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Porsche Motorsports Pre-Event Notes. GRAND-AM Championship Weekend
Posted by: newsla on Sep 24, 2013 - 07:35 PM
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Porsche Motorsports Pre-Event Notes. GRAND-AM Championship Weekend


Dateline. Lakeville, Conn.
Circuit. Lime Rock Park
Track Length/Turns. 1.5-mile/ 7-turns
Round. 12 of 12, GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series
Remaining GRAND-AM Round. Season and Series Finale

 

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Porsche Events.
GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series
Date. Saturday, September 28, 2013
Race Duration.Two Hours, 45-Minutes
Classes. GT (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup GRAND-AM)

Where to Watch.
Television Race Broadcast:
Live, September 28, 1:30 p.m. EDT, FOX Sports 2
Rebroadcast, September 29, 4:30 p.m. EDT, FOX Sports 1

Race Weekend Schedule (all times local to event)
Friday, September 27
11:55 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Practice – Rolex Series GT/GX
12:15 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. – Practice – Rolex Series Combined
2:25 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. – Practice – Rolex Series Combined
Saturday, September 28
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. – Qualifying – Rolex Series GT/GX
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Rolex Autograph Session
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Rolex Series Pre Race/ Fan Walk/VIP Sponsor Rides Rolex
1:35 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. – Rolex Sports Car Series Race (two-hours, 45-minutes)

Porsche Entries.
GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series
GT Class (3)
No. 18 Muehlner Motorsports America Bob Doyle (Meriden, Conn.)/ Kyle Marcelli (Canada)
No. 44 Magnus Racing Andy Lally (Dacula, Ga.)/ John Potter (Salt Lake City, Utah)
No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, Calif.)/Patrick Long (Playa del Rey, Calif.)

Porsche Point of View.
John Potter, Driver/Owner, No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup GRAND-AM
“The win at Laguna Seca was a huge boost of momentum for us, especially because it was such a team effort to get there. Every part of the Laguna Seca effort was a result of everything working perfectly: driving, strategy, pit stops, and so on, and it's the exact kind of momentum we need for the final race. Unfortunately, the penalties on the No. 31 and 73 took a few points out of our lead, but we're still four points ahead of our closest rival, and that could prove invaluable this Saturday. The truth is, this entire season has been the result of the team doing a great job in every facet, and there's no reason to change our approach this weekend. We've gotten this far on consistency, and there's no reason to change that. Lime Rock is a difficult track where a lot can happen, so all we can do is just manage our program and see where we are at 4:30 on Saturday. I can't express how proud of everyone I am to have gotten to this point."

Patrick Lindsey, Driver, No. 73 Park Place Porsche 911 GT3 Cup GRAND-AM
“We still have a bitter taste in our mouth after Laguna. That changed the outlook of the championship in both the drivers and manufacturer championship. Our Park Place Motorsports team is executing well. We’re looking forward to Lime Rock as a showcase to what our team’s capabilities are. I think we’ll be strong. We were strong there last year. Any time we have limited track time we seem to do well against our peers. We’re going to do everything we can in the manufacturer championship to bring it home to Porsche and to support Magnus Racing. Magnus has done a terrific job and I think they deserve to win the championship. We’d be disappointed if, after Lime Rock, the results of Laguna ended up deciding the championship against Magnus and Porsche. We’ll do our best and I think we’re going to be on the ball and bring it home for Porsche.”

Jens Walther, President/CEO, Porsche Motorsports North America
"Since the opening race of the season at Daytona, our customer teams have done an exceptional job carrying the Porsche banner in 2013. We now come to the final round of the GRAND-AM championship and Magnus Racing is in the team and driver point lead with a very good opportunity to win their first GT title. All of the teams have done a very good job representing Porsche. After 14 years partnering with GRAND-AM, Porsche customers have won four championships, nearly 75 races and have 10 Rolex 24 At Daytona class wins. That is a record we can all be very proud of as we move into the future with the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in both the GT Le Mans and the GT Daytona classes.”

Porsche Profile.
Magnus Racing Fights for First GRAND-AM Rolex GT Championship
The three-way battle for the Rolex GRAND-AM GT championship will be settled this Saturday afternoon in the final series event - the Championship Weekend at Lime Rock Park. By virtue of their win two weeks ago at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Andy Lally (Atlanta) and John Potter (Salt Lake City, Utah) in the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racer lead the GT championship by four points over Ferrari driver Allesandro Balzan (Italy). Lurking only 11 points behind the leading Porsche drivers is the Camaro team of Robin Liddell (Great Britain)/John Edwards (Cincinnati, OH). If the Magnus Porsche finishes first or second, Lally/Potter will clinch their first Rolex GT title, no matter how the others finish. If Balzan wins, and the Lally/Potter finish second, the Magnus drivers still win. But if Balzan wins, and Magnus finishes third, then Balzan wins the championship by a point. On the other hand, if Lally/Potter finish seventh, Balzan finishes fourth, and Liddell/Edwards win, there will be a tie among all of them for first (with 337 points). The number of race wins is the overall tiebreaker. Camaro has four victories this year.

Porsche Motorsports and GRAND-AM History Go Hand-In-Hand
As the GRAND-AM Rolex Series comes to a close this weekend at Lime Rock Park, Porsche and its customer teams have emerged as the most successful combination in the 14 years of GT competition. Porsche 911 racecars (GT3 R, GT3 RS and GT3 Cup) have amassed 53 wins, 20 more than any other manufacturer. The same goes for GT pole positions, where Porsche machines have earned 53 poles, with the second-place manufacturer having 27.

Other unique stats.
* Andy Lally and Mark Bunting are tied for the most podium finishes in a season (11) – and they did it twice, in 2004 in the SGS class and 2006 in the GT class – both in Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars.

* The GT manufacturer’s championships have been spread over a diverse group of auto companies, but Porsche leads with three titles (two others have two).

* The Daytona Prototype class rules were originally based on the first car built by Fabcar, powered by Porsche, and first entered by Brumos Racing in 2003.

Porsche Locals
Bob Doyle, from Meriden, Conn., and owner of Meriden Hyundai, is a veteran motorcycle racer as well an experienced sportscar pilot (Ferrari Challenge and selected Rolex GT events). He is entered along with Kyle Marcelli (Toronto), a member of the 2012 Porsche Young Driver Academy class, in the Muehlner Motorsports America Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Doyle, 54 years-old, started racing motorcycles in the early 1970s in New England, retiring from motocross in 2004. He has owned new car dealerships in Connecticut for 20 years.

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