Motorsport News

January 23, 2017


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Porsche Motorsports Weekly Event Notes: Monday, January 23, 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
 
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: GTLM. 1of 10
Next Round: Sebring 150, Sebring International Raceway, March 18, 2017

Porsche Profile.
Event Story Lines


Time for Your Close-Up 911 RSR. International Race Debut for New Porsche 911 RSR Comes in North America.

The new Porsche 911 RSR celebrates its race debut at the Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona with the 55th running of the sports car classic on January 28-29. The Porsche GT Team, the new name for the official two-car “works” program in North America, tackles the first outing of the year with the pair of 510 hp Porsche 911 RSR racers. The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) class is the most hotly contested sports car racing category in world with factory efforts from BMW, Chevrolet, Ferrari and Ford all involved. With 22 overall and 76 class victories, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in the history of this prestigious race [full event statistics and history can be found in the Porsche Weekly Notes Package No. 3, January 17, 2017.

Six Porsche factory drivers will share the twin 911 RSR's in the twice around the clock classic. The No. 911 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR will be piloted by Patrick Pilet (France), Dirk Werner (Germany) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France). The No. 912 will be rotated through the driving trio of Kévin Estre (France), Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) and Richard Lietz (Austria).

Alongside the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Daytona is the second great long distance classic in international motorsport. The race is contested on the 3.56-mile road course that links the world famous Daytona high banks and tight infield. With such a prestigious pedigree, the race draws competitors from all disciplines and corners of the globe adding to its allure as one of the top motorsport events.

The 911 RSR is a completely new development: the suspension, body structure, aerodynamic concept, engine and transmission have all been designed in Weissach, Germany from scratch. Depending on the size of the restrictor, the motor, which is now positioned in front of the rear axle, puts out approximately 510 hp. Thanks to the larger-for-2017 rear diffuser combined with a top-mounted rear wing, the level of downforce and the aerodynamic efficiency were significantly improved over 2016. The new factory design of the 911 RSR with the basic colors white, red and black has further developed the clear and dynamic design language of Porsche Motorsport.

The first of the 22 outright Porsche victories at Daytona went to Vic Elford, Jochen Neerpasch, Rolf Stommelen, Jo Siffert and Hans Herrmann in 1968 driving a Porsche 907LH (longtail). In the traditionally very competitive GT classes, Porsche has put together a record 76 wins. The most recent win in the GTLM class was in 2014 with Richard Lietz (Austria), Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Patrick Pilet (France) at the wheel of a 911 RSR. Five overall victories in the years 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979 and 1991 as well as a class win in 1972 makes American Hurley Haywood the most successful Porsche pilot at Daytona.

Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Head of Porsche Motorsport.

“The 24 Hours of Daytona is the perfect race to debut our new 911 RSR. Porsche celebrated some of its greatest victories at this fascinating long distance classic, and we're looking forward to showcasing our 100 percent newly developed car to sports car fans in the USA at its maiden outing. Facing the first factory entry of the year against very strong opposition, the Porsche GT Team is hoping that the 911 RSR performs well and has a race without any major problems. We also want our customer teams running our 911 GT3 R to experience a good and successful start into the season.”

Marco Ujhasi, Director GT Factory Motorsports.

“Daytona is the first big race of the year and that alone poses a special challenge. Adding to the suspense this year is that it's the first race outing of our new 911 RSR. We conducted intensive tests over the last few months and gained vital insights. The new driver combinations have already meshed well together. So, in this respect, we're heading to Daytona feeling very confident.”

Patrick Pilet, Driver, No. 911 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR.<

“It's always exciting to contest this race, especially now, of course, with our new car which we've worked hard on developing over the last year. The last time we came to Daytona with a new 911 RSR was in 2014, and we won. Hopefully, that's a good omen.”

Dirk Werner, Driver, No. 911 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR.

“I couldn't have wished for a better race for my first outing as a Porsche works driver. I'm very impressed from what I've seen so far of the 911 RSR. I know how much effort goes into the development of the car and I hope that we can turn those huge efforts into a good result on the racetrack.”

Frédéric Makowiecki , Driver, No. 911 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR.

“TA 24-hour race is something very special for every race driver, but at the same time it's an incredibly exciting task. I'm looking forward to racing in the USA again - and in Daytona, no less, at one of the most important and challenging long distance races in the world.”

Kévin Estre, Driver, No. 912 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR.

