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Preview, Nürburgring 24 Hours, Nürburgring-Nordschleife (Germany): Porsche Aims to Defend its Title in the Eifel with the 911 GT3 R
Porsche and its customer teams will make a bid for overall victory with eight 911 GT3 R in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring this coming weekend. Manthey contests the tradition-steeped race as the defending champion. The Eifel marathon celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and is regarded as one of the world’s toughest motorsport challenges. One 25.378-kilometre lap is a combination of the Nordschleife and the Grand Prix circuit. Once again, Porsche racing cars make up the lion’s share of the grid: 46 vehicles from the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer will tackle the endurance classic at 4 pm (CEST) this coming Saturday. No other manufacturer is better represented in the 138-strong field. Last year, the Manthey customer squad notched up its seventh outright victory at the Eifel classic. Sharing driving duties in the 911 GT3 R “Grello” were the works drivers Kévin Estre (France) and Michael Christensen (Denmark) as well as Matteo Cairoli (Italy). For this year’s 24-hour anniversary event, the record-winners from Meuspath has again put together a formidable crew in their No. 1 car: Estre and Christensen share the green and yellow racer with their factory driver colleagues Frédéric Makowiecki (France) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium). In addition to Manthey, the customer teams Huber Motorsport, KCMG and Toksport WRT each field a GT3 vehicle from Weissach. Dinamic Motorsport and Falken Motorsports campaign two of the 500+PS Nine-Elevens each. “The ‘Green Hell’ has made our preparations for the 24-hour race difficult again this year: the cancellation of the second round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series and one of the test days due to icy and wet conditions cost us critical track time. In such situations, it becomes even more important to work closely with the teams and share information,” explains Sebastian Golz, Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R. “Our first priority is that more Porsches make it into the decisive Top Qualifying. Spectators are finally allowed back to the track, so we’re all very much looking forward to the first highlight of the race weekend – the individual time trials.” At the previous two qualification races for the Nürburgring 24-hour race as well as the first two rounds of the Nürburgring Endurance Series, competitors got the chance to jump straight into the final individual time trials for the top 19 grid positions: just like the 911 GT3 R from Manthey and Huber Motorsport, which have already secured a spot on the provisional entry list for the critical second part of the Top Qualifying. In the Top-Qualifying 1 session, the two Porsche fielded by Dinamic Motorsport and Falken Motorsports as well as the KCMG and Toksport WRT customer teams still have a chance to grab a place in the final shootout. In the two Top Qualifying segments on Friday evening, the name of the game for all competitors is to make the most of the free run over two timed laps on the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife to set their best time. - Almost a third of the field drives a Porsche The 24-hour classic on the longest and most demanding racetrack in the world is the highlight of the motor racing year. 138 vehicles in 22 classes make up the entry list for the prestigious event on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. “In the anniversary year of the 24-hour race, Porsche is represented by more than 40 vehicles – which makes us the largest contingent once again,” emphasizes Michael Dreiser, Director Sales Porsche Motorsport. “Our customers field different types and variants in ten different classes and have put their faith in the potential and performance of our products. Almost every third vehicle on the grid sports the Porsche crest. We’re thrilled about that and I would like to thank them very much for trusting our brand.” - Porsche’s history in the 24-hour race Porsche’s success story at the Eifel classic, which has been held since 1970, includes 13 overall victories to date. In 1976, Fritz Müller, Herbert Hechler and Karl-Heinz Quirin clinched the first victory for the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer at the wheel of a Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0. In the two years that followed, the 911 Carrera RS proved unbeatable. In 1988, Dören Motorsport was the fastest with a 911 Carrera RSR. Five years later Konrad Motorsport triumphed. In 2000, Pheonix Racing celebrated victory with a 911 GT3 R. Soon after, Manthey began its unprecedented winning streak: the team from Meuspath achieved four consecutive overall victories from 2006 to 2009, followed by two more triumphs in 2011 and 2018. In 2021, Manthey built on its record as the most successful team at the Nürburgring with its seventh overall victory. - Overview of the Porsche teams and drivers (SP9 class) Porsche supports its customer teams Huber Motorsport, Dinamic Motorsport, Manthey and Toksport WRT in the Eifel with, among other things, drivers from its own squad. The works drivers Estre, Christensen, Makowieki and Vanthoor form the powerful quartet in the Manthey’s 911 GT3 R “Grello”. Matt Campbell from Australia and the Frenchman Mathieu Jaminet provide reinforcement for the fledgling Nordschleife team Toksport WRT. Austria’s Thomas Preining drives Dinamic Motorsport’s No. 28 car. Porsche’s test and development driver Lars Kern supports the Huber Motorsport team, which won the separate Pro-Am classification in the top SP9 class in 2020 and 2021. Manthey (Porsche 911 GT3 R #1) Michael Christensen (DK), Kévin Estre (F), Frédéric Makowiecki (F), Laurens Vanthoor (B) KCMG (Porsche 911 GT3 R #18) Dennis Olsen (N), Josh Burdon (AUS), Nick Tandy (GB), Earl Bamber (NZ) Huber Motorsport (Porsche 911 GT3 R #25) Nico Menzel (D), Joachim Thyssen (D), Klaus Rader (D), Lars Kern (D) Toksport WRT (Porsche 911 GT3 R #27) Julien Andlauer (F), Matt Campbell (AUS), Mathieu Jaminet (F) Dinamic Motorsport (Porsche 911 GT3 R #28) Christian Engelhart (D), Matteo Cairoli (I), Côme Ledogar (F), Thomas Preining (A) Dinamic Motorsport (Porsche 911 GT3 R #29) Matteo Cairoli (I), Adrien de Leener (B), Frederik Schandorff (DK), Christian Engelhart (D) Falken Motorsports (Porsche 911 GT3 R #33) Jaxon Evans (NZ), Sven Müller (D), Patrick Pilet (F), Marco Seefried (D) Falken Motorsports (Porsche 911 GT3 R #44) Klaus Bachler (A), Alessio Picariello (B), Patrick Pilet (F), Martin Ragginger (A) Nürburgring 24-hour race – all Porsche overall wins: 1976 Müller / Hechler / Quirin (Porsche 911 Carrera) 1977 Müller / Hechler (Porsche 911 Carrera) 1978 Müller / Hechler / Gschwendtner (Porsche 911 Carrera) 1988 Dören / Holup / Faubel (Porsche 911 Carrera RSR) 1993 de Azevedo / Konrad / Wirdheim / Katthöfer (Porsche 911 Carrera) 2000 Mayländer / Bartels / Alzen / Heger (Porsche 911 GT3 R) 2006 Luhr / Bernhard / Rockenfeller / Tiemann (Porsche 911 GT3 MR) 2007 Lieb / Bernhard / Dumas / Tiemann (Porsche 911 GT3 RSR) 2008 Lieb / Bernhard / Dumas / Tiemann (Porsche 911 GT3 RSR) 2009 Lieb / Bernhard / Dumas / Tiemann (Porsche 911 GT3 RSR) 2011 Lieb / Bernhard / Dumas / Luhr (Porsche 911 GT3 RSR) 2018 Lietz / Pilet / Makowiecki / Tandy (Porsche 911 GT3 R) 2021 Estre / Christensen / Cairoli (Porsche 911 GT3 R) The schedule (all times CEST) Thursday, 26 May 12:30 – 2:00 pm: Qualifying 1 8:30 – 11:30 pm: Qualifying 2 Friday, 27 May 2:10 – 3:10 pm: Qualifying 3 5:50 – 8:00 pm: Top Qualifying Saturday, 28 May 11:00 – 11:45 am: Warm-up 4:00 pm: Start of the Nürburgring 24-hour race Sunday, 29 May 4:00 pm: Finish of the Nürburgring 24-hour race - The event on live streams Live footage from all sessions is available on the channels of the 24-hour race on YouTube (English live commentary: https://tinyurl.com/35d2c7wu), Facebook and TikTok. Moreover, the website https://www.24h-rennen.de/en/home/ shows the timing of all sessions. - Comments before the race Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911): “It’ll be very difficult to defend our title because our opponents did very well in the qualification races. Compared to last year, we’ve made very few changes – at least on the technical side. However, there are some changes in the line-up: While Michael Christensen and I are a regular pairing, we’re now joined by Laurens Vanthoor and Fred Makowiecki. This makes for a very strong line-up of drivers – and with Fred, we have someone in our crew who has already won the 24 Hours with Manthey. Let’s see what happens in the ‘Green Hell’ this time.” Dennis Olsen (Porsche 911 GT3 R #18): “We’ve been very systematic in our preparations. The KCMG team is doing a great job. We’re competing with strong drivers and want to win at the Nürburgring. However, the weather conditions in the Eifel always pose a special challenge. Hopefully, we’ll make all the right decisions and end up on top of the podium.” Nico Menzel (Porsche 911 GT3 R #25): “We have a very clear goal – after two victories in the Pro-Am class, we want to complete the hat trick this year. My teammates Joachim Thyssen and Klaus Radar have made great progress in the Huber Motorsport 911 GT3 R and are among the top amateurs.” Matt Campbell (Porsche 911 GT3 R #27): “For me, the 24 Hours is the biggest race in the world and it’s one I want to win with my teammates Mathieu Jaminet and Julien Andlauer. Toksport WRT is in the spotlight as a new team on the Nordschleife and has really done a great job so far. We want to achieve the maximum of what is possible and bring home a good result.” Thomas Preining (Porsche 911 GT3 R #28): “I also spent time in the simulator preparing for the event but you can’t simulate driving in traffic on the Nordschleife: only experience and every kilometre on the track can help. We have four experienced drivers sharing our Dinamic Motorsport car. Primarily, we see the race as a development project for the tyres and we’re making great progress in this respect. We want to achieve a top placing with a consistent and flawless performance.” Marco Seefried (Porsche 911 GT3 R #33): “Falken Motorsport has once again put together a good team and is fielding two Porsche 911 GT3 R with a strong driver line-up. I’m pleased to be returning after 2017. Again this year there are slightly fewer competitors than usual entered in the race, and because there is less traffic on the track, you have to sprint right from the get-go.” Klaus Bachler (Porsche 911 GT3 R #44): “I’m really looking forward to the race because we’re finally driving in front of spectators again. The scenery at the Nordschleife is unique – this is especially true at night when the campfires are burning next to the track. Hopefully, the weather plays along so that the fans can have a nice motorsport party after a two-year hiatus.”
