Porsche Motorsports Event Notes. Monday, April 11, 2016

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April 11, 2016


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Porsche Motorsports Event Notes. Monday, April 11, 2016

IMSA WeatherTech
Dateline.                               Long Beach, California
Circuit.                                  Long Beach Temporary Street Course
Track Length/Turns.          1.98-miles/11-turns
Event.                                    BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach, WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Date.                                      April 16, 2016
Race Duration.                    1 Hour, 40 Minutes (100-minutes)
Classes.                               GT Le Mans (GTLM Porsche 911 RSR)
Round.                                   GTLM. Three of Ten
Next Round.                         Continental Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda, Monterey, California, WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, April 28 – May 1

Pirelli World Challenge
Event.                                    Grand Prix of Long Beach presented by Cadillac
Dateline.                               Long Beach, California
Date.                                      Friday – Sunday, April 15-17
Race Duration.                    One, 50-Minute Race
Classes.                               GT (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
Round.                                   Five of 22
Next Round.                         Barber Motorsports Park Presented by PORSCHE, Birmingham, Alabama, Pirelli World Challenge, April 22 – April 24

FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)
Dateline.                               Northamptonshire, Great Britain, The United Kingdom
Circuit.                                  Silverstone Circuit
Track Length/Turns.          3.67-miles/18-turns
Event.                                    Six Hours of Silverstone
Date.                                      Friday – Sunday, April 15-17
Race Duration.                    Six-Hours
Classes.                               LMP1 (Porsche 919 Hybrid), LMGTE-Pro (Porsche 911 RSR, LMGTE-Am (Porsche 911 RSR))
Round.                                   One of Nine
Next Round.                         Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium, May 5- 7

Upcoming Porsche Events
Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
Event.                                    Continental Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Dateline.                               Monterey, California
Date.                                      Friday, April 30
Race Duration.                    Two Hours, 30-minutes
Class.                                    Grand Sport (GS) (Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport)
Round.                                   Three of Ten
Next Round.                         Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen New York, June 30 – July 2

Porsche Profile. Event Story Lines
Porsche Fields Two 911 RSR in “America’s Monaco”, WeatherTech GTLM At Long Beach
After the season-opening races at Daytona and Sebring, North America’s endurance sports car championship, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, leaves Florida and heads to the West Coast. Round Three of ten, the BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix of Long Beach, exclusively features the GT Le Mans (GTLM) and Prototype (P) classes. The GT Daytona (GTD) class, which includes the popular Porsche 911 GT3 R, will not race on the April 15-16 race weekend ion Southern California. With a short-form duration of only 100-minutes, this is the shortest race on the Series’ calendar. The challenging, wall-lined street circuit on the Pacific Ocean is the United States’ most storied street course, much like Europe’s legendary Monaco circuit. The Porsche North America factory program will campaign two 470 hp Porsche 911 RSR in the hotly contested, all-factory program category.
The race on the 1.98-mile, 11-turn street circuit will challenge four works drivers in Saturday’s race. The No. 911 cockpit is shared by the reigning IMSA GTLM champion Patrick Pilet (France) and Le Mans overall winner Nick Tandy (Great Britain) while the sister car, the No. 912, has its own overall Le Mans winner, Earl Bamber (New Zealand), and Frédéric Makowiecki (France). The Kiwi and the Frenchman took home third place from the first two races of the season and lead all Porsche drivers in the yearlong championship chase.
The Porsche 911 RSR is based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car and characterized by a lightweight design.
Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Head of Porsche Motorsport.
“We’ve started the season with two podium results in this intensely competitive and popular racing series – which is a much more successful start than in our championship winning year of 2015. At Daytona and Sebring we were very close to scoring our first win of the year with the 911 RSR. After these two races, Porsche is leading the North American Endurance Cup, and that speaks volumes about the consistently strong performances of the 911 RSR and our drivers. We can build on this for the rest of the season. Now we want to turn our full attention to Long Beach, the shortest race of the season on a very tight street circuit. This poses very special challenges for our whole team.”
Marco Ujhasi, Overall Project Manager GT Works Motorsport.
“This race is not only thrilling for the drivers, it’s also a huge event for the fans. The entire squad is put under immense pressure. With the race being so short, every second we lose in the pits is extremely critical. The choreography has to be perfect otherwise you haven’t got a chance.”
Patrick Pilet, Driver, No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR.
“It’s a fabulous challenge to race non-stop at the limit on such a tight street circuit. There are virtually no run-off zones. Every mistake is punished immediately. If you take a corner too fast you’ll hit the wall. Still, it’s one of my favorite American racetracks. In 2008 I set my first pole there for Porsche. Perhaps now I could follow up with my first victory.”
Nick Tandy, Driver, No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR.
“Long Beach is the first West Coast race of the season. The IndyCar series is contested there on the same weekend, and this is why it traditionally attracts huge crowds. So of course we want to show the spectators just how exciting sports car racing is. After the long distance classics in Daytona and Sebring, the season really heats up for me at Long Beach.”
Earl Bamber, Driver, No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR.
“The two longest races are behind us by the time we get to the shortest race of the season at Long Beach. But for us drivers it doesn’t make much of a difference. The demands are basically the same at every race: You’re up against extremely tough competition, you have to be totally concentrated and you can’t make one mistake.”
Frédéric Makowiecki, Driver, No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR.
“Long Beach is one big motorsport party with two top racing series all-in-one. The fans love it and the atmosphere reflects that. I really like this race. The setting is as unique as the circuit. The qualifying is critical. We will focus on achieving a decent grid spot so that we’re in a good position for a top result.”

