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Porsche Fights With Ferrari For Points Championship In Grand-Am

By   September 30, 2013

Magnus Racing Porsche Fights To Challenge Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458

Magnus Racing Porsche Fights to Challenge Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458

The Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series season came to an end this weekend which also was the last race for the series before it merges with the American Le Mans Series. Coming into the final race both Porsche and Ferrari had a chance at both the GT class manufacture’s championship and the GT class driver’s championship.

For Porsche the hope was on the number 44 Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car having a good race and getting enough points to finish ahead of the number 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458. Unfortunately, for them an on track incident kept them from having a very good finish. They were looking good enough for a podium finish but the incident forced them back in the pack and they ended up finishing 13th in the GT class. Finishing at all was an amazing accomplishment as the car was badly damaged in the incesent.

For Ferrari things worked out very well with the number 63 Ferrari 458 taking the class victory. For Porsche fans one of the winning drivers will be vary familiar as Leh Keen was on the winning team. Leh started the season driving the number 59 Brumos Racing Porsche, until Brumos decided to get out of the series. Mr. Keen had also won the championship in the Brumos car a few years back.

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Race Results – GT Class

1. No. 31 Lawson Aschenbach/Darnestown, MD; Eric Curran/Holyoke, MA; Marsh Racing Corvette – 162 laps

2. No. 63 Alessandro Balzan/Italy; Leh Keen/Charleston, S.C., Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 – 162 laps

3. No. 64 Johannes van Overbeek/Oakland, CA; Jeff Westphal, San Carlos, CA, Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 – 162 laps

4. No. 57 John Edwards/Cincinnati, Ohio; Robin Liddell/England, Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro – 161 laps

5. No. 93 Michael Marsal/New York; Tom Kimber-Smith/Great Britain, Turner Motorsports BMW M3 – 161 laps

6. No. 75 Antonio Garcia/Spain; Jan Magnussen/Denmark, Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT-R – 160 laps

7. No. 61 Alex Tagliani/Montreal; Jeff Segal/Miami, R.Ferri/Aim Motorsport Ferrari 458 – 159 laps

8. No. 18 Mark Greenburg/Jamaica Plains, Mass.; Richard Lietz/Austria, Muehlner Motorsports America Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – 156 laps

9. No. 73 Patrick Lindsey/Santa Barbara, Calif.; Patrick Long/Playa del Rey, Calif., Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – 151 laps

10. No. 66 Damien Falkner/Ireland; Richie Stanaway/New Zealand; TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage – 106 laps

11. No. 69 Emil Assentato/Locust Valley, NY; Anthony Lazzaro/Acworth, Ga., AIM Autosport Ferrari 458 – 105 laps

12. No. 46 Al Carter/Greenville, DE; Eric Lux, Williamsville, NY, Fall-Line Motorsports Audi R8 – 83 laps

13. No. 44 Andy Lally/Newport, NY; John Potter/Salt Lake City, Utah, Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – 67 laps

14. No. 94 Bill Auberlen/Redondo Beach, Calif.; Paul Dalla Lana/Canada, Turner Motorsports BMW M3 – 2 laps

15. No. 18 Bob Doyle/Killingworth, CT; Kyle Marcelli/Toronto, Muehlner Motorsports America Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – DNS

Manufacturer Final Point Standings – GT Class
1. Ferrari – 372
2. Porsche – 357
3. Chevrolet – 334
4. BMW – 320
5. Audi – 164

Team Point Final Standings – GT Class
1. No. 63 Scuderia Corsa – 341 points
2. No. 44 Magnus Racing – 331
3. No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports – 330
4. No. 69 AIM Autosport – 317
5. No. 73 Park Place Motorsports – 303
6. No. 94 Turner Motorsports – 299
7. No. 61 R.Ferri/Aim Motorsports – 293
8. No. 31 Marsh Racing – 277
9. No. 93 Turner Motorsports – 272
10. No. 18 Muehlner Motorsports America – 205

Press Release

Three Porsche customer teams entered four 911 GT3 Cup cars in today’s final GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race anticipating a dramatic two-hour, 45-minute GT fight for the championship. The GRAND-AM Championship Weekend at Lime Rock Park offered a three-way battle for the Rolex GT team, driver and manufacturer’s championships with Magnus Racing carrying the banner for the German marque. When the checkered flag flew for the final time over a GRAND-AM field, the teams had their dramatic race but fell just short of a title.