Season preview, DTM, Rounds 1+2, Portimão (Portugal): Porsche customer teams contest a full DTM season for the first time
The Porsche customer teams SSR Performance and Team 75 Bernhard will field three 911 GT3 R in the DTM (German Touring Car Masters). This marks the first time that racing cars from the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer contest all 16 races on eight weekends. The 2022 season kicks off this coming weekend with a doubleheader event in Portimão. The teams and drivers prepared for the opening round in Portugal with extensive tests at Hockenheim and on the 4.653-kilometre Autódromo Internacional do Algarve. Following tradition, the season wraps up in early October on the Hockenheimring, around 100 kilometres south of Frankfurt. “The DTM opens up a whole new chapter in customer motorsport for Porsche,” explains Sebastian Golz, Project Manager 911 GT3 R. “The motto in the DTM is: driver against driver. The car setup is specifically tailored to each driver, there are no compromises. The pit stops with fast wheel changes can decide the outcome – so they are a fundamental part of the competition between teams. We’re very much looking forward to taking on this challenge with our customer squads.” Unlike other series with racing cars that comply with the FIA GT3 regulations, the DTM is about one car, one driver. Porsche supports its partner teams SSR Performance and Team 75 Bernhard by providing a parts service, advice from performance engineers as well as works drivers and racing drivers from the extended Porsche squad. - The customer teams and drivers The Munich-based SSR Performance outfit joins the DTM for the 2022 season after clinching the title in the ADAC GT Masters. The squad under Stefan Schlund will tackle the series with two 500+PS Porsche 911 GT3 R. Works driver Laurens Vanthoor from Belgium will helm the No. 92 entry, with Norway’s Dennis Olsen in the No. 94 sister car. Last season, SSR Performance made a guest appearance at a DTM race. Team 75 Bernhard also comes from the ADAC GT Masters. The squad owned by the Porsche brand ambassador Timo Bernhard campaigns the No. 24 car with works driver Thomas Preining from Austria. The 23-year-old knows the team from Germany’s Rhineland-Palatinate region from his outings in the 2021 GT Masters. - This is the DTM The DTM was relaunched in the year 2000 under the name “German Touring Car Masters” and attracted many fans as a follow-up series to the original DTM/ITC (1984 to 1996). Pure prototypes were fielded until 2020, with cars complying with the FIA GT3 regulations introduced to the series last year. This step opened the door to the DTM for the successful Porsche 911 GT3 R. The fully developed racing vehicle from Weissach has underlined its qualities impressively through title wins and victories in the Intercontinental GT Challenge, the North American IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the ADAC GT Masters as well as the 24-hour races on the Nürburgring, at Spa-Francorchamps and Daytona, among others. The 2022 DTM calendar includes eight events in five European countries. Each race weekend comprises two free practice sessions (40 to 45 minutes), two qualifying sessions (20 minutes each) and two races each contested over 55 minutes plus one lap. A pit stop with a tyre change is mandatory in all races. The ten top-placed drivers, teams and manufacturers receive points following the proven FIA formula (25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1). Additional points are awarded for the top three qualifiers and the fastest race lap. At the end of the season, the DTM honours its champions in the driver, team and manufacturer categories. A total of 29 drivers in GT3 vehicles from five different manufacturers have registered for the 2022 season. A Balance of Performance (BoP) system aims to achieve a level playing field for the various racing car models to ensure exciting and open competition. - The 2022 DTM calendar 29.04. – 01.05. Portimão (Portugal) 20.05. – 22.05. Lausitzring (Germany) 17.06. – 19.06. Imola (Italy) 01.07. – 03.07. Norisring (Germany) 26.08. – 28.08. Nürburgring (Germany) 09.09. – 11.09. Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) 23.09. – 25.09. Spielberg (Austria) 07.10. – 09.10. Hockenheim (Germany) - Comments before the start of the season Timo Bernhard (Owner Team 75 Bernhard): “Our aim is to be competitive, fight among the top five and climb the podium. If we can do that, then I’ll be happy. It’s difficult but not impossible. We’re well-positioned as a team and we have our ideal driver choice in the car. I’m convinced that Thomas Preining has everything it takes to contest the DTM. He knows how to set up the Porsche 911 GT3 R perfectly for his requirements and how to use his elbows in a duel – he’s a great driver. Plus, he has the speed and the joie de vivre of youth. There’s no doubt he’ll surprise many of the spectators and rivals.” Thomas Preining (Porsche 911 GT3 R #24): “Every driver has his own car in the DTM. I can adapt the setup just for myself and I don’t have to make any compromises. The driver stands in the limelight and the attention is on us. This has advantages and disadvantages. In other series, if you have a strong teammate, both drivers motivate each other. That’s good, too. In the new DTM season, I’m expecting a competitive pack of drivers that has no equal. It’ll possibly be the best GT series in the world. It’s hard to make predictions. Obviously, we all want to win and we’ll soon see whether we’re able to do that.” Stefan Schlund (Owner SSR Performance): “We’re super excited to tackle our first full DTM season. Everything has to come together as quickly as possible in the team. Our squad has grown and we’re contesting on the DTM with 22 people. The synergy within the team is getting better and smoother. SSR Performance should be among the frontrunners. That’s our intention. We have two experienced and fast drivers in our cars. Both are seasoned professionals and they know the Porsche 911 GT3 R inside out. In contrast to other GT3 and endurance racing series, they don’t have to share a cockpit with anyone else. It comes down to their individual performances. With this in mind, Laurens and Dennis are determined to make their mark.” Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 GT3 R #92): “Everything is new. The Porsche 911 GT3 R, our SSR Performance team and I are heading into new territory in the DTM. It’ll be a huge challenge because some of our rivals have years of experience in this series and that gives them an advantage. Still, I’m feeling confident. During our tests, we’ve prepared systematically. I’m really looking forward to the first race weekend in Portimão. The racetrack in Portugal is diverse and the Algarve area is beautiful. I hope we manage to kick off the season with a highlight.” Dennis Olsen (Porsche 911 GT3 R #94): “I’ll be one of the first Porsche drivers in the DTM and the first Norwegian in the series – so I’m making racing history, which is wonderful. We’ve prepared as best we can for everything that’ll be thrown at us this season: the structures within the team, the processes on and off the track, optimising our pit stops. I think there’ll be weekends where we’re strong, and weekends that don’t go so well. The name of the game is to consistently do our very best and regularly score points. Everything will be new for us in Portimão but we’ve used the tests to mitigate any surprises. I hope to be at the front on the first weekend.”