Hometown Boys Make Good. Locals Long, Lewis and Sofronas Return to the Streets They Grew-Up On for PWC Race.
The Southern California car culture is well known. Its strength is one of the leading reasons the Grand Prix of Long Beach is the granddaddy of all street races in North America. The way of life does more than just feed great events and incredible car collections it also inspires race drivers. While both Porsche factory driver Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California) and Michael Lewis (Laguna Beach, California) each grew-up watching grassroots oval racing on the short tracks of California, they also attended this race and it helped instill an appreciation for road racing. As each would eventually make turning left and right their core business, clearly Long Beach left an indelible impression for the pair of EFFORT Racing drivers.
Watching sports car and open wheels racers thrash on the streets of Long Beach also hooked another local driver-to-be, James Sofronas of Villa Park, California. His GMG Racing shop is located just a short distance from the Long Beach circuit and, along with a thriving road car tuner business, prepares Porsches for both the GT and GT Cup classes that regularly compete in the series. Sofronas has two career Pirelli World Challenge race wins at Long Beach. The first came in 2009 at the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.
Michael Lewis, Driver, No. 41 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R
“The Long Beach Grand Prix is a historic event and it is a highlight on the Pirelli World Challenge calendar. It will be the second time that EFFORT Racing and I will be competing here together in our Porsche 911 GT3 R. The street courses have been good so far this year, and we look forward to carrying momentum from the last race here. However, everyone will also be strong so we expect a hard fight for the win. It’s a special event, on a personal level, because this race is essentially my home grand prix. Like Patrick, being from Southern California and living so close to Long Beach enables an overwhelming amount of friends, local fans, local sponsors and family to enjoy the race. When I was growing up, I always admired the open wheel drivers who competed on this circuit. It’s humbling to be on the same, historic track as they once were, competing for the win and putting on a show for the fans. The team and I will work to keep our EFFORT Racing/Curb-Agajanian Porsche at the front of the field to contend for another victory!”
James Sofronas, Driver, No. 14 GMG Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R
“Returning to Long Beach is something the entire series looks forward to, but it’s a special place for everyone at GMG. With the track just being a few miles up from our shop, it presents a unique opportunity to put our entire team on display, and with so many fans crossing through the Long Beach Convention Center, we’re very proud to be front and center. Returning to the track with the new Porsche 911 GT3 R should be a great fit, and looking back at our history, our first win at Long Beach came in one!”

