May 30, 2015
Tudor United SportsCar Championship
Atlanta, Georgia, May 30, 2015. Less than 15 days after its world debut, the first two new Porsche 911 GT3 R racecars designed for customer GT3 series around the world have been ordered for North American competition. In fact, following the car’s introduction to much fanfare and media acclaim on May 15 during the famed 24-hour race at Germany’s Nürburgring circuit, the first two orders came to Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) via longtime Porsche preparer Alex Job Racing (AJR). Alex Job placed the orders on behalf of WeatherTech Racing and Team Seattle, while announcing their plans to return to the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship for 2016 - the first to do so.
WeatherTech-owner David MacNeil has signed his name for one of the rear-engine racers for use in 2016. The familiar white and black WeatherTech livery on the No. 22 AJR entry of Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Illinois) and Leh Keen (Atlanta, Georgia) will race in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GT Daytona (GTD) class. Team Seattle owner Gabe Newell, who also uses the Florida-based racing team to prepare his No. 23 GTD class entry for drivers Ian James (Phoenix, Arizona) and Mario Farnbacher (Germany), has laid claim to another 911 GT3 R slated for delivery to these shores.
Porsche 911 GT3 R
Based on the Porsche 911 GT3 RS production sports car, the purpose built 911 GT3 R develops more than 500 horsepower. Special attention has been paid to lightweight design, better aerodynamic efficiency, reducing consumption, improving handling and further optimizing safety as well as lowering service and spare parts costs with the car.
Adopted from its production sibling, the 911 GT3 R features the distinctive double-bubble roof and the lengthened wheelbase, when compared to the previous generation 911 road-going car. This helps balancing weight distribution and helps create predictable handling particularly in fast corners in comparison to the preceding GT3 R. By applying systematic lightweight solutions for the body, add-on parts, and suspension, the engineers significantly optimized the center of gravity position of the GT3 R compared to the earlier model. The lightweight body design of the 911 GT3 RS production sports car featuring intelligent aluminum-steel composite construction has proven to be the ideal basis for the race car. The roof, front cover and fairing, wheel arches, doors, side and tail sections as well as the rear cover are made of particularly light carbon-fiber composite material (CFRP). All windows - and for the first time even the windshield - consist of polycarbonate.
Powering the new 911 GT3 R is a cutting-edge four-liter flat-six unit which is mainly identical to the high-performance production engine of the road-legal 911 GT3 RS. Direct Fuel Injection as well as variable valve timing technology ensure the optimized use of fuel. Moreover, the normally aspirated engine offers significantly better drivability and a broader usable rev range. Power from the rear engine is transferred to the 12.2-inch rear wheels via a Porsche sequential six-speed constant-mesh gearbox. As in the GT road-going models of the 911, the driver changes gears via shift paddles conveniently positioned on the steering wheel.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 R, priced at $495,000 plus transport, import and tax, is expected to make its worldwide racing debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona on January 30-31 in the GTD class. In North America, the car is also eligible to compete in the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) GT and GT Amateur (GTA) classes as well as the newly announced Sprint-X GT Championship for next race season. TUDOR teams can expect delivery late this calendar year while PWC operations will see their first cars early in 2016.
Jens Walther, President/CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America: “Alex Job Racing has been a true leader in North American motorsports with Porsche. Now, with the latest Porsche 911 GT3 R slated to come here to race in 2016, he is set to continue in that position. It is little surprise that longtime Porsche-stalwarts David MacNeil and Gabe Newell have ordered the first Porsche 911 GT3 R for North America in conjunction with Alex. This is a very exciting time for Porsche and racing and it is good to chart the future with people that have so strongly helped define your past.”
Scott Atherton, IMSA President
Alex Job Racing has been a Porsche stalwart for many years, so it’s only fitting that this is the first team to announce plans to field a pair of the breathtaking new Porsche 911 GT3 Rs in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Both the WeatherTech and Team Seattle programs have established themselves as world class over the years, and we expect that will continue for many more years. On behalf of IMSA, I extend my congratulations to Jens Walther, Alex Job, David MacNeil, Gabe Newell and all involved in this fantastic project.
Alex Job, Team Principal, Alex Job Racing: “We have been with Porsche for over 26 years and we are ready to go into the next phase of sport car racing together. David MacNeil and Gabe Newell agreed that the new Porsche was the way to go for the future. This early commitment will give us an opportunity to get familiar with the new car and begin our testing program in early fall.”
David MacNeil, WeatherTech: “The new 911 GT3 R is the evolution of the platform that we have been anticipating. Porsche is committed to keeping the brand at the head of the pack in sports car racing in the U.S. and we are proud to be able to be one of the team’s that is at the forefront of the cars development for competition.”
Gabe Newell, Team Seattle: “I went to the Nürburgring for the reveal of the car three weeks ago. There is a lot of buzz around the car and everyone associated with the development of the 911 GT3 R had nothing but positive things to say. I was most impressed with the driving impressions from the engineering team on how the car is friendly to drive as well as the advancement in power with the 4.0-liter flat-six engine. We are looking forward to debuting the new 911 in competition at Daytona in 2016.”
Alex Job Racing
Alex Job Racing has been at the head of the sports car racing class for 25 years. During that time, the Tavaras, Florida-headquartered team has annually fielded at least one Porsche in major motorsport competition. As one of the most successful teams in sports car racing, AJR has 70 wins (since 1995); including two Rolex 24 GT Class titles in 1999 and 2013. This record is supported by 48 pole positions and 106 podium finishes. The team has won five championships (GT in 2002-2004 and GTC in 2012-2013) complemented by their two GT class wins at Le Mans. The team also boasts ten Sebring 12-hour wins.
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 race cars 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.
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