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July 2010. Volume 50, Issue 7
In This Issue
From the Wurst Wing
Letter from the Editor
Porsche Pets Rule!
Competition Corner
Board of Directors
Membership Report
The Power Chef
Where's Norbert?
Porsche Triumphs at LeMans
GT3 Races Pike's Peak
Marina AX July 24-25
Carlsen Concours
Concours in Paradise
West Coast Summer Concours
Quick Links
Dear Porsche Enthusiast,

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CoCo wishes to express her satisfaction that other Porsche Pets are joining her in this month's issue. This allows her to defer corrective action.

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From the Wurst Wing
--by John Celona, GGR President

Summer and Fall FUN!

The summer and events have been just whizzing by. Hope you've managed to catch some of them! I caught the last autocross double-header at Alameda and those tires are crying out to be replaced. Next is another double-header, this time at Marina, so get rid of that excess rubber! Here's the schedule for the rest of the year:
  • 7/24    GGR/LPR/Zone 7    Marina
  • 7/25    GGR/LPR/Zone 7    Marina
  • 8/14    GGR/LPR    Marina
  • 8/15    GGR/LPR    Marina
  • 9/11    GGR    Alameda
  • 10/16    GGR    Alameda
  • 11/13    GGR    Alameda
Following a short break after the Buttonwillow weekend with Zone 8, we're back to Thunderhill. Here's your chance to get "back on track!"
  • July 31/August 1 - Thunderhill - DE/TT
  • Sept 18/19 - Thunderhill - Club Race/DE/TT
  • Oct 8th (Friday) - Infineon - DE-only
And now for the really big news:

GGR 50th Anniversary Registration Opens July 11

Sponsored by Carlsen Porsche & Porsche Cars North America

That's right: we're re50th logoady to sign people up. Starting on July 11th, you can go to the GGR web site and click on the 50th logo to go to the information page. There you'll find links to register for all the events. All registration will be through Motorsports Reg.

Registration closes on September 1 or when the events sell out! Sign up so you don't miss out!

Here's what's coming down the pike:

Saturday, September 11: Autocross at Alameda

AlamedaWhat better way to kick off the celebration than an autocross at our usual Alameda site? Cost will be $20 more than usual at $65/person or $55 for PCA members, which includes a FABULOUS PONDEROSA BBQ, including: carved BBQ tri-tip roast with Santa Maria spices, BBQ 1/4 chicken, Western Trail chili, fresh corn on the cob with butter, homestyle potato salad, tossed green salad with vinaigrette, watermelon wedges, garlic bread, assorted beverages and assorted ice cream bars.

Then, Saturday, evening, the festivities move on to the:

The Presidents' Dinner

City Club6-10 p.m. at the City Club of San Francisco, 155 Sansome Street, San Francisco on the top of the Pacific Stock Exchange Building. Attire is black-tie optional. Cost is $100/person or a table of 10 for $800 (get your friends together and SAVE!).

Menu includes wine & beer; passed appetizers: chorizo-stuffed Medjool dates wrapped in bacon, arugula & pesto chicken skewers, Dungenes crab cakes with roasted bell pepper aoli, ahi tuna tartare on a crispy tortilla with soy vinaigrette, and antipasto.

For dinner: lobster bisque; peppercorn crusted filet of beef; roasted garlic mashed potatoes; braising greens and red wine sauce; chocolate sponge cake with chocolate mousse for dessert; tea and coffee.

After dinner, stick around for a LIVE VEGAS-STYLE FLOOR FosseSHOW featuring the Foothill Repertory Dance Company directed by Bay Area Critics Circle winner Bubba Gong performing a Fosse-style review celebrating "All That Jazz" to music from Chicago, All That Jazz, Sweet Charity and more. Artistic, Entertaining and Celebratory.

All attendees receive a 50th anniversary gift, while GGR past presidents attending will also receive a special commemorative gift.
Click here for parking options. For overnight accommodations, we recommend Le Meridien, which is within walking distance and has great room rates online. Book early to get the best rates. As an alternative, the Mandarin Oriental is almost across the street.