Porsche Opens World Endurance Championship at Silverstone. Porsche 919 Hybrid and Porsche 911 RSR Start Title Defenses. 
The 2016 season of the Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC) kicks off on April 17 at Silverstone in England. Porsche Motorsport will undertake title defenses in two classes (LMP1 and GTE-Pro) while seeking a third title in the GTE-Am category. The Porsche 919 Hybrid, possibly the world’s most sophisticated racing car utilizing Porsche’s V4 internal combustion engine and hybrid system seeks to match last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans overall race win and Prototype World Championships with a full, two-car factory effort. The Porsche 911 RSR will look to defend its GTE-Pro titles with a factory-supported privateer effort and three season-long customer programs in the GTE-Am class. A pair of “works” 911 RSR will fight for the GTE-Pro class-win at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.
Porsche 919 Hybrid. 
The Porsche 919 Hybrid, with its innovative powertrain concept, consisting of a downsized two-liter V4 turbocharged gasoline engine and two different energy recovery systems, has been significantly developed for even more efficiency. Although the 2016 regulations stipulate eight percent lower fuel consumption than 2015, the 919 almost equaled its lap times from the previous year at the official WEC Prologue in Le Castellet. For the six-hour race on the demanding Silverstone Formula One circuit, the prototype has received aerodynamically optimized bodywork for high downforce in the fast corners.
The 260 person-strong Porsche Team led by Enzinger and Team Principal Andreas Seidl tackles the third consecutive season with the same driver lineup as last season. As the reigning World Champions, Timo Bernhard (Germany), Brendon Hartley (New Zealand) and Mark Webber (Australia) have the number 1 on their car. Teammates Romain Dumas (France), Neel Jani (Switzerland) and Marc Lieb (Germany) share the number 2 sister car.
Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1. 
“In Silverstone our title defense begins. Whatever the actual race result is, the 919 Hybrid must prove it is competitive enough to win races. This has to be our target and, after intense testing, we are confident of achieving that.”
Andreas Seidl, Team Principal.
“We have kept the car’s concept and thanks to this stability were able to develop the 919 in detail. Weight reduction and performance improvement from various components have made the 919 even more efficient. Suspension and aero development have meant better handling. For the first time we have a high downforce aero package in place for Silverstone circuit’s fast corners. In the previous years we had no resources to do that, because we focused so much on Le Mans. Since the 2015 WEC finale in November we have covered almost 23,000 kilometers [14,290 miles] of testing with the 919 in different specifications. It was partly endurance and partly performance testing. Also as a team we have improved over the winter. We are ready for the new season and excited to see were we stand compared to our competition.”
Timo Bernhard, Driver, No. 1 Porsche Racing Porsche 919 Hybrid.
“We have had good tire testing, good endurance running and have improved constantly. To me, Silverstone stands for heritage and driving fun. There couldn’t be a better track to kick off the season. In 2014 and 2015, our car missed out on a tiny bit of luck there, which hopefully will change now. Mark has won in every race category in Silverstone, so now it’s time he also gets a win there at the wheel of a prototype. Also Brendon has a great Silverstone tally. Let’s go now.”
Brendon Hartley, Driver, No. 1 Porsche Racing Porsche 919 Hybrid.
“We feel well prepared and will carry forward the confidence from the end of last year. Silverstone is a track that every driver in the pit lane loves. It has a bit of everything, but most importantly it has some really quick stuff made for the brave hearted. We tested our high downforce package at the prologue and I am sure we will have big smiles through Copse, Maggots and Beckets. Last year our car took pole and Mark led for the first hour before we had an issue. This year our goal has to be to stand on the top step, but we expect a tough fight.
Mark Webber, Driver, No. 1 Porsche Racing Porsche 919 Hybrid.
“The number one looks gorgeous on our Porsche. It is the fruits of everything we have done last year, and we will have to work incredibly hard to keep it in our team. We’re super respectful of the opposition. Silverstone is a track on which you really can let fast cars like our prototypes go. I’m expecting a good crowd again for the season’s opening round, because the British fans like sports car racing a lot.”
Romain Dumas, Driver, No. 2 Porsche Racing Porsche 919 Hybrid.
“I think we have a competitive package and I hope for a good start to the season, as this is very important for all of us. If we have a nice and clean race we should have a good result. We want to win, that’s our target.“
Neel Jani, Driver, No. 2 Porsche Racing Porsche 919 Hybrid.
“I’m so much looking forward to Silverstone. I don’t think we’re that much faster than the competition as lap times in Le Castellet suggested, but we’re positive and do have high expectations. The fast and flowing corners are what Silverstone is famous for. Normally it rains at some point and for this the conditions we had for our test in Spa at the end of March were a good exercise.”
Marc Lieb, Driver, No. 2 Porsche Racing Porsche 919 Hybrid.
“We’ve had good tests, are familiar with the new car and I’m looking forward to the first weekend with our new race engineer. Last winter I didn’t race at either Daytona or Sebring. This was probably the longest winter break of my career and too much for my taste. It’s really time to go racing again!”

