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Porsche extend American IMSA deal
Jun17

Porsche extend American IMSA deal

Porsche is set to continue its presence in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with the German manufacturer announcing an extension of its partnership with the Rock Hill, SC-based CORE autosport this moring. Porsche announced it had renewed with both Manthey Racing and CORE Autosport. With Manthey Racing, Porsche recently won the 2015 GT championship titles for manufacturers, drivers and teams in the FIA World Endurance...

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CORE’s drive for five
Sep30

CORE’s drive for five

CORE autosport have had a virtual hammerlock on the Prototype Challenge Class championships since the early days of the single specification Pro-Am class. The team has already scored four consecutive team championships and team owner Jon Bennett and his talented sidekick Colin Braun enter the final round with a handy lead in this year’s title race. Launched in 2011 in the American Le Mans Series, Gunnar Jeannette and Ricardo...

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CORE chasing title number four
Oct01

CORE chasing title number four

They are already making room on the trophy shelves at CORE autosport in Rock Hill, SC as team owner Jon Bennett and co-driver Colin Braun have locked up their first driver title on the strength of seven podium finishes, including four PC class wins. Racing identical single specification Oreca prototypes, the well matched competition in PC class puts a heavy premium on consistency, driver performance and race strategies. Teams match...

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PC class man vs man battle looms
Aug22

PC class man vs man battle looms

When the cars in the Prototype Challenge (PC) class take to the grid for a pair of prototype events here at VIR, the only things distinguishing the cars will be their graphics and personnel. PC is the only class in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship that does not rely on performance balancing to assure close competition. With identical cars, engines, gearboxes and tires, there is nothing left on the technical side for the rule...

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Pat Long: Portrait of a Porsche pro
Jul21

Pat Long: Portrait of a Porsche pro

Patrick Long joined the Porsche Junior program in 2003 as a freckle faced youngster, so it seems impossible that Long, now 32, has been with Porsche for a dozen years and is the senior Porsche factory American driver in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Beginning his racing career in karts at age eight, Long became a big winner in karting and embarked on a plan that took him to Europe in 1999 at the age of 18. He progressed...

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