Then, on Sunday, September 12th, we continue on with the:

Islands Get Away

11 am - 3 pm at the historic Nimitz Mansion on Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco Bay (exit off of the Bay Bridge). Cost is $50/person and $20 for children under 12. FREE valet parking is included.

You'll be greeted on arrival by the renowned string quartet "Synchronicity" performing a repertoire of classical and modern pieces. During the performance, you'll be served appetizers consisting of: brie en croute with honey glazed pecans, crackers, grapes, rosemary mixed nuts, and sea scallops on cauliflower pureť served on an asian spoon.
NimitzThen, treat yourself to a barbecue lunch of barrel-smoked chicken quarters; grilled citrus and honey pork tenderloin; country potato salad; fresh fruit display; summer vegetables; sweet baked beans; assorted rolls; assorted cookies, brownies, and pastries for dessert. Includes iced teas, lemonade, bottled water, tea and coffee.

After lunch, watch THREE LIVE PERFORMANCES as the award-winning Foothill Repertory again takes the stage to celebrate "Hollywood to Bollywood." "One World, One Beat" kicks it off with Haitian, mambo, belly dancing, and Jai Ho from "Slumdog Millionaire." That's followed by a Patrick Swayze tribute featuring the music and dancing from "Dirty Dancing." We end up with "Michael: The Beat Goes On...", a tribute to Michael Jackson including a live performance of "Thriller."

But wait...There's More!

Win a FREE 2-day course at the Porsche Sports Driving School

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Porsche Cars North America has donated a FREE 2-day course at the Porsche Sports Driving School in Birmingham, Alabama (travel is on you!). Value: $2,995.

We'll be selling raffle tickets at $20/each (link on the web site also) via Motorsports Reg through September 10th and in-person over the course of the weekend. The more tickets you buy, the more chance to win!

All proceeds will be donated to charity, and you DO NOT have to be present to win!

Don't wait around for the 100th! Plan your weekend in San Francisco and join us in in the once-in-a-lifetime celebration of 50 years for GGR!

As if that wasn't enough news for one month, there's more!

Volunteer Appreciation Day

As you know, GGR is staffed entirely by volunteers: all club positions and all events are put on by club members like you who volunteer their time to make everything happen. Frequently, this means that members can't participate in events because they're putting them on!

The club really does appreciate the extra time and effort these people put in. Without them, we'd be--well, nothing really.

Accordingly, we are very pleased to be holding the club's first Volunteer Appreciation Day on Sunday, July 18th. We have already prepared a list and invited all the people who hold club jobs or regularly volunteer their time for extra work far in excess of the time for things like worker positions at autocross (which all participants have to do!).

Unfortunately, we did not have the space to go back and invite people who've held positions in the past, but hope to be holding a Volunteer Appreciation Day annually. Volunteer for a club job and you'll be invited next year!

And what, you may ask, will the volunteers be doing on July 18th? It's almost too fun to be legal.

GGR and Porsche Cars North America are hosting the Bay Area launch of the new Cayennes. Porsche will be bringing a Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo, Panamera S, Panamera Turbo, and a Carerra 4S--along with instructors from the Porsche Sports Driving School. Volunteers will be able to drive all these vehicles on an autocross course with a Porsche instructor.

Should be a great day and a great way to say thanks to all the people who make club things happen. If you feel you should have been invited and we missed you, my apologies in advance. Send me an email and we'll contact you if spaces open up.

In addition, all the people Porsche brings in to attend the event will receive a 1-page flyer on GGR with an invitation to join the club and autocross their car at Alameda every month. Here's hoping we can add some more drivers to the fun!

New Benefit for Club Sponsors

As you've probably heard, PCA has launched an iPhone app people can use to look up events, mechanics, etc., in whatever area they happen to be in. They have asked the regions (including GGR) to provide the information to be included in the app.

