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January 17, 2017

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Porsche Motorsports Weekly Event Notes: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Porsche Motorsport Schedule in North America. Upcoming Event.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Event: 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona, Daytona International Speedway
Dateline: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: Thursday - Sunday, January 27-30, 2017
Track Length: 3.56-miles, 12-turn
Race Duration: 24-Hours
Class: GTLM (Porsche 911 RSR)
  GTD (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
Round: GTLM. 1of 11
  GTD. 1 of 12
Next Round: 55th Annual Rolex 24 At Daytona, Daytona International Speedway, January 28-29, 2017

Porsche Profile.
Event Story Lines

Act Like You Have Been There. Porsche History at Daytona Is As Long As the Race.

Since its appearance at the first Daytona Continental race in 1962, Porsche has become the most success manufacturer on the road course at Daytona International Speedway. That legacy continues from the first 24 Hours of Daytona in 1966 to present day with a record 22 overall wins. That first overall win for the German marque came in 1968, the most recent in 2010.

From 1977 to 1987, Porsche compiled 11 consecutive overall wins in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, a manufacturer record. In fact, of the 54 previous races coming up to the January 29-30th "twice around the clock" race; Porsche has taken the overall win 41% of the time. Porsche also holds the record for "one-two" finishes - a Porsche-built entry taking both the top two spots overall - having earned that distinction 12 times. Porsche is also of special note for having the most recent overall victory for a non-prototype entry when TRG took top honors in 2003 with a Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Additionally, the make from Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen holds the record for class victories as well. Porsche has earned 76 class wins beginning with the very first Daytona Continental races - the event held on the 3.56-mile track prior to the creation of the 24-Hour - in 1962 and the first daylong race in 1966. The most recent class victory came with the North American debut of the previous generation 911 RSR in 2014. That record is made of 27 GT class wins, one SGS class and GX class win each.

The bulk of the road car-based titles have come on the shoulders of the iconic Porsche 911. The legendary sports car has amassed 40 overall and class wins at Daytona meaning that when a 911 is in the starting field, it has won 75% of the time. That includes an unprecedented string of 20 straight victories (overall and/or class) from 1966 - 1987. Beyond the Kevin Buckler-led overall win in 2003, a 911 also finished second-overall, winning its class, in 2001 and 2004 against prototype competition. In 2016, the Porsche 911 RSR was quickest qualifier overall, also fighting the thoroughbred prototypes.

Porsche wins include GTX class titles from 1978 - 1981 and GTP victories from 1982 - 1987, 1989 and 1991. Those wins came with the most recognized and successful prototype built in the golden age of GTP, the Porsche 962.

Hurley Haywood was the first man to reach victory lane at Daytona five-times overall (he now shares that distinction with Scott Pruett). All of Haywood's overall wins and a sixth class victory have come at the wheel of a Porsche. Haywood's longtime co-driver and mentor Peter Gregg is tied with the Porsche legend in class victories at six, all but one carrying the German brand's flag.

Driver Race Win Statistics for the Rolex 24 (a majority accomplished in Porsches).

Most Overall Victories.

1. Hurley Haywood, 5 (1991, 1979, 1977, 1975, 1973)
    Scott Pruett, 5 (2013, 2011, 2008, 2007, 1994)
2. Peter Gregg, 4 (1978, 1976, 1975, 1973)
    Rolf Stommelen, 4 (1982, 1980, 1978, 1968)
    Bob Wollek, 4 (1991, 1989, 1985, 1983)
    Pedro Rodriguez, 4 (1971, 1970, 3 hour races in 1964 and 1963)
7. Brian Redman, 3 (1981, 1976, 1970)
    Derek Bell, 3 (1989, 1987, 1986)
    Andy Wallace, 3 (1999, 1998, 1990)
    Butch Leitzinger, 3 (1999, 1997, 1994)
    Juan Pablo Montoya, 2 (2013, 2008, 2007)

Most Consecutive Overall Victories.

1. Peter Gregg, 3 (1973, 1975, 1976 - No Event Held in 1974)
2. Al Holbert, 2 (1986 - 1987)
    Al Unser Jr., 2 (1986 - 1987)
    Derek Bell, 2 (1986 - 1987)
    Hurley Haywood, 2 (1973 and 1975 - No Event Held in 1974)
    Pedro Rodriguez, 2 (1970 - 1971)
    Ken Miles, 2 (1966, 327-lap race in 1965)
    Lloyd Ruby, 2 (1966, 327-lap race in 1965)
    Pedro Rodriguez, 2 (327-lap race in 1964, 3-hour race in 1963)
    Scott Pruett, 2 (2007 - 2008)
    Juan Pablo Montoya, 2 (2007 - 2008)

Most Class Victories.