“It's always thrilling to start a season with a new car. Daytona is an important venue to establish where we stand, but it also has its quirks. You have to attack right from the start, but you can't afford to take too many risks so that you have a healthy car at the end to fight for victory. I hope we find the best compromise and finish amongst the leaders with our new 911 RSR.”

Laurens Vanthoor, Driver, No. 912 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR.

“To contest my first race as a Porsche factory driver in Daytona is something very special for me. It's a dream come true. I really wanted to compete in the USA and have Kévin alongside me as a teammate - and in fact all my wishes were granted. Now it's up to me to justify that confidence at my first Daytona race by performing well.”

Richard Lietz, Driver, No. 912 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR.

“The successes that Porsche has already celebrated in Daytona are a huge motivation for us all. The new 911 RSR proved to be outstanding during the preparation phase, and we drivers know what it takes to finish at the front of this race.”

Works Men. Porsche Commits Large Contingent of Factory Drivers to Rolex 24.

With eleven factory drivers and one Porsche “Young Professional”, Porsche has the largest contingent of “works” drivers of any manufacturer competing in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Driving for the Porsche GT Team, Patrick Pilet (France), Dirk Werner (Germany) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France) share the cockpit of the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR. Tackling the legendary long distance race at the wheel of the No. 912 racer are Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium), 2016 winner of the FIA GT World Cup and the Intercontinental GT Challenge, as well as Kévin Estre (France) and Richard Lietz (Austria).

In the GT Daytona (GTD) class where the 911 GT3 R is the Porsche of choice, entries fielded by five customer teams bring North America's only factory driver Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California) to the No. 54 CORE autosport entry, Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) in the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports car, Michael Christensen (Denmark) in the Alegra Motorsports 911 GT3 R, Sven Müller (Germany) racing the No. 59 Manthey-Racing machine and Wolf Henzler (Germany) reprising his role at the head of the No. 991 TRG driving effort. Porsche "Young Professional" Matteo Cairoli (Italy) will share the Manthey-Racing No. 59 with Müller.

For Dirk Werner, Laurens Vanthoor and Sven Müller, the 24 Hours of Daytona is their first race as Porsche works drivers.

Top-Three Repeat? Porsche 911 GT3 R Customer Teams Look for Return to Rolex Podium.

In the GT Daytona (GTD) class, customer squads will campaign five Porsche 911 GT3 R, one year after the car made its endurance race debut at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) with a podium finish.

The 911 GT3 R is fitted with the new ultra-modern, four-liter, flat-six engine with direct fuel injection. Porsche had designed the more than 500 hp customer sports racer for worldwide GT3 series on the basis of the 911 GT3 RS production sports car. It is a perfect fit for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship's Pro-Am class.

Patrick Long, Driver, No. 54 CORE autosport Porsche 911 RSR.

“Daytona is a great start to the season. I've contested this race many times, yet I really look forward to it every time. The 911 GT3 R has great aerodynamics and is the ideal car for Daytona. It's good on the straights and under braking. That's critical on this racetrack.”

Jörg Bergmeister, Driver, No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.

“I've won Daytona three times, yet every year I can't wait to race there again. Heading into the new season with such a classic against strong opposition from many different racing series is simply fun.”

Michael Christensen, Driver, No. 28 Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.

“Daytona is a great race and a real highlight to kick off the season. You never really have much time to prepare because the previous season usually finishes late in the year. In this respect, Daytona is always a difficult race. It's a real classic that every race driver definitely wants to win.”

Wolf Henzler, Driver, No. 991 TRG Porsche 911 RSR.

“The 911 GT3 R is a great racing car for customers. I had a lot of fun driving it at Daytona last year. I'm looking forward to contesting the entire season in the USA for my new TRG team and I hope that we achieve a great start into the new season.”

Sven Müller, Driver, No. 59 Manthey-Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R.

“Ever since our tests in early January on this great racetrack, my anticipation has been growing. I can hardly wait for the race to start. I learned a great deal at my first Daytona race last year. I hope I can share these experiences with my teammates and we achieve a good result.”

Matteo Cairoli, Driver, No. 59 Manthey-Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R.

“It's fantastic that Porsche gives me the chance to compete at Daytona. This has been a lifelong dream. It will undoubtedly be one of the most interesting and exciting experiences of my career so far.”

Early Recruit. Alegra Motorsports Signed First Porsche Driver for 55th Rolex 24 in 2007.

