Grand-Am Series, 1st round: 24 Hours of Daytona

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  1. Stuttgart. For Porsche, the 2009 motorsport season takes off with a real classic. At the 24 Hours of Daytona, the time-honoured season-opener to the Grand-Am Series in the USA, nine Porsche works drivers as well as the two Porsche juniors compete, and are determined to continue the great success the Zuffenhausen sports car manufacturer has enjoyed here: With 20 victories, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in the history of the legendary long distance race in Florida.

    “This race is a huge challenge for our teams and drivers right at the start of the season,” says Hartmut Kristen, head of motorsport at Porsche. “The special appeal comes mostly from the fact that drivers come to Daytona from the most diverse racing series to compete on almost neutral ground.”

    After securing two championship titles in 2007 and 2008 with the Porsche RS Spyder in the American Le Mans Series, Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France) join forces with Penske Racing in the prototype class of the Grand-Am Series. For the twelve rounds this season, the successful team under Roger Penske fields a Riley chassis (start number 16) powered by a ca. 510 hp Porsche six-cylinder engine. The third driver in Daytona is Ryan Briscoe (Australia), who normally earns points for the Penske squad in the American IndyCar Series.

    “The 24 Hours of Daytona has always been one of my favourite races,” says Timo Bernhard, the 2003 winner with a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. “You have the chance to compete against drivers from other racing series – pilots you’ve always wanted to race against. And if you can win, then that gives you the motivation and a tailwind for the rest of the season.”

    Brumos Racing also enters two Porsche-Riley (# 58 and #59) in the class for Daytona Prototypes. The most famous driver in the Brumos line-up, alongside the Indy500 champion Buddy Rice (USA), is Hurley Haywood (USA). In 1973 he celebrated his first of five Daytona victories with Porsche, making him the most successful driver at this long distance classic. Other legendary Porsche pilots to grace the all-time honours list at the 24 Hours of Daytona are Rolf Stommelen and Bob Wollek, each with four wins.

    Following a long tradition, Porsche is strongly represented in the GT class with its works drivers. Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), Daytona winner of 2003 and 2006 Grand-Am champion, teams up with Patrick Long (USA) in a Porsche 911 GT3 fielded by TRG (No. 67). Manning the TRG cars (No. 66 and 65) are Emmanuel Collard (France) and Richard Lietz (Austria) as well as Porsche junior Marco Holzer (Germany). Wolf Henzler (Germany), reigning GT2 champion of the American Le Mans Series with Joerg Bergmeister, joins the driver crews of two 911 GT3 cars for Farnbacher Loles Racing (No. 85 and 87). Porsche junior Martin Ragginger (Austria) takes the wheel of the 911 GT3 for Autometrics Motorsports (No. 14). Sascha Maassen (Germany) and Patrick Pilet (France) compete for Wright Motorsports (No. 33). In the GT class, a total of 31 vehicles line up on the grid, 17 of which are Porsche 911 GT3.

    The 24 Hours of Daytona takes off on Saturday, 24 January, at 15.30 hrs local time (21.30 CET).

    The 2009 races

    Twelve races in the USA and Canada make up the 2009 Grand-Am Series calendar:

    24/25 Jan. Daytona 24 Hours
    26 April Virginia
    03 May New Jersey
    17 May Laguna Seca
    06 June Watkins Glen 6 Hours
    20 June Mid-Ohio
    03 July Daytona
    19 July Birmingham
    07 Aug. Watkins Glen
    29 Aug. Montreal
    20 Sept. Salt Lake City
    10 Oct. Miami

    Facts and Figures

    This is the Grand American Sports Car Series

    In the year 2000, the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series (abbr.: Grand-Am Series) replaced the United States Road Racing Championships. For the 2009 season, twelve races are contested in the USA and Canada. A traditional highlight of the season is the 24 Hours of Daytona. Most races run over a distance of 250 miles.

    The grid is made up of two different vehicle categories: Daytona Prototypes and GT vehicles. With one exception, both categories race together but are separately classified.

    Daytona Prototypes (DP): Special manufacturers, like Riley, supply the vehicle chassis. To ensure equal chances for all, large manufacturers are not permitted to enter their own team, but may supply engines. Two Porsche teams, Penske Racing and Brumos Racing, compete with the Porsche 3.99-litre six-cylinder fitted in a Riley chassis. In the Daytona Prototype specification, the engine delivers ca. 510 hp. Minimum weight of the vehicle is 1,021 kilograms.

    Grand Touring (GT): The GT class is similar to the FIA GT3 class, where the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is one of the most successful contenders. Equality of chances is attained through tyre size, rev limitations and weight. The minimum weight is between 1,043 and 1,270 kilograms.

