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2014 USCR (Sebring 12): Porsche Motorsports Event Notes. Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida
Posted by: newsla on Mar 10, 2014 - 05:33 PM
2014 USCR (Sebring 12): Porsche Motorsports Event Notes. Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida

Dateline. Sebring, Fla.
Circuit. Sebring International Raceway
Track Length/Turns. 3.74-miles/17-turns
Round. 2 of 12, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
Next Round. Tequila Patrón Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach, Long Beach, Calif. Street Circuit, April 12


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Porsche Events.
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
Date. Saturday, March 15th, 2014, 10:15 a.m.
Race Duration. 12-hours
Classes. GT Le Mans (Porsche 911 RSR), GT Daytona (Porsche 911 GT America)
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama
Date. Race 1: Thursday, March 13, 3:05 p.m. Race 2: Friday, March 14, 8:55 a.m.
Race Duration. 45-minutes each
Classes. Platinum (Model Year 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars), Gold (MY 2011-2012 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars)

Porsche Profile. Event Story Lines
The Transition: Daytona Winner to Sebring Contender
With the “36 Hours of Florida” – the Rolex 24 At Daytona and this weekend’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida – as the first two events of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, a very special challenge returns for race teams and manufacturers: turning a car prepared to race for 24 hours on the banking of Daytona International Speedway into a car able to sustain race pace over 12 hours at Sebring International Raceway. Through its storied history, Porsche has built a reputation as a leader in cars that run fast, race hard and make the finish of these two elite endurance events. Build quality, especially for road-based 911s that the racecar so closely mimics, is a cornerstone in making Porsche the manufacturer with the most overall victories at both Sebring and Daytona. But, it also takes meticulous preparation to earn victories at both. No sooner had the Porsche 911 RSR team claimed the Rolex 24 GT Le Mans title than it began preparing for Sebring.

Owen Hayes, Director of Operations, Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) walks through the process of preparing for and racing the “36 Hours of Florida.”

“Sebring is obviously a long distance race which means that a car has to be completely overhauled and meticulously prepared before going into the event. This is especially true after coming off another endurance event, the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The two Porsche 911 RSRs are stripped down to a bare chassis, not a component remaining on the cars, which will then be inspected in minute detail and built up again.

For the Sebring race event the cars will need: new suspension, new coolers, a new engine and a new gearbox. This is all done at the shop before we bring the car back to Florida. The basic philosophy is to fit the car with as much new equipment as possible to ensure reliability over this arduous race.

As Sebring is a very bumpy circuit, it is a very hard endurance test for any racecar. The amount of input energy that the suspension experiences will be at a level of approximately four-times that of a "normal" European FIA circuit. This means that although the race is "only" 12 hours long, the suspension will experience four-times the mechanical loading compared to other "normal" circuits. In effect, from a suspension mechanical loading point of view, you are attempting to complete 48 hours of mechanical loading on the car within a 12-hour race duration!

The wheel loadings due to the bumpy Sebring circuit do not, however, just stop at the suspension. The loadings and vibrations are transferred further through the gearbox, the engine, the chassis and, finally, into the driver. This is what makes Sebring such a unique survival challenge, not only for all of the components in the car, but also for the driver.

Changing the cars from Daytona to Sebring configuration also requires fundamental changes in set-up philosophy. Daytona is a high-speed circuit where the cars are aerodynamically “trimmed out” [editor: with most additional downforce generating devices removed or minimized] to run at high speed on the oval portion of the track. However, Daytona is relatively smooth. Sebring is a bumpy but fast circuit that comprises many characteristics. As an example, you have low-speed corners such as turn seven, “The Hairpin”, which is taken at approximately 45 mph. You have mid-speed turns such as turn 15 that nearly double that speed to 80 mph. You also have high-speed turn one that can be taken at speeds of 110 mph in a GT Le Mans class car like the Porsche 911 RSR.