College football is well known for its early signees: those star athletes who agree to attend a major university before their senior year of high school. Those scenarios are less common in auto racing but Alegra Motorsports has had its eye on one particular driver for a decade. He would have barely been seen in the revelry of the Rolex 24 At Daytona podium in 2007 when Alegra Motorsports and its founder Carlos de Quesada (Tampa, Florida) pulled his son Michael up on the Daytona International Speedway (DIS) stage among their victory celebration. The two shared a moment during which the father told his son that one day the two of them would share a Porsche in this classic race.

True to his word, and with a talented son whose skill was proven in 2016 by winning the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Gold Cup championship, the de Quesadas are teamed for the first time in the 55th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The father-son combo will be sharing the No. 28 Porsche 911 GT3 R in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship's GT Daytona (GTD) class with an impressive list of Porsche talents. Porsche factory driver Michael Christensen (Denmark) anchors the team along with the 2007 GT class winner and his son. Additionally, Porsche Young Driver Academy graduates Daniel Morad (Toronto, Canada) - who won the 2016 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama Platinum Cup championship - and 2016 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Platinum Cup titlist Jesse Lazare (Montreal, Canada) add to the quintet of talent. This will be the first race for the combination, which is scheduled to compete in each of the four Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup races (Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans).

Carlos de Quesada, Driver/Owner, No. 28 Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.

“Michael has been standing behind the fence for many years. Since he was born we have been bringing him to the races. He has always been looking on, hanging out in the pits wishing he could be in there. Now he is old enough and has done a phenomenal job driving the last two years in IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge so we decided that we would go-ahead and start-up a GTD program to help develop Daniel Morad and Michael. It is going to be very exciting to be able to drive in the car with my son ten years since winning the 24 Hours of Daytona. To try and go for it again with a chance to stand on the podium with Michael is almost more than I could ask for.”

Cayman Mix. Cayman GT4 Clubsport and GT4 Clubsport MR Half the CTSCC GS Grid

The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport debuted in the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) in 2016. The entry-level professional racer narrowly missed winning the GS class championship in its first season but earned four wins and 17 podium finishes in the ten races. Following the worldwide success that includes two one-make series competing in the eastern and western halves of the United States as well as making-up the Silver class of the Ultra94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama, Porsche Motorsport commissioned Manthey Racing to fine-tune the car in late 2016 to meet the international GT4 category rules package. The fruits of those labors, known as the Porsche Cayman GT4 Club MR, comprise five of the ten mid-engined Porsche entries in the series. The remaining five cars are grandfathered versions of last season's car.

The “MR”, short for Manthey-Racing, upgrade qualifies as an SRO-homologized GT4 racing car, thereby allowing it to participate in national and international races in the GT4 category. For 2017, that includes the GS class of the IMSA support series.

The technical highlights of the upgrade package include lightweight elements such as carbon fiber doors, carbon fiber front bonnet, a polycarbonate windscreen and an optional lightweight battery, which reduces the vehicle weight by around 88 pounds. The two-way adjustable race suspension kit with linear bearing and the sway bar with blade adjustment further improve driving dynamics. Performance optimization is rounded off with a rear wing larger than that of the basic vehicle, combined with extended wing brackets.

Through balancing, the grandfathered Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport is expected to be fully competitive with the MR as well as manufacturer entries from Ford, Aston Martin and McLaren scheduled to run this season. The Series' first race of the season, to be held on January 26 at 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course, is the first "endurance" race for the Championship. At four hours it is more than double the length of the mainstay races. A total of 40 cars, 20 in the GS class, will take the green flag at 12:15 p.m. ET of the BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona.

Porsche Protagonist. Jeff Zwart Named to Road Racing Drivers Club Class.

Attempting to pigeonhole Porsche protagonist Jeff Zwart into a category is like trying to catch the rays of the sun glistening off a photo of one of his Pike Peak Hill Climb Porsche 911 specials; it can't be done, not even by Zwart's keen artistic eye. One is better sitting back and enjoying the outcome of the result. All combined, Zwart's multifaceted career has earned the easy-going, Southern California personality a place in the Road Racing Drivers Club (RRDC) membership class of 2016. Zwart and 16 others have been asked to join the prestigious RRDC as “Regular Members”. Another five “Associate Members and three” Honorary Members” were also inducted. All will be inducted into the elite club at a private dinner held in Daytona Beach, Florida later this week.

