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The McLaren 650S GT3 Gets Second Series Championship

By   January 26, 2016

McLaren 650S GT3

McLaren 650S GT3

The McLaren 650S GT3 has already shown itself to be a formidable racing machine. In November it took home the championship for the GT Open series and it has now built on that success with a second championship.

This time the championship was for the GT crown of the Asian Le Mans Series (ALMS). The race featured a battle for the class win between Audi, BMW and McLaren customer teams. The Number 3 Clearwater racing McLaren didn’t need to take the victory at Sepang, but a podium finish would make sure they could take the GT class championship.

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Video: Remembering Porsche In ALMS

By   December 10, 2013

Porsche In ALMS

Porsche In ALMS

Porsche had a very successful run in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). In fact the German Performance car maker is the winningest manufacture to race in ALMS. With the series merging with Grand-Am to form United Sportscar Racing, it is fun to think back to all the great moments in the endurance racing series.

This video from Porsche shows the companies highlights from its time in ALMS. From some great moments in 911 racing machines to the famed RS Spyder, the footage takes you from 1999 all the way through 2013.

Check out the video and then let us know what you think of it in the comments.

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Porsche Hopes To Continue Winning Ways In United Sportscar Racing

By   December 9, 2013

Porsche was the Winningest Manufacture in ALMS

Porsche was the Winningest Manufacture in ALMS

As racing turns the page on the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and looks forward to United Sportscar Racing, it is good to look back on the history of ALMS. After all, history often has a way of repeating itself, so will similar trends that happened in ALMS happen in United Sportscar Racing?

If history does repeat itself Porsche will be very happy. The German performance car maker is the winningest manufacture in ALMS history. They have at various times been dominate in different classes, although it is the GT class that has most defined them. They have continued to show jut how good a racing play form the rear-engined 911 can be.

As we head into 2014 Porsche racing fans will have a lot to look forward to. They will get to see the companies return to the top level of Le Mans competition as well as two factory backed cars race in the United Sportscar Racing series.

What are most looking forward to in 2014 and how do you think Porsche will perform? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Press Release

Atlanta. Official testing for the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (TUSCC) series has already begun, and sports car fans everywhere are discussing the new classes, the new rules, the new cars, the new venues and how it will all come together on the track.

However, let’s take one last look in the rear view mirror at the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), which started in March, 1999 at Sebring, and ended just weeks ago at Road Atlanta. The retrospective provides a basis for what Porsche, with its 12 ALMS Manufacturer and 14 Driver Championships, thanks to its independent Porsche customer teams, hopes to accomplish going forward. Owen Hayes, Porsche Motorsport North America’s director of racing operations, pointed out that everyone grew during those 15 years of the ALMS.

“We have certainly ramped up our operation both at the shop and at the track in the last decade and a half, to meet the growing needs of our successful customer teams. The fierce competition in the ALMS forced us all to get better,” said Hayes. “Personally, the RS Spyders were near and dear to my heart, but we are looking forward to our factory effort behind the two new 911 RSRs in the United SportsCar Championship.”

Through the magic of ALMS Productions video and TangentVector editing, Porsche Cars North America celebrates 15 years of American Le Mans Series success in the one minute, 15-second video now available for viewing at the following link:

Sports car racing fans can relive glimpses of Porsche’s ALMS 116 class wins – by far the most by a manufacturer in series history, including the iconic Porsche RS Spyder prototypes and the Porsche 911 GT3 R/RS/RSR championships.

When Dr. Don Panoz decided that the American sports car fan wanted to see real Le Mans sports car racing in North America, he put up his own money to bring a one-off event to Road Atlanta in 1998. He then worked with the ACO – organizers of the 24 Hours of Le Mans – to call the event “Petit Le Mans”. No one knew how it would turn out, but Porsche brought its Le Mans-winning 911 GT1 factory racecars, and other manufacturers followed suit. After the success of that event, Panoz, again with Porsche leading the way, announced that he would start a series in North America in 1999 called the American Le Mans Series. In cooperation with the ACO, it would bring Le Mans-rules racing to the U.S. – important to Porsche, as America was, and is, the company’s largest consumer market.

