April 5, 2016
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.
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Porsche Motorsports Event Notes. Monday, April 4 2016
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Event. Grand Prix of Long Beach
Dateline. Long Beach, California
Date. Saturday, April 16
Circuit. Long Beach Temporary Street Course
Track Length/Turns. 1.968-miles/11-turns
Race Duration. 1-Hour, 40-mins
Classes. GT Le Mans (GTLM Porsche 911 RSR),
Round. GTLM. Three of Ten
Next Round. GTLM and GTD. Monterey Grand Prix, May 1
Pirelli World Challenge
Event. Grand Prix of Long Beach
Dateline. Long Beach, California
Date. Sunday, April 17
Circuit. Long Beach Temporary Street Course
Track Length/Turns. 1.968-miles/11-turns
Race Duration. 1-Hour
Classes. GT, GTA, GT Cup
Round. Five of Twenty
Next Round. GT/GTA. Barber Motorsports Park presented by Porsche, April 23-24
Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
Next Round. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, April 30
Porsche Profile. Event Story Lines
Legacy of a Legend. Brumos Porsche Closes Its Door But Not Its Racing Heritage
March 31, 2016 may be a day that won’t make it into any official “History of Porsche” timelines but it is as momentous to North American Porsche lore, particularly in motorsports, as any. Late last year, Brumos Porsche was acquired by the Field Automotive Group and after 56 years, during most of which the Jacksonville, Florida Porsche dealer was heavily involved in sports car racing under the Brumos Racing banner, the Brumos Porsche signs came down, to be replaced by new Porsche Jacksonville signage.
The Brumos story began in 1953 with racing enthusiast Hubert Brundage. Brundage owned a Volkswagen shop called Brundage Motors in Miami Springs. Relocating to Jacksonville to be near the port, he became the sole VW distributor in three states. Brundage continued racing, driving the first Porsche to compete outside of Europe in 1955. Awarded the Porsche distributorship for the Southeast, he named his new operation Brumos, which was his company’s Telex address (BRUndage MOtorS). He drove the first Brumos Racing Porsche at Sebring in 1960, but his life was cut tragically short in a highway accident in 1964.
Peter Gregg, who was a friend of Brundage, purchased the company the following year, retaining the Brumos name for the Porsche dealership. In 1966, Gregg earned his first major sports car race win. When a young Hurley Haywood bested Gregg in a local autocross event, the two became friends. They then teamed to make racing history, leaving their marque in the world of sports car racing in the 1970’s. The Brumos name became known around the world in the process. Haywood would eventually rise to become a Brumos Vice President all while earning ten major endurance victories in his remarkable career, including five Daytona 24 Hour and three 24 Hours of Le Mans wins, as well as two victories at the 12 Hours of Sebring, many of which came at the wheel of a Brumos Porsche. After Gregg’s death in 1980, his widow, Deborah, assumed ownership and kept Brumos Racing in operation.
Bob Snodgrass, a General Manager for Gregg, joined with Jacksonville businessman and racing enthusiast Dan Davis to purchase the company in 1990. The pair focused the dealership’s mission on its racing heritage. Snodgrass believed that Porsche racing was the foundation of the company’s sales, service and marketing concepts, and the racing history with Porsche was ingrained in all that Brumos did.
In 1991, Haywood won his fifth Rolex 24 at Daytona, followed by SuperCar Championship titles. Snodgrass was also instrumental in founding the GRAND-AM Rolex Series in 2003. He supported it fully by debuting a pair of Brumos Porsche Fabcar prototypes. Following Snodgrass’ unexpected death in 2007, Davis continued his support, never missing a race. Two years after Brumos Porsche’s victory at the 2009 Rolex 24, Davis returned race operations to Jacksonville. Deciding to ‘race what we sell’, a No. 59 Brumos Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car made its debut in the GT Class in 2011, and won the GRAND-AM Rolex Series GT championship that same year.
Hurley Haywood, Legendary Porsche Driver and Brumos Porsche VP:
“March 31st marked the last day of operation for Brumos, closing a chapter that has lasted for over 50 years. Peter Gregg purchased the company from the Brundage family in the mid-‘60’s, and I first met him in 1967. I began racing with him in 1969 and have been associated with Brumos ever since. As a brand, Brumos is iconic and has become known all around the world. Our fame originally came from racing. The success Peter and I had in the 1970’s and ‘80’s racing Porsches put us on the map, but all of the automotive brands we’ve sold have benefited from that success. Following Peter’s death in early 1980, Dan Davis and Bob Snodgrass assumed ownership and we reactivated our racing program in 1991. We continued racing over the years, and whether in Daytona Prototypes or GT cars, Brumos has always been one of the premier teams on the motor racing circuit. We also did some things that were unique through our Porsche store. In 1985, we started a driving program for our Porsche buyers, something no other dealer in the world has ever done. It was a very successful program, but, unfortunately, it will now be a thing of the past.
It’s really bittersweet for me - Brumos has been my home for 50 years - I’ve lived and breathed Brumos. I will be staying on with the new ownership, acting as a bridge between our current customers and PCNA. So, it is not really saying goodbye, the framework is still in place and a lot of our employees are staying on. The biggest change is that we will lose the Brumos name. That name is something I feel is pretty damn special, so that is the hardest part for me.”
Returning Hero. Michael Lewis Headlines at Long Beach Media Day Promoting Upcoming Race.
EFFORT Racing’s Michael Lewis returns home for the next round of the Pirelli World Challenge at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. Before the most recent GT class pole position and race winner can work on continuing his string to three straight victories in Lewis will take part in an April 14 media kick-off luncheon at the track. Lewis competes with the No. 41 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R, alongside teammate Factory Driver Patrick Long, also of southern California, who has already driven the No. 31 Porsche 911 GT3 R to a victory in 2016.