1. Scott Pruett, 10 (2013, 2011, 2008, 2007, 2002, 1992 - 94, 1988, 1987)
2. Peter Gregg, 6 (1978, 1976, 1975, 1973, 1972, 1968)
    Hurley Haywood, 6 (1991, 1979, 1977, 1975, 1973, 1972)
    Scott Pruett, 6 (2002, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1988, 1987) 3. Hans Herrmann, 4 (1968, 1967, 1966, 1963)
    Pedro Rodriguez, 4 (1971, 1970, 1964, 1963)
    Rolf Stommelen, 4 (1982, 1980, 1978, 1968)
    Amos Johnson, 4 (1988, 1987, 1986, 1985)
    Bob Wollek, 4 (1991, 1989, 1985, 1983)
    Peter Uria, 4 (1993, 1992, 1991, 1990)
    Robby Gordon, 4 (1993, 1992, 1991, 1990)
    Wally Dallenbach Jr., 4 (1993, 1992, 1991, 1985)
    Dick Greer, 4 (2001, 1993, 1992, 1991)
    Andy Wallace, 4 (2003, 1999, 1997, 1990)

911 Legendary. 2013-2016 Porsche 911 Retired But Not Forgotten.

One of the most successful cars of its generation, the Porsche 911 RSR debuted in the FIA World Endurance Championship's LMGTE-Pro class in 2013. It's first victory came with a one-two finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the hands of the Porsche Team Manthey factory program.

The first race for the car in North America followed in early 2014 at the Rolex 24 at Daytona with an IMSA GTLM class victory. The next IMSA event, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, brought a second consecutive victory in the Championship. The car, based on the seventh-generation of the world's most famous sports car, would go on to capture seven titles in North America before being retired by the Porsche North America "works" program at Petit Le Mans, 2016. In 85 entries over multiple teams in three-seasons of IMSA competition, the rear-engine car based would earn ten victories, over 25 podiums and eight pole positions. Uniquely for its time, the car even accomplished taking an overall win at Petit Le Mans in 2015 and the overall quickest qualifying lap for the Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2016.

Internationally, the car also had strong success in both the FIA World Endurance Championship's (WEC) LMGTE-Pro and LMGTE-Am categories. Beyond the inaugural win at Le Mans in 2013, the 911 RSR won two races in 2014 with the factory team. Four Pro victories in 2015 led to three additional titles for the car. GTE-Am wins in 2015 (the car's first year of eligibility in the class) and 2016 brought the total of 911 RSR victories to nine in WEC. Two more wins came in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) in 2015 and 2016 with privateer teams. In total, seven WEC and two ELMS pole positions and 42 podiums - five in the ELMS - attest of the RSR's international and European prowess.

All told, the Porsche 911 RSR captured 21 international-level class victories in its storied career ranking it among Porsche's elite.

One More 24. Porsche Opens the 2017 Season with 24-Hour 911 GT3 R Victory in Dubai.

It was a successful start to the season for the Porsche 911 GT3 R as Porsche opened the 2017 race season with the Dubai 24 Hours. The 500 hp customer sports racer from Weissach, Germany celebrated a one-two overall finish in the Middle-Eastern event that has become the new first event of the season" in recent years. Herberth Motorsport clinched the overall victory at the Dubai Autodrome after taking the lead during the night with Porsche works driver Brendon Hartley (New Zealand) - a regular in the Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) - being joined by customer drivers Robert Renauer, Ralf Bohn, Daniel Allemann and Alfred Renauer. This was Hartley's debut in the GT ranks and his first time racing a 911 in competition. Manthey Racing bettered both Mercedes and Audi to secure the second-place position as well with Porsche works driver Sven Müller (Germany) and Porsche "Young Professional" Matteo Cairoli (Italy) joining Otto Klohs and Jochen Krumbach. Porsche's success at the most important sports car race in the United Arab Emirates was crowned by the French team Imsa Performance, whose 911 GT3 R scored fifth-place with Porsche "Young Professional" Matthieu Jaminet (France). A total of 92 vehicles tackled the event.

