April 17, 2015
Tudor United SportsCar Championship, Round 3 of 10, Long Beach, California
Long Beach, California, April 17, 2015. The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship makes its yearly trip to the streets of Southern California this weekend. A 15-minute qualifying session today set the grid for Saturday’s 100-minute Tequila Patrón Sports Car Showcase, the season’s shortest race, at Long Beach. With limited track time at the “granddaddy” of North American street races, only two of the TUDOR Championship’s four classes - Prototype (P) and GT Le Mans (GTLM) - traveled here to contest for the podium finishes tomorrow. The No. 912 Porsche North America entry led all three Porsche 911 RSRs utilizing the most advanced race version of the iconic rear-engine sports car.
Porsche 911 RSR
With the GT Daytona (GTD) class not competing this weekend at Long Beach, the Porsche 911 GT America is not on site, leaving the German marques’ hopes on the shoulders of the Porsche North America factory program and the lone Porsche 911 RSR customer team in the United States, Team Falken Tire. The two works program cars set the quickest times for the seventh-generation 911 in a 15-minute qualifying session on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street course. Richard Lietz (Austria) turned a time of one-minute, 17.932 seconds to lead the Porsche trio. The Austrian’s time was sixth-quickest in class trailing pole-winner Bill Auberlen in a BMW Z4 GTE by a scant 0.664-seconds. Fellow factory driver Patrick Pilet (France) drove the No. 911 Porsche North America RSR to a time of 1:18.185, just behind Lietz in seventh. Braselton, Georgia’s Bryan Sellers was eighth-quick in the Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 RSR with a best lap of 1:18.728.
The Tequila Patrón Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach will take the green flag on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST)/ 7:05 p.m. EST. Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the race from 4-6 p.m. EST on Sunday, April 19. IMSA.com will provide live coverage on Saturday.
GT Le Mans Qualifying Results
1. No. 25 BMW Z4 GTE, Bill Auberlen (USA), 1:17.268
2. No. 24 BMW Z4 GTE, John Edwards (USA), 1:17.516
3. No. 62 Ferrari F458 Italia, Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy), 1:17.709
4. No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, Jan Magnusson (Denmark), 1:17.739
5. No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, Oliver Gavin (UK), 1:17.756
6. No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR, Richard Lietz (Austria), 1:17.932
7. No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR, Patrick Pilet (France), 1:18.185
8. No. 17 Porsche 911 RSR, Bryan Sellers (USA), 1:18.728
About Porsche Motorsport North America Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA), located in Santa Ana, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Porsche AG and the sole sales and service provider for the German sports car maker's North American customer sports programs. Porsche is the largest manufacturer of racecars with a wide range of products from the 911 GT3 Cup car to the ultimate 911 RSR. PMNA sells these models to customer teams in North America and provides them with parts, service and expertise in between races and at the track. The PMNA service truck is a fixture at most race tracks in the U.S. and Canada, staffed by factory engineers to service all of Porsche's customer teams.
About Porsche Cars North America Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga. is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche sports cars, including the Macan and Cayenne SUVs and the Panamera sports sedan. Established in 1984, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and employs approximately 270 people who provide parts, service, marketing and training for 189 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand's 66-year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety, and efficiency. At the core of this success is Porsche's proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000 motorsport wins to date.
At the core of this success is Porsche's proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000-plus motorsport wins to date.
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