The Board has decided to restrict the listing to club sponsors. Accordingly, if you're one of the people who sponsors the club (and we're very grateful for that!), your contact information will be included in the iPhone app for anyone to access who has the app. Here's hoping you get some additional business out of that!

Till next month...


Letter from the Editor
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--by John Celona, Nugget Editor

Thanks to Contributors!

Thanks to Peter Wert for sending in a pet picture, and to David Leong for taking photos of the Porboys Beginners' Autocross School. Nice to have a new crop of no-longer-beginner drivers!

Send in those Porsche Pets photos! CoCo G does not wish to insist!

Thanks for reading.
Porsche Pets Rule!


My wife Hanne took the pictures of Maggie- our undercover Porsche-dog.  She is only allowed in the Porsche on special occasions.  Best, Peter Wert

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Competition Corner

--by Claude Leglise, Competition Director
DE/TT/CR Chair for 2011

I am very pleased to announce that Carl Switzer has volunteered to take over the role of Chairman for GGR's Driver Education, Time Trial and Club Racing program for next year, and that the board has wholeheartedly endorsed his nomination. Many of you will remember that Carl, along with his brother Matt, did an outstanding job running the autocross series the last two years, so we can be confident he will bring great experience to the position. Carl is committed to continuing the club racing series that Mike and Warren started, doubly so, since he won his first club race last month. A rather large team is required to put on successful track events; Carl has started recruiting volunteers to assist him. I trust any offer to help will be gladly accepted. Please join me in thanking Carl for stepping up.
Autocross School

This past weekend, John Seidel and Howard Yao organized another edition of the annual GGR autocross school. 57 students joined 35 instructors and volunteers for a day of Porsche fun on the tarmac. It was exciting to see new drivers drop their times from 39 to 29 seconds after just a few laps.

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Photo by David Leong. Click the photo for more images.

I personally escaped deep shame by staying faster than my students, if only by 4 tenths of a second. A big thank-you goes to Joe and Annie Zeiph of Porboys, who sponsored the event. All the attendees will be proudly wearing the T-shirts they generously provided for years to come.
Zone Autocross School

Up until about 5 years ago, GGR used to organize a two-day Zone 7 Autocross School every year. Somehow the tradition fell by the wayside, but several of us were standing around at Alameda at the end of the day last weekend, and we talked about bringing this school back. Briefly, the format was one day of exercises: skid pad, hard braking, square box, oval, etc; followed by one day on two separate autocross courses with different characteristics. Alameda is the perfect venue to host the 100 or so students the school can accommodate. We can put a date on the Zone 7 calendar right away for 2011. A lot of knowledge exists around the club about how to set up the school; all we need is someone to chair the event and take on the duties of pulling the volunteers together. Will someone step up? Contact me if you want to discuss.
Drivers Events Committee

Last month in this column, I asked for a volunteer to represent the autocross community on the DEC. I want to thank Grady Carter, who raised his hand. There are two forums set up on the GGR bulletin board to submit ideas for new and improved rules. Please send your submissions by August 10.
Upcoming events

Early July offers a bit of rest to recover from the Independence Day festivities. We will reconvene July 24-25 at Marina for the Zone 7 Autocross, and July 31-August 1 at Thunderhill for Driver Education and Time Trials (no club racing this time.) I hope to see you there.


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Board of Directors
--by Bill Benz, GGR Secretary

GGR Board of Directors
Meeting Minutes for June 8, 2010
Call to Order

President Celona called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm at his home.
All members of the Board save the Membership Director were present. The Board was joined by Sharon Neidel (Zone 7 Representative), Andrew Forrest (Webmaster), Larry Adams, Paul Larson, and a special guest, Terry Zaccone.
            Agenda Changes - None