In January 2016, the 911 GT3 R celebrated its race debut mounted with the new ultra-modern, four-liter, flat-six engine with direct fuel injection. Porsche had designed the customer sports racer for worldwide GT3 series on the basis of the 911 GT3 RS production sports car. The victory at Dubai is the first for the latest 911 GT3 R at a 24-hour race. The car came close in 2016 with North America's only factory driver, Patrick Long of Manhattan Beach, California, leading the Black Swan team to a second-place result in IMSA's WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD class.

Sascha Pilz, Head of GT Customer Motorsport.<

"I'm very pleased with this outcome of the 911 GT3 R at the start of its second race season and proud of the performance of our customer teams. Once again, the customer vehicle has demonstrated its competitiveness in long distance racing. We can now look forward to the next season highlight; the Rolex 24 in Daytona."

Brendon Hartley, Driver, No. 911 Porsche 911 GT3 R.

"That was a great team effort from Herberth Motorsport. I only met the squad for the first time on Wednesday and I immediately felt at home. My first outing in a GT-Porsche was a great experience and I hope that I'll be back again next year. I love driving the 911 GT3 R on the road and now I've also fallen in love with the racing version."

Sven Müller, Driver, No. 12 Porsche 911 GT3 R.

"To begin my first season as a Porsche works driver on the podium is fantastic. We put in a very strong team performance. Towards the end we had a [tire] puncture so we couldn't fight for victory, but second-place is more than we had expected."

Matteo Cairoli, Driver, No. 12 Porsche 911 GT3 R.

"What a great start to the season. This is my first podium result at a 24-hour race and it makes me want more. Thanks to the entire team for this incredible performance."

Mathieu Jaminet, Driver, No. 76 Porsche 911 GT3 R.

"I'm thrilled with my first 24-hour race. Fifth-place is a great result for us. We didn't make any mistakes and our 911 GT3 R ran faultlessly over the entire distance. A victory, a second and fifth-place for us - that's a fabulous start to the season for Porsche."

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Model Hashtag.
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Series Hashtag.
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GT3 Cup Challenge Canada. #GT3CAN

Future Porsche Events.

IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
Event: BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona, Daytona International Speedway
Dateline: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: Friday, January 27, 2017
Track Length: 3.56-miles, 12-turn
Race Duration: 4-Hours
Class: GS (Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR and Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport)
Round: GS. 1 of 10
Next Round: Sebring 150, Sebring International Raceway, March 18, 2017
Pirelli World Challenge
Event: Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg Street Circuit
Dateline: St. Petersburg, Florida
Date: Saturday-Sunday, March 11th-12th
Track Length: 1.8-miles, 14-turn
Race Duration: Two, 1-Hour Races
Class: GT/GTA (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
  GT Cup (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup)
  GTS (Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR)
Round: GT/GTA. 1 and 2 of 10
  GT Cup. 1 and 2 of 8
  GTS. 1 and 2 of 12
Next Round: Grand Prix of Long Beach, Long Beach Street Circuit, Long Beach, California, April 9, 2017
IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama
Event: 65th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Sebring International Raceway
Dateline: Sebring, Florida
Date: Race 1. Thursday, March 16
  Race 2. Friday, March 17
Track Length: 3.74-miles, 15-turn
Race Duration: Two, 45-minute races
Class: Platinum (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, MY 2017)
  Gold (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, MY 2014-2016))
Round: 1 and 2 of 14
Next Round: Grand Prix of Birmingham, Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama, April 22-23, 2017
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Event: 65th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Sebring International Raceway
Dateline: Sebring, Florida
Date: Saturday, March 18
Track Length: 3.74-miles, 15-turn
Race Duration: 12-Hours
Class: GTLM (Porsche 911 RSR)
  GTD (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
Round: GTLM. 2 of 11
  GTD. 2 of 12
Next Round: Grand Prix of Long Beach, Long Beach Street Circuit, Long Beach, California, April 8, 2017
FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)
Event: The Prologue, Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Dateline: Monza, Italy
Date: Friday - Saturday, March 24-25
Track Length: 3.6-miles, 11-turn
Race Duration: NA
Class: LMP-1 Hybrid (Porsche 919 Hybrid)
  LMGTE-Pro (Porsche 911 RSR, MY 2017)
  LMGTE-Am (Porsche 911 RSR, MY 2016)
Round: Official Pre-Season Test Days
Next Round: Six Hours of Silverstone, Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, England, April 17, 2017

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