The Porsche Carrera World Cup, scheduled for June 25 with up to 200 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racers at Germany's epic Nurburgring Nordschleife, has up to 20 positions on the starting grid reserved for North American drivers, and the marque's North American racing arm is urging all interested participants to move quickly.
“We have already received serious inquiries from numerous of our North American customers for participation in this once-in-lifetime event,” said Jens Walther, president of Porsche Motorsports North America, Inc. "With the assistance of the Porsche Carrera Cup organization, based in Weissach, Germany, we were able to put together an arrive-and-drive package catered to drivers who want to race, but do not wish to ship their cars and send their crew overseas."
Walther emphasized that "time is of the essence," and said that potential competitors should contact PMNA by March 31 in order to make the best arrangements. The details of this package are available by calling PMNA at (714) 361-2500.
Being billed as "the world's greatest Porsche race," the World Cup will take place just prior to the start of the 39th ADAC 24-hour race, which is expected to draw a crowd upward of 2,000,000 spectators. It will run for six laps around the Nordschliefe circuit (70.2 miles). The Porsche Carrera World Cup will highlight Porsche's 19 brand trophy and challenge series worldwide, including the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama in North America. This race will count as a competition round toward several other championships, including the Porsche Carrera Cups in Germany, Scandinavia, France and Italy.
For this inaugural event, the field will be divided into two classes.The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup with 3.6-liter engines from 2007 to '09 model years (400 to 420hp) and the 3.8-liter versions of the 2010 and '11 model years (450hp). Each class will be scored separately. All competitors must provide proof of their considerable track experience. For all Nordschleife rookies, an intensive two-day training course will take place in the week leading up to the event with former Porsche works driver Sascha Maassen serving as the head instructor.