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Porsche Motorsports Event Notes. Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix
Posted by: newsla on Jul 09, 2014 - 03:35 PM
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Porsche Motorsports Event Notes. Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix


Porsche Motorsports Event Notes. Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix

Dateline. Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

Circuit. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Track Length/Turns. 2.459-miles/10-turn Natural Terrain Road Course

Round. TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Round 6 of 12

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama: Rounds 9 and 10 of 16,

Next Round. TUDOR Championship. Brickyard Grand Prix, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, Indiana, July 24-25

 

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TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

Date. Sunday, July 13, 2:05 p.m. ET/ 11:05 a.m. PT

Race Duration. Two-Hours, 45-minutes

Classes. GT Le Mans (Porsche 911 RSR), GT Daytona class (Porsche 911 GT America)

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama

Date. Race 1: Friday, July 11, 5:40 p.m. ET/ 2:40 p.m. PT Race 2: Saturday, July 12, 10:10 a.m. ET/ 7:10 a.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

New Leader. Porsche Announces Walliser as VP of Motorsport

Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser has been named as the new Vice President of Motorsport at Porsche AG effective October 1. In this role the Stuttgart native will be responsible for the worldwide GT racing activities as well as for GT production sports car such as the 911 GT3. He is the successor to Hartmut Kristen who will work with the Research and Development Board in an advisory role.

Kristen joined Porsche in 1983 and has been responsible for customer racing activities and GT vehicles since 1994. In 2004, he became Vice President of Porsche Motorsport.

Walliser held the position of General Manager of Motorsport Strategies from 2003 to 2008 and as the overall project manager of the 918 Spyder since November 2010. He will retain oversight of the 918 Spyder. As the Vice President of Porsche Motorsport, Dr. Walliser is responsible for the worldwide motorsport activities in the GT field as well as for GT production sports cars. Fritz Enzinger will continue at the helm of the LMP1 campaign and the running of the Porsche 919 Hybrid in the Sports Car World Championship WEC and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Factory Installed. Porsche Works Drivers

Like many things that Porsche has done in racing over the years, the Porsche Motorsport factory driver program has become a role model emulated by manufacturers around the globe. Of the 15 drivers who carry full “works” driver status piloting either a Porsche 911 RSR or the Porsche 919 Hybrid, a third of those will be racing this weekend in the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Richard Lietz (Austria) share the No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR while the No. 912 has North America’s only Porsche full factory driver, Patrick Long of Playa del Rey, California and the newest Porsche driver, Michael Christensen (Denmark) sharing the seat of the official factory entry. Germany’s Wolf Henzler continues his role in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championships only non-factory entered Porsche 911 RSR, the No. 17 Team Falken Tire car he campaigns with Bryan Sellers (Braselton, Georgia). Thus far in 2014, Tandy and Lietz, along with France’s Patrick Pilet have won the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class at the Rolex 24 At Daytona to open the season. Christensen, Long and German Jörg Bergmeister raced the No. 912 to the same class victory at the next race, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Henzler has multiple-top five GTLM finishes thus far.

In total, including the endurance races to open the season, 14 works drivers, either full factory or “junior” program drivers have raced in the 2014 Tudor Championship GTLM and GT Daytona (GTD) classes. The 24 Hours at Daytona was the largest single race gathering of factory drivers in Porsche history with 14 including Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Marc Lieb (Germany) of the Porsche 919 Hybrid Prototype One (P1) effort.

2014 Porsche Factory Drivers.

Porsche 911 RSR.

Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) – FIA/ACO World Endurance Championship/TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (endurance)

Michael Christensen (Denmark) – TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

Wolf Henzler (Germany) – TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

Marco Holzer (Germany) – FIA/ACO World Endurance Championship

Richard Lietz (Austria) – TUDOR United SportsCar Championship/ 24 Hours of Le Mans

Patrick Long (Playa del Rey, California) – TUDOR United SportsCar Championship/ 24 Hours of Le Mans

Frédéric Makowiecki (France) – FIA/ACO World Endurance Championship

Patrick Pilet (France) – FIA/ACO World Endurance Championship/TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (endurance)

Nick Tandy (Great Britain) – TUDOR United SportsCar Championship/ 24 Hours of Le Mans

Porsche 919 Hybrid.