We are looking for a setup that can cope with the bumpy surface, but not allow us to lose too much downforce from excessive body roll. While on the aerodynamic side, we are looking for the best all around compromise that will give us sufficient downforce for the low- and mid-speed sections. But we also must be trimmed out enough to run competitively on the straights. Lastly, as this is not a laboratory experiment but real world, we also have to ensure that the downforce level is enough to make the drivers feel comfortable over the 12-hour race distance.

Apart from car preparation, the planning of spare parts is also something that cannot be overlooked. If something is going to break, it will be most likely at Sebring due to the aforementioned high mechanical loadings. Therefore, you must be ready with the parts in the pit lane to make quick changes during the race and in the trailer to be ready for the lead-in to Sebring. Although Sebring is no different from our preparation at other circuits, you always tend to go over the list a few more times as we all know that this circuit will be difficult!”

Porsche Intelligent Performance
The idea of “Intelligent Performance” is at the core of the Porsche brand, and has been embedded in our involvement in motorsports for decades. Even back in the first days our company, Porsche street and racing cars made intelligent use of lightweight construction to win over often significantly more powerful competitors thus earning the nickname “Giant Killers.”
The 30,000 plus racetrack victories Porsche has earned help proves the principle behind our philosophy. That is why we will always compete in motorsports out of principle. Not because of pride. Motorsports has been and will always be a race laboratory for Porsche. It is where visionary technical ideas for their future are tested for use in street-legal serial production cars.
Literally spelled out in the shared worldwide livery design of all the factory race programs, Porsche Intelligent Performance embodies all Porsche has learned in over 60 years of motorsports competition. During the inaugural 12-race TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season, fans will have many opportunities to witness firsthand: Vision, Principle and Spirit – the guiding Motorsport Values of Porsche. In every Porsche lives our motorsport spirit.
Images of the 2014 Porsche Motorsport worldwide livery can be found at: http://press.porsche.com/media/gallery2/v/photos/motorsports/happenings/2014+Porsche+Motorsport+Worldwide+Livery/

Solving the GT Daytona “Rubik’s Cube”
The number of variables a racing team has to contend with geometrically increases the challenge it has for putting a competitive car on the track. When a brand new car debuts in a brand new series in a brand new class with rules that are still being established, that’s more than the normal amount of variables. Teams are trying to establish a performance base line for the car in order to maximize the setup parameters, but it must seem like the target keeps moving. It’s like trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube – when you get the colors aligned on one side, the other side is all wrong. In the case of the new Porsche 911 GT America, the newly designed factory racecar which competes in the GT Daytona class, the “other side of the Cube” are the first four race tracks at which the 12 Porsche Motorsport customers cars are running for 2014. You have Daytona International Speedway, with its 31-degree banked oval (and a 24-hour event); this week’s Sebring International Raceway, one of the roughest courses in the world; May’s Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, a high-grip, tight-and-twisty traditional sports car course; and the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle, a street circuit. Almost anything that the Porsche teams learn at one track regarding setup does them little good at the next track. Still, the Porsche 911 GT America, which is an enhanced version of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car built exclusively for North America, ran well at the Rolex 24 in January, earning a podium position and contending for the class win. All 12 cars finished the grueling Daytona event providing a strong baseline for the remainder of the season.