            Calendar Changes - PCNA is holding a new Cayanne introduction event in July that may conflicts with the Family Picnic which is already on the calendar. Everyone felt that this conflict would not be material.
            Terry Zaccone discussed the good works being performed by the YMCA. He asked the Board for permission to organize a 2011 fund raising event within the GGR community to benefit the YMCA. The Board expressed its enthusiasm for such an event and for Terry's willingness to organize it.
Postmortem of Past Events
            Autocross #3 had a good turn out. The new timing equipment is becoming more user-friendly at each successive event,
            Many members continue to enjoy the Friday Night Socials organized by Shirley Neidel on the third Friday of each month at Harry's Hofbrau in Redwood City,
            The paddock tours at the ALMS race were a big hit and
            Time Trial Number 2 at Buttonwillow went smoothly.
Directors' Reports

            President - The President has obtained a rough quote of $2000 for scanning all of the existing issues of the NUGGET to prepare a digital record to be made available to the Membership. This quote was deemed better than reasonable and the President was authorized to get this project underway. Progress on GGR's 50th anniversary was reviewed. PCNA has been very supportive by donating gifts and taking a table at the Saturday Dinner.

            Vice President - Insurance has been ordered for all of the autocrosses and the autocross school.

            Treasurer - The Treasurer's report was delivered and accepted

            Secretary - Nothing to report. Last month's minutes were approved.

            Social - The Family Picnic was reviewed and a $1500 contribution from the treasury was approved The Social Director is continuing to try to set up a tour of the Canepa museum and shop later this year but has no details at this time.

            Membership - The President reported that membership continues to grow but for some reason the rate of growth was up sharply. A list of new members was approved.

            Competition - The Competition director reported that the Buttonwillow time trial and AX #3 both broke even financially, Both series are doing fine. The Competition Director commended the two chairs of the Time Trial series and the two chairs of the Autocross series for their efforts which have lifted both series, The Board concurred with enthusiasm and thanks.

            Webmaster - Website is up and running. Information about the 50th anniversary is being posted on the site.
Topics for Discussion
            Zone Report - The Zone 7 Representative reported that National was putting together an I-Phone app to be sold to the membership. Last month's question of a dues increase was discussed and the Board expressed to the Zone Representative the view that the present dues are quite low and that the proposed increase seems reasonable.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p. m.

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Membership Report

Jeff Kost--by Jeff Kost, Membership director

Membership was off just slightly this month, down in both the primary and affiliate categories. Renewals, however, were up significantly to a level not seen in about two years, and the 5th highest since I started keeping records in 2006! As always, do what you can to recruit new members. Even more importantly, with the summer in full swing, come on out and join one of the many fun club events!
Total Members:   2388
Primary:              1395
Affiliate:                 992
HQ Life:                    1
GGR Life:                 3