2022 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup: Global esports championship showcases the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
The Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup (PESC) heads into the new season this coming Saturday, 5 February. On this occasion, the 375 kW (510 PS) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup will celebrate its digital racing debut on the virtual version of the Hockenheim Grand Prix circuit. This year, 35 of the world’s best esports sim racers from 16 countries fight for championship points and prize money totalling US$ 200,000 in the 992-generation Cup-911. The global championship contested on the iRacing simulation platform comprises ten rounds and concludes in early June with the season finale at the Autodromo Nazionale in Monza. In addition to revered racetracks such as the Nürburgring-Nordschleife and the Circuit des 24 Heures in Le Mans, the calendar again includes the Formula 1 circuits in Barcelona, Silverstone, Montréal and Spa-Francorchamps. Moreover, the virtual one-make cup series competes on the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, for the first time. Another novelty: via online voting, the esports community decides which circuit will host round three of the season. “Porsche Motorsport kicked off the new sim racing year in mid-January with a podium result at the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans – now the countdown is on for the start of the 2022 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup season,” states Marco Ujhasi, Manager Esports at Porsche Motorsport. “And for the first time, the 911 GT3 Cup, based on the 992 generation, is showcased in the virtual Porsche one-make cup as the new competition car. 2022 marks the fourth season for this popular series and again we have an international lineup. We look forward to some action-packed races – and so are the many fans.” - Top-class grid fights for the championship title Sebastian Job from the Red Bull Racing Esports team aims to clinch his second title in the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup: The British sim racer claimed the championship crown in 2020. “My goal is very clearly to win the championship. Last year I had to give in to others, unfortunately,” explains the 21-year-old. “Some of the top drivers from last season are not competing this year but the competition is still strong and the fight for the title will be a tough challenge. Right now I have to familiarise myself with the new car but we should have everything under control by the first race!” Other title aspirants determined to wrest the crown from the reigning champion Joshua Rogers are Job’s compatriot Kevin Ellis Jr, who competes for the Apex Racing team, and Charlie Collins from the Virtual Racing School. After winning the series for the second time since 2019, the 2021 champion from Australia will not compete this year. - David Williams wins the Contender Series and progresses into the PESC As always, the limited grid spots for the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup were highly coveted. Only the top 20 drivers from last season received automatic entry into this year’s series. To get one of the 15 remaining cockpits, candidates from all over the world had to first tackle a two-stage selection process. During stage one, all iRacing registered users could participate in a special qualifying competition. In stage two, the top 15 drivers in the overall standings advanced to the so-called Contender Series. At six events held in September and October last year, those 15 went up against esports racers who had finished on positions 21 to 40 in the 2021 PESC. David Williams from Great Britain emerged as the winner. The Virtual Racing School driver relegated Frenchman Quentin Vialatte and Belgium’s Julien Soenen (both R8G eSports) to positions two and three. With twelve other contestants from the shootout, they can now look forward to racing in the 2022 PESC. Racing pro Ayhancan Güven returns to the grid. As a Porsche Junior, the 24-year-old Turkish driver concluded last year’s real Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in third place. At the season-opening round of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup on the Hockenheimring, sim racers pit themselves against each other in a sprint race over nine laps starting at 8.00 pm (CET) on 5 February, followed by the main race over twice the distance at approximately 8.25 pm. Fans can watch the iRacing action live online on Porsche’s channels YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/Porsche) and Twitch (http://www.twitch.tv/porsche). - Prominent influencers contest the All-Star Series Well-known content creators from the Esports racing scene will showcase their skills in a support series. They fight for victory in the TAG Heuer Esports Supercup All-Star Series. Australia’s Emily Jones alias “Emree” competes as the defending champion. Other celebrity influencers include Jimmy Broadbent, Jaroslav Honzík – better known online as “Jardier” – as well as Pierre-Olivier “Depielo” Valette. At selected events, racing drivers from the Porsche Motorsports squad will enter a virtual cockpit and take on the international field. A special feature of the All-Star Series: The virtual Porsche 911 GT3 Cup will be fielded for the first three races of the season. After that, the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and the 911 GT3 R will each race at three more events. A vote by the community determines which car will be driven at the finale. The live stream begins at 6.30 pm (CET) with the All-Star qualifying session. The two influencer races get the green light at 6.45 pm and 7.05 pm respectively. Further information on the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup can be found on the Porsche Motorsport Hub, Porsche Newsroom and the Twitter account @PorscheRaces. The schedule (all times CET)* Saturday, 5 February 6:30 – 6:45 pm: Qualifying All-Stars 6:45 – 7:00 pm: Sprint race All-Stars 7:05 – 7:30 pm: Main race All-Stars 7:47 – 8:00 pm: Qualifying PESC 8:00 – 8:15 pm: Sprint race PESC 8:25 – 8:55 pm: Main race PESC * these times may vary slightly The 2022 racing calendar 05.02.2022 – Germany: Hockenheimring (9/18 laps) 19.02.2022 – Spain: Barcelona (9/18 laps) 05.03.2022 – tba after online voting 19.03.2022 – Great Britain: Silverstone Grand Prix circuit (7/14 laps) 26.03.2022 – Austria: Spielberg (10/20 laps) 09.04.2022 – Canada: Montreal (10/20 laps) 23.04.2022 – Belgium: Spa-Francorchamps (6/12 laps) 07.05.2022 – Germany: Nürburgring-Nordschleife, 24-hour version (3/4 laps) 21.05.2022 – France: Le Mans (3/6 laps) 04.06.2022 – Italy: Monza (7/14 laps) (in brackets: number of laps for sprint and main race)
Porsche is chasing titles in Formula E and the World Endurance Championship
Porsche is set to start the 2022 motorsport season with ambitious goals and extensive programmes. The prime focus will be on the two works entries in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship. The expansion of customer sport activities and intensive preparation for the new LMDh programme have now been added to the schedule of activities. "Motorsports have always had a special role to play in Porsche's corporate strategy, and for more than 70 years now we have used the racing stage as the testing grounds for our latest technologies. We face great challenges today – in both sporting and organisational terms. We are determined to play an active role in shaping the future, while ensuring we retain our motorsports DNA," said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG at the digital Porsche Night of Champions. "We place sustainability and electrification very high on our list of priorities," added Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board for Research and Development. "This is something that will also be reflected in motorsports of the future. As you can see from the development of eFuels in partnership with ExxonMobil, in addition to our Mission R concept car, the first major steps in this direction have now become visible." The all-electric Mission R racing car study caused a sensation when it was unveiled at the IAA MOBILITY 2021 in Munich, for example. This spectacular all-wheel drive racing car that delivers up to 800 kW (1,088 PS) is the vision of a potential customer sports car of the future. - TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team is aiming at gaining its first race wins The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship Series will be starting its eighth season in 2022. The TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team has set itself an ambitious goal for the next 16 world championship events: the Porsche 99X Electric is expected to turn its great potential into a series of successes. "There is absolutely no doubt that we have what it takes to win races. The highlights of the past season have made this very clear," says Thomas Laudenbach, the man who took over the management of Porsche Motorsport from Fritz Enzinger on 1 October this year. "Over the past few months, our development team in Weissach has made all the modifications permitted by the regulations and we are firmly convinced that the Porsche 99X Electric will be capable of leading the pack in the coming season. "The TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team is putting in faith on continuity in the two cockpits: works drivers André Lotterer (#36) and Pascal Wehrlein (#94) will be on the grid again for the team from Weissach in 2022. Should one of the two drop out, Simona de Silvestro or Neel Jani will be ready to jump in. The new season is scheduled to start on 28/29 January 2022 with two races in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. - Two works Porsche 911 RSR entered once again in the FIA WEC In the World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC), Porsche will again field two 515 PS 911 RSR in the 2022 season. The two racing cars will enter the upcoming six races under the leadership of Alexander Stehlig, Overall Project Manager and Head of Operations, and will field a slightly different driver crew. The Italian Gianmaria Bruni and Austrian Richard Lietz will again share driving duties in the No. 91 car. In the No. 92 sister car, Kévin Estre from France will swap seats with the experienced Dane Michael Christensen. The duo had taken a class victory competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans three years ago as well as picking up the 2018/2019 title. The first race of the new season is billed to take place on 18 March in Sebring (USA), and on 11/12 June 2022, the two Porsche 911 RSR will compete in the 90th edition of the French endurance classic. When they compete in the highlight of the year, the two driver crews will be supported by works drivers Frédéric Makowiecki from France (#91) and Belgian Laurens Vanthoor (#92). - Preparing for the LMDh rollout: Cameron and Nasr added to driver line-up Dane Cameron and Felipe Nasr are to be included in Porsche Motorsport's works driver line-up as of 2022. Cameron, the 33-year-old American, won the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship DPi title in 2016 and 2019, while Nasr, the 29-year-old ex-Formula 1 driver from Brazil, secured the championship in the North American endurance racing series in 2018 and 2021. The two new works drivers are to be involved intensively in the further development of Porsche's LMDh prototypes. The management of these ground-breaking endurance racing activities for Porsche will be in the capable hands of the experienced Swiss national, Urs Kuratle. The 500 kW (680 PS) hybrid racing car is scheduled to complete numerous test runs in 2022. Beginning in 2023, the LMDh prototype will be entered by Porsche Penske Motorsport in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the North American IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. For the first time in some 30 years, it will then be possible to compete for overall victories in the endurance classics at Le Mans, Sebring and Daytona with cars of identical construction. "We are working all-out with our partner Penske on the development of the new LMDh prototype and collaborate closely with the chassis manufacturer Multimatic at all times," explains Thomas Laudenbach. "In January, we will begin intensive testing to ensure that we are optimally prepared for our 2023 competition debut." - Customer racing: strong presence in the USA, DTM and at the classics In the 2022 season, Porsche will again support numerous customer teams that will be competing with the 911 GT3 R on major international stages. In Germany, this will primarily mean the ADAC GT Masters and also, for the first time, the DTM, where experienced partners will do battle for an entire racing season: Team SSR Performance has been extremely successful in the ADAC GT Masters to date and will be fielding two nine-elevens. Team 75 Bernhard will be sending an identically constructed car delivering over 500 PS in accordance with FIA GT3 regulations into what will probably be eight events in the coming year. Works driver Thomas Preining (Austria) will be behind the wheel in the team of the two times overall Le Mans winner and Porsche brand ambassador. Porsche will be supporting the two DTM customer teams based on its tried and tested concept, consisting of engineers, spare parts service and drivers from the Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer's squad. In the North American IMSA racing series, the customer teams will again be competing for victories in 2021 after picking up six title wins in an extremely successful year. In the new GTD Pro class, Pfaff Motorsports will be fielding a Porsche 911 GT3 R with the two works drivers Matt Campbell (Australia) and Mathieu Jaminet (France). More GT3 cars fielded by customer teams are planned for the GTD category. For the European endurance classics at the Nürburgring and Spa-Francorchamps, the