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ZF Motorsports Road America Newsletter
Posted by: newsla on Aug 07, 2014 - 05:44 PM
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ZF Motorsports Road America Newsletter

The Porsche GT3 Cup series is one of the most successful single-make series in the world. The basis for the series is the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. For many drivers, the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama is a destination and, for some, a stepping stone to an eventual career in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and beyond.


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Under the IMSA sanction there are three class divisions, Gold Cup, Platinum Cup and a Masters Championship (for drivers 45 and over). The Porsche GT3 Cup series runs a 16-round schedule in North America. The series is one of 19 global Porsche 911 GT3 Cup one-make championships that provide thrilling action and groom drivers for a future in the TUDOR Championship or professional GT racing worldwide. Every one of the 45+ Porsche GT3 Cup cars runs with a ZF shock absorbers and clutch as spec part. Globally, ZF is also an Official Partner of Porsche Motorsport by sponsoring various series such as the Porsche Supercup, Porsche Carrera Cup Germany or Porsche Carrera Cup Japan.

"The series has long been an integral part of Porsche's international one-make Cup network and a vital stepping stone for driver and team development in North America, as evidenced by our Young Driver's Academy program here in the U.S.," Jens Walther, president and CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America, said. "The series provides a mixture of experienced drivers with young, up-and-coming talent on an affordable budget in a professional environment which is unique in the United States and Canada.

In 2014, the GT3 Cup Challenge USA introduced new tracks to the schedule as well as Porsche's newest generation 911 GT3 Cup car to the platinum class. We are looking forward to seeing these positive additions to an already exciting and highly competitive category."

Katherine Legge ZF Clutch Performer

The first thing that catches your eye when you watch the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in person or on TV is the diversity of racing cars, the second thing is the unique DeltaWing.

Originally designed by Ganassi Racing Technical Director Ben Bowlby, as a successor to the outdated IndyCar chassis, the DeltaWing is not just about looking different - it is about transforming the motorsports and automotive industries with radical innovation.

Racer magazine calls it a game changer. The car debuted in racing form at the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans. The resulting performance, although disappointing on the track, when it retired six hours into the race after contact with another competitor, did not dim the future of this unique race car.

Katerine Legge drives the DeltaWing with Andy Meyrick, now campaigned by Panoz Motorsports. Legge likes the car. "It is very unique, but at the end of the day it drives like a racing car. It has its own characteristics, as all cars do. It's very fast in a straight line as it has little drag, and downforce from the ground effects. We use less tires and less fuel. It brakes more from the rear and has less weight transfer. Obviously, the rear is wider than the front so you don't aim for an apex with the front but judge the rear."

Asked if she had to adjust her driving style, "you do for every car you drive. No more than other things. For example, it's like jumping from a front wheel drive car into a rear wheel car or from a single-seater into a GT car. The DeltaWing is very quick in a straight line so the longer the straights the better! Since the team recently designed and fitted a differential in the car, we have improved cornering speeds and power application enormously. I think we should be competitive at a lot of places now. Road America was the highlight for the coupe. I think that our new roadster will fare well there too, it's light and nimble."

Road America, the National Park of Speed

Road America is one of the longest road courses in North America. Measuring four-miles and 14-turns, the natural terrain road course has challenged drivers for 57 years. The track features elevation changes and famous named corners like Canada Corner, the Carousel and, of course, the Kink. Located on 640-acres, the park-like setting offers amazing viewing opportunities, and unique concessions. At any one of the 13 concession stands, you will find the areas famous Johnsonville Brat, fresh corn on the cob, as well as locally brewed Spotted Cow beer to wash it all down.

Opening soon is a 1,200-foot twin zip line. Thrill seekers will travel at speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour. The zip line launch tower is located just a couple of minutes' walk from the paddock, across the Corvette Bridge high above Turn 13. The cable follows a path from the hillside overlooking Turn 13, down to a landing tower overlooking Turn 14 and the North Paddock. During the ride, you will have the rare opportunity to take in some of the beautiful Road America scenery while racing down the zip line.

Aside from racing, Road America will also play host to one of the most intense endurance challenges on the planet, the Tough Mudder, Sept. 6-7. The Tough Mudder is a 10- to 12-mile obstacle course challenge that involves diving into ice-cold water, crawling through mud and running through bursts of fire.

"Road America is widely known for having the most active and diverse schedule of any road race circuit in the U.S. We host the AMA, NASCAR Nationwide Series, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (TUSCC) and three separate vintage events," George Bruggenthies, Road America president and general manager said. "We have also made many new facility improvements designed to enhance the overall fan experience; such as making the famous Corvette Bridge wider and the new zip line experience."

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