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Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Cars Ready For Grand-Am Detroit Street Race
Posted by: newsla on Jun 01, 2013 - 06:22 AM
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Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Cars Ready For Grand-Am Detroit Street Race

For the second consecutive year, the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series will race on the streets of Detroit’s Belle Isle Park. The GRAND-AM Detroit 200 at Belle Isle, scheduled for June 1st, is round five of the professional sports car racing championship. The two-hour race will play host to three Porsche customer teams all competing with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in the GT class. Magnus Racing, which currently sits second in the GT point standings, qualified sixth for the race in qualifying today while the Park Place Motorsports 911 GT3 Cup entry will take the green flag seventh. Muehlner Motorsports America set the ninth-quickest time of the day in the highly competitive GT class.


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2012 North American Endurance Championship (NAEC) winning Magnus Racing has entered its No. 44 Porsche with drivers Andy Lally (Dacula, Ga.) and John Potter (Salt Lake City, Utah). Potter turned a lap of one-minute, 36.913-seconds to place the grey-on-white car on the inside of the third-row for tomorrow’s race. Veteran sports car racer and 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year Andy Lally (Dacula, Ga.) shares the Porsche with Potter. Chasing the No. 44 for top Porsche honors was Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, Calif.) in the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche. Lindsey, who co-drives with Porsche factory driver Patrick Long (Belleair, Fla.), lapped the 2.36-mile, 13-turn temporary street circuit in 1:37.032 to take seventh on the grid. The third customer Porsche entered for the weekend is the No. 18 Muehlner Motorsports America Porsche 911 GT3 Cup driven by Dion von Moltke (Coral Gables, Fla.) and Tomy Drissi (Los Angeles). Drissi turned a time of 1:38.141 to qualify ninth.

“If you can't be fastest overall, you at least want to be fastest Porsche, so we're pleased with that,” said Potter. “Coming in to Detroit we knew the track may not favor our car, but starting on the third row isn't bad. With the weather and attrition, tomorrow will be a big race. I'm looking forward to it.”

The race will take the green flag at 12:25 p.m. Eastern Time. Live radio coverage is available on the Motor Racing Network’s affiliates including Sirius Satellite XM Radio channel 117. SPEED will offer the same-day, tape-delayed television broadcast beginning at 5 p.m. ET. Live timing and scoring of the race is available at www.GRAND-AM.com.

Current weather predictions call for a 60 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms at race time. Wet conditions on the tight confines of a street circuit could benefit the rear-engine design of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. The rear-weight bias allows more mass directly over the rear wheels. On a wet track this can minimize wheel spin allowing the car to accelerate more quickly and corner more aggressively.

Qualifying Results – GT Class
1. Papis (USA), Ferrari 458, 1:35.171
2. Said (USA), Chevrolet Corvette, 1:35.583
3. Westphal (USA), Ferrari 458, 1:35.611
4. Assentato (Rovigo), Ferrari 458, 1:35.868
5. Liddell (England), Chevrolet Camaro, 1:36.119
6. Potter (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:36.913
7. Lindsey (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:37.032
8. Marasal (USA), BMW M3, 1:38.102
9. Drissi (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:38.141
10. Dalla Lana (Canada), BMW M3, No Time

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