New Members: 15
Transfers In:       8
Transfers Out:    4

New Members

Corey & Giselle Beucus


1995 993

Steve Blank

Menlo Park

2010 Panamera

Calise Cheng



Remi Duvergey

San Francisco

2001 Boxster S

Glenna Eaton

San Carlos


Alison Elliott

Menlo Park


Robert & Carol Ferreri

San Jose

2004 Turbo

Frances Fitzgerald



Sergio & Zelia Golombek

San Jose

2007 911

Bob & Sara Griffin

Menlo Park

2008 Carrera

Sophie Guerre-Chaley

San Francisco


Alvin Hui


2002 911

Arda Kara


2006 Cayman S

Thomas Kielbus

San Francisco

1989 944

Mimi Lam

Los Altos


Clement Lau

Los Altos

2007 Cayman S

Kirsten Neilsen



Timothy Ryan


2006 Cayman S

Bob Schlarb


2004 Boxster

Alex Tzelepis



Dan & Cyndie Wilks

Santa Clara

2010 Carrera S

Mark Wong

Menlo Park

2007 911 Turbo




45 Years

Linda Bine

Belvedere Tiburon

Harry Somerfield

Belvedere Tiburon

2005 Carrera GT


25 Years

Ruth Benz

Palo Alto

1971 917/20

20 Years

Steven Group

San Mateo

1985 911

Michael Petersen



Craig Watkins

Santa Rosa

1973 911

15 Years

Mike Edwards


2006 911 C4

George Morris

San Jose

1972 911S

Peter Joslin

El Granada

1975 914

10 Years

Brian Best

San Carlos

1990 911

Marco Della Cava

Mill Valley

1997 993

Dean Fox

Foster City

2003 996

Douglas Mackenzie

San Jose


Dean Posey


1973 914

Ken Buteyn

San Mateo

1987 944

Jill Finlayson



James Gassel

San Francisco

1962 356

5 Years

William & Beck Diefenbach

San Francisco

2004 911

Donna Edwards



Caevon & Michelle Hekmaty


1980 911 SC

Gail Hunter

Los Gatos


Todd Ikemoto

Daly City


Charles & Susan Leiter


2009 Carrera S

Jim & Margaret Lico


1997 993

Sarah Merrill

El Cerrito


Geordie Prodis

San Jose


April Ramos

Half Moon Bay


Jim Sanfilippo

Los Gatos

1974 911

Ernie Evans

San Jose

1978 911

Susan Higbie


1965 356 SC

Yves Lacroix

San Jose

2001 996 Turbo

Marta Mora-Evans

San Jose


Nathalie Richard

San Jose


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The Power Chef
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The Power Chef is powering through getting this month's Nugget done! He'll be back with a column next month. --Ed.
Where's Norbert?

Benz--by Bill Benz, GGR Secretary
This month's PANORAMA reports that VW Ag has decided that Audi should build a new LeMans prototype and that Porsche should focus on "alternative drivetrain technology".
When I think of "alternative drivetrain technology I can't get past two images. First is a photo of Fritz von Opel gazing fondly at the business end of a cluster of solid fuel fireworks on his "almost record setting" rocket car. The other is the sight of my son, Alec, being towed on his skate board though a traffic-chocked Palo Alto High School parking lot by an enthusiastic Labrador retriever. Maybe, that's why I was never put in charge of alternative drivetrain development at Porsche.
More importantly, that is why we really need Norbert Singer. Herr Singer, you will recall, had a multi-decade string of greatest hits including the 934, 935, Moby Dick, 956, 962 and Dauer Porsche. All of Herr Doktor Singer's cars met the exact letter of layers of regulation instituted at the behest of paranoid French, Italian and American competitors. (Did I forget to offend anyone?) When the rules said that a car could not be lowered Herr Professor Doktor Singer raised the floor. The back window was left in place like the rules required but he covered it with a wind-cheating cover.
I'll bet that Herr Technische-ubermensch Professor Doktor Singer could transform alternative drivetrain technology purgatory into a winner. If he needs some help I've got two words - THREE WHEELS. Let's face it, Germans love there-wheeled vehicles. My namesake, Karl Benz, got the auto industry going with a three wheeler. BMW had Isetta. Who can forget the Messerschmitt? Let's go with the Porsche model, a monster turbo engine mounted behind the driven rear wheel, Let's really be alternative - let's steer with the rear wheel while we're alt it..
Impossible! You say. This configuration will never work and will be really dangerous. You naysayers said the same thing about spray-on hair and Ronco Industries proved you way wrong. If you'd been around in the 1940's and 50;s you'd have said the same thing about the 356. Of course these modern three wheelers will be wildly unstable and erratic and require the reaction time of a 9-year-old video game champion to keep facing forward, but what's your point.
Of course it's hard! (Cue the "Ride of the Valkyries" theme, please.) Brilliant German engineering should NEVER be wasted on an easy problem!! With Herr Director Technische-ubermensch Professor Doktor Singer at the helm, alternative drive train technology can return Zuffenhausen to racing glory!!!

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Porsche Triumphs at LeMans

Stuttgart/Atlanta - June 13 --  The success story of the 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR race continues at the 78 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans  as factory drivers Marc Lieb (Germany), Richard Lietz (Austria) and Wolf Henzler (Germany) piloted their German Felbermayr-Proton Porsche to a two-lap GT2 win over the second-place Ferrari earlier today.
Two other Porsche factory drivers Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France) - on loan from Porsche to Audi's factory prototype effort -  helped lead Audi's sweep of the overall podium. They drove with former Porsche factory pilot Mike Rockenfeller (Germany) to a one-lap victory in their Audi R15 TDI.  All six LMP1 and GT2-winning drivers have either victories or championships in the American Le Mans Series as well.

