SPORT NEWS – Porsche to launch Carrera Cup North America in 2021

Porsche to launch Carrera Cup North America in 2021

Porsche will debut a North American model of its profitable single-make Carrera Cup sequence subsequent yr.

The sequence will make the most of a mix of the newest yet-to-be-unveiled Porsche 911 GT3 Cup  race automobile and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup N3 racing slicks. As with all nationwide Carrera Cups worldwide, Porsche, by means of Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA), will handle the single-driver per-entry sequence. IMSA will act as official sanctioning physique in addition to handle scrutineering and steward on-track exercise.

Brian Blocker of PMNA has been named the Collection Supervisor, with the opening spherical set for Sebring in March.

“Our purpose with Porsche Carrera Cup North America is to create a buyer racing sequence that really addresses the wants of the market,” stated Blocker.

“We need to create a brand new championship that’s in one of the best curiosity of those that compete in it, aspire to it and watch it; not a rebranding of what we had nor a plug-and-play to what different areas all over the world do. North America is a singular market with alternatives and potential that others don’t take pleasure in. We’ll maintain and honor one of the best traditions of Carrera Cup globally, however we will even suppose outdoors of the field to create a brand new and distinctive sort of expertise for our rivals and followers. For example, we’ve got developed a working relationship with Patrick Lengthy and the workforce at Luftgekühlt to deliver an progressive new design and really feel to the paddock, and to create an immersive Porsche-branded ambiance celebrating the previous, current and way forward for Porsche Motorsport. We’re collectively exploring completely different concepts to enhance the sequence from an actual racer’s perspective and to focus on and convey consideration to the personalities and the groups that put in an enormous quantity of labor behind the scenes to make all of it come collectively.

“We spent numerous time speaking with all of our companions: groups, drivers, advertising companions, suppliers and IMSA, during the last a number of years and notably through the downtime earlier within the spring. The purpose is to develop a sequence that meets the objectives of everybody concerned. Now we have taken that suggestions and applied it into what you will notice on monitor for the primary time at Sebring, March 2021.”

The inaugural season of the championship will host 16-rounds at eight venues within the jap United States and Canada. Every 45-minute race will depend towards a season-long driver and workforce championship in every of three lessons: Professional, Professional-Am and Rookie. All drivers can contend for Professional class victories however should make the most of the latest Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race automobile to take action. The Professional-Am class is eligible for “Gents” drivers – a driver who doesn’t make a main career of car racing. A driver within the Professional-Am class could use the latest machine or the earlier technology. The Rookie class is just open to drivers who’re 23-years-old or youthful. All drivers age 23 and below benefit from the extra advantage of inclusion within the Porsche Carrera Cup North America Junior program. As a Junior, drivers obtain priceless coaching instruments for these wishing to make a profession {of professional} motorsport. A driver might be chosen from the Porsche Carrera Cup North America Junior program to characterize the area within the annual Porsche Junior Shootout in Germany on the finish of the yr. The Crew Championship is eligible for full season entries operating the present technology race automobile.

“Many aspiring sports activities automobile racers in different elements of the world have used the Porsche Carrera Cup as a springboard to an expert profession in sports activities automobile racing,” stated John Doonan, President/CEO, Worldwide Motor Sports activities Affiliation.

“IMSA is proud to open the subsequent chapter in our decades-long partnership with Porsche Motorsport North America, to deliver this chance right here to the U.S. and Canada subsequent yr with the launch of Porsche Carrera Cup North America. Competitors in different Carrera Cup races is fierce, and I’ve little question this sequence will deliver that very same degree of leisure to race followers on this continent.”

The Porsche Carrera Cup North America joins the 21 Porsche one-make championships competing in 31 international locations on 5 continents, and turns into the tenth Carrera Cup worldwide. Every race will take pleasure in reside streaming accessible by means of the IMSA app and Porsche Motorsport North America internet web page (www.PorscheCarreraCup.us). Extra broadcasting and manufacturing plans are being finalized and might be communicated within the coming weeks.

The unique Carrera Cup idea was based in 1990 with the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland (Germany). One yr later, France had its personal one-make championship. By 1993, with the chance to race from throughout the Formulation 1 paddock, Porsche Supercup was created. The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup stays the very best single make sequence globally using the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race automobile. A fourth Carrera Cup was added in 2001 when Japan started its personal sequence. 2003 noticed additional progress of the idea with the addition of Nice Britain, Australia and an general Asia championship coming on-line. One yr later, Carrera Cup Scandinavia was added into the combo whereas Brazil and Italy debuted the next two years. Since 2007, these 9 regional Carrera Cups have been a part of the worldwide Porsche Motorsport Pyramid funneling the perfect of their champions to Porsche Mobil Supercup and into skilled sports activities automobile and GT racing.

With the addition of Michelin tires, the Porsche Carrera Cup North America stays in lock-step with Carrera Cups run across the globe, every of which makes use of the official Porsche Motorsport accomplice to help protected, aggressive and constant racing. Michelin and Porsche have loved a profitable partnership in each motorsports and manufacturing automobiles for many years, with the French premium tire model and the German sports activities automobile producer working hand-in-hand since 1961. It’s a partnership that has repeatedly produced sensational supercars, championship seasons and world file lap occasions in each race automobile and manufacturing vehicles. In North American motorsports, Michelin has partnered with Porsche in additional than 120 sports activities automobile racing wins.

Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA), based in 1985, is the one licensed gross sales, elements and repair supplier in the USA and Canada for all purpose-built Porsche race vehicles together with the 911 GT3 R, 911 GT3 Cup, Cayman 718 GT4 Clubsport, 911 GT2 RS Clubsport and 935-19. PMNA offers engine and transmission servicing, on-site race help and restoration companies for historic Porsche race vehicles. An entirely-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, PMNA is headquartered in 15,000 sq. toes of the Porsche Expertise Middle Los Angeles.

2021 Porsche Carrera Cup North America Schedule (provisional)

Date                            Occasion/Venue                                                

March 17 – 20  Sebring Worldwide Raceway

Could 20 – 23     Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

June 24 – 27     Watkins Glen Worldwide

July (dates TBA) Toronto Indy

August 6 – 8     Highway America

Aug. 20 –22      VIRginia Worldwide Raceway

September         TBA

Oct. 6 – 9          Michelin Raceway Highway Atlanta

SPORT NEWS – Porsche to launch Carrera Cup North America in 2021


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