Magnus Racing’s championship aspirations nearly came to an end before five minutes had ticked from the race clock. John Potter (Salt Lake City, Utah), starting 11th in the GT class, was hit from behind by another GT class car on the second lap of the race. The contact resulted in the No. 44 spinning into the path of oncoming traffic. Now sitting sideways across the track, a GX class car made heavy contact to the nose of the Magnus entry doing substantial damage to the radiators and left front suspension. The team was able to make repairs and return the track with one-hour and 40-minutes remaining.

Despite being 61 laps down to the GT class leader, the impressive performance of the Magnus crew allowed Andy Lally (Dacula, Ga.) – making his 239th-career GRAND-AM start, more than any other competitor – to finish 13th. The points awarded for the position were just enough to give Magnus Racing second in the GT championship, one point ahead of Stevenson Motorsports.

“What a gutsy performance from the Magnus Racing Porsche crew,” offered Lally after the race. “Our car was destroyed; totaled; wrecked; done … But after Potter was punted off the track and then t-boned on lap two, the crew got to work, pieced this car back together and got me and John onto the track for 67 laps and a 13th-place finish. That effort gave me the required 30-minutes, Potter his 30 minutes, and made the difference between second in the championship rather than the fourth a DNF would have given us. This is the best crew is motorsports.”

Porsche finishes second in the manufacturer standings. The 357 points, just 15 behind Ferrari, came by virtue of the highest placing Porsche customer team in each race. Magnus Racing won one race (Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca) and had a string of consistently strong finishes while Park Place Motorsports earned three second-place finishes in 2013.

An eighth place finish by Mark Greenburg (Jamaica Plains, Mass.) and Porsche factory pilot Richard Lietz (Austria) in the No. 19 Muehlner Motorsports America Porsche was the best result for a 911 GT3 Cup car on the day. The run was made the more impressive as the program was not announced until just the day before on-track action began on the 1.5-mile Connecticut track.

Park Place Motorsports looked likely to close its rookie season with a fourth podium finish of the year. However, with just minutes remaining in the race, the No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entry shared by Porsche factory driver Patrick Long (Playa del Rey, Calif.) and Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, Calif.) was hit from behind by a Daytona Prototype (DP) competitor entering Lime Rock’s uphill chicane. Long pulled the damaged car to the side of the track dropping it from second-place to ninth in the final running order.

“Richard Westbrook came over and apologized to me, saying that he made a massive error and he was sorry,” said Long after the incident. “We had caught up to the number 31 Corvette, less than a second behind, but I don’t know if we could have passed them or not. I was hoping that, through traffic, and some advantage with braking, we might have had a shot to win. Still, this Park Place team has made a huge progression from the beginning of the year until now, and the crew has done a great job keeping us competitive against a very tough field.”

His teammate, Lindsey, continued: “We were in position for a podium at the end. With the on-track incident putting Patrick off the track at the end, we didn’t get that top finish, but we were competitive as we have been all season. I am very proud of the Park Place Motorsports team.”

A second Muehlner Motorsports America was awarded 15th in the final standings. Damage sustained in Saturday morning qualifying kept the No. 18 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup driven by Bob Doyle (Killingworth, Conn.) and Kyle Marcelli (Toronto) from taking the green flag.

Visual Studio Ultimate Grand Prix of Atlanta Race Highlights – Video

By   April 21, 2013

This weekend was the running of the Visual Studio Ultimate Grand Prix of Atlanta at the legendary Road Atlanta racing circuit in the Rolex Sports Car Series. The race had a lot of great action in all three classes and kept spectators entertained.

