73 Porsche race cars will represent the German marque across three sanctioning bodies and five race series at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) April 30 – May 2. The race weekend in Austin, Texas promises to be one of, if not the, largest collection of purpose-built Porsche race cars to compete in one location this year. Each of the Porsche Carrera Cup North America, SRO GT America, SRO GT World Challenge America, SRO GT4 America and Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama will have multiple races on the 3.4-mile, 20-turn race track.
The Porsche Carrera Cup North America was a late addition to this massive motorsport weekend. The premier one-make race series on the continent chose this as a replacement for its second weekend when travel restrictions made it impossible for the 27 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars entered for the two races to travel to Canada. Therefore, the 20 Type 992 current generation and seven Type 991.2 last gen Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars will contend Rounds 3 and 4 on the track near the Texas capital. More on the peak of the North American one-make motorsport pyramid at: www.porschecarreracup.us.
By virtue of its multi-generational and multi-format design, the Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama sees the largest number of Porsche entries, 32, across the three organizing bodies. 14 type 991.2 and eight type 991.1, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars comprise the Platinum and Gold classes respectively. They are joined by 10 Silver class Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport entries in two, 40-minute races scheduled, one each on Saturday and Sunday. Learn more at: www.porschesprint.com.
Porsche will be represented in the three major SRO series by 13 total entries. A single Porsche 911 GT3 R race car driven by Fred Poordad (San Antonio, Texas) and Jan Heylen (Belgium) will challenge for top-honors in the SRO GT World Challenge America. The No. 20 Wright Motorsports Porsche will race two, 90-minute races in the Pro-Am class.
The six Porsche race cars in the SRO GT America series – single driver/40-minute races – are split evenly between the rear-engine Porsche 911 GT3 R racers and mid-engine Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. The Porsche GT3-spec contenders are a “Who’s Who” of Porsche veteran teams. The No. 32 driven by Kyle Washington is prepped by GMG Racing. The No. 45 Porsche 911 GT3 R of Charlie Luck has John Wright’s Wright Motorsport operation overseeing its readiness while Flying Lizard Motorsports is back with Andy Wilzoch behind the wheel of the No. 460. The GT4 class will have Tim Pappas wheeling the No. 54 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport for Black Swan Racing while Premier Racing puts Adam Adelson behind the wheel of its red, black and neon yellow Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. Stephen Cameron Racing fields Alain Stad in the No. 619.
The SRO GT4 America championship has a total of seven Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport race cars entered. The road-based racer will be represented by NOLASPORT with three entries: Sam Owen/Sean Gibbons in the No. 7, David and Russell Walker in the No. 46 and the Texas duo of Matt Travis and Jason Hart in the No. 47. TRG fields two cars in the two, 60-minute GT4 America SprintX races; the No. 17 of James Rappaport and Todd Hetherington and the traditional pairing of veterans David DeBoer and Spencer Pumpelly in the No. 66. Aurora Straus will share the No. 43 Murillo Racing-prepared Porsche with Jeff Mosing in the Am category at COTA while Pappas and Jeroen Bleekemolen go for Pro-Am honors in the Black Swan No. 54.
Multiple programs plan to race in multiple series this weekend. Wright Motorsports will see entries in Porsche Carrera Cup North America (three cars), SRO GT World Challenge (one entry) and SRO GT America (one entry). Black Swan Racing will campaign 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport race cars in two different SRO series (GT America and GT4 America), Kelly-Moss Road & Race enters both the Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama (six cars) and Porsche Carrera Cup North America (four cars), Premier Racing will have entries for Adelson in both SRO GT America and Porsche Sprint Challenge North America. ACI Motorsports will bring five Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars across both Porsche one-make series (four in Sprint Challenge and one in Carrera Cup) while Topp Racing has four on-site (three in Carrera Cup North America and a single car in Sprint Challenge) and JDX Racing has five (two: Carrera Cup, three: Sprint Challenge). GMG has entries in Sprint Challenge and SRO – one each – as does Flying Lizard – one each – and NOLASPORT (three in SRO GT4 America and a single entry in Sprint Challenge).