Porsche 911 RSR at Sebring
This coming weekend is the 12 Hours of Sebring. For Porsche facing fans there will be plenty going on both during and before the event.
Events include the 4th annual running of Patrick Long’s Pro-Am Kart Race at Andersen Racepark in Palmetto, Florida. The race is always fun to watch and beyond this there will be an air-cooled Porsche car show and a silent auction.
Hit the jump to read more about the happenings for racing fans at Sebring.
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Rolex 24 at Daytona
The Rolex 24 at Daytona is scheduled to start tomorrow (January 24th). The famed American 24 hour endurance race should be a good one as it features racing machines from Porsche, Ferrari, Corvette, BMW and Audi to name a few.
Historically plenty of good action comes out of the Rolex 24 and it sets the tone for the entire season. The race also kicks off the seasons for the TUDOR United SportsCar Racing Championship as well as the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.
The Fox family of networks will cover 15 hours of the race, starting with a 2 hour block on the main FOX network at 2 pm ET on the 24th. So, get the sofa ready to watch some intense racing action for hours over the weekend.
Desktop wallpaper of the Rolex 24 at Daytona field of cars.
United Sportscar Racing / World Endurance Championship At COTA
The United Sportscar Racing Series and World Endurance Championship (WEC) shared the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) track for a racing weekend. It was the championship weekend for United Sportscar Racing.
The race weekend was a good one with plenty of action all around. In the championship race Porsche managed to get the manufactures championship and and Dodge took home the GTLM class driver’s and team championships.
The only thing that could make it all better is watching the highlights in slow motion. Our friends over at Drive think the same way and have put together a clip of highlights from the various action of the weekend. It contains footage of Porsches, Ferraris, Vipers, Corvettes, BMWs and more.
Enjoy the video and then let us know what you thought of the first season of United Sportscar Racing in the comments.
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Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R
This past weekend Dodge won both the team and driver championships in the United Sportscar Racing GTLM class. The Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R has returned to the top of the mountain since being out of road racing for about a decade.
So, how did Chrysler decide to celebrate the big victory? They pulled the plug on the SRT Motorsport program which means the Viper won’t be competing in the series next season. Or so it would seem…
Interestingly, the Detroit based automaker decided to stop racing because of a reorganization of how SRT and Dodge fit together. They have decided to go back to having the performance cars under the Dodge flag including have the SRT division under that flag. It is somewhat similar to how Mercedes and AMG are setup.
So, any future racing programs will be under Dodge and not SRT. This leaves the door open for a Viper return whenever Chrysler feels the need (possibly even this coming season).
Do you think that the Viper will retire from racing for another decade or will it be back much sooner? Let us know in the comments.
Porsche Tries To Maintain Points Lead Over Dodge
This past weekend was a very good race in the TUDOR United Sportscar Racing series. Porsche came into the race leading the Manufacture’s Championship points, but had BMW, Corvette, Dodge and Ferrari at their heels.
The race at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) looked like the German performance car maker would widen their points lead. The number 911 car was in the lead with 30 minutes remaining in the race when mechanical failure forced them out of the competition. This setup the two Dodge Viper SRTs to get first and second place.
The number 912 car managed to get a third place finish which helped give Porsche a very good chance to get the Manufacture’s Championship. The next race is Petit Le Mans which is the final race of the season.
Dodge and Porsche both have 308 points, so the champion will be determined in the last race of the year. Who do you think will get the victory? Let us know in the comments.