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UPDATE: Porsche announces Rennsport Reunion V to be held September 25-27, 2015

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The world’s largest gathering of Porsche race cars and drivers come back to Monterey for an encore

Attention Porsche fans!!!!
Porsche North America News Release January 23, 2015
The world’s largest gathering of Porsche race cars, drivers and fans moves forward two weeks.
Porsche Announces Date Change for Rennsport Reunion V – Now September 25- 27, 2015

Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca have announced today that the next Porsche Rennsport Reunion will now take place at the famed California racetrack the weekend of September 25 – 27, 2015, two weeks earlier than originally planned.

The date change is due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict with the World Endurance Championship (WEC) racing series.

“We felt it would be in the best interest for all parties to take this unusual step and move the date,” said Detlev von Platen, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. “By moving
Rennsport Reunion V ahead two weeks, we ensure that our current 919 Hybrid LMP1 and 911 RSR race teams, and more importantly, our new generation of racing heroes can join our racing
legends and be part of the festivities among our many fans.”

Future details will be published on Porsche’s website (www.porsche.com) and Mazda Raceway
Laguna Seca’s website (www.mazdaraceway.com), as they become available.
Ticket information is available by contacting 800-327-7322 or online at
www.mazdaraceway.com.

Porsche announces Rennsport Reunion V to be held October 2015

Hosted by PCNA, Rennsport Reunion V will, once again, bring together an extraordinary gathering of significant Porsche vintage and current racecars, as well those who have designed, engineered, and driven them to victory in the world’s most famous sports car races. The three-day program of on-track competition will be complemented by a Concours d’Elegance, which is open to invited race participants, and special activities celebrating each of the six decades of legendary Porsche racecars.

Rennsport will return to Laguna Seca – Rennsport Reunion V will, once again, bring together an extraordinary gathering of significant Porsche vintage and current racecars, as well those who have designed, engineered and driven them to victory in the world’s most famous sports car races. The three-day program of on-track competition will be complemented by a Concours d’Elegance, which is open to invited race participants, and special activities celebrating each of the six decades of legendary Porsche racecars.

This incomparable event has been held about every three years. After staging the first three rounds in the East, with the inaugural at Lime Rock Park in 2001, Rennsport Reunion IV moved west in 2011, tapping into a vast array of west coast car aficionados and Porsche enthusiasts. “While the Rennsport name from the beginning has become a staple fixture for international collectors and racers, choosing the Monterey Peninsula opened up this one-of-a-kind gathering to the many Porsche fans in California and beyond who were previously unable to attend,” said Detlev von Platen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Porsche Cars North America. “Approximately 40,000 spectators for the weekend, and a record number of race cars and participants, proved that our decision to come here was correct.”

“After that truly rare gathering of significant Porsche racecars on the West Coast in 2011, we can expect an even larger number of fans of the Stuttgart sports car icon to attend next year,” predicted Gill Campbell, CEO and general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “We are proud that Porsche will come back to our track where it has a long racing tradition, and my team and I look forward to help making this the best Rennsport Reunion ever.”

Porsche Rennsport Reunion V will assemble a wide variety of Porsche’s most historic racing models from the nimble mid-engine 550 Spyder of the mid-Fifties, through the mighty 917 and 956/962 of the Seventies and Eighties, to the highly successful 911 GT3 RSR and RS Spyder of the last decade. Special tribute will be paid to the car that embodies Porsche’s return to the top of sports car racing. The 919 LMP1 Prototype is the guarantee that Porsche motorsports – and Rennsport Reunion – have a successful future.

During Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV, approximately 1,300 Porsche Club of America (PCA) member-owned Porsche models from the past 66 years helped fill the show fields, race classes, and parking lots of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. For the upcoming fifth rendition, the PCA, celebrating its 60th year in 2015, will once again play an integral role, capping their year-long celebration.

Future details will be published on Porsche’s press website (www.press.porsche.com) and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s website (http://www.mazdaraceway.com), as they become available.

Ticket information is available by contacting 800-327-7322 or online at www.mazdaraceway.com.