partners will be sending numerous nine-elevens from Weissach into the fray. Team Manthey - defending champion and record winner at the Nürburgring 24 Hours - will once again be competing with a formidable crew. Works drivers Kévin Estre, Michael Christensen, Laurens Vanthoor and Frédéric Makowiecki will be sharing the cockpit of the Porsche 911 GT3 R, affectionately known as "Grello". The entry of four more versions of the 500+ PS nine-eleven at this German classic has now been confirmed. Customer teams competing in the Intercontinental GT Challenge, the GT World Challenge, the FIA WEC, the European Le Mans Series and the Asian Le Mans Series, among others, will receive the same support from Porsche as last year. In the numerous GT4 racing series taking place around the world, which also includes the German DTM Trophy, the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport, which was unveiled in November, will line up on the starting grid for the first time in 2022. The homologated racing car develops 368 kW (500 PS) and is thus significantly more powerful than its predecessor. During the development of the new GT4 racer, the focus was also on drivability and even more efficient aerodynamics. - Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup prior to 30th season: focus on new Porsche Junior The current 375 kW (510 PS) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup competes in its second racing season in 2022 in numerous one-make cups worldwide. The focus in the coming year will once again be on the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. The international Porsche one-make cup is run as part of Formula 1 and will also achieve a special milestone in 2022: this will be the Supercup’s 30th season. From the ranks of the Porsche squad, expectations are high for German driver Laurin Heinrich, as he prepares for the competition, which will comprise a total of eight events: at a scouting session in November consisting of twelve participants, the 20-year-old put on a convincing display and, as a new Porsche Junior, will now receive extensive support from Porsche Motorsport. - Porsche Cup: Jan Heylen wins against Alfred and Robert Renauer The traditional Porsche Cup, which has been awarded annually to the most successful private Porsche driver since 1970, will go to Jan Heylen in 2021. Together with works driver Patrick Long and his American compatriot Trent Hindman, the experienced Belgian won the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup last season at the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 R from Wright Motorsports. This judgement takes into account the four most important endurance races in North America. Heylen also won the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge for GT4 cars together with American driver Ryan Hardwick. In this event, the customer team from the U.S. State of Ohio entered a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. The 41-year-old cycling enthusiast, who has lived in the USA for many years, will receive a new Porsche sports car worth 150,000 euros, in addition to the coveted trophy. The award for successful amateur drivers, which has been presented for 52 years, is based on an idea suggested by Ferry Porsche. - Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup: Joshua Rogers celebrates second title At the digital Porsche Night of Champions on 18 December, Australian Joshua Rogers was honoured for a second time as the champion of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup. The 22-year-old from the Coanda Simsport team secured the title in the racing series, which is held on the iRacing platform, for a second time this year after receiving the title in 2019. The 2022 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup starts on 5 February on the virtual version of the GP circuit in Hockenheim.
Reunions Magazine Lists 7 Best COVID-19 Travel Tips: Stay Safe for the Holidays
Reunions magazine, the leading online reunion planning and celebration publication for 30 years, announced today the “7 Best COVID-19 Travel Tips” list for holiday travel, compiled by Carole Terwilliger Meyer, author of Miles of Smiles: 101 Great Car Games & Activities. In the December 2021 edition, Reunions magazine provides useful tips on how to stay safe on the road during the holidays, as well as ideas on how to set up reunions with safety in mind; and education, resources, and event planning ideas for family, class, and military reunions. [Stay Safe on the Road] Millions look forward to the joy of reuniting with family and friends every year, even more this year due to last year’s separation caused by the pandemic. According to Reunions magazine, some of the top ways to stay safe when traveling include: When Driving: Bring a kit with disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, and snacks to reduce stopping along the way. Pack plastic sandwich bags to hold your mask and more. Plan ahead on where to stop: for example, locations that provide clean restrooms. Hotels & Planes: Check ahead about safety protocols. Open hotel windows, when possible, and air out the room for a few hours. Use a plastic sandwich bags to cover germy TV remotes and other surfaces. Pack your own pillows. Connected Virtually and In-Person During the Holidays There will be an increase in travel this holiday season, however a lot of people are uncomfortable hosting and visiting in-person (vaccinated or not). Options include virtual and hybrid (in-person and virtual) reunions. “Reunions will take many forms this year,” said Rick Voight, CEO, Vivid-Pix and Publisher of Reunions magazine. “People are balancing safety concerns with longing to be together. Some people will reunite with just a few people or host full in-person family gatherings; some will have virtual ‘Zoom Reunions,’ and others will host hybrid reunions -- so we will see hybrid physical/distance reunions becoming more prevalent during the holidays and the coming year.” [Free Vivid-Pix Classes “How-To Zoom” & “Gathering Traditions” Teach What to Do When Together] To assist people with getting together and what to do when they are together, Vivid-Pix has created two sets of free classes: How-To Zoom and Gatherings Traditions. The how-to series provides instructions on how to connect, literally, with step-by-step log-in, settings, and more information; and how to connect, emotionally, by sharing photos and memories online through “Gathering Traditions,” which also explains how to have engaging conversations with all ages, and for those interested in family history/genealogy, record time-capsules for reliving memories, created with Kenyatta D. Berry, host of the Genealogy Roadshow on PBS. Vivid-Pix also offers other great ways to stay connected virtually during the holidays through gifting photos restored with Vivid-Pix RESTORE software, which can be printed and sent to friends and family as cherished holiday gifts (info at: https://www.vivid-pix-prints.com/), and the Vivid-Pix Holiday Software BOGO is available through the year-end, so everyone can get Vivid-Pix for themselves and give one as a gift (value $99.98 - for only $49.99), perfect for friends and family who love photos or sharing family history -- info at: https://www.vivid-pix.com/bogo-restore
Seven weeks of preparation for 14 hours of racing at the WEC finale in Bahrain
The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) starts its grand finale of the season this coming weekend. The championship titles will be decided on two consecutive race weekends in Bahrain. The Porsche GT Team fights for the titles in the GTE-Pro class with two ca. 515 PS 911 RSR. Within just eight days, a six-hour race on October 30th and an eight-hour race on November 6th will be contested at the Bahrain International Circuit near the capital city of Manama. This first-ever doubleheader event in the history of the WEC poses some special challenges for the Porsche works team. The workshops of the Manthey operations team have been standing near-empty since September 6th: On that day, WEC logistics partner DHL picked up five shipping containers, each a good twelve metres long, and dispatched them to Bahrain from the Belgian port city of Antwerp. These containers hold the equipment for the two races in the island nation, including the two Porsche 911 RSR and two safety cars, which are also serviced and maintained by Manthey. Only for the highlight of the season, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, does the team need more equipment. As the crow flies, Le Mans in France is just 556 kilometres away, while Bahrain is a 4,558-kilometre trip. Nevertheless, the transport efforts remain surprisingly manageable. “From a logistics perspective, back-to-back races on the Persian Gulf are much easier than one race in Fuji and one in Bahrain,” states team manager Bernhard Demmer. Originally, the FIA WEC racing calendar had planned one race each in Japan and Bahrain at the end of the year. Especially in terms of customs clearance in the two countries, this would have resulted in significantly more effort. “In Bahrain, everything is handled as ‘temporary import’: the material is only imported for a short period of time and then the exact same material is exported again. It’s noticeably easier to organise,” explains Demmer. “In Japan, the freight enters the country via the so-called ‘ATA Carnet’. This requires, among other things, a guarantee from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, as well as many signatures and stamps. All in all, it’s a significantly greater effort,” says the team manager, who goes by the name of “Berno.” He continues: “Due to the tight time frame, we would also have had to transport our cars and equipment to Fuji via air freight. That would’ve been seven to ten times more expensive than shipping them over the ocean.” Because of this arrangement at the end of the season, the Porsche GT Team not only saves money but also labour in some areas. The pit equipment does not have to be set up and dismantled between the two races, hence there is no need to load and pack twice. The vehicles are serviced in the well-equipped garage between the two events. The entire crew will spend a total of 14 days in the Middle East. “There are certainly worse places than Bahrain for such a situation,” Demmer says with a smile. “The people there are friendly, the hotels are first class and the conditions at the track are ideal. Additionally, everyone can get their fix of sun and warmth there before the European winter.” “The first race ends on Saturday evening, followed by four days in which the cars have to be maintained – and there is time for the crew to take some deep breaths,” reports Alexander Stehlig, Head of Operations FIA WEC. He adds: “It is our task in team management to give everyone in the squad the freedom to take one of the days off. That way we can also prevent cabin fever. In addition, at a doubleheader event like this, we have to divvy up our workforce well.” The work schedule is similar to that of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2021. This year’s event in France kicked off with the official test day. The endurance classic started six days later – a streamlined yet gruelling programme. In Bahrain, the two races add up to a total of 14 hours of racing, plus a rookie test day on the Sunday after the season finale. The Porsche GT Team has a plan that includes both intensive work and much-needed breaks. If both Porsche 911 RSR cross the finish line in the first race without any major damage, the vehicles will be serviced on Sunday and Monday morning. The team would then have around 24 hours of free time. The fine-tuning and aligning of the cars will not take place until Tuesday afternoon. The first session of the second weekend begins on Thursday. “One thing is important – and it’s often overlooked: If you fly home between two races, like in Fuji and Bahrain for example, it’s like pushing a reset button. Automatically, the crew would be fully concentrated on each of the race weekends,” says Bernhard Demmer. “We have to achieve the same effect at this upcoming back-to-back event, even though it’ll seem like one long event. We all have to divide our concentration and energy optimally because these last two races are about nothing less than the championship,” outlines the team manager. “This is exactly where it becomes a bit of an experiment because we’ve never experienced this format before,” adds Alexander Stehlig. “I see a particular focus on the engineers in this situation. They have to follow up, analyse and prepare everything within four days, where they would otherwise have two or three weeks to do this. There’s no way we could train for that. We contest six FIA WEC races each season, unlike, for example, NASCAR, where 36 races are held virtually one weekend after the other. The crews there are much more used to compact analyses and race preparation.” “Even if we win the first race, the drivers and engineers will still find things that we need to optimise,” says the FIA WEC Head of Operations. With a smile, he adds: “I was a race engineer myself for a long time. I know that we like to calculate to the second decimal place, even though the first would be enough. That’s how we work – and it’s a good thing. Still, we have to manage our workload effectively in this area as well. So, an engineer should allow himself three hours of downtime, too.” The meticulous attention to detail in the Porsche GT Team includes seemingly everyday essentials. Team manager Bernhard Demmer had two of these ‘essentials’ securely packed up and sent to Bahrain. “We have a washing machine and dryer in our luggage,” he grins. For context: With such a lengthy event, the team and drivers’ clothing have to be cleaned every now and then – especially in the sweltering heat of the desert. “With a third-party laundry service, like a hotel, you always run the risk of things coming back a size smaller. We’d rather wash our own clothes,” laughs Demmer.
