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2014 Daytona 24: Porsche Motorsports Event Notes - Roar Before the Rolex 24
Posted by: newsla on Jan 04, 2014 - 06:38 AM
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2014 Daytona 24: Porsche Motorsports Event Notes - Roar Before the Rolex 24

Porsche Motorsports Event Notes. Roar Before the Rolex 24
Dateline. Daytona Beach, Fla.
Circuit. Daytona International Speedway
Track Length/Turns. 3.56-miles/12-turns
Round. Pre-Season Testing, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
Remaining TUDOR Championship Rounds. This marks the official start of pre-season testing but is not included in the 12 race championship.
Next Round. 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona, Daytona International Speedway, January 25-26


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Porsche Events.
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
Date. Friday-Sunday, January 3-5, 2014
Race Duration. NA
Classes. GT Le Mans (Porsche 911 RSR), GT Daytona (Porsche 911 GT America)

Where to Watch.
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
Television Race Broadcast:
Re-Air of Race Highlights Package
Live Race Streaming:
Live Qualifying Streaming:
Live Timing and Scoring:

Race Weekend Schedule. (All times EDT)
Friday, January 3, 2014
Garages Open – 7 a.m.
TUDOR Championship Test Session 1 – All Classes – 10:15 a.m. – Noon
TUDOR Championship Test Session 2 – All Classes – 2:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Garages Close – 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Garages Open – 7 a.m.
TUDOR Championship Test Session 3 – All Classes – 9 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
TUDOR Championship Test Session 4 – All Classes – 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
TUDOR Championship Test Session 5 – All Classes – 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
TUDOR Championship Test Session 6 – All Classes – 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Garages Close – 9 p.m.
Sunday, January 5, 2014
TUDOR Championship Test Session 7 – All Classes – 10:15 a.m. – Noon
TUDOR Championship Test Session 8 – All Classes – 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Garages Close – 7 p.m.

Porsche Entries.
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)/Jörg Bergmeister (Germany)

GT Daytona Class (12) Porsche 911 GT America
No. 18 Muehlner Motorsports America Mark Thomas (Houston, Texas)/Earl Bamber (NZ)
No. 19 Muehlner Motorsports America Randy Pobst (Gainesville, Ga.)/Jim Michaelian (Seal Beach, Calif.)
No. 22 Alex Job Racing Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.)/Leh Keen (Atlanta)/LP Dumoulin (Canada)/Shane van Gisbergen (NZ)
No. 23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Ian James (Phoenix)/Mario Farnbacher (Germany)/Alex Riberas (Spain)
No. 27 Dempsey Racing Patrick Dempsey (Los Angeles)/Andrew Davis (Athens, Ga.)
No. 28 Dempsey Racing Joe Foster (Suwanee, Ga.)
No. 30 NGT Motorsports Henrique Cisneros (Miami)
No. 44 Magnus Racing John Potter (Salt Lake City, Utah)/Andy Lally (Dacula, Ga.)
No. 58 Snow Racing Madison Snow (Lehi, Utah)/ Jan Heylen (Tampa), Marco Siefried (Germany)
No. 71 Park Place Motorsports Jim Norman (Tampa)/ Craig Stanton (Long Beach, Calif.)/ Norbert Siedler (Austria)
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 Point of View.
Patrick Long, Driver, No. 912 Porsche North America CORE autosport Porsche 911 RSR
“Although the Roar is three days of testing, it actually turns out to be very limited running time with yellow flags, systematic things to work through and having multiple drivers. I think the Roar, for us, is an acute focus on establishing a setup for the race weekend. The time that you get on race week is very limited, so that puts a big emphasis on getting a base-line setup on the car at the Roar.

It’ll be our first time with the RSR in its current configuration at Daytona. We have a lot of work to do, so realistically, our focus is all around getting the car balanced for the race and not thinking too much about the lap times. Daytona is a unique track with so many periods of long, sustained, full-open throttle.”

Jens Walther, President/CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America
“The simultaneous official debut of two North American programs is both exciting and challenging. Fortunately, Porsche is well versed in how to approach both factory and customer efforts concurrently. We have prepared for this and through partnerships with our customer teams using the Porsche 911 GT America in the GT Daytona class and CORE autosport, and later Team Falken Tire, racing the Porsche 911 RSR in GT Le Mans class, we are confident entering the Roar and the TUDOR Championship.”

