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Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Sonoma. Porsche Motorsports Event Notes
Posted by: newsla on Aug 19, 2014 - 06:15 AM
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Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Sonoma. Porsche Motorsports Event Notes


Dateline. Sonoma, California

Circuit. Sonoma Raceway

Track Length/Turns. 1.99-mile, 11-turn Road Course

Round. Pirelli World Challenge, 13 and 14 of 16

Next Round. Championship Finals at Miller Motorsports Park, Miller Motorsports Park, Toole, Utah, September 12-13 – GT/GT-A/GTS

 

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Porsche Events.

Pirelli World Challenge

Date. Race 1: Saturday, August 23, 5:35 p.m. ET/ 2:35 p.m. PT

Race 2: Sunday, August 24, 7:40 p.m. ET/ 4:40 p.m. PT

Race Duration. 50-minutes

Classes. GT (Porsche 911 GT3 R), GT-A (Porsche 911 GT3 R) GTS (Porsche Cayman S)

Porsche Profile. Event Story Lines

Endurance vs. Sprint. The Challenges of Porsche Disciplines

Drivers who are versatile, competing in different cars with different sanctioning bodies with different length races, are often asked to compare the challenges of endurance racing (anything over an hour with more than one driver sharing a car) versus sprint racing. For Ryan Dalziel (Scotland), who will be driving the No. 31 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R at Sonoma, the intensity level is the same, but for very different reasons. In endurance racing, like the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship which Dalziel is a regular in the Prototype class, from the first practice on the first day, the driver is constantly considering what the strategy for the race will be and what the car will handle like for multiple stints and fuel loads. Also, each driver has to consider what his or her teammate thinks of the car. The final race setup is often a compromise between teammates. When it comes to sprint races, such as this weekend’s twin Pirelli World Challenge events, the driver can become somewhat selfish again. It’s just driver, the car and the race. With short distances, there is no stress about pit stops or strategy. It’s just flat-out, qualifying laps for 50 minutes.

There is no doubt that whether its sprint or endurance, both are equally as difficult but in their own unique ways. Dalziel won both ends of the Pirelli World challenge doubleheader two weeks ago at Mid-Ohio in his EFFORT Racing Porsche.

Baldwin Country. Sonoma Raceway Success for Veteran Driver Jack Baldwin

Jack Baldwin (Marietta, Georgia) has had a good deal of success at the 1.99-mile Sonoma Raceway circuit over the years. The veteran driver of the No. 73 GTSport Racing Porsche Cayman S is the current track record folder for the GTS class. He set the quick lap, a one-minute, 43.127-second circuit, in 2012 driving a Cayman S. He is also a past winner on the track including racing to the 1983 IMSA Camel GTU class victory with Joe Varde. Showing Baldwin has not lost a step in his impressive career, by comparison, Ryan Dalziel was just one year-old at that time.

Porsche History. Sonoma Raceway

Key Professional Victories.

Since Sonoma Raceway opened in 1969, Porsche has 420 overall and class wins while Chevrolet is second with 370.


1969 – Elliott Forbes-Robinson – Porsche 911S – SCCA Trans-Am Under 2-liter winner first pro race at Sears Point

1976 - Jim Busby – Porsche 911 Carrera RSR – Camel GTX winner

Walt Maas – Porsche 914/6 – Camel GTU winner

1977 – Dennis Aase – Porsche 911 S – Camel GTU winner

1978 – Howard Meister- Porsche 911 Carrera RSR – Camel GTO winner

1979 – Peter Gregg – Porsche 935/79 – Camel GTX winner

1980 – John Pitzpatrick – Porsche 935 K3/80 – Camel GTX winner

1981 – Wayne Baker – Porsche 914/6 – Camel GTU winner

1983 – Al Holbert/Jim Trueman – March 83G Porsche – Camel GTP winner

1985 – Bob Wollek – Porsche 962 – Camel GTP winner

1986 – Rob Dyson/Price Cobb – Porsche 962 – Camel GTP winner

1987 – Jochen Mass – Porsche 962 – Camel GTP winner

1995 – Kevin Buckler – Porsche 911 – IMSA GTS winner

1997 – Franz Konrad/Nick Ham – Porsche 911 GT2 – IMSA GTS winner

2000 – Lucas Luhr/Dirk Mueller – Porsche 911 GT3 R – American Le Mans Series GT winner

