"Mission 2014. Our Return" livery at Daytona commemorates the first time since 1998 that Porsche has entered a car in the classic endurance race's prototype class.
Porsche factory and Junior/Scholarship Drivers at Daytona
Atlanta. No less than 14 Porsche factory and Porsche Junior/scholarship drivers - the largest gathering of such drivers ever to enter a race - will converge on Daytona International Speedway for the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona, and the first-ever TUDOR United SportsCar Championship event.
As previously announced, six of the factory pilots will share the driving duties in the two Porsche 911 RSR factory GTLM cars. Richard Lietz (AUS), Nick Tandy (GB) and Patrick Pilet (FRA) will share the No. 911 Porsche North America entry while Patrick Long (Playa del Rey, Calif.), Michael Christensen (DEN) and Joerg Bergmeister (GER) will race the No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR.
"The new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship provides Porsche an opportunity that has not been available to us in the North American market for some time, said Detlev von Platen, president and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. "We now have an ideal platform to introduce our new U.S. based two-car 911 RSR factory effort that will compete in the GT Le Mans class, while the GT Daytona category is a natural fit for our established customer teams competing with the new 911 GT America."
"The Porsche North America team combines the individual strengths of Porsche Cars North America and Porsche Motorsport North America," von Platen continued," and we are looking forward to competing at the highest levels of GT racing in the world."
Four other Porsche factory drivers - all of whom have Rolex 24 experience - will be joining Porsche customer teams, driving the new Porsche 911 GT America in the GT Daytona class. They include Marc Lieb (GER) with Dempsey Racing, Wolf Henzler (GER) driving for former Rolex 24-winning team Magnus Racing, Marco Holzer(GER) campaigning the Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Porsche and Timo Bernhard (GER) piloting the Park Place Motorsports 911 GT America.
In addition, four Porsche factory Junior/scholarship drivers - American Conner De Phillippi (Park Place Motorsports), German Klaus Bachler (Dempsey Racing/Franz Konrad Motorsports), Alex Riberas from Spain (Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing) and Earl Bamber from New Zealand (Muehlner Motorsports America) - will join Porsche customers teams.
Porsche Designs Special Livery for Rolex 24
The two factory Porsche North America 911 RSRs entered for the Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 25-26th, will proclaim the company's return to the overall prototype ranks in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The special "Mission 2014. Our Return" livery commemorates the first time since 1998 that Porsche has entered a car in the classic endurance race's prototype class.
Both 2014 Porsche 911 RSR TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) class cars will be running the message referring to the LMP1 prototype, the new Porsche 919 hybrid, which will contest the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season including this June's 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Daytona works entries, prepared in partnership with CORE autosport, will run against Corvettes, BMWs, Aston Martins, Ferraris and Vipers. The livery will utilize special material that will be visible throughout the night of North America's premier 24-hour race.
View the Rolex 24 "Mission 2014. Our return." livery at the following link:
Those interested in the Porsche 919 hybrid program can follow Porsche's path back to Le Mans for 2014 by going to the following special web site:
2014 Rolex 24 on TV, on radio, online
The Rolex 24 At Daytona, round 1 of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, will take the green flag on Saturday, January 25 at 2:10pm ET. Live radio and television broadcast combined with online streaming video will be available so sports car fans can catch all the action. Coverage begins at 2:00 PM Saturday on the Fox Network (broadcast TV) and continues on Fox Sports 2 and Fox Sports 1. The FOX Sports GO mobile app and www.imsa.com will provide live streaming. Motor Racing Network will broadcast the entire 24 hour race on broadcast radio, www.mrn.com and SiriusXM NASCAR radio channel 90.
A detailed broadcast schedule is available at:
About Porsche Motorsport North America
Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA), located in Santa Ana, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Porsche AG and the sole sales and service provider for the German sports car maker's North American customer sports programs. Porsche is the largest manufacturer of race cars with a wide range of products from the 911 GT3 Cup car to the ultimate 911 GT3 RSR. PMNA sells these models to customer teams in North America and provides them with parts, service and expertise in between races and at the track. The PMNA service truck is a fixture at most race tracks in the U.S. and Canada, staffed by factory engineers to service all of Porsche's customer teams.
About Porsche Cars North America
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga. is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche sports cars, including the Macan and Cayenne SUVs and the Panamera sports sedan. Established in 1984, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and employs approximately 220 people who provide parts, service, marketing and training for 189 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand's 63-year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency.
At the core of this success is Porsche's proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000 motorsport wins to date.
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