Al Carter (center with blue drivers suit and red shoes) scored his first professional win at last year's Baltimore Grand Prix in a GTC Porsche 911 GT3 Cup prepared by TRG.
Porsche Motorsports Pre-Event Notes. Grand Prix of Baltimore
Circuit. Inner Harbor Street Course
Track Length/Turns. 2.02-miles/12-turns
Round. 8 of 11, American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón
11 and 12 of 16, IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama
Remaining ALMS Rounds. Circuit of the Americas,
Virginia International Raceway, October 5
Petit Le Mans, October 19
American Le Mans Series
Date. Saturday, August 31, 2013
Race Duration. Two Hours
Classes. GT (Porsche 911 GT3 RSR), GTC (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup)
IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama
Date. Race 1, Saturday, August 31, 2013; Race 2, Sunday,
September 1, 2013
Race Duration. 45-minutes
Classes. Platinum (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup), Gold (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup)
Where to Watch.
Television Race Broadcast:
ABC - Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 12:00pm EDT
Live Race Streaming:
ESPN3 - Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 3:30pm EDT
Live Qualifying Streaming:
ESPN3 - Friday, August 30, 2013 - 4:20pm EDT
Race Weekend Schedule.
Friday, August 30, 2013
IMSA GT3 Cup - 8:00-8:30 a.m. EDT
ALMS Practice 1 - 8:50-9:50 a.m. EDT
IMSA GT3 Cup - 11:15-11:45 a.m. EDT
ALMS Practice 2 - 12:05-1:05 p.m. EDT
IMSA GT3 Cup - 3:35-4:05 p.m. EDT
ALMS Qualifying - 4:30-5:50 p.m. EDT
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Warm Up - 10:10-10:35 a.m. EDT
ALMS Driver Autograph Session - 11:00-11:45 a.m. EDT
IMSA GT3 Cup Race 1 - 1:40-2:25 p.m. EDT
ALMS Pre-Race Activities - 2:50-3:45 p.m. EDT
ALMS Race - 3:45-5:45 p.m. EDT
Sunday, September 1, 2013
IMSA GT3 Cup Race 2 - 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EDT
American Le Mans Series
GT Class (3)
No. 17 Team Falken Tire; Wolf Henzler (Germany)/Bryan Sellers (Braselton, Ga.)
No. 48 Paul Miller Racing; Marco Holzer (Germany)/Bryce Miller (Summit, N.J.)
No. 06 CORE autosport; Tom Kimber-Smith (UK)/Patrick Long (Playa del Rey, Calif.)
GTC Class (9)
No. 11 JDX Racing; Mike Hedlund (Woodside, Calif)/Jan Heylen (Tampa)
No. 22 Alex Job Racing; Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.)/ Jeroen Bleekemolen (Monaco)
No. 27 Dempsey Del Piero Racing; Patrick Dempsey (Malibu, Calif.)/Andy Lally (Dacula, Ga.)
No. 30 NGT Motorsport; Henrique Cisneros (Miami)/Sean Edwards (UK)
No. 44 Flying Lizard Motorsports; Seth Neiman (San Francisco)/Dion von Moltke (Coral Gables, Fla.)
No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports; Nelson Canache Jr. (Venezuela)/Spencer Pumpelly (Atlanta)
No. 66 TRG; Ben Keating (Port Lavaca, Texas)/Damien Faulkner (Ireland)
No. 67 TRG; Marc Bunting (Monkton, MD)/TBD
No. 68 TRG; Al Carter (Greenville, Del.)/Kevin Estre (France)
IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama
A current entry list can be found at www.IMSAChallenge.com
Porsche Point of View.
Wolf Henzler, Porsche Factory Driver, No. 17 Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
"Returning to Baltimore is exciting, considering Falken Tire's success here with the Porsche in the past two years. Last year, our competitors were overall a little bit faster but the Porsche was fast enough in the right parts on track that we didn't give them a chance to pass us. With Falken's street tire and great pit stops by the crew, we had the right combination to win.
Since this is the final year we will run here as the American Le Mans Series, it would be even more special to the team if we were to win all three times we've run here. It is a strong track for Porsche and for Falken Tire. They've put a lot of development into the street tire, and it has proven itself to work well with the Porsche in Long Beach and Baltimore. The team will be working harder than ever to make sure we have the right set up for race day, put on a good show for the fans and earn another win for Porsche."
