Motorsport News

March 28, 2017


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Porsche Motorsports Weekly Event Notes: Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Porsche Motorsport Schedule in North America. Upcoming Event.

FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)
Event: The Prologue, Autódromo Nazionale Monza
Dateline: Monza, Italy
Date: Saturday - Sunday, April 1 - 2
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


Porsche Profile.
Event Story Lines


919 2017. Porsche Presents 919 Hybrid and LMP1 Team in Monza

After test drives on the circuits of Valencia (Spain), Aragon (Spain), Vallelunga (Italy) and Paul Ricard (France), Porsche will officially present the new 919 Hybrid on March 31. The venue for the unveil is the high-speed racetrack in Monza, Italy, set in the famous Royal Park, close to Milan. There, the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) teams will gather for the first time to conduct a joint two-day test on April 1 and 2, better known as the official WEC Prologue.

In both 2015 and 2016, the innovative Le Mans Prototype 919 Hybrid Porsche took overall victory in 24 Hours of Le Mans and won the World Championship titles for both Manufacturers and Drivers. The first public appearance of the title defender is eagerly awaited.

After three years of consistent top performance, the Porsche LMP Team lines up with two newly assembled driver trios for 2017. The hybrid racing car with starting number 1 will be driven by Neel Jani (33, Switzerland), André Lotterer (35, Germany) and Nick Tandy (32, Great Britain). Jani is currently a joint WEC World Champion and a 2016 Le Mans winner. Lotterer claimed the title of World Champion in 2012 behind the wheel of an Audi, and brings with him the experience gained from three overall victories at Le Mans, while Tandy formed part of the winning 2015 Porsche team in Le Mans. The sister car with starting number 2 will be shared between 2015 World Champion Timo Bernhard (36, Germany) and the two New Zealanders Earl Bamber (26) and Brendon Hartley (27). Bamber claimed joint victory with Tandy at Le Mans in 2015, while the same year saw Hartley share the title of World Endurance Champion with Bernhard.

All results: http://fiawec.alkamelsystems.com

Note: Text, image and video material on the LMP1 program is freely accessible in the Porsche press database at https://presse.porsche.de. The LMP1 twitter feed @Porsche_Team broadcasts information, photos and video material live from the race track. Further live features from the races are available at www.porsche.com/fiawec. For further press content, please visit the Newsroom at www.newsroom.porsche.com. Video news is available at www.vimeo.com/porschenewsroom.

Endurance Leaders. Porsche GT Team Holds IMSA Endurance Cup Lead After Two Races.

The Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup (TPNAEC) is IMSA's championship within the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The four-race title builds with multiple segments awarding points per event. The exact number of segments depends on the length of the race with The Rolex 24 At Daytona having four markers that paid points - Hours 6, 12, 18 and 24 - and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring paying points at Hours 4, 6 and 12. Therefore, the highest running car during each of those segments can acquire points enough to earn that event's TPNAEC victory without earning a class win in the race itself. In the first two races, Daytona (January 28-29) and Sebring (March 18), the No. 911 Porsche GT Team accumulated enough points to leave the "36 Hours of Florida" with the GTLM class Drivers and Teams lead. Dirk Werner (Germany), Frédéric Makowiecki (France) and Patrick Pilet (France) have accumulated 27 markers - 18 at Daytona and nine at Sebring - to lead the Drivers' category, the same amount holds the top spot in the Team standings. The No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR is fifth in class with 17 points.

With the first two enduros completed, the Porsche GT Team "works" program will hold the lead until the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen, New York on July 2. The final round of the 2017 North American Endurance Cup will be held at Road Atlanta with additional points during the 20th Anniversary Running of the ten-hour Petit Le Mans.

Champions Porsche. 2017 GT3 Cup Challenge USA Champ to Receive 911

Many motorsport champions walk away from their racecars at the end of a season, never to experience their beloved steed again. That will not be the case for the 2017 Platinum Cup championship winner in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, a stepping-stone to professional competition in the International Motor Sport Association's (IMSA) WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) has announced it will award the 2017 Champion the keys to a new, specially ordered and designed Porsche 911 Carrera for a nine-month on-road journey.

Jens Walther, president and CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America.

“The iconic sports car has proven itself by producing champions on racetracks around the world for over 50 years. Since the Porsche 911 road car and race car have been inseparable, we look forward to rewarding the 2017 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Champion with the complete 911 experience, and the opportunity to grow the relationship with our brand.”

Social Media.
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Porsche North America. @PorscheNARacing
Porsche Motorsport – GT Cars. @PorscheRaces
Porsche Racing – 919 Hybrid. @Porsche_Team
   
Model Hashtag.
Porsche 911 RSR. #911RSR
Porsche 911 GT3 R. #911GT3R
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. #911Cup
Porsche 919 Hybrid. #919hybrid
   
Event Hashtag
   
Series Hashtags and Handles.
GT3 Cup Challenge USA. #GT3USA
GT3 Cup Challenge Canada. #GT3CAN
PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 @CaymanGT4CSEast
Clubsport Trophy East #GT4CSE


Future Porsche Events.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Event: BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix of Long Beach, Long Beach Street Circuit
Dateline: Long Beach, California
Date: Saturday, April 8
Track Length: 1.968-miles, 15-turn
Race Duration: 1-Hour, 40-minutes
Class: GTLM (Porsche 911 RSR)
  GTD (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
Round: GTLM. 3 of 11
  GTD. 3 of 12
Next Round: SportsCar Showdown, Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, May 4 - 1, 2017
 
Pirelli World Challenge
Event: Grand Prix of Long Beach, Long Beach Street Circuit
Dateline: Long Beach, California
Date: Sunday, April 9th
Track Length: 1.968-miles, 15-turn
Race Duration: One, 50-minute Races
Class: GT/GTA (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
Round: GT/GTA. 3 of 10
Next Round: SprintX Season Opener, VIRginia International Raceway, Alton, Virginia, April 28-30, 2017
 

IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama

Event: Grand Prix of Birmingham, Barber Motorsports Park
Dateline: Birmingham, Alabama
Date: Race 1. Saturday, April 22
  Race 2. Sunday, April 23
Track Length: 2.38-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: 3 and 4 of 14
Next Round: Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York, June 29 - July 2, 2017
 
A Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
Event: Circuit of the Americas 120, Circuit of the Americas
Dateline: Austin, Texas
Date: Friday, May 5
Track Length: 3.4-miles, 20-turn
Race Duration: 2-Hours
Class: GS/GT4 (Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR)
  GS (Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport)
Round: 3 of 10
Next Round: Continental Tire 150, Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York, June 29 - July 2, 2017


Porsche Motorsport Video News Releases.
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Photography.
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Porsche Cars North America Media Site.
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Porsche Cars North America Motorsports Site.
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Porsche North America Race Team Portal.
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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
Office. 615-778-1614
Mobile.  615-509-5000
tom@darkhorseautosport.com

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