Joe Foster, Team Manager/Driver, Dempsey Racing, Nos. 27 and 28 Porsche 911 GT America
“There are lots of variables at this test that we can’t control, and some that we can. It’s a new car to us, so we are focused on learning the car. We can’t control the rules, and we can’t control the difficult task that the series has in blending the prior series. At this moment, we are just focused on trying to get the team oriented around the new car and get Patrick [Dempsey] and Andrew [Davis] and myself oriented to the car so that we can do the best that we can for our partners. It’s about getting our new engineering staff familiar with the car and making sure the car works effectively.”

Porsche Profile.
Porsche Presence Abounds at Roar
14 Porsches have been entered to test in the Roar Before the Rolex 24 this weekend, no other manufacturer comes close to this combination of quality and quantity of team and driver entries. Between Porsche’s factory effort and customer teams, drivers come from 12 states and 13 different countries, including: The United States, The Netherlands, Spain, Germany, New Zealand, Austria, Denmark, France, Canada, Venezuela, Poland, Ireland and Great Britain. The 55 drivers who will try to add to Porsche's Daytona class-win total of 75 – tops among all manufacturers – have been champions both in North America and around the world in Porsches.

Of the Porsche North America entry, Richard Lietz has class wins at both the Rolex 24 (2012) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans (2010, 2013). Patrick Long won his class at the Rolex 24 (2009), 12 Hours of Sebring (2005), 24 Hours of Le Mans (2004, 2007) and Petit Le Mans (2005, 2006, 2007). Michael Christensen, in his first year as a Porsche Junior in 2013, earned the Rookie of the Year title in Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup series. Nick Tandy finished 2013 co-driving the Team Falken Tire Porsche to the GT class victory at Petit Le Mans. Jörg Bergmeister has won the Rolex 24 three times (2002, 2003, 2009), the 12 Hours of Sebring (2004, 2005, 2008), 24 Hours of Le Mans (2004) and Petit Le Mans (2003-2007). Patrick Pilet has a win at the 24 Hours of Dubai.

Other former Rolex 24 winners entered in Porsches for this year's race include Craig Stanton, Dr. Jim Norman, Randy Pobst, John Potter, Andy Lally and factory driver Wolf Henzler. There is 18 year-old Madison Snow, who has won two IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge Championships, and an actor, Patrick Dempsey, who came very close to winning his class at Le Mans in 2013.

Official Debut of the Porsche North America 911 RSR
With the January 25-26th Rolex 24 At Daytona, Porsche North America will make its official debut as an entrant in professional motorsport competition. A combined effort of Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) and Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) will field a two-car factory effort in the GT Le Mans category utilizing all Porsche factory drivers in the Nos. 911 and 912. The cars are being prepared by CORE autosport. It is the first time the North American arm of Porsche has entered a works program. It is also the first time the Porsche 911 RSR will campaign a full season in North America, having made its international debut in 2013 in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

The Porsche 911 RSR, which swept the top two spots of the GTE-Pro class in the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans, is the fastest Porsche 911 purpose-built racecar currently in production. It is based on the latest version of the Porsche 911 street car – the seventh generation of Porsche 911s dating back to 1963. The car testing at Daytona this weekend was updated for the last WEC race in Bahrain late last year and runs to that homologation in both the WEC and here in the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans class.

Porsche’s All American
The 2014 Porsche 911 GT America may be based on the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, but make no mistake, this car is an “All American”. Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) requested the 911 GT America exclusively for the GT Daytona class of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with components specific to the needs of the Series. The new car features a Porsche flat-six 4.0 liter racing engine and a six-speed sequential gearbox with pneumatic paddle shift system and electronic throttle. The front spoiler/defuser differs from the 911 GT3 Cup with a newly designed rear cover and carbon fiber undertray – to maximize aerodynamic balance with TUDOR-spec rear wing. Additionally, an exclusive endurance package includes quick-release couplings for all brake calipers, fast-fill refueling system and an oil level display not required in the sprint racing formats of the one-make series using the 911 GT3 Cup car around the world.

Maximizing safety, the 911 GT America follows other new 911 racecars with lightweight bodywork using aluminum-steel composite construction and a fuel safety cell. Other new safety equipment includes a rescue opening in the roof allowing use of the KED system for driver stabilization.

Making up 12 of the 28 entries of the class, Porsche worked with IMSA officials to make the 911 GT America the performance baseline for the new GT Daytona class. The car fits neatly as a step in performance and price between the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and the 911 RSR. Porsche’s newest GT contender made its official debut in TUDOR Championship testing at Sebring International Raceway and Daytona International Speedway in November. It’s competition debut will come on January 25-26th at the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

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