Monthly Archives: March 2012

A Good Day for Porsche at Barber: Porsche 250 Results

By   March 31, 2012

Today’s running of the Porsche 250 at Barber was a good day for Porsche, but not a great day. The race saw a lot of great action with some back and forth positioning for a large portion of the race.

Brumos #59 Porsche at Mid-Ohio

In the GT Class a late race caution gave the No. 70 Mazda RX-8 clear sailing to victory but set up a close fight for the final podium positions between the No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche at the time driven by Leh Keen, Jeff Segal’s AIM Autosport Team FXDD Ferrari and the Andy Lally driven Magnus Racing Porsche.

A daring move by Segal on the second to last lap on Keen gave he and his co-driver Emil Assentato the second place position, ahead of the Brumos machine of Leh Keen and Andrew Davis.

So, Porsche had two cars in the top five of the GT Class with Brumos and Magnus finishing third and fourth. Both teams got valuable points in the second race of Rolex Sports Car Series season.

An interesting note is that the Magnus racing team was forced to run using a 3.8 engine (due to earlier engine failure) where the other Porsche teams ran using the 4.0 engine. This season is setting up to be very competitive with the Brumos and Magnus racing teams both in good position for the GT Class points championship in this early stage of the season.

Porsche Carrera Cup GB: 2012 Scholar Profile – Video

By   March 30, 2012

This video is of the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Brittan and features the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Scholarship winner Daniel Lloyd. The video shows what Daniel has had to go through since winning the Scholarship and he tells a bit of the story of how he got to this point. Even if you aren’t from Great Brittan this is still an interesting video to see how the program works.

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Rolex Sports Car Series Porsche 250 at Barber – Preview

By   March 30, 2012

Tomorrow is the Porsche 250 at the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham Alabama. The race is the second race of the season for the Rolex Sports Car Series and should be another entertaining race.

For Porsche racing fans you may want to keep an eye on Rolex 24 at Daytona class winners John Potter and Andy Lally in the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT3, and 2011 GT class points champions Leh Keen and Andrew Davis in the No. 59 Brumos Porsche 911 GT3. One other car to watch will be the Rum Bum racing Porsche 911 GT3 that is switching from BMW to Porsche starting with this race.

#59 Brumos Racing Porsche

#59 Brumos Racing Porsche

Below is more information about the race.

GRAND-AM Rolex Series teams have had two months to recover from the mind-boggling 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Now, it’s time to get back to work, and it’s tough to think of a better place than beautiful Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., for Saturday’s Porsche 250.

This will be the first test for the next-generation Daytona Prototypes in a sprint race, and there are a number of pressing questions begging to be answered:

Can the Riley DPG3s continue the momentum from the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, where the new cars swept the podium? Rolex 24 winner Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian will have Ozz Negri celebrating his century race with John Pew in the No. 60 Liveon.com Ford/Riley, while Daytona runners-up Ryan Dalziel and Enzo Potolicchio share the No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Ford/Riley.

How will the Corvette Daytona Prototypes fare in their second outing? David Donohue and Darren Law led the Bow Tie Brigade at Daytona with a fifth-place finish in the No. 5 Action Express Vette. They will be joined in similar Coyote-chassied Corvettes by teammates Joao Barbosa, Terry Borcheller and JC France in the No. 9 entry, while Spirit of Daytona looks to continue his series of strong showings at Barber with Antonio Garcia and Richard Westbrook in the No. 90.

What about the championship contenders who struggled at Daytona? While Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas had a strong run in the opener – the No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley led 96 laps – late-race gearbox problems resulted in a sixth-place finish, ending a run that saw the No. 01 team finish either first (three times) or second in the five prior runnings of the Rolex 24. Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates also is running the Riley DPG3.

Two other perennial contenders – GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing and SunTrust Racing – both finished well down the running order at Daytona. Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty followed up their 2007 and 2009 Barber victories by winning the DP title. This year, they have a new Red Dragon No. 99 Corvette that debuted 89 laps behind the winner in the Rolex 24. The new No. 10 SunTrust Corvette is even farther behind in the standings, finishing last at Daytona after experiencing engine problems in the early going. Max Angelelli returns with Ricky Taylor – who never even got to drive in the Rolex 24.

Can an older DP pull off an upset? Alex Popow and Lucas Luhr – who shared the second-place car in the Rolex 24 – run the No. 2 Starworks Ford/Riley DPG2 for a final time at Barber. Car owner Peter Baron plans to upgrade to DPG3 specs for Homestead in April. Popow is on a hot streak, coming off a victory in the most recent Ferrari Challenge race at St. Petersburg after winning his class in the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Returning Stars, New Cars Pace GT Field

The GT field has 19 solid entries, including defending Barber winners Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana in the No. 94 Turner Motorsport BMW M3, Rolex 24 class winners John Potter and Andy Lally in the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3, and 2011 GT champs Leh Keen and Andrew Davis in the No. 59 Brumos Porsche GT3.

Robin Liddell returns in the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, with Ronnie Bremer sitting in for John Edwards – coming off surgery following a skiing accident. Liddell and Bremer co-drove to victory in the last two races of 2011. Another strong Camaro is the No. 88 Autohaus Motorsport entry of Jordan Taylor and 2007 Barber winner Paul Edwards.