Porsche’s Sebring History
Overall Wins. 18
13-Year Winning Streak. 1976-­‐1988
1960 – Hans Hermann/Oliver Gendebien Porsche RS 60
1968 – Hans Hermann/Jo Siffert – Porsche 907
1971 – Vic Elford/Gerald Larrousse – Porsche 917
1973 – Hurley Haywood/Peter Gregg/Dave Helmick – Porsche Carrera 1976 – Al Holbert/Michael Keyser – Porsche Carrera
1977 – George Dyer/Brad Frisselle – Porsche Carrera
1978 – Brian Redman/Charles Mendez/Bob Garretson – Porsche 935
1979 – Bob Akin/Roy Woods/Rob McFarlin – Porsche 935
1980 – Dick Barbour/John Fitzpatrick – Porsche 935 K3
1981 – Hurley Haywood/Al Holbert/Bruce Leven – Porsche 935
1982 – John Paul, Sr./John Paul, Jr. – Porsche 935
1983 – Kees Nierop/Wayne Baker/Jim Mullen – Porsche 934
1984 – Stefan Johansson/Mauricio DeNarvaez/Hans Heyer – Porsche 935
1985 – A.J. Foyt/Bob Wollek – Porsche 962
1986 – Hans Stuck/Bob Akin/Jo Gartner – Porsche 962
1987 – Bobby Rahal/Jochen Mass – Porsche 962
1988 – Klaus Ludwig/Hans Stuck – Porsche 962
2008 – Romain Dumas, Timo Bernhard, Emmanuel Collard – Porsche RS Spyder
Other Porsche Sebring Records.
-­‐ Most top-­‐ten overall finishes – 206
-­‐ Class Wins: 66 (a manufacturer record)
-­‐ Fastest race lap: 130.707 mph (by Derek Bell in a Porsche 962 – 1986)
-­‐ Porsche 911 Wins: 29 Overall and Class Victories
-­‐ GT Class Wins: 26 (since 1979)
-­‐ At least one Porsche has competed at Sebring every year since 1953 – 59 straight races (there was no race in 1974). No other manufacturer is close to that record.
-­‐ Hurley Haywood has 38 starts at the 12 Hours of Sebring (27 of them in Porsches) – eight more than his nearest rival
-­‐ Porsche has led 4,198 laps at Sebring (overall) for a total of 19,997.4 miles (Ferrari is second at 2,743 and 13,099.1 respectively)
-­‐ Porsche also leads Ferrari – 207 – 74, in number of top ten finishes

Porsche Point of View.
Jens Walther, President/CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America: “There has been very little rest since the Rolex 24. Together with our teams, we have been testing in preparation for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with our two Porsche North America works cars and assisting Team Falken Tire as they bring the customer Porsche 911 RSR online. Additionally, we have been assisting our customer teams further develop the 911 GT America and welcoming Rum Bum into the GT Daytona class. It has been constant effort since January. Sebring is one of the most challenging tracks we compete on and will demand everyone’s full attention to detail. We have put in the preparation and now we must follow the plan.”

Nick Tandy, Factory Driver, No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR: “Since Daytona, as a team we've been out doing some solid testing with the Porsche North America 911 RSR. I'm confident we'll have a strong package at Sebring. Porsche, on both sides of the Atlantic, has been putting a huge effort into 911 RSR. We haven't been resting on our laurels since the result in January.

Sebring, along with the Nürburgring Nordschleife, is probably the most physically demanding racetrack on our calendar. With the uneven road surface and constant working at the wheel it's quite a ride inside the car. But this is exactly the sort of thing that we prepare and train for at Porsche. The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring is a true endurance race. But unlike, for example, Daytona and Le Mans, overtaking at Sebring, even if you have a pace advantage, is difficult so track position is very important from the start.”

Luis Bacardi, Team Owner, No. 13 Rum Bum/Snow Racing Porsche 911 GT America: “We are very pleased to be racing at Sebring with Porsche in both the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. No other company has racing in their blood like Porsche. The GT Daytona class is incredibly competitive and Rum Bum is always attracted to a big challenge. With Jan (Heylen), Madison (Snow), and Matt (Plumb), we’ve got an outstanding driver line up and having Joe (Varde) on the pit box, calling strategy is a huge asset to the effort. There is no tougher race than the Sebring 12 Hours so it is a big event to take on but the Rum Bum guys have shown year after year that they are up for it. We won our first race in GRAND-AM and it would be great to win our first IMSA race as well!