    A balanced starter field ensures thrilling racing with tough fights for positions and many overtaking manoeuvres. Porsche has won the GT championship seven times in nine years, most recently in 2007 with Dirk Werner at the wheel of a Farnbacher Loles Racing 911 GT3 Cup, and with this is one of the most successful manufacturers in the Grand-Am Series. Porsche works driver Joerg Bergmeister claimed the Prototype class title in 2006.
  2. I'm really looking forward to this race and I hope Max Angelelli's team wins.
  3. I just hope anyone BUT Ganassi wins. I hope Penske comes in and just wipes the floor with everyone in their first race.
  4. The Brumos #59 for the win.
  5. I'd LOVE to see Brumos win again. They've had such bad luck in recent years and deserve it more than anyone.
  6. I'll be there Fri/Sat/Sun. I don't care much about the DP's (but Brumos or Penske winning WOULD be great!) To tell you the truth I'm MUCH more interested in the GT Class. Speedsource (Mazda) or Mastercar (Ferrari) for the win!!!
  7. I don't think the Ferrari has much of a chance...
  8. Speedsource #70 for the win in GT.
  9. Grand-Am Series, 1st round, 24 Hours of Daytona, USA, qualifying: Two Porsche grab front row positions

    Stuttgart. A strong start for Porsche at the 24 Hours of Daytona: David Donohue (USA) secured pole position with the Porsche Riley of the Brumos Racing team for the long distance classic in Florida, 40 years after his father, Mark, won here. With a one-thousandth of a second gap, Timo Bernhard (Germany) claimed second in the Penske Racing Porsche Riley. Two Porsche tackle the race from the first row � the first time since 1990.

    "After the hard work our team put into the car, I felt that I owed them a strong qualifying effort," said Bernhard before the Grand-Am season-opener. "I would rather have taken pole today, but the main thing is that Porsche has the front row."

    In the GT class as well, Porsche pilots were amongst the fastest. With the 911 GT3 Cup fielded by TRG, Andy Lally (USA) qualified on second place ahead of Porsche-junior Martin Ragginger (Austria) competing for the Autometrics Motorsports team. Wolf Henzler (Germany), reigning GT2 champion of the American Le Mans Series, occupied fifth position with his Farnbacher Loles Racing 911 GT3 Cup ahead of his team mate Dirk Werner (Germany). Porsche-junior Marco Holzer (Germany) clinched the tenth quickest time for his TRG squad. Of the twelve fastest GT vehicles, ten were Porsche race cars.

    The Daytona 24 Hour race starts on Saturday at 15.30 hrs local time (21.30 CET).

    Qualifying results

    1. David Donohue (USA), Porsche Riley (DP), 1:40,540 Minuten
    2. Timo Bernhard (D), Porsche Riley (DP), 1:40,541
    3. Michael Valiante (CAN), Ford Riley (DP), 1:40,651
    4. Ricardo Zonta (BRA), Ford Lola (DP), 1:40,892
    5. Ryan Dalziel (USA), BMW Riley (DP), 1:40,915
    6. Scott Pruett (USA), Lexus Riley (DP), 1:41,016
    7. Max Angelelli (I), Ford Dallara (DP), 1:41,311
    8. Scott Dixon (NZ), Lexus Riley (DP), 1:41,316
    9. Joao Barbosa (P), Porsche Riley (DP), 1:41,375
    10. Christophe Bouchut (F), BMW Riley (DP), 1:41,569
  10. #10 Brandon Parkes, Jan 22, 2009
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  11. woohoo! starts today at 3:00 p.m. on Fox!!!! then goes to Speed @ 4:30 in HD <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A>
  12. This is shaping up to be an awesome event.
  13. I really wish I would have read this post because I missed 90 minutes of coverage. <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/sad.gif"></A>
  14. I'm stuck at work, and missing way more covereage than you Luke
  15. what happened to that GT ferrari?
  16. Does anybody know where I can find a live timing/scoring page?

    The official one isn't working.
  17. can't help you with that but did you see that chick in the commercial? she's freakin hot
  18. It's working fine for me...

    Brumos FTW!
  19. #19 ajzahn, Jan 24, 2009
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    works fine for me:

  20. #20 mclaren777, Jan 25, 2009
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    It won't for me. <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/sad.gif"></A>

    Are there any other live timing sites?
  21. I'm rootin' for brumos too! avenge montreal!
  22. I'm probably the only person rooting for the #10 SunTrust car.
  23. Daytona 24 Hours - Penske

    Ever wonder why Roger Penske is a billionaire these days? imho, it's his 100% commitment to the task at hand. I'm watching a perfect example now.

    His #16 Porsche powered Daytona prototype, in a position to win the 24, limped into the pits with some terminal problems in the rear end of the car.
    Penske, who had been in his scoring stand in the pits all night, followed the car back to the garage, and supervised the crew as the exchanged the entire back of the car out, from the rear bulkhead back, with a waiting replacement. The job took all of 10 (ten) minutes before it was back on the track turning laps as fast, or faster than the leaders. WOW!

    src: Ferrari Mailing List
  24. And to avenge the last 5 years in which they've had SO many close calls, but haven't been able to win.
  25. They may not have had the best of luck today, but I don't think many people would disagree that Penske is about as good as it gets, in all of motorsports!

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