Requests for entry to participate in what is considered to be the world’s greatest gathering of Porsche race cars — Porsche Rennsport Reunion V — opens online February 9 at http://www.MazdaRaceway.com. The event returns to the scenic Monterey coastline and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca September 25-27.   RACE ENTRY REQUESTS OPENS FEB. 9 FOR PORSCHE RENNSPORT REUNION V

▬▬▬▬▬]►►Rennsport Reunion V – PORSCHE CAR CORRALS
▬▬▬▬▬]►►New dates: September 25-27, 2015
For like-minded car owners, the car corrals are the ideal way to celebrate and receive premier parking with your marque. The following car corrals will be featured during Porsche Rennsport Reunion V.
356
550 / RSK
911 (1963-1989)
912
964 (911 from 1990-1994)
993 (911 from 1995-1998)
996 (911 from 1999-2004)
997 (911 from 2005-2012)
991 (911 from 2013 to today)
914
924
944
928
968
Boxster
Cayman
Cayenne
Macan
Panamera
Carrera GT
918 Spyder

About Porsche Cars North America
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga. is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche 918 Spyder, 911, Boxster and Cayman sports cars, the Macan and Cayenne SUVs and Panamera sports sedan. Established in 1984, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. PCNA employs approximately 270 people who provide parts, service, marketing and training for 189 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand’s 66-year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency.

At the core of this success is Porsche’s proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000 motorsport wins to date.

SOURCE Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

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Posted by on October 9, 2014 in Porsche, RENNSPORT V

 

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2013 AMERICAN LE MANS RACE CALENDAR

The 2013 ALMS calendar

The 2013 race calendar of the American Le Mans Series which was announced on Friday includes the following races:

16 March: Sebring Florida

20 April: Long Beach California

18 May: Laguna Seca California

06 July: Lime Rock Connecticut

21 July: Bowmanville Canada

11 August: Road America Wisconsin

31 August: Baltimore Maryland

21 September: Austin Texas

05 October: Alton Virginia

19 October: Road Atlanta Georgia

 American Le Mans Series

The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) was created in 1999 for sports prototypes and GTvehicles. The field is divided into five classes that start together but are classified separately:
GT class:

American Le Mans Series

American Le Mans Series (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This most popular class among car manufacturers traditionally receives the most support: Slightly modified standard sports cars with 440 to 500 hp and a minimum weight of 1,245 kilograms (e.g. Porsche 911 GT3 RSR).

GTC class: This class is reserved for vehicles from one-make race series like the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
LMP1 class: Sports prototypes with up to 550 hp and a minimum weight of 900 kilograms.
LMP2 class: Sports prototypes with ca. 440 hp and a 900 kg minimum weight.
LMPC class: Prototype brand trophy series for the ORECA FLM 09.

SOURCE:  American Le Mans Series Porsche AG Media Press Database

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2012 in ALMS, American Le Mans Series

 

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Seinfeld Joins Singer as Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV Grand Marshal for October 14 – 16 Event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey

Seinfeld Joins Singer as Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV Grand Marshal for October 14 – 16 Event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey

ATLANTA — October 10, 2011 – The man who inspired many of the Porsche race cars that will be on display at the upcoming Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV will be joined by the man who has one of the most significant collections of those cars, as Jerry Seinfeld has been named co-Grand-Marshal with retired Porsche Engineer Norbert Singer.

Seinfeld, who will bring a number of his most-prized cars to Rennsport, was honored to be named to share the Grand Marshal duties with Singer.

“Norbert Singer is one Porsche’s most brilliant innovators and someone I have always wanted to meet. I am thrilled to join him in Monterey for Rennsport IV as Co-Grand Marshal,” said Seinfeld.

Jerry Seinfeld poses with his 1955 Porsche Spyder, on display at the Porsche exhibit at the Los Angeles Auto Show, where Porsche celebrated the worldwide debut of the new 2009 Boxster and Cayman at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.  PHOTO BY © AXEL KOESTER, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, 11/19/08.

Seinfeld’s participation is particularly appropriate as Rennsport IV is honoring the Porsche 911. Included in his collection is the first production 911 (1964) and the last production air-cooled 911 – a 1998 993 that he bought from the factory – the last 993 to roll down the assembly line.

His collection, a mixture of street cars and race cars, includes a street-version Porsche 959 (not legal to drive in the U.S.) –  one of only 200 ever built. Others include the Porsche 917K that Steve McQueen drove in the movie Le Mans, a 1959 straight-16 GT speedster; and a 1955 Spyder 550 — the same model and pearl-grey color actor as the James Dean car.

About Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV

Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV will be the world’s greatest gathering of Porsche race cars and the drivers that drove them to victory, held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca from October 14 to 16, 2011. Hosted by Porsche Cars North America, it will assemble the wide variety of Porsche’s most historic racing models from the nimble 550 Spyder of the mid-Fifties through the mighty 917 and 956/962 of the Seventies and Eighties to the highly successful RS Spyder of the last decade.

Special tribute will be paid to the numerous racing versions of the Porsche 911 and their countless victories on the dawn of what will become another milestone of this iconic sports car.

Additional details of the Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV will be published on Porsche’s press web site (press.porsche.com), and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s web site (http://www.mazdaraceway.com), Ticket information is available by contacting 800-327-7322 or online at www.mazdaraceway.com.

About Porsche Cars North America

Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga. is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche sports cars, the Cayenne SUV and Panamera Gran Turismo. Established in 1984, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and employs approximately 220 people who provide parts, service, marketing and training for 196 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand’s 63-year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency. At the core of this success is Porsche’s proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000 motorsport wins to date.

SOURCE: Porsche Cars North America Database

 

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Porsche Rennsport IV – New Viewing Perch for Porsche Fans

 

A view from atop the Red Bull Energy Center

Ticketholders for next weekend’s big Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV (October 14-16) receive an added bonus to the price of admission. The entire top deck of the Red Bull Energy Center high atop the race track will be open to view the on-track racing.

The panorama viewing deck, located across the Start/Finish line, atop the Red Bull Energy Center is normally reserved entirely for private hospitality.

But this weekend, fans can gain access to the birds-eye perch on top of the hospitality suite as part of their general admission ticket.

Tickets will be sold at the gate, but be sure to arrive at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca early. You’re not going to want to miss any of the excitement. Such as…

  • Porsche Park in the Paddock

  • Authentic German Biergarten

  • Fifty-plus legendary Porsche drivers and engineers signing autographs

  • More than 80 vendors in the Yamaha Marketplace

  • 400 historic race cars in the paddock

  • Nearly 1,000 Porsches filling the Porsche Car Corral

  • North American debut of the 2012 Porsche Carrera 911

Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV – the west coast’s largest gathering of Porsches – happens once every three years.

Don’t miss it.

SOURCE: Press Release – Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

 

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Porsche Paradise – Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV

Image of Porsche Paradise - Porsche Rennsport Reunion IVGeorge Follmer and Mark Donohue in Porsches pace the 1972 Can-Am race here.

Porsche loyalists will flock to the Monterey Peninsula October 14-16 when Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca hosts Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV.

Complementing the hundreds of historic Porsche race cars competing or on special display in the open paddock, are a number of fan activities that will appeal to the young and young-at-heart.

One of the highlights will be a chance to visit with more than 50 legendary Porsche drivers who will be attending and signing autographs each of the three days. It will be a rare opportunity to mingle and hear stories of their competitive days.

On Saturday, there will be a remarkable collection of Porsches lining up for an afternoon Concours on Pit Lane where judges will be hard-pressed to select overall winners in a variety of categories.

Then, when the sun is setting, the Porsche Fan Party in the Biergarten kicks into full swing with live music, authentic German food and a screening of the classic Steve McQueen film “LeMans.”

Ringing the bustling Yamaha Marketplace and all its exhibitors and food stops, will be an 800-plus Porsche Car Corral. The Porsche Club of America is organizing what is likely to be the largest single marque car corral in Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca history, a remarkable accomplishment in its own right.

“There is going to be so much for visitors to do once they are here, it is going to be nearly impossible to cover it all in one day,” says Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

“Rennsport occurs only once every three years and Porsche Cars North America is ensuring that its West Coast debut will be a memorable one.”

Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV will bring together many of Porsche’s most historic racing models from the Spyder of the mid-‘50s through the 917 and 956/962 of the ‘70s and ‘80s to the popular RS Spyder of the last decade.

Additionally, a special tribute will be paid to the numerous racing versions of the Porsche 911.

SOURCE: Mazda Raceway Press Release

 

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Transportation to Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV by Air,Taxi or by Bus

Photo by Hal Thoms

By whatever means available, Porsche loyalists will find their way to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca October 14-16 for the Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV.