Porsche 911 RSR. With factory support from Porsche, Dempsey Proton Racing fields a Porsche 911 RSR in the GTE-Pro class at the six-hour race on the storied racetrack in the British Midlands. The American racing driver and Hollywood star Patrick Dempsey is a joint partner of the program. Three other Porsche customer teams will tackle the GTE-Am class with the 911 RSR. Several details on the 470 hp winning racer from Weissach, which is based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car, were revamped over the winter months. At this year’s Le Mans 24-hour race, Porsche will campaign its own GT factory team with the 911 RSR.
Sharing the cockpit of the No. 77 Porsche 911 RSR fielded by Dempsey Proton Racing is the reigning WEC GT champion Richard Lietz (Austria) and his works driver colleague Michael Christensen (Denmark). Two other factory pilots, Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California) driving the No.88 Abu Dhabi Proton Racing Porsche and Wolf Henzler (Germany) in the No. 78 KCMG 911 RSR will race for customer teams at Silverstone. Due to Patrick Long’s racing commitment in the Pirelli World Challenge series driving the No. 31 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R, on the same weekend at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, the former Porsche Junior driver, Klaus Bachler (Austria) will stand in for him at Silverstone.
The 911 RSR, with which Porsche won all three GT championship titles for drivers, manufacturers and teams in the 2015 WEC season, is the fastest ever nine-eleven.  The insights gained during the vehicle’s development and at race outings are directly incorporated into the design of future road-going 911 generations. The 470 hp winning racer, which is characterized by an uncompromising lightweight design, received modifications for 2016, particularly to the aerodynamics.
The six-hour race at Silverstone starts on Sunday, April 17, at midday local time (13:00 hrs CEST). Eurosport broadcasts the final stages of the race as well as the podium ceremony live from 17:00 to 19:15 hrs CEST.
Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Head of Porsche Motorsport.
“After our successful season in 2015 where we won the three GT titles, 2016 is a transitional year in the WEC for Porsche. We’re not running our own factory team in the series, but instead we’ll support our customer team, Dempsey Proton Racing, in their GTE-Pro-class campaign with the 911 RSR. The Proton Competition squad, who stands behind the team, has been a reliable and successful Porsche partner for many years. This outfit won the GT title in the European Le Mans Series in 2009 and 2010 with the 911 GT3 RSR. Despite the tough competition, I’m confident that Dempsey Proton Racing, with our works drivers Richard Lietz and Michael Christensen, will be good for some surprises this year.”
Richard Lietz, Driver, No. 77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR.
“The big challenge for us in the first races will be familiarizing ourselves as quickly as possible with the new team, and to work together towards delivering a good performance on the racetrack. We’ll only know where we stand after Silverstone. As the title defenders with our proven technology, we’re up against strong competition from other manufacturers. We’re looking forward to some great duels. We have six hours to do our very best and give them a run for their money. After all the testing, I can’t wait to get out on the track and contest my first race of the season.”
Michael Christensen, Driver, No. 77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR.
“Normally you only conduct tests before the first race of a championship. But I’ve already clocked up a decent amount of kilometers at the races in Daytona and Sebring. That must surely give us a small advantage. I’m excited about my second WEC season and working with the experienced Dempsey Proton Racing crew. The season-opening round at Silverstone – the heart of British motor racing – is something very special to me. I really like the racetrack, I’ve driven many different vehicles there and I always felt great. The enthusiasm of the British fans adds to the fantastic atmosphere.”
Wolf Henzler, Driver, No. 78 KCMG Porsche 911 RSR.
“To contest a whole WEC season is a new and interesting experience for me. I’m looking forward to it. After eleven very enjoyable years of racing in the USA for Porsche, it’s time for a new challenge. The last time I competed at Silverstone was three years ago in the European Le Mans Series. It’s a great circuit. I just hope that it won’t be too cold because that makes it difficult to get the tires up to the optimal working temperature.”