The GT field also includes a new Ferrari 458 Italia Grand Am – the No. 69 AIM Autosport Team FXDD of Jeff Segal and Emil Assentato – plus a pair of new Audi R8 GRAND-AMs, the No. 51 APR Motorsport entry of Dion von Moltke and Dr. Jim Norman, and the No. 74 Oryx Racing car for Humaid Al Masaood and Steven Kane.

TRG has a pair of Porsche GT3s, the No. 66 of Rolex 24 runners-up Steve Bertheau and Spencer Pumpelly, plus the late-entered No. 68 of Emilio Di Guida and Jeroen Bleekemolen – who ran a fast lap late in Wednesday’s unofficial test day at the circuit.

Marsh Racing runs the No. 31 Corvette of Boris Said and Eric Curran for the first time in 2012, Horton Autosport makes its season debut in the No. 73 Porsche of Patrick Lindsey and Eric Foss, while Jeffrey Earnhardt makes his Barber debut with Chris Cook in the No. 14 POYNT Ford Mustang.

Mazda has a solid six-car entry, including two-time Barber winners SpeedSource with Sylvain Tremblay and Jonathan Bomarito in the No. 70 RX-8; two cars for Dempsey Racing, the No. 40 for Joe Foster and Patrick Dempsey, plus the No. 41 of Charles Espenlaub and Charles Putman; and three for Team Sahlen, with Joe Sahlen and Dane Cameron teamed with Joe, Will and Wayne Nonnamaker.

Quoted portions of this post are from The Rolex Sports Car Series Grand-Am Website

2012 Nissan GT-R vs 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S – Video

By   March 29, 2012

This video is of a track test of the 2012 Nissan GT-R against the 2012 Porsche 911 (991) Carrera S. One would figure that the turbo charged Nissan GT-R would get a much better time, but which is more fun to drive (not to mention that the 911 is actually the cheaper car)? This video answers both questions and for us Porsche fans, we can look forward to a more fair test once the new Porsche 911 Turbo is released and then that should be quite a match. After watching the video let us know which one you would rather own.

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Porsche 911 History Commercial – Video

By   March 28, 2012

This video is from a commercial about the Porsche 911 (996). The video features a brief history of Porsche and a Porsche 911 (996) Turbo. It is interesting to me that they refer to a Porsche as “impractical” which is a bit different of a message from that of the recent Porsche “Everyday” ad campaign. Watch the video below and then let us know what you think about it and its message.

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Using 48 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Cars to Spell Porsche – Video

By   March 26, 2012

This video features 48 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Cars spelling out Porsche on the Estoril race track in Brazil. The video shows what goes into making all these cars spell out the words. One thing I found interesting was that this few minute video actually took 23 hours to shoot, so it was a big undertaking. The video is to help promote the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Challenge Brazil.

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A Zero Emissions Porsche 911 GT3 – Video

By   March 23, 2012

Well, we have seen a lot of on-off Porsche 911 GT3s. Most tuners try to get these already fast cars to the next level. However, for some people reducing emissions from an automobile is more important then speed. As a result of this one “tuner” (for lack of a better term) has built a zero emission Porsche 911 GT3. Due to its power source (which adds no weight to the car if you figure in the weight of the driver) it has made this very quick vehicle much slower. Take a look at the below video (unfortunately it is subtitled, so you’ll have to read while you watch) and let us know in the comments if this is the future of Porsche (I know some people would love for all cars to be powered this way).

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Also, if you want to make your own Zero Emissions Porsche 911 GT3 the below video will show you how to build it.

Special thanks to Rick for sharing the first video on our Facebook Page.

If you haven’t liked it on Facebook yet click here to go to the page and then click on the like button.

Speed Test Drives the new 2012 Porsche 911 (991) Carrera – Set Your DVR

By   March 23, 2012

Set your DVR or get in front of the TV and change it to Speed to watch them check out the new 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera (a.k.a. 991). The show will feature racing sensation Graham Rahal, TV star Patrick Dempsey, automotive critic Paul Goldberger as well as Porsche enthusiasts Kevin Roush and Doug Baron. They each will give their impressions of the car. While there may be some marketing of the car, it still promises to be worth watching.

2012 Porsche 911

2012 Porsche 911 (991)

The show is called Porsche 911: Revoloution if you are looking at your local listings. According to the Speed website it will air 03/25 at 1:30am ET, 03/25 at 5:30pm ET and 04/14 at 7:00pm ET.

Click here to watch the introductory video for the show.

You can get more information about the show and a full program schedule here

Special thanks to Erik for the tip.

Developmental Porsche 918 Spyder Review – Video

By   March 22, 2012

This video has been making its way around the web and I’m posting it here in case anybody missed it. Earlier this week I wrote a post about Wired being able to drive an early development Porsche 918 (You can read that post here). The video is quite interesting as you rarely get to see a car at this early stage of development. The Porsche 918 may very well be the future of sports cars, while the future looks promising with this new car we will see if the extra technology takes away from the experience or enhances it.

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