Racing Legends Gather to Recognize & Celebrate Opening of the Herzog Motorsports Racing Collection
Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed celebrated the opening of the Herzog Motorsports Racing Collection with a two-day celebration commemorating the Herzog family’s legacy in the sport and kicked off a long term display of iconic cars and trucks that raced under the Herzog Motorsports banner in the 1980s through the 2000s. Festivities included a private gala Friday evening, ground breaking ceremony, and public celebration Saturday during Cars & Coffee. Renowned motorsports reporter Rick Benjamin served as emcee for the weekend’s festivities which included screenings of clips from the one-hour documentary, Patrons of Horsepower, that aired on the FOX network earlier this month and panel discussions with racing legends that raced under the Herzog banner. Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson who joined Herzog Motorsports in 1996 and raced for them in off-road, American Speed Association (ASA) and NASCAR competition through 2001, took part in the celebration. “Bill, Stan and Randy are like fathers to me. I spent so much time with them, at the start of my professional career which they had so much to do with. I was very fortunate to know the right people in the beginning and that opened the right doors for me,” said Jimmie Johnson. “I’m excited to see them honored with the opening of the Herzog Motorsports Racing Collection at Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed.” A number of other racings legends who raced under the Herzog Motorsports banner also participated in the celebration including George Wagenblast, Dave Mason, Danny Ashcraft, Scott Douglas, Larry Ragland and Herb Fishel. This exhibit, which is part of a 90,000 square foot expansion announced earlier this month, features Herzog memorabilia, race vehicles including Baja and Pikes Peak-winning trucks, as well as Johnson’s NASCAR Busch Series and ASA Monte Carlos. The vehicles on display include: 1989 Ford Bronco II Baja Truck, driven by Danny Ashcraft 1998 Chevrolet Silverado Vortec Baja Truck 2000 Chevrolet Trailblazer Vortec Baja Truck- winner of the 2000 Baja 500 and 3rd overall in the Baja 1000 in 2000 GMC Jimmy Vortec Pikes Peak Truck, driven by Larry Ragland- Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Overall Winner in 2000 1999 ASA NASCAR #44 Pennnzoil Monte Carlo, driven by Jimmie Johnson- 1st win in a season where he racked up two wins and finished 3rd in the series 2000 NASCAR Busch Series #92 AllTel Monte Carlo, driven by Jimmie Johnson 2001 NASCAR Busch Series #92 Excedrin Monte Carlo, driven by Jimmie Johnson 1957 Chevy Gasser, from Stan Herzog’s personal collection- featured on the cover of the August 2000 issue of Hot Rod Magazine and formerly owned by baseball great and classic car collector Reggie Jackson 1966 Pontiac Catalina, from Randy Herzog’s personal collection “It’s such an honor to see the Herzog Motorsports racing legacy and some of the first vehicles I ever raced on display at the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed,” Johnson added. A groundbreaking ceremony was also held Saturday during Cars & Coffee. In addition to the in-kind contribution and donations of collections, the museum has received significant financial commitments for the expansion from Herzog Motorsports, LeRoy Beyers and Speedway Motors. “The new addition will allow us to add enhanced displays for NASCAR, off-road racing and growing our already popular land speed drag racing and custom show car displays,” said Tim Matthews, curator Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed. “We are excited to kick that off with the Herzog Motorsports Racing Collection honoring the Herzog family and their legacy in racing history.” Recognized earlier this year as the #1 Attraction for Car Lovers in USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice awards, Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed is currently home to over 150,000 square feet of display space over three levels. The Museum was formed to present a continuous chronology of automotive racing engine and speed equipment development and to preserve, interpret and display items significant in racing and automotive history. The Museum’s collection results from “Speedy” Bill and Joyce Smith’s personal involvement in racing and hot rodding, and their family’s lifelong passion for collecting and preserving racing and automotive history. The Museum also features many other unique displays including the largest collection of vintage pedal cars, gas-powered miniature race cars, automobile-themed toys, automotive art, lunchboxes and more. For more information about Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed, museum hours or displays, visit www.museumofamericanspeed.com
Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed to Celebrate Art Gallery Opening with Cars & Coffee and Special Events
Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed will celebrate the opening their new Gallery of Automotive Art Sat. Sept. 25 with Cars & Coffee, artist book signings and a panel discussion along with a Vintage Drag Car Cacklefest. What: Cars & Coffee/Opening of Gallery of Automotive Art Where: Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed, 599 Oak Creek Dr. Lincoln, Neb. When: Saturday, Sept. 25 8 a.m. to Noon Cars & Coffee 9 a.m. Vintage Drag Car Cacklefest 9:15-9:45 a.m. Book Signing with Bob Larivee, Chuck Miller and Al Bergler (outside of the museum) 9:45-10:45 a.m. Artist Panel Discussion with Tom Fritz and Darrell Mayabb (outside of the museum) This extraordinary collection of automotive artwork celebrates an exclusive selection of renowned automotive artists. From the soft elegance of Tom Fritz to the colorful and crisp lines of Darrell Mayabb, the collection includes nearly 50 unique artists. For more information about the new Art Gallery visit https://www.speedwaymotors.com/the-toolbox/automotive-art-in-the-museum-of-american-speed/31448
Racing Legends Gather to Honor Herzog Motorsports at Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed October 15-16
Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, who credits the Herzog family for playing a major role in helping launch his racing career, will be part of the festivities honoring Herzog Motorsports at the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed in Lincoln, Nebraska, on October 15-16, 2021. Johnson will join other racing legends, including Larry Ragland, Todd Bodine, Danny Ashcraft and Dave Mason, for a two-day celebration to commemorate the Herzog family’s legacy in the sport, and will help kick off a long-term display at the Museum of the iconic cars and trucks that raced under the Herzog Motorsports banner in the 1980s through the 2000s. Festivities will include a public welcome party, autograph signings, a Cars & Coffee event, and a private gala. The upcoming display will feature Herzog memorabilia, and the race vehicles will include Baja and Pikes Peak-winning trucks, as well as Johnson’s NASCAR Busch Series and ASA Chevy Monte Carlos. The display will be opened to the public following the Friday night gala. A one-hour TV special on the history of the team and founders Stanley and Randy Herzog, with support from father Bill, is scheduled to air on Fox Network in September, produced by renowned motorsports reporter Rick Benjamin. Excerpts from the special will be shown during the private gala. “I knew of the Herzogs and really respected their program and the success that they had in the SCORE Desert Off Road Series,” said Johnson in his interview with Benjamin for the TV special. “They were racing in the Midwest and if it wasn’t for Chevrolet trying to keep me busy and trying to keep me on television and offered me a pit reporting job I wouldn’t have met them.” Johnson, who joined Herzog Motorsports in 1996 and raced for them in off-road, ASA and NASCAR competition through 2001, added, “I can go on and on how wonderful they are. They became fathers to me, Stan and Randy both. I’ve spent so much time with them, at a critical age in my growth as a man, professionally and personally. I was away from home on the road with them a lot, so their wisdom, their advice, their mentoring, their care for me, and bringing me into their family as they did, meant the world to me. “I look back on it now and smile with pride and joy for the time we had together, at the start of my professional career, which they had so much to do with.” Johnson raced for the Herzogs in SODA from 1996 to 1997. He won several races and was the 1996 SODA Winter Series Champion. He then went to ASA, was the 1998 Rookie of the year, and won two races in 1999. He ran eight races for Herzog in the 1999 Busch Series, and spent two full seasons with the team in 2000 and 2001, winning one race in 2001 before moving to Hendrick Motorsports that year. As for Johnson joining the team, "It evolved around the development of a young off-road driver by the name of Johnson, which was Jimmie," said Randy Herzog in a similar interview with Benjamin. "GM wanted to develop him and through a certain set of circumstances Herzog Motorsports was selected as the vehicle to develop him, and the programs that we elected to do that through involved off-road racing and then the intermediate level of pavement racing, and that evolved into the Busch Grand National Series at the time, and eventually we were programmed to move him on into the Winston Cup Series, which didn't actually end up under us." When asked if Johnson was his favorite, he responded, "I'd have to say he's the most prominent. He's the closest to my heart, I'll say that. I loved all the drivers who drove for us." The Herzogs owned or sponsored race teams that won championships in SCORE, CORR, SODA, NHRA Funny Car class, and have scored victories in such prestigious events as the Baja 1000 and Pikes Peak International Hillclimb.
