Site. http://porscheracingusa.porsche.com/

Porsche Motorsports Media Information. Current news, images and notes relating to Porsche can be found on our press kit. Please contact Dave Engelman or Tom Moore for the latest Porsche Motorsports media kit.


Contacts.
Dave Engelman
Porsche Cars North America
Media Relations Manager - Motorsports and Brand Heritage
Office. 770-290-3617
Mobile. 404-386-4665
dave.engelman@porsche.us

Tom Moore
Motorsports Public Relations Consultant - 911 RSR Programs
Office. 615-778-1614
Mobile. 615-509-5000
tom@darkhorseautosport.com

Andy Schupack
Motorsports Public Relations Consultant - Customer Programs
Office. 401-739-5677
Mobile. 401-741-6980
as@kgpr.com

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