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Porsche Motorsports Event Notes. Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix
Posted by: newsla on Apr 28, 2014 - 09:22 PM
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Porsche Motorsports Event Notes. Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda


Dateline. Monterey, Calif.
Circuit. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Track Length/Turns. 2.238-miles/11-turn Road Course
Round. 4 of 12, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
Next Round. Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers, Belle Isle Circuit, Detroit, Mich., May 30-31 – GT Daytona Class-Only

 

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Porsche Events.
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
Date. Sunday, May 4, 2014, 1:15 p.m. ET/ 10:15 a.m. PT
Race Duration. 2-Hours
Classes. GT Daytona class (Porsche 911 GT America)

TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
Date. Sunday, May 4, 2014, 5:45 p.m. ET/ 2:45 p.m. PT
Race Duration. 2-Hours
Classes. GT Le Mans class (Porsche 911 RSR)

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama
Date. Race 1: Sunday, May 4, 12:00 p.m. ET/ 9:00 a.m. PT Race 2: Sunday, May 4, 8:15 p.m. ET/ 5:15 p.m. PT
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
A Year of CORE Growth
A lot can happen in a single year. In May of 2013, CORE autosport was the newest Porsche team on the grid here at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The South Carolina-based team came to the Porsche family as two-time American Le Mans Series (ALMS) Prototype Challenge (PC) champions but with no GT experience – they claimed a third PC championship by year’s end. With factory driver Patrick Long (Playa del Rey, Calif.) leading the driver lineup, the team got off to a strong start with a seventh-place finish in its Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in their debut.

Flash forward to September 2013 at the Circuit of the Americas. Before a crowd of media, supporters and VIPs, the Jon Bennett (Rock Hill, S.C.) -owned operation was named the preparation partner to Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) and Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) for the German marque’s first North American “works” program in recent memory. Utilizing the Porsche 911 RSR, the two-car factory effort, now under the banner “Porsche North America”, opened the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with back-to-back victories in Rolex 24 At Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. In a single trip around the sun, CORE went from a “newbie” to GT racing to a full-factory effort and winners of two of the most prestigious sports car races in the world.

Falken Factor
Team Falken Tire started the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season one race late at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The program watched its drivers Wolf Henzler (Germany), Bryan Sellers (Braselton, Ga.) and Marco Holzer (Germany) race to a fifth-place finish. At the time, the No. 17 was the only privately operated Porsche 911 RSR in the world. Today, it remains the only Porsche 911 RSR to race on a brand of tire other than Porsche factory partner, Michelin.

This weekend, Henzler, a Porsche factory driver, and Sellers return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to attempt a repeat of their second-place finish of 2013. The team earned four American Le Mans Series GT2 victories in Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs.

The Point of GT Daytona
Usually by the time of the third race of a class championship, the point chase has started to take form. However, in the GT Daytona (GTD) class of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the oddsmakers would be hard-pressed to find a pattern thus far. Competitors that finished near the top at Daytona did not fare so well at Sebring, so most of the Porsche 911 GT America teams, along with top entrants from Audi, Ferrari, BMW, Aston Martin and SRT, are all clustered together in the point battle going into Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

In the manufacturers championship, Ferrari has 67 points (won Daytona), Porsche has 65 points (won Sebring), Audi with 62 points (second at Daytona) and BMW with 56 points (second at Sebring). Snow Racing with Wright Motorsports – drivers Madison Snow (Lehi, Utah) and Jan Heylen (Tampa) – has a podium finish at Daytona, while Magnus Racing – John Potter (Salt Lake City) and Andy Lally (Dacula, Ga.) were victorious at Sebring. Ironically, German GT veteran Marco Seefried was in both of those cars as a third driver, and leads the Porsche charge in the point standings, but will not be running for the championship and is not entered for Monterey. , Leh Keen (Atlanta), Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.) and Mario Farnbacher (Germany)/Ian James (Phoenix) of Alex Job Racing, are both in the championship hunt, as both 911 GT Daytona race cars were headed for Daytona and Sebring podiums before late-race incidents pushed them down in the standings. After the two long-distance races at Daytona and Sebring, how the class will sort out in a two-hour sprint is anyone’s guess.

