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Porsche is undoubtedly the most successful manufacturer in sportscar racing, and it's only upping its game. The German marque is launching its new LMP1 racer for Le Mans in pursuit of overall victory once again, and now that sportscar racing in North America is coming together under one banner in the United Sportscar Championship, Porsche has announced it is entering the fray with a works team here as well.

The new Porsche North America racing team will field two cars in the entire inaugural season of the Tudor United Sportscar Championship that's been formed out of the former Grand-Am and American Le Mans Series. The team will be based out of the Porsche Motorsport North America facility in Santa Ana, California, and will partner with three-time ALMS LMPC winners Core Autosport in getting a pair of the latest 911 RSR racecars to the front of the GT Le Mans class.

Drivers have yet to be announced, but are projected to be drawn out of Porsche's factory driver program, which includes such talents as Patrick Long, Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas and Neel Jani. Keep reading below for the official announcement.
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Porsche to Field Two-Car Factory Team in 2014 Tudor United Sportscar Championship GT Le Mans Class
Porsche and CORE autosport to partner for North American-based program

Stuttgart/Atlanta. Porsche AG and Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) have announced the sports car marque will field a two-car factory team named PORSCHE NORTH AMERICA throughout next year's inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Racing championship.

The effort will utilize the new Porsche 911 RSR, the same as the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans LM GTE-Pro class-winning entries. The headquarters for the program will be at Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) in Santa Ana, Calif. CORE autosport will act as the competition partner for the program.

"North America is Porsche's single largest road car and motorsports market. Therefore, we have decided to focus a full factory program in the newly formed series, similar to our competing in the World Endurance Championship together with Manthey Racing," said Hartmut Kristen, head of Weissach, Germany based Porsche Motorsport. "Having finally a unified platform to compete on has made the decision so much easier to enter a GT based Porsche factory team for the first time in American sports car racing," he added.

It is planned that the driver lineup for the season will come from Porsche's factory driver stable for both works-entered cars. A driver announcement will be made at a later date.

The 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Racing season opens with the Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 25-26.


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      SteveM
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm conflicted by this conglomeration of racing leagues... too late I know. I'm glad to see new teams, and more importantly more manufacturers in certain classes. I am however livid that they have chosen not to race at Lime Rock in Connecticut. They need to add it back for the coming years, it's a great track and simply has history. Their decision not to race there has tainted my already skeptical opinion of this new league. I wonder if there aren't a lot of ALMS fans who feel the same way.
        apexmutt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SteveM
        Given their calendar shows a lot of premier tracks, Lime Rock is quite historical and deserves to be one of their venues. I could easily do without Indy for it. :p
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @apexmutt
          Yeah, I think Indy isn't high on anyone's list, nor is Detroit for me, but from the series perspectives these races are no brainers since they are companion races to NASCAR and Indy. There are several tracks that I would have liked to be included, but I'm just glad that some of these series are starting to realize that merging makes a lot of sense.
        TrippulG3
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SteveM
        I"m an ALMS fan, and to be perfectly honest, if I never went to see another race at LRP, I wouldn't be upset. It may have history, but it's simply not that great of a venue IMO, for several reasons. 1) For such a tiny track (just over 1.5 mi), it only has two rather small designated viewing areas, and from one of them, the view of the track's only scoreboard/big screen is partially blocked by foliage and the trucks in the paddock. 2) The audio system is terrible. The speakers are positioned too far away from where the fans sit and simply aren't loud enough to hear. The only time I could hear them during this past year's ALMS race was when there was a safety car and ALL the cars were on the opposite end of the track. 3) The previously mentioned scoreboard...it shows the top 5 overall runners. That's it. No class leaders, no nothing. Even if you're paying attention, it's almost impossible to know who's doing what in GT, LMP2, etc. 4) Let's be honest...the track itself is not terribly interesting...it's not much more than a ring with a couple of chicanes thrown in. I understand that if you're in that part of the tri-state area, it's pretty much the only game in town unless you want to make the trek to Watkins Glen, but looking at it from an organizer's standpoint, there are much better venues to choose from.
          TrippulG3
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TrippulG3
          That being said, I just want to make it clear that I also am not a fan of this Grand-Am / ALMS merger. I'll probably catch a few of the races on TV just to see how it all goes, but I have no intention of purchasing tickets to watch any of them live like I traditionally have done when the ALMS came to town.
      Kaze9
      • 1 Year Ago
      That livery is hideous... this is german sense of humor come back to bite us...
      apexmutt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good news for sports car racing in America.
      rsxvue
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wohooo! Great news! When I first read the article I thought Porsche was entering LMP1 but remembered that class is being discontinued. Bummer. Are the other GT manufactures expected to remain in new series? Such as BMW, Corvette, and Viper? And this would probably put the other Porsche teams at a disadvantage going up against a factory backed team.
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