The event makes its first West Coast appearance and brings together some of Porsche’s most historic racing models as well as featuring the North American debut of the 2012 Porsche 911.

Helicopter flights are available to and from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca starting at $99 each way or $150 round trip from Monterey Regional Airport. Rates are per person.

Charter service is also available with advance reservations from most Bay Area airports including San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland.

Specialized Helicopters features a team of dedicated pilots and a fleet of state-of-the-art Robinson helicopters.  Please contact Specialized Helicopters at 831-763-2244 or log on to www.specializedheli.com  for more information.

Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) provides rides from Carmel, Seaside, Monterey and Salinas on lines 36, 37, 38 and 39 respectively, dropping off to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  Please visit the MST website www.mst.org or call 1-888-MST-BUS1 for more information.

Area companies such as Main Event Transportation (www.maineventlimosines.com), American International Transportation Services (www.aitslimo.com) and CCM&E Destination Services (www.ccm-e.com) can be contacted for hire by those race fans who want to travel to the track in complete comfort.

Also available to race fans is taxi service that can bring them from their hotel to the race track. Contact Central Coast Taxi (831-626-3333) or Yellow Cab (831-375-3155).

Mazda Raceway aerial view – source Motor Trend

Several entryways will be open allowing for swift arrival and departure.

The South Boundary entrance provides an entry/exit point for spectators coming in from Highway 1 from the North. For race fans coming to the track from Salinas and Southern California the Barloy Canyon entrance will be open on Saturday.

By whatever means they choose, one thing is for sure – it’s going to be a great day at the races.  Free parking is available.

“While the Rennsport name has become a staple fixture for international collectors and racers over the past ten years, choosing the Monterey Peninsula will open up this one-of-a-kind gathering to the many Porsche fans in California and beyond who were previously unable to attend,” said Detlev von Platen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Porsche Cars North America.

“Now they’ll have the opportunity to see, feel and hear from up close hundreds of famous Porsche race cars and dozens of their drivers from past and present during a truly memorable weekend dedicated to Porsche’s motorsport heritage.”

 

Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV will assemble the wide variety of Porsche’s most historic racing models from the nimble 550 Spyder of the mid-Fifties through the mighty 917 and 956/962 of the Seventies and Eighties to the highly successful GT3 RSR.

Special tribute will be paid to the numerous racing versions of the Porsche 911 and their countless victories on the dawn of what will become another milestone of this iconic sports car.

 

“This will truly be a rare gathering of significant Porsche race cars on the West Coast,” commented Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

“Porsche has a long racing tradition in Monterey and we look forward to celebrating its heritage in a befitting manner for everyone to enjoy.”

 

Complementing the Rennsport Reunion IV venue is the Porsche Race Car Classic, an exclusive concours held at nearby Quail Lodge in Carmel on Sunday, October 16.

Steve Heinrichs, producer of the Porsche Race Car Classic, explained, “this once-in-a-lifetime gathering of vintage Porsche race cars solely from Porsche’s break-out era of 1950-1965 will raise critical funding to directly support lung cancer research. We’ll have Gmünds, Glöcklers, 550s, 718s, 804s, 904s, 356s, Abarths and more – in numbers and provenance never before seen.”

Additional details of the Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV  ticket information is available by contacting 800-327-7322 or online at http://www.mazdaraceway.com.

For more information on the Porsche Race Car Classic or to purchase tickets visit http://www.porscheracecarclassic.com.

Porsche and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca are working in association with the Porsche Race Car Classic to combine efforts to raise awareness for the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and the UCSF Thoracic Oncology Program.

SOURCE: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

 

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VIDEO: New, 7th-Generation Porsche 911 to Make North American Debut at Rennsport Reunion IV

First roll-out will be part of Porsche’s celebration of a 48-year success story

By the late 1950s it was obvious to Porsche that the 356, which was the company’s sole product line since 1948, needed to be updated. Replacing it was necessary, yet perilous.

Who knew that the eventual replacement for the 356, the 911, would surpass its predecessor in sales, longevity and glory?

Or that it would be so fanatically cherished by its owners that Porsche hasn’t been allowed to replace it. Or that the Company would be introducing its latest iteration all the way in 2011?

