Porsche’s GT3 championship heads to the US
The world’s fastest single make series, the Porsche Carrera Cup, will make its long-awaited debut in the US next spring
The world’s fastest single make series, the Porsche Carrera Cup, will soon be making its long-awaited debut in the United States. In partnership with IMSA and Michelin, the inaugural Porsche Carrera Cup North America is scheduled to roll out at the Sebring International Raceway on 17 March next year, 30 years after the series was first held in Europe.
Sebring will be the start of a 16-round championship that will cross the eastern US and Canada, taking in such prestigious venues as Watkins Glen, Road America and the Virginia International Raceway en route to an October finale at Road Atlanta. As with all national Carrera Cups around the world, Porsche will manage the series, this time through Porsche Motorsport North America, while IMSA will act as official sanctioning body as well as managing scrutineering and stewarding.
An integral part of the Porsche Motorsport Pyramid in North America, the Porsche Carrera Cup North America will host two races per weekend at eight popular venues. Each 45-minute race will count toward a season-long driver and team championship divided into Pro, Pro-Am and Rookie classes.
All drivers can contend for Pro class victories but must utilise the newest Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racing car to do so. The Pro-Am class is eligible for ‘gentlemen drivers’ who may use the previous generation Cup car. The Rookie class, meanwhile, is only open to drivers aged 23 or younger, all of whom will be included in the Porsche Carrera Cup North America Junior programme.
As a Junior, drivers receive valuable training towards a career in professional motorsport. And as is customary around the world, one driver will be selected from the Porsche Carrera Cup North America Junior program to represent the region in the annual Porsche Junior Shootout in Germany at the end of the year.
The Porsche Carrera Cup North America joins the 21 Porsche one-make championships competing in 31 countries on five continents and becomes the 10th Carrera Cup worldwide. Each race will enjoy live streaming accessible through the IMSA app and Porsche Motorsport North America web page (www.PorscheCarreraCup.us).
“For those aware of the Carrera Cup tradition worldwide, they will understand that this is a new and unique series to anything we have ever had in North America,” said Dr. Daniel Armbruster, CE of Porsche Motorsport North America.
“Carrera Cup is the ultimate regional step in the one-make championships globally and provides us with the opportunity to present an even greater product to our customer and to racing fans. We look forward to this next chapter starting at Sebring 2021.”