In the DP class the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW/Riley took the win followed by the Starworks with Alex Popow Ford/Riley and then the GAINSCO/ Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP.

In the GT class Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R took the win followed by the Park Place Motorsports Porsche GT3 and then the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458. Ferrari was in good position to win for much of the race, but didn’t have enough steam to get it done in the end.

Porsche did well in the class with three cars finishing in the top 5. Sadly, this was the last race for the legendary Brumos Racing Porsche in the foreseeable future. They managed a 4th place finish and Leh Keen and Andrew Davis will be racing next year, but not with Brumos. The Magnus Racing Porsche came into the race in the points lead and they finished in fifth place which caused them to fall to send place, but just one point behind the new leader.

In the GX class Mazda got their first win of the season with the Visit Florida Racing/Speedsource Mazda6 GX was able to beat out the BGB Motorsports Porsche Cayman for the win.

This is the last season of the Rolex Sports Car Series as we know it and it is shaping up to be a very entertaining season.

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Magnus Racing Leads Porsche Customer Teams in Austin Grand-Am Event

By   March 5, 2013

The inaugural GRAND-AM of the Americas promised Texas-sized excitement as the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series came to the new Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin on March 2. Fans at the 3.4-mile, 20-turn road course were not disappointed during the two-hour and 45-minute second round of the 2013 season. Porsche customer teams performed very well at the track with Magnus Racing finishing second in GT class followed by Brumos Racing in third. Texas’ own Park Place Motorsports was awarded fourth with its No. 73 and sixth with its No. 72. The No. 18 of Mülhner Motorsports gave Porsche its fifth car in the top-10 with a ninth-place result.

The No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car of Andy Lally (Dacula, Ga.) and John Potter (Salt Lake City, Utah) finished second after leading late in the going. The second-place result moves the team and its drivers into the GT class point lead. The team won the 2012 North American Endurance Championship.

“The guys put together a really fast Porsche today,” said Lally after the podium celebration. “We weren’t sure how today was going to go. So to be leading with just a few laps left, get knocked off the road twice and still take second shows just how good our car was. Heading to the Porsche 250 in Birmingham as the GT point leaders is still a major positive, we’ll be ready.”

The traditional colors of Brumos Racing’s No. 59 carried Andrew Davis (Athens, Ga.) and Leh Keen (Charleston, S.C.) to their first podium of the year. While the 2011 GRAND-AM GT champions never led the race, the Jacksonville, Fla.-based operation was near the front most of the day after starting the race third.

Park Place Motorsports brought three entries from its Dallas headquarters to Austin and all three cars impressed. Leading the way was the No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Porsche factory driver Patrick Long (Belleair, Fla.). The car had the most adversity of the Porsches today having both led laps and running near the back of the field. Lindsey was penalized for avoidable contact during his stint dropping the car in the pack. Long fought back to the lead and finished fourth. The freshman team’s highest result thus far.

“We were 12th on my last restart with about 25 minutes to go,” reflected Long. “I knew I had a ‘racecar’ but I also knew that track position was going to be difficult because this track doesn’t make it easy to get around guys. A lot of cars got together and we were able to avoid all the melees and make a couple of passes. This was this team’s first top-five. We’re excited because this is our home race and to have two cars in the top-10 is exciting. We have a lot more potential to crack open and that has me really passionate and excited because I think what motorsports is all about is to grow with an organization like this. There’s a certain motivation when you go to the Porsche Platz in the morning and there are 350 people there cheering for you. It’s a great opportunity to fly the flag and get the word out about what Park Place Motorsports is all about. So it’s very satisfying to put all those Porsches up there at the front here today.”

Having led the race and eventually taking sixth at the checkered flag, the No. 72 Park Place Motorsports entry of Mike Skeen (Durham, N.C.) and Mike Vess was one of the great surprises of the day.

