After pulling its factory support from the championship-winning Flying Lizard Motorsports team at the conclusion of the 2012 ALMS season, Porsche has spent 2013 concentrating on a two-car World Endurance Championship program with its brand-new 991 model.
A return with a factory program for 2014 has been in the plans for some time, with a variety of teams mentioned as the leading candidates to run the German manufacturer's Le Mans-winning GT car, and as RACER revealed earlier this morning, Jon Bennett's CORE autosport team has been chosen to field the program in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
“North America is Porsche's largest market for sports cars and race vehicles,” said Porsche motorsport boss Hartmut Kristen. “For this reason we decided to contest the United SportsCar Championship with a full works program, similar to our commitment in the Sports Car World Endurance Championship 2013 as Porsche AG Team Manthey. The fact that there is now a top-level championship in America in which we can race, made it easy for us to decide on sending a works outfit from Weissach for the first time to compete in American sports car racing.”
A pair of Porsche 991s will be fielded by the North Carolina-based CORE team with factory drivers piloting both entries. As the reigning ALMS PC champions, CORE will also maintain its presence in the USCC PC class with a single entry.
RACER has also confirmed the Derrick Walker-led Falken Porsche GT team, which has been in the frame to receive a customer 991 next season, continues to draw closer to receiving one of the prized chassis to compete in the USCC.