Porsche Korea Co-hosts the ‘Porsche Gran Turismo Cup Asia Pacific’
Porsche Korea (Holger Gerrmann, CEO of Porsche Korea Ltd.) announced on the 25th that Porsche Gran Turismo Cup Asia Pacific, a new E-sports event, will be held jointly with 11 countries and regions, including Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, and Thailand. The Porsche Gran Turismo Cup Asia Pacific will be played in Gran Turismo Sport, a game designed for Sony Interactive Entertainment’s PlayStation®41 console. The tournament is open to participants from markets of Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia including Taiwan, Singapore, and more, who will collect points across five qualifying rounds, each of which shall comprise two competition slots. The five top-scoring racers from each market will make it through to the next stage, with the ultimate winner receiving an all-expenses paid weekend in Tokyo, which will include a Porsche Experience Centre Tokyo experience and many more Porsche moments. The qualifying race will be held at the most famous racing circuits around the globe, including the Circuit de la Sarthe from the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is where Porsche won the most ever titles totaling 19 times, the Mount Panorama Circuit of the Bathurst 24 Hour race, and the Good-wood Motor Circuit, the location of the most famous classic car event in the world. Different cars will be used for each race, including the 919 Hybrid and 962 C for Le Mans, along with the 356 A, a famous model from the motor sports scene of the 1950s, meaning that drivers will need a wide range of skills to survive. The ‘Porsche Gran Turismo Cup Asia Pacific’ will be officially sponsored by BOSE, a premium audio company, TAG Heuer, a Swiss luxury watchmaker, and HUGO BOSS, a German luxury fashion house. Detailed information such as the event schedule, overall standings, and etc. can be found on Porsche Korea’s official social media including Instagram and KakaoTalk Channel. Porsche has organized E-sports events such as ‘Porsche SimRacing Trophy’, ‘Porsche E-sports Supercup’ and has formed independent E-Sports teams to participate in ’24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual 2020’ and ‘E-sports Days at IAA’, making it one of the forerunning automobile brands to engage in E-sports racing. Porsche Korea has also signed a partnership with Nexon Co., Ltd. (CEO Lee Jung-hun) on December, 2020 to launch the ‘Taycan 4S’ as a new Kart in PC and mobile games based on ‘Kar-tRider’ IP (Intellectual Property), and held E-sports event ‘KartRider Rush Plus Super Match’, strengthening E-sports marketing campaigns in Korea.
Fourth Successive LE MANS WIN for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing earned a historic and dramatic fourth consecutive Le Mans 24 Hours victory, overcoming adversity to become the first Hypercar winners at the Circuit de la Sarthe. ▲ Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez, who won the long-awaited first victory The whole team showed a never-give-up spirit to conquer a fuel system issue which threatened to derail the challenge of both cars when it struck in the second half of the race. Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López, in the #7 GR010 HYBRID, finally won Le Mans for the first time after several heart-breaking near misses. The World Champions started from pole position and led for the majority of the race, completing 371 laps. On the new GR010 HYBRID's Le Mans debut, last year's winners Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley completed a perfect result for the team, which has now won all four races of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) so far. An incident-packed 24 hours began on a wet track and saw Sébastien drop to the back of the field on the first racing lap, when the #8 was hit by the #708 Glickenhaus. Mike led the field from pole in the #7 and, despite two punctures, set the pace at the front as Sébastien brought the #8 car into contention despite further misfortunes. It suffered a damaged wheel rim following contact with a lapped car and a puncture of its own. Rain in the sixth hour caused several incidents, including a 20-minute safety car, but José kept the #7 in front and Brendon maintained the pressure from second. The race ebbed and flowed between the two cars, with slow zones and safety cars contributing to a fluctuating gap, with the GR010 HYBRIDs holding a clear lead over the chasing pack, led by the #36 Alpine, which was off the lead lap. As the race entered its final 12 hours, Kamui had stretched the #7 car's lead to just over half a minute, with Brendon chasing in the sister car. When Kazuki took the wheel of the #8 after 14 hours, the team swapped the front end to rectify a drop in aerodynamic performance caused by minor damage. Nerves were stretched in the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing garage as the final quarter of the race approached. An issue on the fuel system of the #8 car prevented it completing full stints. Over consecutive fuel stops, it returned to the pits earlier each time as the team worked intensively to find a solution. With four laps in hand over the third-placed Alpine, and no prospect of a quick repair, a remarkable team effort tested several options until an effective counter-measure was developed. The drivers had to activate a specific setting at defined points around the track to return the #8 car to normal stint lengths. That proved even more crucial when the #7 developed a similar issue. Kamui and then José could quickly manage the situation and maintain a comfortable lead. Close communication between drivers and race engineers on both cars ensured the issue was kept under control. Kamui and Kazuki took over their respective cars for the final stint and crossed the line together to make Hypercar history at Le Mans. Akio Toyoda (Team Founder) “To Kamui, Mike and Jose, You have finally taken the "missing item at Le Mans". Congratulations! It is great to see! Even if Toyota had three consecutive wins at Le Mans, Even if you guys won the world championship, I couldn't rejoice from the bottom of my heart. Because your guys felt only frustration at Le Mans. It's not your fault as drivers, Our team and cars were not strong enough. So when I talk to you, I've always been full of regrets. But you guys never blamed anyone. How do you get rid of mistakes? How can we all get stronger? Think only about that and fight to win. The #7 crew finally got to the end of 24 hours and took the checkered flag on the highest step of the podium, and had a champagne fight with a heartfelt smile. I could finally see it, I was so happy and relieved that I could nearly cry. Huge congratulations! Thank you so much! I was watching Kamui when he popped the champagne cork without any trouble -just a bit too quickly! Maybe he was worried he would forget. I'm really glad that I was able to deliver a winning car. To Kazuki, Seb, Brendon. I think second place is a disappointing result for you, however thank you for the one-two finish. I heard that Seb helped solve the trouble on car 8, then joined car 8 driver to help car 7. Thank you to all the drivers of car 8! But the trouble is the same that happened in the previous race, at Monza. I am really sorry to let you compete at Le Mans without fixing it. We should give drivers a car which gives them more peace of mind and can be comfortably driven. We have to continue to improve and create ever-better cars. I heard it was announced that 100% renewable fuel would be introduced in the WEC next season. I appreciate those who are committed to the development of new fuels, making this decision, so I would like to pay tribute to you. We are moving towards carbon neutrality through motorsport and we can make an effort to expand the options. We believe that we can speed up technological development through motorsport, because it is a place for serious competition. A car that is easy for the driver to drive. A fascinating race that will keep fans excited. We will continue our efforts for various technological developments in motorsport. To the fans, Thank you for your support this time as well. I would be grateful if you could continue to support us in the future. Thank you.” Hisatake Murata, Team President: “This was a very hard race and a real team victory, in difficult circumstances. We asked a lot of our drivers and I am amazed by their skills to implement our solution without any time loss. It was a true team effort; we never gave up and the whole team tried everything to achieve the victory. Thank you to everyone involved in this achievement; the team members, our partners and our colleagues at Toyota Motor Corporation who give us so much support. Congratulations to all the winners and to our Hypercar competitors, Alpine and Glickenhaus, who fought