Silverstone Facts and Figures. 
– The first six-hour race of the FIA WEC starts on April 17th at 12:00 hours local time, 7:00 a.m. ET.
– FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and Fox Sports 2 (FS2) will broadcast live on race day beginning at 7:00 a.m. ET. Check local listings for specific times and channel.
– One lap at the current Silverstone circuit is 5.9-kilometers/3.67-miles long and has 18 corners. The first track on the former Royal Air Force base was opened in 1947, and the modern layout is the 11th version since then.
– Last year Hartley/Webber took pole position in 1:39.721 minutes, just ahead of Dumas/Jani (1:40.340 min). In the race Bernhard/Hartley/Webber retired due to a gearbox problem. Dumas/Jani/Lieb finished in second place after 201 laps with a gap of 4.61 seconds to the winning No. 7 Audi.
– For the 3.67-mile-long lap in Silverstone, the Porsche 919 Hybrid uses 5.37 megajoule from energy recovery systems and 60 megajoule from fuel – this translates into 1.511 kilograms or 0.54-gallons (2.03 liters) of gasoline.

Ocean-Side Dinner with Motorsport Legend. Road Racing Drivers Club Celebrates the Career of George Follmer.
The Road Racing Drivers Club (RRDC) will hold its annual banquet again during the Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend. This year, the April 14 event will celebrate the career of American motorsports legend George Follmer. Follmer, who grew-up in California but is now living in Idaho, was the “racer’s racer.” Tenacious yet adaptable, he could coax a car through corners with gentleness and precision or with the fervor.
Follmer’s resume includes four professional road racing championships and 37 professional wins on 22 circuits in four countries. He became legendary in the 1960s and ‘70s racing in Trans-Am and Can-Am but also enjoyed successful stints in NASCAR, F5000 and has three Indianapolis 500 starts. His ties to Porsche run deep as well. Most famously, Follmer drove Penske Racing’s Porsche 917/10 to the 1972 Can-Am championship on the shoulders of five wins in eight races.
The RRDC Evening with George Follmer presented by Firestone will be held on Thursday, April 14, at the Hilton Hotel, 701 West Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, California, with cocktails at 6 p.m., and dinner at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $200 per person ($175 for RRDC members) if purchased in advance, and space is limited.

No Ordinary Car, No Ordinary Experience. Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles 
The upcoming Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles (PEC LA), located in Carson, California, will also be the new home of Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA). Within its 50,000 square-foot building, shared with PMNA, guests will enjoy the amenities of a fine dining restaurant, café and will have the opportunity to visit the Porsche Exclusive Fitting Lounge and a unique Driver’s Selection Shop.
In order to truly appreciate what a Porsche is engineered to do, it should be on a track designed to explore the depth of its capabilities. At the PEC LA, guests will be able to navigate through an exhilarating circuit that includes an acceleration straight, low friction handling circle, ice-hill, kick-plate, off-road courses and other driving modules – all of which are completely dedicated to the Porsche philosophy of “Intelligent Performance”. Drivers will be able to pilot the latest road models through driving modules meant to demonstrate the power, responsiveness, agility and safety with an experienced driving instructor.
The Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles is scheduled for its official ribbon cutting in fall of this year.
* Photos of the PEC LA available upon request.

Porsche Point of View.

Jens Walther, President/CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America. 
“There is something unique and special about Long Beach. It is an event weekend that we all love to be a part of because it is more than a race; it is an event. It is even more special for Porsche Motorsport North America this year as we prepare to move into our new home at the Porsche Experience Center, Los Angeles just up the road in Carson.
Despite the fact that not all classes compete at the Long Beach Grand Prix, Porsche will take our traditional approach with the two car Porsche North America 911 RSR factory effort in the WeatherTech Championship and will be on-site in full support of EFFORT Racing and our other customer 911 GT3 R programs in the Pirelli World Challenge GT class.”


Where to Watch.