As for the worldwide performance of the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR so far this year, the car that won the 24 hour race in Dubai and holds the championship lead of the Le Mans Series (Europe) and the American Le Mans Series, and was the most successful GT race car of 2009 has now won the GT2 class of the Le Mans 24 hour race.
This victory at Le Mans marks the 98th win (class and overall) for Porsche at the prestigious long distance classic. For the ninth time, a race car based on the street legal 911 GT3 prevailed over its rivals. Positions three, five, seven and eight also went to drivers of the 450 hp Porsche. Moreover, the winning 911 also clinched the environmental "Michelin Green X Challenge" award as the GT car with the best efficiency.

The basis for Porsche's success was this year again the reliability of the 911 GT3 RSR. Refueling, new tires, driver changes - the team mechanics of had nothing more to do from start to finish.
"Pivotal for victory was that we had no technical problems and spent the least amount of time in the pits. This win was a team effort," said Marc Lieb, who celebrated his third Porsche GT2 win in Le Mans, finishing first in 2005 and 2006. Richard Lietz took home the coveted winners' trophy for the second time his victory in 2007.
Porsche's success is even more credible due to the fact that the 78th edition of the 24 hour race was one of the toughest in the history of the classic. The GT2 class in particular was excellently supported and fiercely contested with seven manufacturers and 18 race vehicles. With this victory, Porsche bested strong opponents Ferrari, BMW, Chevrolet Corvette, Jaguar and Spyker.

"We experienced an incredibly exciting race this weekend, especially in the GT2 class. I'm delighted that the Felbermayr-Proton squad won both the GT2 class as well as the "Michelin Green X Challenge.' This shows that we're on the right path with our philosophy of Porsche Intelligent Performance. I'm also thrilled with the results of the other Porsche customer teams. They put up a great fight and earned their good positions. I'm proud as well of the three drivers in the winning Audi. Congratulations to them and the entire Audi team," said Hartmut Kristen, head of Porsche Motorsport.
Porsche Junior Marco Holzer (Germany) and his teammates in the BMS Scuderia Italia Porsche 911 GT3 RSR team, Richard Westbrook (Great Britain) and Timo Scheider (Germany), were also pleased with their third in class. All three drivers contested the Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time. For the two-time DTM champion Scheider, this was his first outing with a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.

"For us, it's a dream come true," said 21-year-old Holzer. "Le Mans is the most important long distance race in the world - and we climbed the podium at our debut. That's sensational."
The crew of the French IMSA Performance Matmut team had mixed feelings about their fifth position. Works drivers Patrick Pilet (France) and Patrick Long (USA) with teammate Raymond Narac (France) had kept up with the winning Porsche trio until the morning hours only to be held up by a clutch problem.
"Today is a great day for Porsche and I'm pleased about that," said Pilet. "But of course we're a little disappointed not to celebrate a podium result at our home race."
Elation also permeated the driver squads of both 911 GT3 RSR that finished seventh and eighth as well: Both 911 were manned by gentlemen drivers. Finishing seventh were Dutchmen Paul van Splunteren and Niek Hommerson as well as Belgian Louis Machiels for the ProSpeed Competition team, followed by the second Felbermayr 911 with drivers Horst Felbermayr Senior and Junior (both Austria) and Slovakia' s Miroslav Konopka in eighth.

The only American-based Porsche entry, the Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) , Darren Law USA) and Seth Neiman USA) was retired from the from the race due to mechanical issues. After starting ninth on the grid, all three drivers cycled uneventfully through their stints until halfway through hour four, when an incident damaged the right radiator. The crew replaced the radiator and front under-tray and repaired some minor body damage. Unfortunately, after one out-lap, the car had to return to the garage again and was retired due to its accident-related mechanical issues.
"Le Mans once again bites us very hard. It's not easy to accept being out of the race this early, but that's racing. I know our crew will examine every part of this experience and do what it takes to make us even stronger in the future," said team principal Seth Neiman.