Timo Bernhard (Germany) – FIA/ACO World Endurance Championship

Romain Dumas (France) – FIA/ACO World Endurance Championship

Brendon Hartley (New Zealand) – FIA/ACO World Endurance Championship

Neel Jani (Switzerland) – FIA/ACO World Endurance Championship

Marc Lieb (Germany) – FIA/ACO World Endurance Championship

Mark Webber (Australia) – FIA/ACO World Endurance Championship

New to Porsche, Not to Sportscars. GB Autosport

GB Autosport might be new to the Porsche customer racing entries for the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in the GT Daytona class, but team owner Michael Avenatti and Team Manager Cole Scogham are not first-timers at the motorsports game. Avenatti, a Los Angeles-based attorney who recently took a controlling interest in Global Baristas, LLC – makers of Tully’s Coffee in Seattle – started racing in 2011 in the American Le Mans Series GT Challenge class with Competition Motorsports’ Bob Faieta (Tujunga, California). Scrogham is a long-time crew chief and team manager in the sport.

The team has shown right from the beginning they are serious contenders with their Porsche 911 GT America, first hiring Irish GT specialist Damien Faulkner to drive, and now British Porsche Supercup driver Ben Barker. Barker, who joined the team at Watkins Glen, was called in late to fill for Avenatti this weekend after the GB Autosport team principal sustained a back injury in a non-racing incident. The Tully’s Coffee Porsche has two eighth-place finishes (Laguna Seca and The Glen) so far this year. Faulkner is 11th in the GTD driver standings.

Porsche History. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Key Victories

1961 (first spectator event at the track) – Ludwig Heimrath – Porsche RS60 – overall feature race winner

1973 – Charlie Kemp – Porsche 917 – SCCA Can-Am – overall win

1975 Hurley Haywood – Porsche 911 Carrera RSR – IMSA Camel GT win

1976 (first Trans-Am race at the track) – Ludwig Heimrath – Porsche 911 Carrera RSR – Trans-Am winner

1977 – Bob Wollek/Peter Gregg – Porsche 934 – Trans-Am winner

1977 – Ludwig Heimrath/Paul Miller – Porsche 934/5 – World Championship of Makes winner

1979 – John Paul – Porsche 935 – Trans-Am winner

1980 – John Fitzpatrick/Brian Redman – Porsche 935 – World Sportscar Championship/IMSA win

1981 – Harald Grohs/Rolf Stommelen – Porsche 935 K3 – World Sportscar Championship/IMSA win

1982 – John Paul/John Paul, Jr. – Porsche 935 JLP-3 – IMSA 6hr.

1984 – Jackie Ickx/Jochen Mass – Porsche 956 – World Sportscar Championship win

1984 – Paul Miller – Porsche 924 GT-R – Trans-Am winner

1985 – Hans Stuck/Derek Bell – Porsche 962C – World Sportscar Championship win

1999 – Cort Wagner/Dirk Mueller – Porsche 911 Carrera RSR – ALMS GT

2002 – Kevin Buckler/Brian Cunningham – Porsche 911 GT3 RS – ALMS GT

2003 – Joerg Bergmeister/Tim Bernhard – Porsche 911 GT3 RS – ALMS GT2

2004 – Joerg Bergmeister/Timo Bernhard – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – ALMS GT2

2005 – Joerg Bergmeister/Patrick Long – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – ALMS GT2

2006 – Romain Dumas/Lucas Luhr – Porsche RS Spyder – ALMS LMP2

2007 – Timo Bernhard/Romain Dumas - Porsche RS Spyder – ALMS Overall/LMP2 win

2010 – Klaus Graf/Romain Dumas – Porsche RS Spyder – ALMS Overall Win – P1

2010 – Joerg Bergmeister/Patrick Long – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – ALMS GT win

Porsche Point of View.

