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Porsche Park to be Center of Rennsport IV Activity; Updated Schedule Announced

The 40,000 square-foot Park-in the-Paddock includes Genuine German Biergarten, Turf and Lots of Opportunities to Relax and Enjoy the Magic of Porsche Rennsport

16 CYLINDERS – After its success with the early Porsche 917 race cars, the company wanted to build a car with even more horsepower, and tested this 16-cylinder engine before settling on the twin-turbo 12-cylinder powerplant that eventually powered the Penske Porsche 917/30 driven by Mark Donohue. This one-off car, never shown in public before, made its world debut at Porsche Rennsport Reunion III in 2007 and will be sent from the Porsche Museum in Germany for Rennsport IV as well.

With the rolling landscape and park benches, you might think you were in Bavaria, which is exactly what Porsche Cars North America intends with its Porsche Park-in-the-Paddock – located amongst the vintage race cars at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV, October 14 – 16, 2011.

This area, located behind the media center (where the tire companies usually set up for a race weekend), will feature an authentic German biergarten as well as German food and a park atmosphere so Rennsport attendees can take a break from the on-track activity and absorb the experience.  But Rennsport fans will still know that they are at a Porsche event, as the Park-in-the-Paddock will have plenty of sports car activity as well, according to Bernd Harling, Porsche’s Principal Communications Counsel and coordinator for Rennsport.

“Besides the food and drink, our Park-in-the-Paddock will include a center stage where driver introductions and all the autograph sessions will take place and live music will be played, as well as the very popular model car display, photo opportunities with the CARS movie star Sally Carrera – maybe our most famous 911 – and a Porsche Sport Driving School activity center,” said Harling.

“We also hope to have a sneak showing of a future Porsche model in the Park, but it’s a little too early to be able to confirm its appearance,” Harling teased.

Other activities around the paddock are taking shape as well for the October event, according to Harling.

“Porsche Motorsports North America, headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., will have a display not only to show its modern and vintage race car parts and service capabilities, but to encourage the many Porsche race car owners to take advantage of the company’s free technical advice offered to anyone who asks,” said Harling.

With the Porsche 911 being the featured race car of Rennsport IV, fans will also be able to view two 911 displays which help capture the history of this iconic sports car.  The first is a special collection of the most significant 15 race cars in 911 history.  Will you agree with the organizer’s choice as there have been hundreds of important 911 race cars?  This display in the pit lane garages will surely spark a friendly debate, but, with more than 100 racing 911s in the paddock, everyone’s personal choices won’t be far away.

The other 911 display is being assembled by the Porsche Club of America, and proved to be very popular at Porsche Rennsport III at Daytona in 2007.  In order to show the progression of the Porsche 911 model, the club has assembled one car from each year, starting in 1965, when the 911 first appeared in the U.S., until today’s 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

Final Schedule Announced

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Porsche Cars North America have published an updated Rennsport schedule and race classification list based on the latest entries and input from competitors.

Event Schedule and Race Classification (updated 7/28/11)

Subject to change

Group 1: Gmund Cup
550, 550A, RSK, RS60-61 (4&8 cyl.) 2000 GSGT (Dreikantschaber), Abarth Carrera, 356 GT, and 356 (must have period racing history.)

Group 2: Eifel Trophy
904 (4&6 cyl.), 914/6 GT, 911TR, 911ST, 911 (911 up to 2.5 liter), Lotus/Porsche, Cooper/Porsche (Pooper) etc, Elva/Porsche.
914’s & 911’s  must have period  racing history

Group 3: Weissach Cup
906, 910, 907, 908, 908/2, 908/3 (8 cyl. & 6 turbo), 909, 917 (normally aspirated and turbocharged)

Group 4: Carrera Trophy
911 (over 2.5 liter), RSR, 3.0 RSR, 2.1 Turbo, 934, 935, 936, 924 GTS, 924 GTR.

Group 5: Stuttgart Cup
956, 962, GT1, WSC, RS Spyder.