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911 GT3 Races Pike's Peak

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup to Makes its Debut at Pikes Peak Hillclimb; Six-Time Champion Jeff Zwart Takes Purpose-built Race Car to the "Hill" For the First Time
Colorado Springs - June 21, 2010 - For the first time since Porsche began production of the 911 GT3 Cup race car in 1989, the car will contest a major international hillclimb including more than five miles of gravel.
Jeff Zwart, a commercial film director from Woody Creek Colorado, and six-time class winner at the Pikes Peak Hillclimb, will challenge the 2WD Time Attack class with his specially-prepared Luminox Watch Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car.
With technical support from Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) and Pirelli Tires, Zwart will be contesting the 88th running of the hillclimb classic, the second oldest race in America (behind the Indy 500).  Zwart said that running a 2WD, normally aspirated, purpose-built race car up the "Mountain" will be a new experience for him despite his nine starts at Pikes Peak.
"In previous years, I have always taken a street Porsche Turbo and converted it into a race car, but this time, with the help of Porsche and Pirelli, we have taken a race car and modified it for Pikes peak unique half tarmac-half gravel course.  I practiced in the car last week, and was very surprised at the balance, power, and braking the car provided.  The low-ratio sequential gear box keeps me busy through the 156 turns, but it makes the car very quick," said Zwart.

Pike's Peak
Porsche Motorsport started with a 2007 Cup car, updated it to 2010 specifications, and installed a new 450 horsepower 3.8-liter engine currently in use in the Patron GT3 Challenge, American Le Mans Series Challenge Class, and the Porsche Supercup series.  The engine management mapping was modified to perform well in high altitude as the race starts at 9,390 feet and finishes at the summit, 14,110 feet above sea level, and ride height was increased for the gravel sections of the course.  The underbody was also modified to protect the car from gravel and stones similar to rally competition. Pirelli has provided road racing-style rain tires which worked very well both on paved and gravel surfaces during last week's test.
"This event should show the real versatility of our Cup racer," said Paul Ritchie, president of Porsche Motorsport North America, Inc.
"With the variety of surfaces and altitude changes, the car was a handful to set up, but, between our PMNA engineers, Porsche Motorsport engineering consultant Roland Kussmaul - a rally veteran - and great help from Pirelli, we think we have given Jeff a car which will provide his best chance for a win," said Ritchie.
"I can slide the car across the dirt and grab gears without even lifting," Zwart added.  "Add to that the car's behavior on the tarmac - the surface for which the car was built, and we should have a great chance to win."
Zwart has won his class at Pikes Peak - all in Porsche Turbo street cars - in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 2002, setting new class records three times.  Most recently, he co-drove a Porsche Cayenne with Pikes Peak veteran Paul Dallenbach at the challenging TransSyberia Rally (Moscow to Mongolia) in 2007.  He also has an SCCA PRO Rally Championship (1990) and a SCORE Baja 1000 class win (2004) to his credit.
The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, built on the same assembly line in Stuttgart as the street-legal Porsche 911s, is raced all over the world in the Porsche Supercup series as well as various Porsche Carrera Cup and Challenge Cups. New last year was the additional of the American Le Mans Series Challenge class, where the Porsche Cup cars contest the full endurance series run by the Le Mans racers.
The 88th running of Pikes Peak will start official practice on Wednesday, June 23, with Zwart scheduled to run the bottom third of the 12.42-mile course.  The Porsche will run the middle part of the course during Thursday practice, and the top part of the course on Friday. Friday is also Fan Fest in Colorado Springs, and the race Sunday begins at 9:00 AM MDT.  Results will be posted on the official Pikes Peak web site - www.ppihc.com.

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