And, with Porsche Motorsport concentrating on its development of prototypes for Le Mans and elsewhere, there wasn’t much initial effort by the factory for racing the 911, but it became the most successful race car in history, with hundreds of samples of its 48-year legacy to be displayed and raced at the Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV, October 14 – 16, 2011, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey.

The surprise is that the new 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera, the completely redesigned seventh-generation sports car icon, and a fore-bearer of race cars to come, will be on display for the first time in North America for Porsche enthusiasts to see up close at Rennsport Reunion IV.

“As the 911 race car and street car histories are completely intertwined, it is fitting to show our latest 911 at a motor racing extravaganza,” said Bernd Harling, who is heading up Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV for event host Porsche Cars North America.

“Everyone will see that this newborn is truly a member of the family,” said Harling.

 

From every angle it is unmistakably a 911, holding true to the Porsche 911 Carrera evolution, not revolution’ design philosophy. The new car has a longer wheel base, but is both lower and lighter than its predecessor. With its two engine sizes, the new 911 Carrera is able to provide improved performance and handling, and even better fuel economy than before.

The 911 Carrera is equipped with a 3.4-liter, 350hp six-cylinder boxer engine, while the Carrera S is fitted with a 3.8-liter, 400hp six-cylinder boxer powerplant, both with the optional PDK transmission available.

The new Porsche 911 Carrera celebrated its world premiere at the 2011 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011, while the official North American debut will be held at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The first new 911 models will arrive in U.S. dealerships beginning in February of 2012.

It took a while for Porsche Motorsport to warm up to the 911 as a race car, but, as has happened several times in the company’s history, the customers took the lead. Almost as soon as the 911 went into production, buyers were using it in hill climbs and autocrosses and Porsche itself started to produce lightweight and enhanced performance vehicles for their motorsports customers.

In 1967, Porsche built 20 911 “R” models stripped interiors (no carpet, for instance), thin-skinned aluminum doors, fiberglass deck lids, taillights swiped from a Fiat, oversize carbs, a magnesium engine case, dual spark plug cylinder heads and much more. With about 210 horsepower on board, these race-ready, lightweight rockets were the start of the 911 racing legend.

Vic Elford, one of the most famous Porsche drivers in history, was one of the first to compete in the Porsche 911 at a high level, winning in the mid-‘60s in England using a race with the very first demo model imported by the factory distributor, and later driving to victory in 1968 at the Monte Carlo Rally.

 

The Porsche 911 race car started to make noise in the U.S. when IMSA’s Camel GT series started in 1970, with Brumos Racing and Hurley Haywood taking their 1970 Porsche 911S to its first championship in the 1972 season. Haywood and co-driver and Brumos co-owner Peter Gregg went on to win IMSA championships in 1973, 1974, and 1975.

After the Porsche 911 Carrera RS and RSR models won IMSA and Trans-Am championships in the mid-70s, the company introduced the radical Porsche 934 and 935 race cars – 911 silhouette bodied cars with big, twin-turbocharged engines. After being banned for a season from the Camel GT, they came back with a roar to become the cars to beat in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.

The 1980s and early 90s were prime time for Porsche Motorsport’s 956 and 962 prototype race cars, and the 911 took a bit of a back seat on the GT side to Porsche 924 and 944-based models.

Then, in 1997, Porsche introduced the GT class 911 GT2R at Le Mans where this 996-based water-cooled coupe promptly won its class, followed by the famous Porsche 911 GT1 which gave Porsche its last overall victory at Le Mans (1998).

The current generation of 911 race cars, initiated by the introduction of the Porsche 911 GT3 R in 1999, and promptly driven to the 1999 American Le Mans Series GT championship by Cort Wagner. The iteration of this family is the current Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, with Dick Barbour Racing, Alex Job Racing, and Flying Lizard Motorsports – all U.S.-based teams – leading Porsche to victories in U.S. sports car championships a well as Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans.

The other family of 911 race cars, in production since 1989, is the 911 GT3 Cup, which was developed for the Porsche Supercup and Carrera Cup one-marque series which take place around the globe. The latest version, the 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, which also competes in the American Le Mans Series, the IMSA GT3 challenge by Yokohama, SCCA World Challenge, and Rolex Grand-Am Sports Car Series, will have its own feature race during the Rennsport weekend.

SOURCE: Mazda Raceway Press Release Database

 

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