Jens Walther, President/CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America

“Canadian Tire Motorsport Park provides a unique challenge for all the teams competing. It is very fast and demanding on the cars. Durability and speed is what the Porsche 911 is known for so we look forward to racing here this weekend with the Porsche North America works program and the customer efforts in the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix. This race is the only opportunity we get to see the Porsche 911 RSR and Porsche 911 GT America race in Canada. However, at Porsche Motorsport North America we are proud of our season-long involvement in the country. The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin has proven very competitive and popular and we are pleased to bring the US-based brother series, the GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, to CTMP this weekend so fans and customers of Porsche can witness this series as well. We wish the best to all of our customers in each class.”

Wolf Henzler, Driver, No. 17 Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 RSR – Tudor United SportsCar Championship, GTLM Class

“Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is the track with the highest average speed on our schedule. The only track similar in Europe is the Nürburgring Nordschleife which is in a few points similar. There are also fast turns, it is hilly as well and has some hidden apexes when you turn in. Both tracks have turns where you don’t want to spin off. It is mostly fast turns, some you don’t even see the apex when you start to turn-in because it is going over hills. Although there is a long uphill backstraight, we setup our cars with maximum downforce to get the best speed in these fast turns. For sure this helps to give us a more stable car in the braking zones and a more comfortable feeling in the turns, but a race, even an endurance race, is never a easy, we always push the car to the limit.”

Ian James, Driver, No. 23 Team Seattle Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America – Tudor United SportsCar Championship, GTD Class

“For me, the difference between my season this year with Alex Job and Team Seattle is that I am not just a driver. I have had a role in determining the make-up and structure of the team, and that has been very rewarding, especially since car owner, Gabe Newell, has covered all the racing expenses for the season, allowing us to concentrate on raising money for Seattle Children’s Hospital. We have not been one of the favorites all year, but we came close to winning at Sebring and finished second at Detroit; in fact, Mario Farnbacher and I are only seven points out of third place in the GTD standings. As a team manager, Alex Job stands out because he has a passion for winning, meticulous attention to detail, and the skill to get the best out of each team member – from drivers and technicians to tire changers and truck drivers. With the majority of races still to be run this season, we are looking for strong results, starting this weekend in Canada.”

Where to Watch.

TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

Television Race Broadcast:

Sunday, July 13

2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT on FOX Sports 1

Re-Air of Race Highlights Package

Available at IMSA.com

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/

Live Qualifying Streaming:

IMSA.com

Race Weekend Schedule. (All times ET)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Practice Session 1 – All Classes – 10:00-10:45 a.m.

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Practice Session 2 – All Classes – 3:25-4:05 p.m.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Qualifying – All Classes – 10:35-10:55 a.m.

TUDOR Championship Practice Session 1 – All Classes – 11:55 a.m.-12:55 p.m.

TUDOR Championship Practice Session 2 – All Classes – 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA – Race 1 – 5:40-6:25 p.m. (45-minutes)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA – Race 2 – 10:10-10:55 a.m. (45-minutes)

TUDOR Championship Practice Session 3 – All Classes – 11:10a.m.-12:10 p.m.

TUDOR Championship Driver Autograph Session – 4:00-4:45 p.m. – Team Transporters

TUDOR Championship Qualifying – GT Daytona Class – 5:20-5:35 p.m.

TUDOR Championship Qualifying – GT Le Mans Class – 5:40-5:55 p.m.

Sunday, July 13 2014

TUDOR Championship Warm-Up – All Classes – 9:00-9:20 a.m.

TUDOR Championship Pre-Race Activities/Recon Laps – 12:45-2:05 p.m.

TUDOR Championship Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen – All Classes – 2:05-4:50 p.m. (Two-Hours, 45-Minutes)

TUDOR Championship Post-Race Activities – 4:50 p.m.

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 (9) Porsche 911 GT America

No. 18 Muehlner Motorsports America Mark Thomas (Houston, Texas)/TBA

No. 19 Muehlner Motorsports America TBA/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. 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. 73 Park Place Motorsports Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, Calif.)/Kevin Estre (Germany)

No. 81 GB Autosport Damien Faulkner (Ireland)/Ben Barker (Great Britain)

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