Porsche History – Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Key Victories.
1957 – Sam Weiss – Porsche 550 RS Spyder – Overall – SCCA National Laguna Seca Championship
1973 – Mark Donohue – Team Penske Porsche 917/30 – Overall – en route to the 1973 Can-Am season championship
1974 – Elliott Forbes-Robinson – Porsche 911 Carrera RSR – Overall – Race 1 - first Camel GT race at Laguna
1974 – Milt Minter – Porsche 911 Carrera RSR – Overall – Race 2 – second race of the weekend
1975 – Peter Gregg – Porsche 911 Carrera RSR – Overall – Race 1 – on his way to the Camel GT championship
1977 – Danny Ongais – Porsche 934 – overall – Spring Camel GT – first of his Ted Field Porsche wins
1978 – George Follmer – Porsche 935 – overall – Camel GT – last win in a Porsche
1979 – Peter Gregg – Porsche 935 – overall – Camel GT – beat David Hobbs in a BMW
1980 – John Fitzpatrick – Porsche 935 K3 – overall – Camel GT – car owned by Dick Barbour
1985 – Al Holbert – Porsche 962 – Overall – Camel GT
1987 – Klaus Ludwig – Porsche 962 – Overall – Camel GT
2002 - Sascha Maassen/Lucas Luhr – Porsche 911 GT3 RS – ALMS GT – drivers shared the 2003 ALMS GT Championship
2003 – Sascha Maassen/Lucas Luhr – Porsche 911 GT3 RS – ALMS GT – drivers shared the 2003 ALMS GT Championship
2004 – Timo Bernhard/Joerg Bergmeister – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – ALMS GT – clinched championship at Laguna
2005 – Patrick Long/Joerg Bergmeister – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – ALMS GT – won season championship in Petersen/White Lightning entry
2005 – Sascha Maassen/Lucas Luhr – Porsche RS Spyder – ALMS LMP2 – debut of Penske Porsche RS Spyder
2006 – Robin Liddell/Wolf Henzler – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Rolex GT – Jim Tafel entrant
2007 – Patrick Long/Joerg Bergmeister – Porsche Crawford Porsche DP – Rolex DP – Alex Job Racing Ruby Tuesday car
2007 – Andy Lally/RJ Valentime – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Rolex GT – these drivers won five races in 2007
2008 – Timo Bernhard/Romain Dumas – Porsche RS Spyder – ALMS LMP2 – clinched LMP2 championship at ALMS finale
2011 – Andrew Davis/Leh Keen – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Rolex GT – key win en route to Rolex Grand-Am GT championship

Porsche Point of View.
Jens Walther, President/CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America
“We now get into the heart of the racing season. The first three races all had their unique challenges, which all events do, but the race lengths and track layouts are very different from what we will now be competing on for most of the remainder of the season. We have been pleased with how the year has started here in North America and with the victory of the Porsche 911 RSR in the FIA WEC opener at Silverstone recently. Team Falken Tire had an excellent podium finish here last year so that brings added momentum. However, in many ways, the fight for the championship begins here in Monterey for both the Porsche 911 GT America customer efforts and the Porsche North America works program. Additionally, there will be a full field of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama competitors making it a very attractive weekend for Porsche fans.”

Richard Lietz, Factory Driver, No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR
“It seems all races are different this year. After a 24-hour and a 12-hour, we had a 100-minute race in the city. Now we arrive to a racetrack which is similar to what we have in Europe. I expect to be competitive with our Porsche 911 RSR. The 911 RSR has good traction, so I expect to have an advantage out of the slow, last corner onto the straight. Laguna Seca is a real pleasure to drive. It is very special and world famous for its “Corkscrew” turn. Every lap you have to push yourself at this corner, it’s uphill and blind breaking… its definitely not boring.

In Long Beach we had a very short race with almost no opportunities to overtake, zero yellow flags and only one pit stop. Here, we will have a two-hour race and I expect more possibilities to overtake and fight with our competitors. The key will be to have a consistent car with the least amount of tire drop-off over the course of a stint.”

