Motorsport News

February 22, 2016


Dear Journalist:

Early each week, Porsche Cars North America will provide a weekend summary or pre-race event notes package, covering the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Pirelli World Challenge (PWC), the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) or other areas of interest from the world of Porsche Motorsport. Please utilize this resource as needed, and do not hesitate to contact us for additional information.

- Porsche Cars North America Motorsports Public Relations Team

Porsche Motorsports Event Notes. Monday, February 22 2016

Porsche Profile. Event Story Lines

Three 2015 Manufacturer Titles Highlight Historic Porsche Success in North American Sports Car Racing

The France-Bishop Trophy, awarded to the season-long class winners of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, carries the names of the nearly 300 previous titleholders. Of those, Porsche has been directly associated with 92 titles in North America's highest sports car racing accolade. While impressive in and of itself, the championship tally is a testimony to Porsche's longevity and commitment to the sport.

The names engraved on the impressive trophy's base read like a virtual who's-who in Porsche motorsport history. In International Motorsports Association's (IMSA) inaugural iteration from 1971 to 1998, Porsche drivers earned 21 championships including Hurley Haywood (1971, '72 and '92), Peter Gregg (1973-'75, 1978-'79), Al Holbert (1985-'86), Hans Stuck (1992-'93) and Larry Schumacher (1996-'98). In addition, Porsche captured 23 manufacturer titles in that time span including every year from 1971-1983. Some of the greatest Porsche racecars of all-time helped achieve the impressive list including multiple Porsche 911-based racers in addition to the legendary 935 and the marque of the 1980s, the Porsche 962.

From 1999-2013, the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and GRAND-AM Rolex Series each ran competing championships. Porsche was well represented in each. Six GRAND-AM manufacturer titles (2000, 2003-'05, '07 and '09) and six driver titles in the hands of pilots like Darren Law, Craig Stanton, Andy Lally, Dirk Werner, Leh Keen and Andrew Davis came in the Rolex Series. Success was even more prevalent in ALMS with 13 manufacturer titles across GT class with variants of the Porsche 911 and three LMP2 titles with the Porsche RS Spyder. In 2014, the first year of the "combined" series (then known as the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship) Porsche added four Manufacturer titles.

2015 brought another three titles - GT Le Mans (GTLM) class champions for Manufacturer, Driver - Patrick Pilet (France) and Team. A combination of the two-Porsche 911 RSRs campaigned by the Porsche North America factory effort in GTLM and four customer Porsche 911 GT3 Rs in the GT Daytona (GTD) class are all looking to add to that overall tally in the newly renamed WeatherTech SportsCar Championship by year's end.

World Champion Porsche 919 Hybrid Drive Concept Showcased

For the first time Porsche is showing images of the centerpiece from the Le Mans winning Porsche 919 Hybrid. In 2014, the company entered the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with the most innovative drive concept on the entire grid: a turbocharged four-cylinder combustion engine to drive the rear axle, an exhaust energy recovery system, the latest lithium-ion battery technology for energy storage to serve the e-machine on the front axle, complex hybrid management - Porsche had set new standards in this technically most demanding world championship. In 2015, which was only the second year of competing, the team was rewarded with successes: A one-two result at the Le Mans 24-Hours and the manufacturers' and drivers' World Championship titles.

The engine with a displacement of only two-liters is the most efficient combustion engine Porsche has built to-date. Its compact design has become a trendsetter in the championship and on the road as the new four-cylinder turbo engine for the Porsche 718 Boxster utilizes technology and knowledge from the racing powerplant. Under revised regulations, the electrical energy from the two recovery systems (brake energy from the front axle and exhaust energy), which serve the e-machine on the front axle, combined with the V4 internal combustion engine, bring the Porsche 919 Hybrid's overall power output to approximately 900 hp.

Alexander Hitzinger, Porsche 919 Hybrid, Technical Director: "Right from the beginning we had a brave concept, but it was also the right concept. This is paying off now."

Porsche Upcoming Events.

Pirelli World Challenge
Event. Circuit of the Americas (COTA)
Dateline. Austin, Texas
Date. Saturday-Sunday, March 5-6
Race Duration. Two, 1-Hour Races
Classes. GT, GTA (Porsche 911 GT3 R), GTS (Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport) GT Cup (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup)
Round. One and Two of 11
Next Round. Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Florida Street Course, March 12-13

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Event. Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Sebring International Raceway
Dateline. Sebring, Florida
Date. Saturday, March 19
Race Duration. 12-Hours
Classes. GT Le Mans (GTLM Porsche 911 RSR), GT Daytona (GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R)
Round. GTLM. Two of Ten
GTD. Two of Ten
Next Round. GTLM. Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 16
GTD. Monterey Grand Prix, May 1

Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
Event. Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Sebring International Raceway
Dateline. Sebring, Florida
Date. Friday, March 18
Race Duration. Two Hours, 30-minutes
Class. Grand Sport (GS) (Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport)
Round. Two of Ten
Next Round. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, April 30

Images and Video from the venue.

Porsche Motorsport Video News Releases:
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Photography:
http://press.porsche.com/media/gallery2/v/photos/motorsports/happenings

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
Office. 615-778-1614
Mobile.  615-509-5000
tom@darkhorseautosport.com



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Established in 1984, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA) is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche 918 Spyder, 911, Boxster and Cayman sports cars, the Macan and Cayenne SUVs, and Panamera sports sedans. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia since 1998, PCNA is also home to the first Porsche Experience Center in North America featuring a module-based 1.6 mile driver development track, business center, human performance center, and fine dining restaurant. PCNA employs approximately 300 people who provide parts, service, marketing, and training for 186 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand's 65-plus year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency. PCNA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.

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