911: Legendary Sportscar Kicks Off Inaugural Indy Grand Prix.
STUTTGART, Germany, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire/
The Porsche 911 sportscar
and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: two legends meet for the first time
in history, when on Friday, 22nd September at 9:00 a.m. the race cars from
Germany kick off the inaugural Indianapolis Grand Prix weekend, rolling
out for their free practice in preparation for the first ever Porsche-Pirelli-Supercup
race on this classic track.
For the last eight years,
the Porsche-Pirelli-Supercup has been the world's only sportscar racing
series to run exclusively as a support event to the Formula 1 World Championship.
Technical equality of the Porsche sportscars guarantees action-packed racing:
Success lies squarely on the ability and courage of the drivers. Nine rounds
were held in Europe this year, but the race for the title is still wide
open. Two heats on the September weekend in Indianapolis, each yielding
full points and prize money for the first time in Supercup history, will
bring the decision.
Almost thirty Porsche 911
GT3 Cup sportscars take up the challenge on the purpose-built 2.606 mile
roadtrack that incorporates the main straightaway and Turn 1. The race
cars from Germany comprise ninety per cent Porsche standard parts taken
from the road-going 911 GT3. With 370 horsepower and a weight of just 2508
pounds, these 911s ensure spectacular performances -- acceleration from
0-60 mph in under four seconds, with a top speed of more than 170 mph.
The premiere of the world's
fastest international one-make series in the USA is not the only highlight
for Porsche Cars North America in 2000. At the same time the US branch
of the German sportscar marque proudly announces a new sales record: In
the first seven months of this year, PCNA sold 14,353 Porsche cars -- a
increase of nine per cent compared to the same time period last year.
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