Where to Watch. (All times EDT)
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
Television Race Broadcast:
Saturday, March 15th
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on FOX Sports 1
Re-Air of Race Highlights Package
Sunday, March 16th
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
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 EDT)
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Practice Session 1 – 9:50 – 10:20 a.m.
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Practice Session 2 – 3:30 – 4:10 p.m.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Qualifying – 8:45 – 9:05 a.m.
TUDOR Championship Practice Session 1 – All Classes – 9:55 – 10:55 a.m.
Lunch – 11:55 a.m. – 12:55 p.m.
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Race 1 – 3:05 – 3:50 p.m. (45-minutes)
TUDOR Championship Practice Session 2 – All Classes – 4:05 – 5:05 p.m.
Dinner – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
TUDOR Championship Practice Session 3 – All Classes – 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. (Night Practice)
Friday, March 14, 2014
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Race 2 – 8:55 – 9:40 a.m. (45-minutes)
TUDOR Championship Practice Session 4 – All Classes – 9:55 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.
Sebring Hall of Fame Induction Lunch - 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Chateau Élan
Lunch – 12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
TUDOR Championship Driver Autograph Session – 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Team Transporters
TUDOR Championship Qualifying – GT Daytona Class – 4:10 – 4:25 p.m.
TUDOR Championship Qualifying – GT Le Mans Class – 4:30 – 4:45 p.m.
TUDOR Championship Qualifying – PC Class – 4:55 – 5:10 p.m.
TUDOR Championship Qualifying – P Class – 5:15 – 5:30 p.m.
TUDOR Championship Post-Qualifying Press Conference – 5:40 p.m. – Media Interview Room
Saturday, March 15, 2014
TUDOR Championship – Warm-Up – All Classes – 8:00 – 8:25 a.m.
TUDOR Championship – Pre-Race Activities/Recon Laps/Open Grid– 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
TUDOR Championship – 62nd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida – 10:15 a.m. – 10:15 p.m. (12 Hours)
TUDOR Championship Post-Race Press Conference – 11:00 p.m. – Media Interview Room

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)/Joerg Bergmeister (Germany)
No. 17 Team Falken Tire Wolf Henzler (Germany)/Bryan Sellers (Braselton, Ga.)/Marco Holzer (Germany)
GT Daytona Class (12) Porsche 911 GT America
No. 13 Rum Bum/ Snow Racing Matt Plumb (Newport, R.I.)/Madison Snow (Lehi, Utah)/Jan Heylen (Tampa)
No. 18 Muehlner Motorsports America Earl Bamber (New Zealand), TBA
No. 19 Muehlner Motorsports America Earl Bamber (New Zealand), TBA
No. 22 Alex Job Racing Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.)/Leh Keen (Atlanta)/Philipp Frommenwiler (Switzerland)
No. 23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Ian James (Phoenix)/Mario Farnbacher (Germany)/Alex Riberas (Spain)
No. 27 Dempsey Racing Patrick Dempsey (Malibu, Calif.)/Andrew Davis (Athens, Ga.)/Joe Foster (Suwanee, Ga.)
No. 28 Dempsey Racing Christian Engelhart (Germany)/Rolf Ineichen (Switzerland)
No. 30 NGT Motorsports Henrique Cisneros (Miami)/ Kuba Giermaziak (Poland)/ Christina Nielsen (Denmark)
No. 44 Magnus Racing John Potter (Salt Lake City, Utah)/Andy Lally (Dacula, Ga.)/Marco Seefried (Germany)
No. 71 Park Place Motorsports Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, Calif.)/Connor De Phillippi (San Clemente, Calif.)/Kevin Estre (Germany)
No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Jim Norman (Tampa)/Craig Stanton (Long Beach, Calif.)/Norbert Siedler (Austria)
No. 81 GB Autosport Damien Faulkner (Ireland)/ Patrick Huisman (Netherlands)/ Bob Faieta (Los Angeles)/Mike Avenatti (Sacramento, Calif.)

Porsche North America Livery Delineation.
No. 911 White windshield banner, White rear wing
No. 912 Black windshield banner, Black rear wing

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