Again, no one really knew who would show up for that first ALMS race at Sebring in March 1999, but once Porsche announced its support, BMW, Corvette, Audi and others followed and the ALMS was born.

The majority of Porsche’s ALMS activity has centered on the Le Mans GT class, where, through its customer teams, the company has pitted its best Porsche 911 racecars against the world’s factory efforts over the years from Ferrari, BMW, Corvette, Dodge/SRT Viper, Aston Martin, Maserati and others. In nine of those 15 years, Porsche customer teams won the manufacturers’ championship with entrants Dick Barbour Racing, Alex Job Racing, Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing and Flying Lizard Motorsports. Championship drivers have included Cort Wagner, Dirk Mueller, Timo Bernhard, Joerg Bergmeister, Patrick Long, Romain Dumas, Lucas Luhr, Sascha Maassen and Wolf Henzler.

When Porsche teamed up with Penske Racing to initiate a factory LMP2 effort in the 2005, the company developed a clean-sheet-of-paper 3.4-liter V8 engine and matching Porsche-designed chassis and transmission that was an instant success in the series. After winning its class at the car’s debut at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr), the Porsche RS Spyder went on to three consecutive LMP2 class championships. Hitting above its weight in 2007, Porsche beat the LMP1 Audi seven races in a row to win overall. Winning RS Spyder drivers included Sascha Maassen, Lucas Luhr, Romain Dumas, Timo Bernhard, Emmanuel Collard, Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe for Penske Racing, while, in a former Dyson Racing RS Spyder, Klaus Graf and Greg Pickett, along with Luhr and Maassen, also scored ALMS wins for Pickett’s Muscle Milk Racing.

In the final season of ALMS competition, Porsche customer teams CORE autosport, Team Falken Tire and Paul Miller Racing have campaigned Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs in the GT class while multiple teams, including Alex Job, TRG, Flying Lizard, JDX Racing, NGT Motorsports and Dempsey Racing have raced in the one-make GTC class. Perhaps the most fitting end to the relationship between the ALMS and Porsche was the improbable Team Falken Tire Porsche GT win (Wolf Henzler/Bryan Sellers/Nick Tandy) in the series’ finale at Road Atlanta on October 19.

Porsche American Le Mans Series Final Statistics

In 148 Races between 1999 – 2013:

Porsche overall wins. 13 (Mid-Ohio, ‘06; Long Beach, ‘07; Houston, ‘07, Salt Lake City, ’07, Lime Rock, ’07, Mid-Ohio ’07, Road America, ’07, Mosport ’07, Detroit ’07, Sebring, ’08, Salt Lake City ’08, Lime Rock ’10, Mosport ‘10)

GT Manufacture Championships – 9
LMP2 Manufacture Championships – 3
Driver Championships – 14
Porsche Class Victories. 116*
Audi – 82
Corvette – 79
Lola – 45
Honda/Acura – 36
Ferrari – 34
BMW – 33
SRT/Dodge – 16

Porsche P1 Wins. 2 (Muscle Milk P2 car re-classified when ALMS combined P classes)

Porsche P2 Wins. 25
Porsche GTS Wins. 2
Porsche GT/GT2 Wins. 83
Porsche 911 GT3 R/RS/RSR Wins. 81
Porsche Class Poles: 98
Audi – 64
Corvette – 64

Porsche won the GT/GT2 ALMS manufacturers title nine of the 15 years of ALMS’ existence – all with the Porsche 911 GT3 R/RS/RSR family of racecars. 2006 was Porsche’s first LMP2 title, and Porsche won the drivers, manufacturers, engine and chassis titles in LMP2 for 2006, 2007, and 2008.

*does not include GTC, unclassified 911 GT3 R Hybrid wins, and GTE-Am WEC wins at Petit Le Mans and Sebring

Video: 2013 Porsche IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge Highlights

By   November 7, 2013

Porsche IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge

Porsche IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge

The Porsche IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge is a one make driver’s series that in 2013 ran along side with the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). In 2014 ALMS and Grand-Am will merge to become United Sportscar Racing and the GT3 Cup Challenge will run along side with the new series.