us all the way and showed the true spirit of this race.” Mike Conway (GR010 HYBRID #7): “It was a hard race. We knew we had an issue on the car for the last six hours and that could have been a really big problem, but the team came up with a solution to keep us going. All credit to them for getting a one-two finish. It is really special in the circumstances. This race is never easy. Even if you are out on your own at the front, anything can happen. I want to thank my team-mates for their mega stints and hard work all the time, plus the team in Cologne and Japan for their support and hard work that made this possible. We can enjoy it now because a weight is lifted off us.” Kamui Kobayashi (GR010 HYBRID #7): “It is an amazing feeling to be here as a Le Mans winner. We had to go through so many experiences over the years, some of them very difficult, to get here. I always knew Le Mans requires luck to win and we needed some luck today as well. We had to do a special procedure just to keep the running. We did the maximum we could do to survive for the last seven hours; it was an almost impossible job. Normally the race would end there for us but somehow we survived because the team worked really hard and made the right call. My team-mates, car crew and engineers did a great job during the week. Thank you to everyone.” José María López (GR010 HYBRID #7): “The last Le Mans races were quite tough for us as a crew and to finally win this race is a dream come true. It is simply amazing. We came so far for so many years but, up to now, we couldn't win Le Mans. All those experiences make the victory even more special. Mike and Kamui are like brothers to me and I have seen them doing things in the car which are just amazing. Of course there is a strong team behind us in Japan and Cologne. We take the glory but we couldn't do this without this team. Thanks to all of you.” Sébastien Buemi (GR010 HYBRID #8): “I'm happy to finish second after the first lap. Obviously we always wanted to win, but this is a great day for Toyota. The first time we came here with the Hypercar and we finished first and second; that was the objective and we achieved it. I'm happy for car #7 because they deserved it very much. We had a few technical issues but somehow the team did a great job to work around it. We didn't have any margin and we had to make everything perfect, so hats off to the whole team. I'm pleased for my friends, who came very close many times.” Kazuki Nakajima (GR010 HYBRID #8): “First of all, big congratulations to the car #7 crew and the whole team. It is a victory for the whole team and car #8 is part of the team, so we are happy. Car #7 have been unlucky over the years and finally they won. They totally deserve it. On our car, it was challenging but we managed to bring it home despite some issues. The team found a way to manage it so a big thank you to the engineers, mechanics and also my team-mates. It was a great race.” Brendon Hartley (GR010 HYBRID #8): “Le Mans always brings something crazy and this year was no different. Right from the first lap we were dealing with issues. The way the team pulled together to get this one-two was phenomenal, we had to manage the issue and at one point we weren't even sure we would get to the end. I am incredibly happy for car #7, who have had more than their fair share of bad luck. We are all really good friends and I am so happy to see them take their prize and live through all those emotions. A great win for the team.” [Le Mans 24 Hours Result] 1st #7 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing 371 laps 2nd #8 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing +2 laps 3rd #36 Alpine (Negrao/Lapierre/Vaxiviere) +4 laps 4th #708 Glickenhaus (Derani/Mailleux/Pla) +4 laps 5th #709 Glickenhaus (Briscoe/Westbrook/Dumas) +7 laps 6th #41 WRT (Frijns/Habsburg/Milesi) +8 laps
Ebay Motors Powers 2021 HOT ROD Drag Week Hitting Four Midwest Cities Sept. 12-17
The race to determine the title of “Fastest Street Car in America” is back as Ebay Motors Powers HOT ROD Drag Week Presented by Gear Vendors returns to premier tracks in four cities September 12-17, 2021. The world’s toughest competition to find the ultimate street-legal drag car, HOT ROD Drag Week puts competitors to a grueling test over five days of action-packed drag racing, requiring racers to drive their vehicles on a specified route from city to city, upward of 1,000 miles, while securing the quickest possible elapsed time across the five days. During the competition, drivers provide photographic evidence to prove they have adhered to the prescribed route. Some of the nation’s top racers participate annually, “HOT ROD Drag Week is back this year and promises to be some of the best competition yet,” said HOT ROD’s Editor-in-Chief John McGann. “We had records fall in 2019 and expect an even higher level of competition this year at some exciting tracks in the Midwest. Will sub-six second passes become the new normal in the Unlimited Class this year? We can only wait to see.” Ebay Motors Powers HOT ROD Drag Week Presented by Gear Vendors™ SCHEDULE (Daily end times as stated or until complete. All times listed are in Eastern Time.) Tech Inspection, Registration, Test ‘N’ Tune – Sunday, September 12 US 131 Motorsports Park (Martin, Michigan) - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Day 1 Racing – Monday, September 13 US 131 Motorsports Park (Martin, Michigan) - Gates open 7:30 a.m., racing hours 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Day 2 Racing – Tuesday, September 14 Summit Motorsports Park (Norwalk, Ohio) - Gates open 7:30 a.m., racing hours 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Day 3 Racing – Wednesday, September 15 Lucas Oil Raceway (Indianapolis, Indiana) - Gates open 7:30 a.m., racing hours 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Day 4 Racing – Thursday, September 16 Byron Dragway (Byron, Illinois) - Gates open 7:30 a.m., racing hours 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Day 5 Racing (Finals) – Friday, September 17 US 131 Motorsports Park (Martin, Michigan) - Gates open 7:30 a.m., racing hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by awards KEY HIGHLIGHTS: The 5-day event will be livestreamed on MotorTrend’s YouTube Channel, with 5 hours of drag racing content. Each day will be hosted by Roadkill’s David Freiburger and NHRA lead play-by-play broadcaster Brian Lohnes. In addition, NHRA Fox Sports Field Reporter Amanda Busick will be trackside to capture all of the behind the scenes storylines. HOT ROD Drag Week is excited to have eBay Motors as its Title Sponsor. eBay Motors helps all types of enthusiasts one part at a time realize their dream build—including drag racers trying to capture the title of Fastest Street Car in America. With eBay Motors' support, fans can access exclusive live content, including racer profiles, the intricacies of a tech inspection and of course, exciting drag racing action. Gear Vendors Overdrive owners will have the opportunity to put their units to good use on a few routes this year. Stop by their booth and check out the ultimate product in horsepower handling and performance. NOS returns as Official Nitrous Oxide Sponsor. Holley EFI/NOS will be on-site to provide nitrous refills as well as Holley EFI tech support during the event beginning Sunday, Sept 12th through Friday Sept 17th. Nitrous will be offered to racers running nitrous. The nitrous supply will be limited so racers are asked to come with their bottles filled before the event and they can be topped off free of charge. Please respect the limited supply and come prepared to the event. Rockett Brand Race Fuel returns as Official Fuel Sponsor. Fuel is available onsite daily at the Rockett Brand tent. Isky Racing Cams, the Official Cam and Lifter Sponsor, offers $150 off Key Way and Tie Bar Needle solid roller lifter sets. AND $200 off EZROLL Key Way and Tie Bar Bushing Roller Lifter sets, and 15% off all other parts. [PARTICIPATION INFORMATION] While registration has closed, participants wishing to be added to a wait list can visit https://forms.gle/hFVPUKC2rrnvUhVr9. You will be notified if a spot becomes available. [SPECTATOR INFORMATION] Spectator tickets will be available at each individual track ($20). Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. [CONNECT] Follow the action at HOT ROD Drag Week™ 2021 on Twitter using #hotroddragweek. Learn more about Drag Week™ at motortrend.com/events/hot-rod-drag-week/. [HEALTH AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS OVERVIEW] Dependent on the current climate of COVID-19 before September 12, 2021, MotorTrend Group will modify event plans to adhere to local guidelines. The event will adhere to all social distancing, sanitation, mask mandates, and guidelines that the CDC and local health department requires.