Skeen offered: “That was definitely a tough race. Not a usual one where it’s a battle all the way through. We got down a lap early on but we got it right back on a pit stop. It was a great call to leave us out for strategy. And then I was told we could make the fuel number if I conserve, so I was short-shifting everywhere, coasting on the brakes trying to save fuel. I don’t know what was harder, that or the run to the end for the checkered flag. That was a lot of fun, and of course we had to battle it out to the end on old tires. Held strong for a decent finish and I’m very glad to be here with Park Place and Vess Energy.”

The No. 18 Mülhner Motorsports America machine earned a ninth-place result with Canadian Kyle Marcelli and Dion von Moltke (Choral Gables, Fla.). The third Park Place Porsche, the No. 71 of John McCutchen (Dallas), Jason Hart (Flower Mound, Texas) and Chuck Cole, finished just outside the top-10 in 12th. The No. 19 Mülhner Motorsports America entry ended the day in 15th with the Chilean driver pairing of Eliseo Salazar and Eduardo Costabal.

The race did not end without controversy. The No. 63 Ferrari, awarded the victory on the timesheets, was ordered to serve a stop-and-go penalty plus an additional stay in pit lane of 60 seconds. The team did not serve the penalty prior to the checkered flag. As a result, GRAND-AM officials penalized the team one lap and 90 seconds in the final results. As a result, the Porsche teams up to but not including the No. 71 entry moved-up one spot. The No. 94 Turner Motorsports BMW was awarded the class win.

“My compliments to all of our Porsche customer teams,” said Jens Walther, president and CEO of Porsche Motorsport North America. “This is a new track to everyone and it is good to see all the cars competing on the same ground where no one comes with an advantage of experience. It is an amazing facility, very difficult, very technical. It was a tough race and it is good to see that race control is holding a high-level of expectation for driving etiquette. It is gratifying but not surprising to see how well our teams adapted themselves to this new challenge.”

The No. 38 BGB Motorsport Porsche Cayman driven by Rolex 24 At Daytona winner Jim Norman (Tampa, Fla.), Jeff Mosing (Austin) and Spencer Pumpelly (Atlanta) won both the pole position and the race in the GX class.

Source: Porsche

A Great Day For Corvette, Ford, BMW And Porsche At The Circuit Of The Americas

By   March 3, 2013

This past weekend was the inaugural running of the Grand-Am of the Americas at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The race saw a lot of great action with a lot of contact happening during the race. Much of the contact was in the DP class where a lot of cars swapped paint causing a few crashes.

In the DP class the #99 GAINSCO/ Bob Stallings Racing Corvette managed to get the win followed by the #2 Starworks Motorsport Ford/Riley and rounding off the top three was the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW/Riley. The final lap in the DP class was a good one with the number #01 BMW/Riley starting the lap in second place, but a good pass by the #2 Ford/Riley car was able to get second place. For Corvette is was a great day in the DP class with Corvettes finishing 1st, 4th and 5th.

In the very competitive GT class the #94 Turner Motorsport BMW M3 was able to get the win away from a trio of Porsches. Coming in second place was the #44 Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT3 followed by the #59 Brumos Racing Porsche 911 GT3. Porsche had a very good day in the GT class with the top three Porsches finishing 2nd, 3rd and 4th. In the class 5 Porsches finished in the top 10. The #69 AIM Autosport Team FXDD Ferrari 458 that led for a good portion of the race finished in 5th place.

In the GX Class it was a great day for Porsche with the #38 BGB Motorsports Porsche Cayman won the class over a pair of Mazda6 GX cars.The small GX class proved that Porsche is still faster than Mazda, at least for the time being. Having said this the Mazdas are getting much more competitive in the class.

The above video features highlights from this weekend’s race. The video shows a lot of the action that happened in the race and gives you a good sense at just how hard the drivers fought for first place. The next race in the Rolex Sports Car Series is the Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama on April 7th.