Since the cars are all essentially the same the difference between winning and coming in last is largely due to a driver’s skill. Many of the drivers are promising young drivers and others are experienced racers.

This video shows highlights of the exciting 2013 season. The footage has a lot of good on track scenes and shows what the competitive racing series is all about.

Check out the video and then let us know what you think of the Porsche IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge in the comments.

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A Good Race For Rebellion, Porsche And Corvette

By   October 22, 2013

The Falken Tire Porsche 911 Takes the GT Class in Petit Le Mans Race

The Falken Tire Porsche 911 Takes the GT Class in Petit Le Mans Race

The final race ever to be run in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) was run over the weekend and it was a good one for Porsche and Corvette fans. The Petit Le Mans race marked the last time that an ALMS race will be run as ALMS and Grand-Am are merging starting for the 2014 season, forming United Sports Car Racing.

The winner of Petit Le Mans was the Rebellion racing team. In testing they had been running the fastest laps, but it was when the Muscle Milk car was retired from the race that the race really opened up for Rebellion. Even though the Muscle Milk car didn’t get the victory they still had the points to win the championship.

In the GT Class the Falken Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR managed to win a hard fought race. Early on in the race they had to keep up with the number 91 SRT Viper and then fight with the BMW teams, but they managed to hold on for the victory. In the class a sixth place finish for the Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia was good enough to take home the driver’s championship.

The GTC Class win went to the Flying Lizard Motorsports team. The victory gave the team the class championship.

Let us know what you thought about the final ALMS race in the comments.

Press Release

Rebellion Racing wrote the final chapter in the history of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, winning the season-ending 16th Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta.

Neel Jani and Nico Prost repeated as winners of the 1,000-mile race, joined by Nick Heidfeld in the No. 12 Rebellion Timepieces/Lemo Connectors/Speedy Garage Toyota-powered Lola B12/60. Jani took the checkered flag by six laps over P2 winner Ryan Briscoe, who helped co-driver Scott Tucker to his fourth consecutive championship.

An unscheduled pit stop by Romain Dumas and the retirement of the P1 championship-winning No. 6 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c-Honda five hours into the event opened the door for Rebellion, which spent the early hours battling to regain a lost lap resulting from an unnecessary contact penalty.

“The beginning was not easy at all, it was dry, wet, dry, but wet enough so had to keep the slicks,” Jani said. “It was kind of a gamble on the tires. It was a bit of a question what do you risk. I tried not to burn out the tires, but the rain never came so we switched back.”

The race took a dramatic turn at the five-hour mark when Dumas pitted with a one-lap lead in the No. 6 machine co-driven by Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf. After a brief examination by the crew, the car was pushed behind the wall with terminal overheating problems.

“It’s a shame that the season ends like this,” Luhr said. “But in racing, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.”

Luhr ended his ALMS career with a series-leading 49 victories, with the team carrying an eight-race winning streak into the finale that saw Luhr and Graf clinch the driver, team and manufacturer titles. Rebellion Racing led three times for 228 of the 394 circuits, while Muscle Milk Pickett Racing paced the field twice for 158 laps.

Both the P2 and Prototype Challenge presented by Continental Tire (PC) titles went down to the wire, with Tucker and Chris Cumming earning the respective championships.

Tucker’s co-drivers Marino Franchitti and Briscoe moved from third to first in the closing hour, with Briscoe winning by 1.394 seconds over David Brabham in the No. 01 Tequila Patrón HPD ARX-03b co-driven by Scott Sharp and Anthony Lazzaro with Extreme Speed Motorsports. Unofficially, Tucker beat Franchitti by eight points while Sharp was 10 points behind. Tucker won his third straight P2 crown after taking the PC title in 2010.

“All of them have been hard, and today it came down to the last race – and we had to win,” Tucker said. “Fortunately, it all worked out. Extreme Speed Motorsports gave us really tough competition, and it could have gone either way.”

A key moment came one hour into the race when race leader Jani brushed PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports’ No. 52 Molecule ORECA FLM09 as Dane Cameron exited the pits. As a result, that team lost 20 laps in the pits before Mike Guasch returned to the race in seventh position. The team was able to work its way back through attrition to finish fifth.