Speedway Motors Launches Cover Car Contest to Celebrate Customers and their Cars
Speedway Motors announced today they will celebrate customers and their cars during Customer Appreciation Week, July 26-30, with giveaways and a contest to be on the cover of their Race, Street or Muscle catalog. “Customer Appreciation Week is our way of recognizing all of the hours, blood, sweat and tears our customers are putting into their projects,” said Clay Smith president and owner of Speedway Motors. “We’re truly partners in your project and want to celebrate what you’ve accomplished giving three lucky customers the opportunity to have their car professionally photographed and featured on our catalog cover.” The grand prize will be awarded to three winners of the contest and includes one image on the cover of a Speedway Motors catalog, one editorial feature spread within the Speedway Motors catalog, one blog post on Speedway Motors’ website, and a professional photoshoot of the vehicle, at an approximate value of $5,000. 100 ancillary prizes will also be awarded which will consist of a hat, shop rag, mug, can cooler, wrench set and a $25 Speedway Motors gift card at an approximate value of $100. Every order placed July 26-30 will receive a free sticker sheet while supplies last. To enter the Cover Car Contest, which runs from July 26-August 6, visit SpeedwayMotors.com/Contest and share the story behind your car along with up to three photos (an image is required to win). No purchase is necessary, but you must be 19 years of age or older to enter. Only one entry per person, but you may submit multiple vehicles in a single entry. You can find some examples of vehicles built with Speedway Motors including Bobby’s Model T, Zach’s Model A Pickup, and Jennifer’s ’60 Cadillac on the contest website or listen to customers share their story in Speedway Motors latest Podcast Episode. Follow Speedway Motors on Facebook and Instagram and share your vehicle using #builtwithspeedwaymotors to join the community and be part of the conversation. To enter the Cover Car Contest or for official rules visit SpeedwayMotors.com/Contest
Aston Martin Valkyrie Declared Michelin’s Showstopper of the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed
The all-new Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar has been declared the Michelin Supercar Paddock Showstopper of the Festival at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Michelin Supercar Paddock Showstopper award was presented to Darren Turner, Marek Reichman and the Aston Martin Valkyrie team by judges Jodie Kidd, legendary designer Frank Stephenson, Mr JWW and DriveTribe’s Mike Fernie. Chosen for its pursuit of function over form, the judges were impressed with the hypercar’s impeccable road-going credentials, as well as its striking aerodynamic design and mind-blowing performance. The Aston Martin Valkyrie made its global dynamic debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed and is the first hypercar the legendary British marque has ever produced. The name of the car intentionally evokes images of an otherworldly power, and its performance lives up to that billing. Featuring a huge 6.5-litre V12 hybrid engine capable of delivering 1160 horsepower in a car which is exceptionally lightweight - its 100% carbon fibre chassis and body weigh just over 1,000 kilograms – helping it achieve better than a 1:1 power to weight ratio. The hypercar takes design and engineering cues from Formula One racing, thanks to collaborative input from Red Bull Racing’s legendary design guru Adrian Newey. The aerodynamics around the car were designed to give F1 standard of performance, downforce and handling. Capable of reaching 0-62mph in a blistering 2.5 seconds, the Valkyrie has an astonishing top speed in excess of 250mph. The Glickenhaus 004S and the Rimac Nevera were runners up of the Michelin Supercar Paddock Showstopper Award. Owner Dr. Cecilia Muldoon drove the Glickenhaus SCG 0004S for the first time on the Goodwood Hillclimb and came straight to the Paddock stage to showcase the unique and wonderful supercar. With a supercharged V8 delivering 650bhp, the three-seater with a central driving position and includes some amenities rare in the world of track cars, including air conditioning, Bluetooth speakers and a backup camera. On the Michelin Supercar Paddock Stage James Glickenhaus described the car as “a road car born on the track." Judges were extremely impressed with the car’s bespoke design, both inside and out, coupled with the vehicle’s performance and rarity. They felt it was unique and worthy of being a Showstopper finalist. The judges were also blown away by the outstanding all-electric Rimac Nevera. The Croatian hypercar was a runner up for the award. It produces a staggering 1914 horsepower and can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 1.97 seconds, and from 0 to 300 kph in 9.3 seconds. Each of the Nevera’s wheels are driven by their own electric motor, and each wheel’s torque is automatically adjusted for improved handling. Other automotive highlights from the Michelin live stage include, Lotus (Emira), Bugatti (Pur Sport), Ferrari (SF90), Porsche (GT3), Zenvo (TSR-S), Callum Design (Vanquish 25), Ford (Mach-E 1400), Corvette (C8), Mini (ePacesetter), BMW (2 Series), Mission H24 (LMPH2G), Koenigsegg (Regera), Everrati (964), The Little Car Company (Baby Bugatti). Working alongside General Motors for the debut of the all-new RHD Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Michelin had five-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner and Corvette Ambassador, Oliver Gavin, on the live stage to reveal the model ahead of its first-ever run up the hill. The Supercar Paddock also saw a number of guest appearances talking to presenters Vicki Butler-Henderson and Tim Harvey, including Jenson Button, Oli Webb, Andy Wallace, James Pickford, Colin Turkington, Paul O’Neill, Darren Turner, Caffeine & Machine’s Phil McGovern and Dan Macken, Charlie Cooper, Richard Westbrook, Paul Swift, Mazin and Nabil Naamo (@TopazDetailing), Zach (@Zachs_Garage) and Raziz (@RokenR).
Dynisma reveals the world's most advanced driving simulator for automotive vehicle and motorsport development
Dynisma Ltd.®, the UK-based motion simulator technology company, today releases details of its new world-leading DMG-1™ and lightweight DMG-1 Carbon™ advanced driving simulators. These Dynisma Motion Generators™ (DMGs), bringing a totally revolutionary approach to simulators, have been designed specifically for motorsport teams who want to optimise driver and car performance as well as automotive manufacturers and suppliers for advanced vehicle development and testing. The DMG technologies are at least 50% better than any rival, and equally affordable. This announcement comes shortly after the news that Dynisma has just finished commissioning the world’s most advanced simulator for one of the world’s most famous race teams, a project that has been in development for the past two years. The breadth of capability of the DMG-1 and DMG-1C driving simulators, has been developed by a team of world-class engineers, with more than two decades of experience in Formula One driving simulation. The advanced technologies allow OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers to conduct advanced tests such as those for ride comfort, handling and tyre development in a virtual environment where previously they could only be accurately developed on-road. They also give the ability to carry out complex and extreme vehicle dynamics and ADAS systems testing in complete safety. Saving development miles and reducing the number of hand-built prototypes, by using the ultra-realistic DMG-1 can dramatically reduce costs for automotive manufacturers, decrease the environmental impact of testing and the associated travel, as well as potentially shortening the time it takes to bring new vehicles to market. Ashley Warne, Dynisma CEO: “Our mission is to create the world’s most immersive simulators and widen the access to the best high-fidelity, responsive motion generators that drivers and engineers could want. Dynisma’s advanced DMG-1 technologies offer the perfect solution for a range of specific requirements we’ve identified across many forms of motorsports, automotive manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers in the automotive industry.” “We know that our motion generators can have a dramatic uplift in the performance of any driver or team, as well as playing a key role in making vehicle development testing far more efficient. The global automotive industry currently spends £7BN per year on prototype builds and those cars can individually rack up over half a million miles. The DMG-1 systems can reduce the cost, carbon impact and time it takes to test vehicles, as well as allowing engineers to conduct testing in a confidential and 100% safe virtual environment.” For the DMG-1 simulator Dynisma has employed the same precise design and engineering process that led to the creation of its first custom-built motion simulator, for a leading Formula One team. Developed and built by a team of world-class engineers committed to ground-breaking solutions in motion generation, the class-leading Dynisma DMG-1C delivers the lowest latency (sub 4ms) and highest bandwidth (>55hz in all 6DOF) of any other simulator currently available. Lower latency ensures the driver is able to react faster to events such as oversteer, and the system’s high bandwidth facilitates motion cueing not possible from other conventional motion platforms. With this market-leading mechanical engineering and technology, the DMG-1 accurately transfers a higher level of information to the driver, providing a far more realistic and heightened responsive driving experience. Dynisma’s ground-breaking ‘Direct Drive’ technology, reduces friction to imperceptible levels, eliminating backlash and inertia, delivering an immediate and dynamic sensory experience. DMG-1 transmits information in the rawest possible form direct to the driver’s vestibular system. The DMG-1 and lightweight carbon composite DMG-1C are both available as turn-key solutions, or customised to exact requirements, with the possibility to integrate any type of chassis, in current production or prototype, for both motorsport or automotive applications.
Team Speedway Wins PRO-X Shootout at Goodguys Columbus Nationals
Speedway Motors announced today, Team Speedway, won the PRO-X shootout this past weekend at Goodguys Columbus Nationals in Columbus, Ohio. This is the third win for Robby Unser this year in Team Speedways ’70 Camaro. Earlier this year he doubled up winning both the PRO-X class and the PRO-X portion of the Fuel Curve Great Salt Shootout and claimed the PRO-X class shootout victory at Spring Nationals in Scottsdale, Ariz. Unser is no stranger to racing, hailing from one of America’s most storied racing families. He boasts the 1987 World Hill Climb Champion and 1989 American Indy Car Series Champion titles and was named IRL Rookie of the Year in 1998. He has raced a wide range of classes at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, winning an unprecedented 9 times. Unser has also competed twice at the Indianapolis 500 and is Team Speedways seasoned Nova expert after testing out the sleeper car in 2014. Returning to its competitive racing roots Speedway Motors began sponsoring Team Speedway in 2014 as a way to put their performance parts to the test. “Team Speedway drivers have pushed the ’70 Camaro, ’68 Camaro and ’65 Nova cars to their limits, slamming through courses with 1.7g lateral loading and intense braking, plus acceleration that only a 750 hp engine can provide,” said Bill Schneider, Speedway Motors R&D Engineer and Team Speedway Manager. “If G-Comp components can handle this type of punishment, you can be sure they’ll be reliable for whatever automotive activity you have planned.” Team Speedway regularly puts parts to the test and the ’70 Camaro was built with performance in mind. Sporting Speedway Motors G-Comp 1970-81 Camaro/Firebird Torque Arm Rear Suspension Kit Schneider said, “Measurements were taken, scans were made, and models created to figure out how to make a 50-year-old car handle like a new Corvette.” The car was also fitted with an Unser Edition Front Suspension Kit and sports a 427 LS7 on an RHS block and heads built by Speedway Motors Racing Engines. Team Speedway is scheduled to compete in a number of upcoming events including: Sandhills Open Road Challenge (SORC) Aug. 10-14 in Arnold, Neb. King of the Mountain Aug. 26-28 in Clearfield, Pa. LS Fest East Sept. 10-12 in Bowling Green, Ky. Goodguys Lone Star Nationals Sept. 24-26 in Fort Worth, Texas Optima Ultimate Street Car Challenge Oct. 9-10 in Bowling Green, Ky. Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational Nov. 6-7 in Las Vegas, Nev. Goodguys Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals Nov. 19-21 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Other highlights from the Weekend Rewind include Goodguys 2019/2021 Grand Prize Giveaway car a ’67 Nova won by Hunter Detrich. Speedway Motors provided a number of parts for the build. Goodguys 2021/2022 Grand Prize Giveaway was also unveiled at this weekend’s event. The ’86 C10 squarebody which includes several kits from Speedway Motors including a Speedway Battery Cable Crimper Kit, Longacre 52-22569 Rear End Axle Breather Vent Kit, Pico Weatherpack 14-16 Gauge Kit among other products and will be given away at Goodguys Columbus Nationals in 2022. Speedway Motors Homebuilt Heaven award went to John Martin of Nixa, Mo. For more information about Speedway Motors G-Comp or Team Speedway test cars visit https://www.speedwaymotors.com/featured/gcomp