While never a Porsche factory driver, the Long Beach, California-native is renowned for his prowess on the rally scene, particularly his mastery of the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb where he has won the Invitational Class eight times (1994-'98, 2002, 2010, 2015), all in Porsche 911s. Prior to that, the Art Center College of Design graduate had made himself known in the world of photography shooting for Road & Track magazine. After creating his own production company, Zwart would go on to frame and produce some of the great automotive marketing campaigns of the generation including for Porsche.

In addition to his Pikes Peak success, Zwart co-drove a Porsche Cayenne with Paul Dallenbach at the challenging TransSyberia Rally (Moscow to Mongolia) in 2007, earned the 1990 SCCA Pro Rally Open Class Championship and the 2004 Baja 1000 Challenge Class title.

Head of the Class. Porsche Connections Deep in RRDC.

The Road Racing Drivers Club (RRDC) will be celebrating its 2016 class of inductees at a private banquet this week in Daytona Beach, Florida. The class of 17 Regular Members, five Associate Members and three Honorary Members is ripe with Porsche connections. While most professional road racers have some tie to the German marque, of the 25 announced earlier this month, eight have more than a passing relationship with the brand.

Jonathan Bennett (Charlotte, North Carolina) is the driver/owner of the No. 54 CORE autosport Porsche 911 GT3 R that he will campaign for the full 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona (GTD) season with co-driver Colin Braun (Harrisburg, North Carolina). Beyond its role as the entrant in GTD, CORE autosport is also responsible for the day-to-day operations of the official GT Le Mans (GTLM) class factory entry, the two-car Porsche GT Team, with the Porsche 911 RSR. CORE has held that position since the North American factory program first ran in 2014.

John Fitzpatrick (England) is a legendary figure in 1970s Porsche motorsport folklore. The Brit won the Porsche Cup in 1972, '74 and 1980. He also took a Porsche 935 K3 to the 1980 IMSA GT Championship.

Spencer Pigot (Pasadena, California) is best known as an open wheel racer. However, the young Californian took part in inaugural Porsche Young Driver Academy in 2012 and finished third in the 2013 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama.

Jeff Purner (Birmingham, Alabama) earned the 1985 Skip Barber Racing Series Championship, is the 1990 IMSA Firestone Firehawk GS Champion and was the 1993 Trans-Am Rookie of the Year before moving into racing school instruction and management. Today, Purner oversees the Porsche Sport Driving School at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

Al Unser, Jr. (Henderson, Nevada) is a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner from a legendary motorsports family. He is also a two-time Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona overall winner, both times piloting a Porsche 962 to victory lane.

Jeff Zwart (Long Beach, California) is an eight-time Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Invitational Class winner. Each of Zwart's victories came at the wheel of a road car-based Porsche 911. His career outside of the car includes marketing campaign video creation for Porsche.

Don Kitch (Bellevue, Washington) has 20 years of experience in amateur and profession road racing. Porschephiles will know him best for his instrumental role in the creation of the Team Seattle "Heart of Racing" campaign that entered Porsche 911s with Alex Job Racing generating millions of dollars for children's health related charities.

Walt Czarnecki (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan) is best known for his role as Roger Penske's right hand man. Very often that right-hand was standing beside the “Captain” as Penske Racing campaigned various Porsche products. Most recently, Czarnecki's instrumental role with Penske saw the team campaigning a Porsche-powered Daytona Prototype in GRAND-AM in 2009. Prior to that, Penske ran the Porsche works effort in the American Le Mans Series' LMP2 class with the Porsche RS Spyder.

The Road Racing Drivers Club is a U.S. organization made up of many of the America's and Europe's most successful racing drivers. Members are elected by their peers and include Formula One World Champions, Indianapolis 500 winners, champion sports car drivers and top American amateur road racers. The membership also includes leading industry professionals, race officials, and motorsports journalists who have made significant contributions to the sport.

Jon Bennett, driver/owner, No. 54 CORE autosport Porsche 911 GT3 R.

“"I started this journey in 1992 with a tax refund check and childhood dream to drive racecars. My success is a testament to being creative, never giving up, and the incredible importance of teamwork and sharing success with others along the way.

“Mentored by my good friend and SCCA champion Ray Stone and aiming for legends Mark Donahue and Al Holbert, it is an honor to join those who came before me in the RRDC.”

Porsche Entries at Daytona International Speedway.

