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Porsche Motorsports Pre-Event Notes. Continental Tire Sports Car Festival
Posted by: newsla on Sep 05, 2013 - 03:10 PM
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Porsche Motorsports Pre-Event Notes. Continental Tire Sports Car Festival

Dateline. Monterey, Calif.
Circuit. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Track Length/Turns. 2.238-mile/11-turns
Round. 11 of 12, GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series
Remaining GRAND-AM Round. Lime Rock Park, September 28, Season Finale


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Porsche Events.
GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series
Date. Sunday, September 8, 2013
Race Duration.Two Hours, 45-Minutes
Classes. GT (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup GRAND-AM)

Where to Watch.
Television Race Broadcast:
Live, September 8, 5:00 p.m. EDT, FOX Sports 1

Race Weekend Schedule (all times local to event)
Saturday, September 7
10:15 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. – Practice – Rolex Series GT/GX
10:40 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. – Practice – Rolex Series Combined
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Rolex Autograph Session
2:20 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. – Practice – Rolex Series Combined
2:50 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. – Practice - Trueman/Akin Participants only
5:25 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. – Qualifying – Rolex Series GT/GX
Sunday, September 8
12:50 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. – Rolex Series Pre Race/ Fan Walk/VIP Sponsor Rides Rolex
1:50 p.m. – Recon Laps
2:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Rolex Sports Car Series Race (two-hours, 45-minutes)

Porsche Entries.
GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series
GT Class (4)
No. 18 Muehlner Motorsports America TBA
No. 44 Magnus Racing Andy Lally (Dacula, Ga.)/ John Potter (Salt Lake City, Utah)
No. 71 Park Place Motorsports Charles Espenlaub (Lutz, Fla.)/ Charles Putman (Mills, Wyo.)
No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, Calif.)/ Patrick Long (Playa del Rey, Calif.)

Porsche Point of View.
Patrick Long, Porsche Factory Driver, No. 73 Park Place Porsche 911 GT3 Cup GRAND-AM
“I am looking forward to the weekend, and I am very optimistic. Over the past three races we’ve been right there, able to fight for the victory, and have scored more points than anyone in the last two rounds. I feel like we have great momentum heading into one of my favorite race tracks, but the competition has been so fierce this year. As a young team, we’ve been focused on hitting our marks both on the track and in pit lane, and I think we’ve been doing that well. We’re going try to finish the season on a strong note.

I haven’t raced a Porsche GT3 Cup car here since 2005 so I am excited to return. The grip level is often times inconsistent at Laguna. The way the sand from the infield blows across the race track makes it challenging. You have to be able to get the car to put down the power and change direction well and that has traditionally been strong for the 911 in all classes. For the heavy braking corners, we’ve been doing well all season but it is the high-speed corners that I expect some of the other GT3 and tube framed cars to be strong. Can't wait to get out there and attack!”

John Potter, Driver/Owner, No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup GRAND-AM
“This is the closest our team has ever been to a championship, and it goes without saying how crucial this weekend's race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will be for us. The track layout at Laguna should be a lot better for the Porsche than at the final round in Lime Rock, so we'll need to maximize our result on Sunday. As an overall championship effort, I couldn't be any more proud of this entire team. It's been tough to compete with the Camaro and Ferraris on outright speed, but we've been able to sustain a place in the championship by consistency. Everyone on the team has been perfect all season, including great pit stops, great strategy, few mistakes on track, and most importantly a car that has been flawless all season. Our misfortune at the last race in Kansas was the only incident we've been caught in all year, and that was just plain bad luck. Porsche has been great for us this season, as the car has proven its strength at tracks like Daytona, and stayed reliable at the circuits we knew would be a challenge. The next two rounds are going to be the most intense in our team's history, and that's saying a lot."

Jens Walther, President/CEO, Porsche Motorsports North America
"Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has been a vital venue for Porsche in North America. One of our customers won the very first race ever held on the track and our cars traditionally perform very well there. We are looking forward to returning this weekend with our customer teams.

As the penultimate race of the final season of the Rolex Series, the Porsche teams have to be equally focused on outright speed and winning as with the championship. Magnus Racing is within one point of recapturing the lead in the team title chase at a track they have run very well on in the past. Our objective is to help them recapture the lead entering Lime Rock for the finale. Additionally, Park Place Motorsports has been on a streak of podium finishes entering this weekend and will be bringing two cars to the track. Muehlner Motorsports America is scheduled to return this weekend after missing Kansas as well. The competition is very intense but we feel with these strong customer programs and driver lineups, we are well positioned to meet our goals for the weekend."

Porsche Profile.
Magnus Racing Pursuing First GRAND-AM Championship
Despite not yet having won a GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race in 2013, Magnus Racing is in the thick of the GT class team and driver standings entering the Continental Tires Sports Car Festival weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Having led the point standings for much of the year, Magnus fell one point behind the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 at the most recent round of the championship (279 points to 278). The Andy Lally (Dacula, Ga.)/John Potter (Salt Lake City, Utah) driver pairing is two points up on third place, the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, entering the penultimate round.

While a well-established team with several major race victories, including the 50th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona (2012) and the inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix (2012), Magnus Racing has yet to win the Rolex GT championship. The team did parlay the two major endurance victories to last year’s inaugural North American Endurance Championship (NAEC) – a championship within a championship for race’s over three hours in length – but is yet to engrave their name on the Rolex trophy. Lally is a three-time GRAND-AM champion with driver titles in 2001, 2004 and 2006.

Through the efforts of its customer teams, Porsche is second in the Manufacturer title chase, 310 to 299 points, behind Ferrari.

Park Place Porsche Brings Two Porsche GT3 Cup Cars to Monterey In Search of First Win
Park Place Motorsports, the racing arm of one of the country’s largest Porsche dealerships, is in its first year of competition. However, the Dallas-based, race team is performing far above the average “rookie” in one of the sport’s toughest classes. Joining top-rated ‘gentleman driver’ Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, Calif.) with Porsche factory driver Patrick Long (Playa del Rey, Calif.) has brought nearly immediate results as the former Horton Autosport operation set fastest GT time in testing prior to the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona. However, despite season-best finishes of second at Road Atlanta in April and the two most recent races at Road America and Kansas Speedway, the team is still looking for its first GRAND-AM victory. Can the classic California track be the site of the Californian driver pairing’s first Rolex Series win?

To double its chances, a second Park Place-prepared Porsche, the No. 71 driven by Charles Espenlaub (Lutz, Fla.) and Charles Putman (Mills, Wyo.) has joined the team for Sunday’s penultimate round of the Rolex Series championship. The driver combination is new to the No. 71 but it marks the fifth time in 2013 that Park Place has brought multiple cars to the track.

Monterey Peninsula is a Hot Bed of Porsche History
Some may think of Southern California’s hot rod scene or the glamorous rides along Rodeo Drive in LA when California’s car culture is discussed. But, for dedication to cars built for the passion of driving, sports car owners on the Monterey Peninsula’s have few rivals. That obsession has sparked the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the Monterey Motorsports Reunion and hosted the most recent rendition of Porsche’s own Rennsport Reunion. That zeal for the sports car helped launch Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, hundreds of motorsport wins and dozens upon dozens of professional driving careers.

Porsche has a long history of racing – and winning – at Laguna Seca. At the legendary track’s very first race in October of 1957, a Porsche 550 RS Spyder took the overall win of the SCCA National Laguna Seca Championship with Sam Weiss behind the wheel (Jack McAfee was second is another 550 RS). Since then, hundreds of Porsches have competed in and won races at the track, piloted by some of the most famous drivers in the world, on every level from club racing to professional championship events.

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