Patrick Dempsey, Driver/Owner, No. 27 Dempsey Racing Porsche 911 GT America
“It will be good to get back to Laguna Seca. It has been a long time since we’ve been in the car. Fortunately, I had had a chance to test at Hockenheimring in a Porsche Supercup which gave me some extra incentive and certainly a lot more seat time. And we had a test at Road Atlanta in the Dempsey Racing Porsche. That has been very helpful. At least I have been getting in the car somewhat consistently with such a huge gap in the schedule between Sebring and Laguna Seca.”

Where to Watch.
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
Television Race Broadcast:
Sunday, May 4
GTD/PC Race: 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT on FOX Sports 1
GTLM/P Race: 5:30 p.m. ET/ 2:30 p.m. PT on FOX Sports 1
Re-Air of Race Highlights Package
Available at IMSA.com 24 hours after the checkered flag
Live Race Streaming:
IMSA.com
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:
http://scoring.imsa.com/

Race Weekend Schedule. (All times PT)
Friday, May 2, 2014
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Practice 1 – All Classes – 10:35 – 11:05 a.m.
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Practice 2 – All Classes – 2:40 – 3:20 p.m.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Qualifying – All Classes – 9:00 – 9:20 a.m.
TUDOR Championship Practice Session 1 – All Classes – 9:35 – 10:35 a.m.
TUDOR Championship Driver Autograph Session – 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. – Team Transporters
TUDOR Championship Practice Session 2 – All Classes – 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
TUDOR Championship Qualifying – GT Daytona Class – 4:55 – 5:10 p.m.
TUDOR Championship Qualifying – PC Class – 5:15 – 5:30 p.m.
TUDOR Championship Qualifying – GT Le Mans Class – 5:40 – 5:55 p.m.
TUDOR Championship Qualifying – P Class – 6:00 – 6:15 p.m.
TUDOR Championship Post-Qualifying Press Conference – 6:20 p.m.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
TUDOR Championship Warm-Up – All Classes – 8:00 – 8:20 a.m.
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Race 1 – All Classes – 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. (45-minutes)
TUDOR Championship GT Daytona Pre-Race Activities/Recon Laps – 9:55 – 10:15 a.m.
TUDOR Championship Grand Prix of Monterey GT Daytona/PC Class Race – 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (two-hours)
TUDOR Championship GT Le Mans Pre-Race Activities/Recon Laps – 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
TUDOR Championship Grand Prix of Monterey GT Le Mans/P Class Race – 2:45 – 4:45 p.m. (two-hours)
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Race 2 – All Classes – 5:15 – 6:00 p.m. (45-minutes)

Porsche Entries.
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
GT Le Mans Class (3) Porsche 911 RSR
No. 911 Porsche North America Nick Tandy (UK)/Richard Lietz (Austria
No. 912 Porsche North America Patrick Long (Playa del Rey, Calif.)/Michael Christensen (Denmark)
No. 17 Team Falken Tire Wolf Henzler (Germany)/Bryan Sellers (Braselton, Ga.)

GT Daytona Class (12) Porsche 911 GT America
No. 18 Muehlner Motorsports America TBA) TBA
No. 19 Muehlner Motorsports America Mark Kvamme (Columbus, Ohio), TBA
No. 22 Alex Job Racing Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.)/Leh Keen (Atlanta)
No. 23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Ian James (Phoenix)/Mario Farnbacher (Germany)
No. 27 Dempsey Racing Patrick Dempsey (Malibu, Calif.)/Andrew Davis (Athens, Ga.)
No. 28 Dempsey Racing TBA
No. 30 NGT Motorsports Henrique Cisneros (Miami)/ Kuba Giermaziak (Poland)
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)
No. 71 Park Place Motorsports Jim Norman (Tampa)/Craig Stanton (Long Beach, Calif.)
No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, Calif.)/Kevin Estre (Germany)
No. 81 GB Autosport Damien Faulkner (Ireland)/Mike Avenatti (Sacramento, Calif.)

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