Cumming and co-drivers Kyle Marcelli and Stefan Johansson had to come from behind to win the third straight PC race for the No. 8 BAR1 Motorsports ORECA FLM09. Ozz Negri and Sean Rayhall led much of the race – including eight laps overall – in the No. 25 8Star Motorsports entry, with Marcelli taking the checkered flag by 11.442 seconds over Rayhall.

The victory enabled Cumming to take the driver’s title by one point over Guasch, 141-140, while BAR1 Motorsports took the team title in a tie-breaker over CORE autosport (145-145, three victories to two). CORE finished third in the finale with Jon Bennett, Tom Kimber-Smith and Colin Braun in the No. 05 Composite Resources ORECA FLM09.

“After Baltimore, where we scored no points, we thought the season championship was completely out of our reach,” Cumming said. “We showed up at Circuit of The Americas with the attitude to go all out and win some races. We won COTA, and ended up winning at VIR. We came here with an outside shot at winning, but we needed everything to work out. It was one of those dream days where everything worked out.”

Team Falken Tire Wins Petit Le Mans; Magnussen, Garcia Win Title

Victory Takes Flying Lizard Motorsports To GTC Team Title In Final ALMS Race

BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 19, 2013) – Team Falken Tire took a dramatic GT class victory in Saturday’s 16th Petit Le Mans Powered By Mazda at Road Atlanta, while Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia took the drivers’ title with a sixth-place finish in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón finale.

Nick Tandy, Bryan Sellers and Wolf Henzler took their first triumph of the final season for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón in the No. 17 Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. The winning vehicle was a show car until it was pressed into service last month after an opening-lap incident in the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT damaged the team’s primary car beyond repair.

The class featured drama all the way to the checkered flag. Tandy nearly lost control following the final restart with 11 laps remaining when he clipped a curb, but he recovered and held on to win by 0.741-of-a-second over Dirk Muller in the No. 56 Team RLL Crowne Plaza BMW Z4 GTE co-driven by John Edwards and Bill Auberlen.

“It was clearly difficult winning a race in GT, especially when it’s a 10-hour race,” Sellers said. “It was all about resiliency. Nobody gave up and the guys were fantastic in the pits. It’s pretty special to be here in the last ALMS race and go down in the history books and be part of what is to be part of what is considered to be the best GT racing in the world.”

A sixth-place finish for Garcia and Magnussen in the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6 ZR1 co-driven by Jordan Taylor was good enough to capture the GT drivers’ title, winning by six points over Muller (135-129).

“After not getting points at Sebring, we didn’t think getting the championship was possible,” Garcia said. “But we kept fighting and it came together in the end.”

The competitive battle saw seven of the 11 competitors representing five manufacturers take turns in the GT lead. The No. 91 SRT/Rush Viper GTS-R of Marc Goossens, Dominik Farnbacher and Ryan Dalziel led 126 laps before losing ground after contact with a prototype, while the winning Porsche led 124.

Spencer Pumpelly won in GTC by 5.839 seconds over Andy Lally, but came up short in his bid for the title. Pumpelly co-drove the No. 45 Venezuela/eSilicon/UIS Porsche 911 GT3 Cup with Nelson Canache Jr., and Madison Snow for Flying Lizard Motorsports, while Lally shared the No. 27 dempseychallenge,org Porsche with Dempsey Racing teammates Joe Foster and Patrick Dempsey.

The victory gave Flying Lizard Motorsports the GTC team title by 12 points over Alex Job Racing (157-145). Alex Job teammates Jeroen Bleekemolen and Cooper MacNeil won the drivers’ title with a fourth-place finish in the No. 22 WeatherTech Porsche shared with Sebastiaan Bleekemolen, beating Pumpelly and Canache by six points (145-139).

“We won the last ever ALMS race and the last ever ALMS pole,” Pumpelly said. “We wanted to win the team and driver titles and a lot of races. We missed the drivers’ championship but won the team. It’s really easy coming to work with Flying Lizard. The guys are just phenomenal.”

