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Porsche Motorsports Event Notes. Rolex 24 At Daytona
Dateline. Daytona Beach, Fla.
Circuit. Daytona International Speedway
Track Length/Turns. 3.56-miles/12-turns
Round. 1 of 12, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
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TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
Date. Thursday-Sunday, January 23-26th, 2014
Race Duration. 24-hours
Classes. GT Le Mans (Porsche 911 RSR), GT Daytona (Porsche 911 GT America)
Where to Watch. (All times ET)
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
Television Race Broadcast:
Saturday, January 25th
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. on FOX
4 p.m. - 9 p.m. on FOX Sports 2
Overnight, January 25-26th
9 p.m. - 7 a.m. on IMSA.com (includes live images, in-car cameras and announcers)
Sunday, January 26th
7 a.m. - 3 p.m. on FOX Sports 1
Re-Air of Race Highlights Package
Available at IMSA.com 24 hours after the checkered flag
Live Race Streaming:
FOX Sports GO mobile app
Live Radio Broadcast
Motor Racing Network on IMSA.com, MRN.com, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90)
Live Timing and Scoring:
Race Weekend Schedule. (All times ET)
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Garages Open - 8 a.m.
TUDOR Championship Practice Session 1 - All Classes - 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
TUDOR Championship Practice Session 2 - All Classes - 1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
TUDOR Championship Qualifying Session - GT Daytona Class - 3:45 p.m. - 4 p.m.
TUDOR Championship Qualifying Session - GT Le Mans Class - 4:05 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.
TUDOR Championship Practice Session 3 - All Classes - 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Garages Close - 9:30 p.m.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Garages Open - 7 a.m.
TUDOR Championship Practice Session 4 - All Classes - 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Garages Close - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
TUDOR Championship Driver Meeting - 10:45 a.m. - DIS Victory Lane
TUDOR Championship Autograph Session - 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
TUDOR Championship 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona - Pre-Race - 12:15 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.
TUDOR Championship 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona - Grid Cars - 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
TUDOR Championship 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona - Driver Introductions - 12:40 p.m.
TUDOR Championship 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona - Formation Laps - 1:40 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.
TUDOR Championship 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona - Race Start - 2:10 p.m.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
TUDOR Championship 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona - Race Finish - 2:10 p.m.
Garages Close - 5 p.m.
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
GT Le Mans Class (2) Porsche 911 RSR
No. 911 Porsche North America Nick Tandy (UK)/ Richard Lietz (Austria)/ Patrick Pilet (France)
No. 912 Porsche North America Patrick Long (Playa del Rey, Calif.)/ Michael Christensen (Denmark)/Joerg Bergmeister (Germany)
GT Daytona Class (12) Porsche 911 GT America
No. 18 Muehlner Motorsports America Eugenio Amos (italy)/ Earl Bamber (New Zealand)/
Bradley Blum (Winter Park, Fla.)/ Alexandre Imperatori (Switzerland)/
Ronald Zitza (Maitland, Fla.)
No. 19 Muehlner Motorsports America Bob Doyle (Meriden, Conn.)/ Robert Gewirtz (Columbus, Ohio)/
Mark Kvamme (Columbus, Ohio)/ Jim Michaelian (Seal Beach, Calif.)/
Randy Pobst (Gainesville, Ga.)
No. 22 Alex Job Racing Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.)/ Leh Keen (Atlanta)/
LP Dumoulin (Canada)/Shane van Gisbergen (New Zealand)/
Shane Lewis (Jupiter, Fla.)
No. 23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Ian James (Phoenix)/Mario Farnbacher (Germany)/
Alex Riberas (Spain)/Marco Holzer (Germany)
No. 27 Dempsey Racing Patrick Dempsey (Malibu, Calif.)/ Andrew Davis (Athens, Ga.)/
Marc Lieb (Germany)/ Joe Foster (Suwanee, Ga.)
