As an appetizer for the Nürburgring 24 Hours, Porsche put on the first Porsche Carrera World Cup. Although the race counted as a round in other international Carrera World Cup series', this is a race all its own: more than a hundred Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Racers sprinting six laps around the 15-mile North Loop.
The race entry, submitted by Porsche Cars North America wore a livery designed by one of its own interns: Anna Frey created the star-bedecked red, white and blue scheme driven by ALMS GTC racer Melanie Snow.
Although the Cup Racer saw a lot of rain-and-hail-filled action getting ready for the race, Snow's race didn't last long: a driver booted her off the track at Turn One, where she was then hit by another car, ending her race. Nevertheless, congratulations to Anna Frey on the livery and the entire PNCA team for the effort.
Winning design created by Porsche Cars North America Intern
ATLANTA, June 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) intern Anna Frey designed the livery that will appear on a 911 GT3 Cup racecar the company will campaign in the Porsche Carrera World Cup Race this Saturday at Germany's infamous Nuerburgring race track.
"I am very excited my design was selected," Frey says. "I have loved cars since I started attending car shows with my father when I was growing up. The opportunity to intern at Porsche has been very rewarding and exciting. And the thought of my design appearing on a Porsche race car in front of thousands of people – and 100 other Porsche race cars – is quite amazing!"
Frey, a recent graduate of Georgia Tech, in Atlanta, GA, majored in industrial design. Her paint scheme was selected from four final contenders by PCNA employees and won out over several designs drafted by professionals.
American Le Mans Series (ALMS) GTC Champion Melanie Snow has been chosen to pilot PCNA's 911 GT3 Cup racecar and will be joined by six PCNA "pit crew" employees. The inaugural Porsche Carrera World Cup race, which is held during the same weekend as the 39th ADAC 24 Hours of Nuerburgring Race in Germany, June 25, 2011, will be documented by the team and will share all the off and on-track excitement on the "The Hub", Porsche Cars North America's new social media press site.
The Porsche employee team, selected from submitted video and written essays detailing their motorsports passion, will be on hand to capture and share the insider's view on what it takes to compete internationally, what it feels – and sounds – like from the driver's seat, and who's who in the world of Porsche motorsports.
In addition to featuring photos and videos posted by the on-site Porsche employee team, "The Hub" will also serve as a Porsche motorsports history destination, including historic racing images from Porsche archives and Porsche motorsports milestones.
Lufthansa German Airlines is supporting the PCNA crew with logistics and air travel to and from Germany. "This racing endeavor is an exciting opportunity to showcase the relationship between these two iconic German brands," said Nicola Lange, Director Marketing and Customer Relations The Americas, Lufthansa. "Our Lufthansa team is incredibly enthusiastic to be a part of the team and support Melanie Snow and the Porsche Cars North America 911 Cup car effort at the Nuerburgring."
Snow joins more than 100 participants from 25 countries on the starting grid at 10:30 am local time, at Germany's legendary Nuerburgring on June 25, she'll not only have a unique ground support crew; she is slated to be the only female racer to compete in the Carrera World Cup.
For more information on the 911 GT3 Cup car visit: http://www.porsche.com/usa/eventsandracing/motorsport/racingcars/911gt3cup-997/
About Porsche Cars North America
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga. is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche sports cars, the Cayenne SUV and Panamera Gran Turismo. Established in 1984, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and employs approximately 220 people who provide parts, service, marketing and training for 195 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand's 63-year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency. At the core of this success is Porsche's proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000 motorsport wins to date.
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