Next year the ALMS will combine with the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series as the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The first scheduled activity for the unified series will be unofficial testing at Sebring International Raceway (Nov. 16-17) and Daytona International Speedway (Nov. 19-20), with the 2014 season opening with the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 25-26, 2014.

1. (1) Neel Jani/Nicolas Prost/Nick Heidfeld (12-P1), Lola B12-60 Toyota, 394 laps

2. (4) Scott Tucker/Ryan Briscoe/Marino Franchitti (551-P2), HPD ARX-03b, 388

3. (3) Scott Sharp/Anthony Lazzaro/David Brabham (01-P2), HPD ARX-03b, 388

4. (5) Guy Cosmo/Peter Dumbreck/Jonny Kane (552-P2), HPD ARX-03b, 387

5. (11) Kyle Marcelli/Stefan Johansson/Chris Cumming (8-PC), ORECA FLM09, 380

6. (12) Oswaldo Negri/Sean Rayhall (25-PC), ORECA FLM09, 380

7. (10) Jonathan Bennett/Tom Kimber-Smith/Mark Wilkins (05-PC), ORECA FLM09, 377

8. (21) Bryan Sellers/Nick Tandy/Wolf Henzler (17-GT), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 375

9. (20) John Edwards/Dirk Mueller/Bill Auberlen (56-GT), BMW Z4 GTE, 375

10. (16) Matteo Malucelli/Robin Liddell/Olivier Beretta (62-GT), Ferrari F458 Italia, 375

11. (8) Chris Dyson/Tony Burgess/Chris McMurry (16-P1), Lola B12-60 Mazda, 374

12. (24) Jorg Muller/Uwe Alzen/Maxime Martin (55-GT), BMW Z4 GTE, 374

13. (17) Tommy Kendall/Kuno Wittmer/Jonathan Bomarito (93-GT), SRT Viper GTS-R Viper V-10, 373

14. (19) Jan Magnussen/Jordan Taylor/Antonio Garcia (3-GT), Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1, 373

15. (18) Dominik Farnbacher/Marc Goossens/Ryan Dalziel (91-GT), SRT Viper GTS-R Viper V-10, 372

16. (23) Colin Braun/Patrick Long/Michael Christensen (06-GT), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 372

17. (6) Johannes van Overbeek/Ed Brown/Rob Bell (02-P2), HPD ARX-03b, 369

18. (26) Leh Keen/Johnny Mowlem/Bill Sweedler (23-GT), Ferrari F458 Italia, 369

19. (22) Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Richard Westbrook (4-GT), Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1, 369

20. (14) Rusty Mitchell/Tomy Drissi/James French (7-PC), ORECA FLM09, 365

21. (7) Dane Cameron/David Cheng/Mike Guasch (52-PC), ORECA FLM09, 359

22. (27) Nelson Canache Jr./Spencer Pumpelly/Madison Snow (45-GTC), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 357

23. (29) Patrick Dempsey/Andy Lally/Joe Foster (27-GTC), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 357

24. (30) Mike Hedlund/Jan Heylen/Jon Fogarty (11-GTC), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 357

25. (28) Cooper MacNeil/Jeroen Bleekemolen/Sebastiaan Bleekemolen (22-GTC), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 356

26. (34) Seth Neiman/Dion von Moltke/Brett Sandberg (44-GTC), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 344

27. (31) Ben Keating/Damien Faulkner/Craig Stanton (66-GTC), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 339

28. (32) Nicolas Armindo/Christina Nielsen/Angel Andres Benitez, Jr (31-GTC), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 339 29. (9) Bruno Junqueira/Duncan Ende/Gustavo Menezes (9-PC), ORECA FLM09, 295

30. (33) Charles Espenlaub/Darren Law/Charlie Putman (10-GTC), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 277

31. (15) Katherine Legge/Andy Meyrick (0-P1), DeltaWing LM12 Elan, 209

32. (2) Klaus Graf/Lucas Luhr/Romain Dumas (6-P1), HPD ARX-03c, 200

33. (13) Tristan Nunez/Charlie Shears (18-PC), ORECA FLM09, 121

34. (25) Bryce Miller/Marco Holzer/Emmanuel Collard (48-GT), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR,76