No. 28 Dempsey Racing Christian Engelhart (Germany)/ Klaus Bachler (Germany)/
Lance Willsey (Chestnut Hill, Mass.)/ Rolf Ineichen (Switzerland)/
Franz Konrad (Austria)
No. 30 NGT Motorsports Henrique Cisneros (Miami)/ Kuba Giermaziak (Poland)/
Christina Nielsen (Denmark)/ Nicki Thiim (Denmark)
No. 44 Magnus Racing John Potter (Salt Lake City, Utah)/ Andy Lally (Dacula, Ga.)/
Wolf Henzler (Germany)/Jean-Francois Dumoulin (Canada)
No. 58 Snow Racing Madison Snow (Lehi, Utah)/ Jan Heylen (Tampa)/ Marco Seefried (Germany)
No. 71 Park Place Motorsports Jim Norman (Tampa)/ Craig Stanton (Long Beach, Calif.)/
Norbert Siedler (Austria)/ Timo Bernhard (Germany)
No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, Calif.)/ Kevin Estre (Germany)/
Connor De Phillippi (San Clemente, Calif.)/ Mike Vess (Wichita, Kan.)/
Jason Hart (Flower Mound, Texas)
No. 81 GB Autosport Damien Faulkner (Ireland)/ Patrick Huisman (Netherlands)/
Bob Faieta (Los Angeles)
Porsche North America Livery Delineation.
No. 911 White windshield banner, White rear wing
No. 912 Red windshield banner, Red rear wing
Porsche Point of View.
Detlev von Platen, President/CEO, Porsche Cars North America
"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. 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 and we are looking forward to competing at the highest levels of GT racing in the world."
Jens Walther, President/CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America
"Porsche has put a tremendous amount of effort into preparing for the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. This week, all of that energy will come together at the Rolex 24 At Daytona. When you start the year with one of the biggest races in the world, there is a great deal of pressure to get it right from the start. For us, we have the new, two-car Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR program and a dozen new Porsche 911 GT America customer cars as well. Either would be a major challenge on its own but the timing was right to take on both at once. While you can never know everything that is going to happen in an endurance race, we have tried to draw from all facets of Porsche Motorsport, including our history, to put forth the very best effort possible at Daytona."
Joerg Bergmeister, Factory Driver, No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR
"The Rolex 24 is a great way to start off the season. This is the only 24-hour that runs part of the track on an oval. With that comes a high percentage of full throttle driving, which is hard on the equipment. But, slipstreaming another car on the banking can also be quite fun. I enjoy it. Looking back at the last FIA WEC race at Bahrain, we definitely gained on our competitors on the straights but the Corvette is a brand new car and the Viper is very quick on the straight as well. An advantage Porsche has always had is being able to power down at corner exit. Places will the Horseshoe should be strong for us because of that.
To be successful at Daytona you have to be in the right car, have the right kind of teammates, the right strategy and you have to be smart to first finish the 24 hours. In the past the Porsche has always been very good at Daytona, which is why I've won a couple of these. I wouldn't mind going home with another Rolex watch this year."
Damien Faulkner, Driver, No. 81 Tully's Coffee GB Autosport Porsche 911 GT America
"It is a challenge bringing together a number of people to work in such a high-pressured environment, especially here at Daytona because it is so busy and the confines in the workshop and the pits are very tight. Since my sports car days began, the competition of this season really ranks up there. The competition is unbelievable; the number of cars and the level of strong teams. So it is definitely going to be a monster challenge for everyone but one we are looking forward to immensely with this group of people."
Introducing Porsche North America
For the first time in its history, North America will have a dedicated Porsche factory team, Porsche North America. Utilizing a pair of 2014-homolgated Porsche 911 RSRs, the effort is a combined program of Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) - the sole importer of new Porsche road cars in the United States, Canada and Mexico - and Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) - the only provider of Porsche racecars on the continent. Porsche North America will have on-track oversight by PMNA, based in Santa Ana, Calif. while PCNA, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., will manage all other aspects of the program. Both work closely with Porsche AG and Porsche Motorsport in Germany. CORE autosport is the group's logistical partner handling racecar preparation on and between race weekends.
Full season drivers in the No. 911 will be Nick Tandy (UK) and Richard Lietz (Austria). Patrick Pilet (France) will co-drive in the endurance races. The No. 912 Porsche North America 911 RSR will have American Patrick Long (Playa del Rey, Calif.) sharing full-season duty with first-year works driver Michael Christensen (Denmark). Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) will be the third driver for the endurance races.