Now That Is (Air) Cool. Patrick Long’s Luftgekühlt Happens April 10
In three short years, Luftgekühlt has grown from a niche gathering of purists dedicated to air-cooled Porsches to a culture all its own. On April 10, the brainchild of North America’s only Porsche factory driver Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California) and Southern California creative director Howie Idelson will bring together the pre-water-cooled machines (1948-1998) of the German brand to celebrate the foundations of Porsche road and racing history. The massive gathering will happen at the headquarters and factory of modern furniture manufacturer and designer, Modernica, south of downtown Los Angeles (2891 Saco Street in Vernon, California).
Every bit a cultural event as an automotive one, Luftgekühlt™ will have live music and food but the focus remains the cars, which founded the Porsche principle of “form follows function”. Porsches dating back to the founding of the company and its pre-356 cars through to the last iteration of an air-cooled Porsche, the type 993 Porsche 911 in 1998, will be represented. Learn more at http://luftgekuhlt.net, on Twitter at @Luftgekulht and #luftauto .
The Club Scene. Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport
The Cayman GT4 Clubsport, based on the road-going Cayman GT4, debuted around the world this year as Porsche’s “club” racing entry. While it also offers an excellent mid-engine platform for more professional series such as the IMSA Continental Sports Car Challenge GS class - where it got its first race global race win at Sebring in March - the “club racer” remains the prime target of the new racecar. Two North American series have fully embraced the concept and immediately brought the cars under their competition banners.
The Cayman GT4 Clubsport made its club racing debut in the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA championship at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), March 12-13, with 14 examples of the all-new offering from Porsche Motorsport making up the new “Silver” class in Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA competition.
Kevin Woods scored the inaugural Silver Class victory for BR Racing, with Keith Jensen taking the Silver Class race-two victory on Sunday for Nolasport.
Organized by Competent Motorsport, 2016 marks the 10th anniversary season for Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA, which will feature races at The Thermal Club, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Sonoma Raceway, Utah Motorsports Campus, and Circuit of the Americas. Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2016 Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy will take place at The Thermal Club, outside of Palm Springs in Thermal, CA on April 8-10.
Meanwhile, on the East coast, Porsche Club of America (PCA) added another chapter to its long history on April 1-3 at Road Atlanta. The weekend marked the debut of the PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East.
Drivers competed in a separate group within the traditional PCA Club Racing weekend hosted by the Peachstate PCA Club, in the new, track-only Cayman GT4 Clubsport race car. The 385-horsepower, mid-engine racer features a sealed engine, modified for racing PDK transmission and a spec Pirelli tire.
Over 20 drivers raced the first weekend of the championship on the 2.54-mile, 12-turn circuit throughout the weekend. The event featured three races in an exciting, varied format. The kickoff event was a 30-minute, non-points race. The second and third races both counted for championship points and lasted 30 and 80 minutes, respectively. Jason Hart led from flag to flag in both of Saturday’s races - which had no yellow flags in either event - to claim the dual victories in the No. 47 NOLAsport Cayman GT4 Clubsport. Frank Selldorff of the Northeast PCA Region and his co-driver, Andrew Davis, took the victory in the final race, the 80-minute endurance event, in the No. 65 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport on Sunday.
The PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series highlights the spirit of PCA Club Racing and the skills of its drivers at iconic road racing venues east of the Rocky Mountains. The series along with the Cayman GT4 Clubsport provides a bridge for Porsche racers to climb to the professional ranks through this semi-professional racing series. Additional events will be held at NOLA Motorsports Park, Watkins Glen International, VIRginia Motorsports Park, Road America and Daytona International Speedway. You can follow it on Twitter at @CaymanGT4CSEast.
Bob Faieta, Team Principal, Competition Motorsports.
“The first Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA weekend (at Circuit of the Americas) was a great first weekend out for our Clubsport GT4 customers. The Clubsport GT4 really delivers what our customers are looking for and I think that Porsche has another big hit on their hands. The car is a perfect way for guys to get into the sport. With the handling and the brakes that this car has, it is very well behaved and that good balance gives you confidence. Everyone is really excited about the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA season and having this new Clubsport is a big part of that.”
Vicki Earnshaw, PCA Club Racing chair.
"We have enjoyed a tremendous first weekend. From the terrific new racecar to all of our fantastic drivers, our series is off to a great start. This car has opened doors for PCA Club Racing and drivers wishing to take the next step. This strong opening event is the result of a lot of hard work and collaboration between Porsche Motorsport, Porsche Cars North America and the Porsche Club of America. We're very excited for the rest of the season and the future."
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Marks New Season with Greater Viewing Opportunities.
April 15th will mark the start of the new season for the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany. For the 27th year, Germany’s fastest one-make series, teams and drivers will fight for championship honors. This year’s grid lineup, which will include both Carrera Cup Porsche Junior Drivers, Sven Müller (D/24) and Dennis Olsen (N/19), will enjoy an even larger audience. The long-established brand trophy series, with the 460 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup taking center stage, has the benefit of an even more extensive television and media package in 2016.
Porsche has also expanded the range of live-streaming opportunities: Fans can follow the races on a computer, tablet or Smartphone via porsche.de/carreracup, n-tv.de and sport1.de as well as carrera-cup.de.
2016 Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland calendar.
4-17-2016 Oschersleben (Races 1&2)
5-8-2016 Hockenheim (Races 3&4)
5-22-2016 Spielberg/Austria (Races 5&6)
6-5-2016 Lausitzring (Races 7&8)
6-26-2016 Norisring (Races 9&10)
7-17-2016 Zandvoort/Netherlands (Races 11&12)
9-11-2016 Nürburgring (Races 13&14)
10-16-2016 Hockenheim II (Races 15&16)
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