2001 – Johannes Van Overbeek – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Speedvision World Challenge overall winner

2002 – Sascha Maassen/Lucas Luhr – Porsche 911 GT3 RS – American Le Mans Series GT winner

2003 - Sascha Maassen/Lucas Luhr – Porsche 911 GT3 RS – American Le Mans Series GT winner

2004 – Wolf Henzler – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Speedvision World Challenge overall winner

2005 – Timo Bernhard/Romain Dumas – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – American Le Mans Series GT winner

2006 – Wolf Henzler/Robin Liddell – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Grand-Am Rolex GT winner

2011 – Patrick Long – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – SPEED World Challenge GT/overall winner of both races


Porsche Point of View.

Jens Walther, President/CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America

"This weekend will be a two-prong approach by Porsche Motorsport. We have the Tudor Championship competing at Virginia International Raceway with the Porsche North America works effort, the Team Falken Tire customer 911 RSR and nearly a dozen Porsche 911 GT Americas. Simultaneously, we have the Pirelli World Challenge racing in Sonoma with EFFORT Racing’s two Porsche 911 GT3 R and GTSport’s Porsche Cayman S.

Logistically, it is always challenging to have two major series racing on opposite sides of the country. However, we have many years of experience and we have been able to create the processes to maximize our effectiveness at both locations. We trust that our customers and fans will not recognize any difference in either our commitment or execution of service and performance on either coast.”

Ryan Dalziel, No. 31 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R, GT class

“In World Challenge, I love the standing starts. The adrenalin rush whilst sitting waiting for the lights to go out is something you never experience during a rolling start, but something I love.”

Jack Baldwin, No. 73 GTSport Racing Porsche Cayman S, GTS class

“There are so many things that can go wrong with in-line standing starts; from mechanical failure to driver error it's really just one big crap shoot. Most of the time I am very close to the car in front of me and my visibility beyond that car is next to zero. So, I am just hoping everything goes well.”

Where to Watch.

Pirelli World Challenge

Television Race Broadcast:

Saturday, August 30, 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time on NBC Sports Network

Re-Air

Thursday, September 5, 12:30 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Network

Live Race Streaming:

WorldChallengeTV.com

Live Timing and Scoring:

http://www.world-challenge.com/liverace


Race Weekend Schedule. (All times Local – Pacific Time Zone)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pirelli World Challenge Testing – GT/GT-A/GTS – 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Pirelli World Challenge Testing – GT/GT-A/GTS – 4:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Pirelli World Challenge Practice Session 1 – GT/GT-A/GTS – 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Pirelli World Challenge Practice Session 2 – GT/GT-A/GTS – 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Pirelli World Challenge Qualifying – GT/GT-A/GTS – 8:55 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Pirelli World Challenge Autograph Session – 11:30 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Pirelli World Challenge Practice Pre-Race – 2:15 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.

Pirelli World Challenge Race 1 – GT/GT-A/GTS – 2:35 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. (50-minutes)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Pirelli World Challenge Pre-Race – GT/GT-A/GTS – 4:15 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.

Pirelli World Challenge Race 2 – GT/GT-A/GTS – 4:40 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (50-minutes)


Porsche Entries.

Pirelli World Challenge

GT (1) Porsche 911 GT3 R

No. 31 EFFORT Racing Ryan Dalziel (Scotland)

GT-Amateur (GT-A)(2) Porsche 911 GT3 R

No. 7 Taggart Autosport Jim Taggart (Cary, North Carolina)

No. 41 EFFORT Racing Michael Mills (Angleton, Texas)

GTS (2) Porsche Cayman S

No. 72 GTSport Racing Buz McCall (Boca Raton, Florida)

No. 73 GTSport Racing Jack Baldwin (Marietta, Georgia)

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