Jens Walther, President/CEO, Porsche Motorsports North America
"Baltimore has become a very significant event for Porsche and Porsche Motorsports North America in a very short time. Our customer, Team Falken Tire, has won the only two ALMS races held there and last year our company chairman and CEO, Matthias Mueller, visited us in Baltimore for the first time at a US race. The track layout seems to work well with the 911 GT3 RSR and I believe our three GT class customer teams; CORE autosport, Paul Miller Racing and Falken will again perform well. The GTC class has been very competitive the last two years with the 911 GT3 Cup car as well. Additionally, we will have the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge making its debut at Baltimore which will provide two additional racing opportunities for Porsche at the circuit. It is a great event with tremendous fan interest and we're looking forward to returning."
Steve Sewell, IMSA, Development Series Director
"IMSA is very excited to debut the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama series at the Grand Prix of Baltimore. The series celebrated its 100th race in June and it is only fitting that we also introduce this well-established Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Challenge series to the unique demands of temporary street-circuit racing this season. As one of twenty Porsche international single-make series, the downtown streets of Baltimore provide a fitting backdrop to the United States edition of young up-and-coming sports car stars and seasoned veteran Porsche competitors. The huge, enthusiastic crowds associated with this event will provide further motivation for our teams and drivers to perform to the highest standards expected."
Team Falken Tire Looking to Become the Only ALMS GT Team to Win in Baltimore
Team Falken Tire is owned by Falken Tire Corporation and managed by Derek Walker, noted Formula 1 and IndyCar team manager. It is the first time a tire company has owned a race car since the days of the Busby Racing Porsche 962 BF Goodrich cars of the 1980s. Using Porsche factory driver Wolf Henzler (Germany) and veteran Bryan Sellers (Braselton, Ga.), the team is both trying to win ALMS GT races against other Porsches and factory teams from Corvette, BMW and Ferrari as well as develop Falken racing tires. In the three years the team has owned its Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs, it has three ALMS GT victories, with two coming on the two races has run through the streets of Baltimore. 2013 being the final year of ALMS competition before United SportsCar Racing begins the sanction, a victory this year would give Henzler/Sellers a record no one could duplicate.
Since the ALMS debuted at Baltimore in 2011, Team Falken Tire has led 87 of the 138 laps held around the Inner Harbor, 63% of the total distance run.
IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama Baltimore Debut
IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama will make its street racing debut with two-races on the Inner Harbor course in Baltimore. With the international Porsche Supercup and Porsche Carrera series supporting some of the most famous street races around the world (Formula 1 races in Monte Carlo, Singapore and others), the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup has performed well on the street, but the teams this weekend will have a different set-up task than they have tackled at previous events at places like Road America and Laguna Seca. With limited practice time for the GT3s at Baltimore, this will be a race to overcome lack of driver experience and little set-up data for the 30-plus Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars which will make the grids on Saturday and Sunday, folded into the tight points race with only a few races to go.
Locals Porsche Connections Abound at Inner Harbor
The Porsche Club of America has a very strong following in the Baltimore area, as evidenced by the fact that the Porsche corral for street cars has sold out the past two years. Furthermore, several of the Porsche race drivers are from the Mid-Atlantic area as well. Marc Bunting, who lives in Monkton, is a native of Baltimore and will be campaigning the TRG-prepared No. 67 Team Baltimore Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in the ALMS GTC class. At the forefront of Bunting's mission for the race is to "put a positive spin on the City of Baltimore."
Al Carter, from Greenville, Del., is a veteran club racing and Rolex Grand-Am driver who broke through last year at Baltimore with his first professional win driving the same TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup he will drive this weekend. Carter, who co-drove to victory with Porsche factory driver Patrick Pilet here in 2012, is also very active in the B+ Positive Foundation which helps treat kids with cancer.
Other notable Porsche drivers with regional ties include Spencer Pumpelly, who is the current co-leader of the ALMS GT Challenge class driving the No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup with Nelson Canache Jr. Pumpelly lives in Atlanta now, but grew up in Arlington, Virginia.
Mike Levitas, who has a Rolex 24 at Daytona win under his belt, has entered two cars in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge from his shop in nearby Jessup, Maryland. One of Levitas' Porsches will be driven by Baltimore native David Williams, whose database marketing company is located right down the street from the TPC shop. Williams is in his first year of IMSA GT3 Cup challenge racing, although he has always been a sports car fanatic and has been a long-time participant in vintage car racing.
19 year-old Colin Thompson, whose grandfather Jack Thompson owns several dealerships in the Doylestown, Penn. area including Porsche of Bucks County, has been racing since he was five years old, and is looking for his first IMSA GT3 Cup challenge victory in Baltimore. He has one podium finish (third place at the most recent round) so far this year.
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