The Porsche 911 RSR first ran in then 2013 spec in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) as Porsche AG Team Manthey. The two-car factory program saw success by winning and finishing second in the 24 Hours of Le Mans GTE-Pro category. Additional successes came throughout the remainder of the season. Running concurrently with the Porsche North America effort, Porsche AG Team Manthey continues its FIA WEC GTE-Pro effort in 2014.
Focus on success in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, or any race, typically is centered on driver/team/car combination. However, the difference in the race might not be the hardware, or even the fast laps, but mistake-free driving and that gray area known as race strategy. Once the green flag drops, dozens of decisions need to be made each hour depending on what is happening on the racecourse, in and with the car. Here are just a few of those challenges facing you if you are a team manager or strategists:
- Driver stints/fuel stops/tire changes - During a 24 hour race, a GT car will have to come in at least every 90 minutes for fuel. Do you change tires at any given stop (adds at least 30 seconds to the pit stop) or do you double stint the tires? Can a driver do one 90-minute stint, two or even three; or do you even want to try that (driver change also adds to pit stop time)? What is the driving order and why? Which tires do you use (choice of a couple of compounds plus rain tires)? Full tank of fuel at the pit stop (for most stops), or just a splash for a few laps at the end saving weight but risking coming short?
- To Pit or Not to Pit? - If there is a yellow flag, do you stay out because you don't need fuel or tires and want to keep track position? Or do you come in, get ahead of your pit strategy, lose track position, but ensure you won't lose a lap if you pit under green flag conditions later?
- Fuel usage - The Porsches have several fuel settings, going from pace lap or yellow flag setting (for slow speeds, maximum fuel savings), to medium/fast speed (racing speeds, but not maximum, with some fuel savings), or wide open (maximum speed but maximum fuel consumption). The team manager could save at least one whole pit stop by choosing these settings wisely during the race.
- Race time changes - Some of the components that the teams determined in practice and qualifying can be changed during the race, but testing time is over, so the driver is testing the changes during race laps that count. Aerodynamic and suspension adjustments tire and tire pressure choices and brake adjustments.
- Changing brakes/brake pads - The tight infield turns at Daytona cause drivers to use the brakes hard through at least half of the corners during a lap, causing brake pad wear. Heat can cause the brake fluid to boil as well, rendering the brakes compromised from optimum. Most cars will change the brakes during the race at some time, but it is a long pit stop, and you don't want to do it twice. Correctly determining when and if to service the brakes could decide the race.
- Driving strategy - Sometimes, the driver is not the best one on the team to determine how to drive on the track. If your driver is jousting with a car that is three laps back, it might take a radio call from the pits to suggest that he let the opponent go as it is not for position. On the other hand, if you are at the back of the lead lap, and the leader is pressing to lap you, the team manager might radio and tell the driver to battle to stay on the lead lap. Calls to save fuel, when to pit and what position you are in class also come from the pits - the driver's assignment is to go fast and mistake-free. Having the driver in the car whose skills best match the current situation is vital in strategy.
Just like NFL coaches preparing for the playoffs, Porsche team owners and managers would be happy to discuss all these issues for this year's race, but might not be as anxious to share their actual strategy.
Paint by the Numbers
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:
Porsche's Rolex History
Porsche is the most success manufacturer since the inception of the first Daytona Continental race in 1962, and the first 24 Hours of Daytona in 1966:
- Overall Wins: 22 (first in 1968; most recent in 2009 and 2010)
- From 1977 to 1987, Porsche had compiled 11 consecutive overall wins
- Initial Overall Win: 1968
- Finished 1-2 overall in 12 Daytona 24-Hours
- Class Wins: 75 (includes Daytona Continental races starting in 1962; 24 hr. races started in 1966; most recent in Rolex GX in 2013)
- GT Class Wins: 26
- SGS Class wins (class ran only in 2004): 1
- GX Class wins (class ran only in 2013): 1
- Porsche 911 Wins: 39 Overall and Class Victories
- 20 Race Winning Streak (overall or class): 1966-1987
- GT class winner finishing second overall: 2001, 2004
- GTX Class Winner: 1978-1981
- GTP Class Winner: 1982-87, 1989, 1991
In car video from the venue.
2014 Roar Before the Rolex 24
Past images from the venue.
2014 Roar Before the Rolex 24 http://press.porsche.com/media/gallery2/v/photos/motorsports/happenings/2014+Roar+Before+the+24/
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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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