Total Car Count. 17 Porsche Motorsport-produced cars are competing at Daytona during the 55th Running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona weekend.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Total Car Count: Seven (7) Porsche entries will be competing in the first round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
GTLM Class - Two (2) Porsche 911 RSR.
No. 911 Porsche GT Team Patrick Pilet (France)/ Dirk Werner (Germany)/ Frédéric Makowiecki (France)
No. 912 Porsche GT Team Kévin Estre (France)/ Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium)/ Richard Lietz (Austria)
 
GTD Class - Five (5) Porsche 911 GT3 R.
No. 28 Alegra Motorsports Michael Christensen (Denmark)/ Daniel Morad (Canada)/ Jesse Lazare (Canada)/ Michael de Quesada (Tampa, Florida) / Carlos de Quesada (Tampa, Florida)
No. 54 CORE autosport Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California)/ Nic Jönsson (Buford, Georgia)/ Jon Bennett (Charlotte, North Carolina)/ Colin Braun (Harrisburg, North Carolina)
No. 59 Manthey-Racing Sven Müller (Germany)/ Matteo Cairoli (Italy)/ Harald Proczyk (Austria)/ Steve Smith (Switzerland)/ Reinhold Renger (Germany)
No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Jörg Bergmeister (Germany)/ Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, California)/ Matthew McMurry (Phoenix, Arizona)
No. 991 TRG No. 991 TRG Wolf Henzler (Germany)/ Jan Heylen (Belgium)/ Derek DeBoer (Ashland, Oregon)/ Santiago Creel (Mexico)/ Tim Pappas (Boston, Massachusetts)
 
IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
Total Car Count: Ten (10) Porsche Motorsport-produced entries will be competing in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Daytona.
 
GS Class - Ten (10)
GT4 Spec - Five (5) Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport
MR Grandfathered GS Spec - Five (5) Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport
No. 4 Team TGM
Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR
Ted Giovanis (Highland, Maryland)/ Guy Cosmo (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)/ Hugh Plumb (Unionville, Pennsylvania)
No. 11 GMG Racing
Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR
Elias Sabo (Newport Beach, California)/ James Sofronas (Villa Park, California)/ Matthew Halliday (Beverly Hills, California)
No. 12 Bodymotion Racing
Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport
Cameron Cassels (Canada)/ Trent Hindman (Wayside, New Jersey)
No. 21 Muehlner Motorsports America
Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport
TBD
No. 28 RS1
Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR
Dillon Machavern (Burlington, Vermont)/ Dylan Murcott (Ancram, New York)
No. 33 CJ Wilson Racing
Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport
No. 33 CJ Wilson Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Till Bechtolsheimer (New York City, New York)/ Marc Miller (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
No. 35 CJ Wilson Racing
Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport
Russell Ward (Seabrook, Texas)/ Damien Faulkner (Ireland)
No. 38 BGB Motorsports
Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR
James Cox (Nokomis, Florida)/ John Tecce (Gladwyne, Pennsylvania)/ David Murry (Atlanta, Georgia)
No. 46 TeamTGM
Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport
Ted Giovanis (Highland, Maryland)/ Guy Cosmo (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)/ Hugh Plumb (Unionville, Pennsylvania)
No. 88 GMG Racing
Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR
Carter Yeung (TBD)/ Andy Lee (Colorado Springs, Colorado)/ Alec Udell (The Woodlands, Texas)


Where to Watch:

All IMSA Series information, audio and live timing and scoring for each on-track session is additionally available on the IMSA App

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Channel/Web Address
Qualifying Broadcast IMSA.tv and IMSA App
Thursday, January 26
3:00 p.m. - 4:40 p.m. ET
Race Broadcast. Live
Saturday, January 28
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET FOX
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. ET FS2
11:00 p.m. - 11:55 p.m. ET FS2
Sunday, January 29
12:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET FS2
12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET FS1
 
Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
Live Qualifying Streaming IMSA.tv and IMSA App
Thursday, January 26
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET
Live Race Video Streaming IMSA.tv and IMSA App
Saturday, January 28
12:05 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. ET
Television Broadcast FS1
February 11, 2017
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Audio Streaming IMSA.tv and IMSA App
Live Timing and Scoring IMSA.tv and IMSA App


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Event Hashtag. #Rolex24
   
Series Hashtag.
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GT3 Cup Challenge Canada. #GT3CAN


Future Porsche Events.

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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