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Television Race Broadcast (All times ET)
Saturday, April 16
7 p.m.                                     Fox Sports 2 (FS2)

Re-Air of Race Highlights Package
Saturday, April 16
11 p.m.                                   Fox Sports 1 (FS1)

Sunday, April 17
12:30 p.m.                 Fox Sports 1 (FS1)


All IMSA Series
Live Race Video Streaming
FOX Sports Go

Live Qualifying Streaming

Audio Streaming

Live Timing and Scoring


Pirelli World Challenge
Sunday, April 17
2:00 p.m.                               CBS Sports Network

Live Race Video Streaming

Live Qualifying Streaming

Audio Streaming

Live Timing and Scoring


FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)
Sunday, April 17
7:00 a.m.                               FS1 and FS2

Live Race Video Streaming

Live Qualifying Streaming

Audio Streaming

Live Timing and Scoring


Social Media.

Porsche Cars North America.       @Porsche
Porsche North America.                 @PorscheNARacing
Porsche Motorsport – GT Cars.    @PorscheRaces
Porsche Racing – 919 Hybrid.      @Porsche_Team

Model Hashtag. 
Porsche 911 RSR.                          #911RSR
Porsche 911 GT3 R.                       #911GT3R
Porsche 919 Hybrid.                       #919hybrid

Event Hashtag. 
IMSA.                                     #BUBBAGP
PWC.                                                  #PWCLBGP
WEC.                                                  #6hSilverstone

Race Weekend Schedule. (All times PT)

Friday, April 15, 2016
WeatherTech Championship Practice Session 1 – All Classes – 7:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Practice Session 1 – All Classes – 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
WeatherTech Championship Practice Session 2 – All Classes – 5:00 p.m. – 5:25 p.m.
WeatherTech Championship Qualifying Session – GTLM Class – 5:35 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.

Saturday April 16, 2016
Pirelli World Challenge Practice Session 2 – All Classes – 8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Qualifying Session – Group 1 – 8:40 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Qualifying Session – Group 2 – 9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Autograph Session – Paddock – 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
WeatherTech Championship Autograph Session – Paddock – 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
WeatherTech Championship – Pre-Race/Grid Cars – 3:30 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
WeatherTech Championship – Formation Laps – 3:55 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.
WeatherTech Championship – BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach – Race – 4:05 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. (100-minutes)

Sunday, April 17, 2016
Pirelli World Challenge – Pre-Race/Grid Cars – 9:35 a.m.
Pirelli World Challenge – “Start Your Engines” – 9:53 a.m.
Pirelli World Challenge – Grand Prix of Long Beach presented by Cadillac – Race – 10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. (50-minutes)


Porsche Entries.
Porsche Entries On Site at Long Beach.
Six (6) Porsche 911 racecars are competing at Long Beach this weekend in two different series and two different classes


WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Two (2) Porsche entries

GT Le Mans Class (2) Porsche 911 RSR

No. 911 Porsche North America
Patrick Pilet (France)/Nick Tandy (Great Britain)

No. 912 Porsche North America
Earl Bamber (New Zealand)/Frédéric Makowiecki (France)


Pirelli World Challenge
Four (4) Porsche entries

GT Class (4) Porsche 911 GT3 R

No. 14 GMG Racing                        James Sofronas (Villa Park, California)
No. 31 EFFORT Racing                 Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California)
No. 41 EFFORT Racing                 Michael Lewis (Laguna Beach, California)
No. 76 Calvert Dynamics               Andrew Davis (Athens, Georgia)

Six Hours of Silverstone
FIA World Endurance Championship
Six (6) Porsche entries at Silverstone

LMP1 (2) Porsche 919 Hybrid
No. 1 Porsche Racing
Timo Bernhard (Germany)/Mark Webber (Australia)/Brendon Hartley (New Zealand)

No. 2 Porsche Racing
Romain Dumas (France)/Neel Jani (Switzerland)/Marc Lieb (Germany)

LMGTE-Pro Class (1) Porsche 911 RSR

No. 77 Dempsey Proton Racing
Richard Lietz (Austria)/Michael Christensen (Denmark)

LMGTE-AM Class (3) Porsche 911 RSR
No. 78 KCMG
Christian Reed (Germany)/Wolf Henzler (Germany)/Joel Camathias (Switzerland)
No. 86 Gulf Racing
Michael Wainwright (Great Britain)/Adam Carroll (Great Britain)/Benjamin Barker (Great Britain)
No. 88 Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing
Khaled Al Qubaisi (United Arab Emirates)/David Heinemeier Hansson (Denmark)/Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California)


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


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