Group 6: Cayman Interseries/911 Invitational

Group 7: PCA Club Racing
Porsche Club of America race cars

Group 8: Rennsport Reunion Cup – Porsche Cup Cars

FRIDAY, October 14, 2011
7:00 a.m.   Gates Open
7:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m. Registration :  Embassy Suites, Seaside
8:00 a.m. –  8:20 a.m. Practice Group 1 – Gmund Cup
8:30 a.m. –  8:50 a.m. Practice Group 2 – Eifel Trophy
9:00 a.m. –  9:20 a.m. Practice Group 4 – Carrera Trophy
9:30 a.m. –  9:50 a.m. Practice Group 3 – Weissach Cup
10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.  Practice Group 5 – Stuttgart Cup
10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.  Practice Group 6 – Cayman Interseries/911 Invitational
11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.  Practice Group 7 – PCA Club Racing
11:30 p.m. – 11:50 p.m.   Practice Group 8 – Rennsport Reunion Cup – 911 Cup Cars
12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. Porsche Customer Hot Laps
12:15 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. LUNCH – VIP hot laps/Parade Laps
1:20 p.m. –    1:40 p.m.  Qualifying Group 1 – Gmund Cup
1:50 p.m. –    2:10 p.m. Qualifying Group 2 – Eifel Trophy
2:20 p.m.  –   2:40 p.m. Practice Group 4 – Carrera Trophy
2:50 p.m. –    3:10 p.m. Practice Group 3 – Weissach Cup
3:20 p.m. –    3:40 p.m. Practice Group 5 –  Stuttgart Cup
3:50 p.m. –    4:10 p.m. Practice Group 6 – Cayman Interseries /911 Invitational
4:20 p.m. –    4:40 p.m. Practice Group 7 – PCA Club Racing
4:50 p.m.  –   5:10 p.m.   Practice Group 8 – Rennsport Reunion Cup – 911 Cup Cars
5:15 p.m.  –   5:30 p.m. Porsche Customer Hot Laps

SATURDAY, October 15, 2011
7:00 a.m.         Gates Open
7:00 a.m.  –   5:00 p.m. Registration :  Embassy Suites, Seaside
8:00 a.m. –    8:15 a.m. Warm up Group 1 –  Gmund Cup
8:25 a.m. –    8:40 a.m. Warm up Group 2 –  Eifel Trophy
8:50 a.m. –    9:10 a.m. Qualifying Group 4 – Carrera Trophy
9:20 a.m. –    9:40 a.m. Qualifying Group 3 – Weissach Cup
9:50 a.m. –  10:10 a.m. Qualifying Group 5 – Stuttgart Cup
10:20 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Qualifying Group 6 – Cayman Interseries/911 Invitational
10:50 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. Qualifying Group 7 – PCA Club Racing
11:20 a.m.- 11:50 a.m.     Qualifying Group 8 – Rennsport Reunion Cup – 911 Cup  Cars
11:50 p.m.-1:00 p.m. LUNCH – VIP hot laps/Parade Laps
1:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. RACE Group 1 – GMUND CUP
1:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. RACE Group 2 – EIFEL TROPHY
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.     RACE Group 8 – RENNSPORT REUNION CUP – 911 CUP CAR – RACE #1
3:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.      Parade/exhibition of Porsche’s racing history to include significant Porsche racing cars
3:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.  Concours on Pit Lane

SUNDAY, October 16, 2011
7:00 a.m.     Gates Open
7:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Registration :  Embassy Suites, Seaside
8:15 a.m. –  8:30 a.m. Warm up Group 7 – PCA Club Racing
8:40 a.m. –  8:55 a.m. Warm up Group 4 – Carrera Trophy
9:05 a.m. –  9:20 a.m. Warm up Group 3 – Weissach Cup
9:30 a.m. –  9:40 a.m.  Warm up Group 5 – Stuttgart Cup
9:50 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.  Warm up Group 6 – Cayman Interseries/911 Invitational
10:20 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.    Warm up Group 8 – Rennsport Reunion Cup – 911 Cup Cars
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Porsche Customer Hot Laps
11:15 p.m. – 11:45 p.m. Race Group 7 – PCA CLUB RACING
11:55 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. Race Group 3 – WEISSACH CUP
12:15 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. LUNCH – VIP hot laps/Parade Laps
1:30 p.m. –   1:50 p.m.  Race Group 4 – CARRERA TROPHY
2:00 p.m.  –  2:20 p.m. Race Group 5 –  STUTTGART CUP
2:30 p.m. –   2:50 p.m.    Race Group 6 –  CAYMAN INTERSERIES/911  INVITATIONAL
3:00 p.m.  –  3:15 p.m. Porsche Customer Hot Laps
3:15 p.m.  –  4:00 p.m. Race Group 8 – RENNSPORT REUNION CUP – 911

About Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV

Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV will be the world’s greatest gathering of Porsche race cars and the drivers that drove them to victory, held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca from October 14 to 16, 2011. Hosted by Porsche Cars North America, it will assemble the wide variety of Porsche’s most historic racing models from the nimble 550 Spyder of the mid-Fifties through the mighty 917 and 956/962 of the Seventies and Eighties to the highly successful RS Spyder of the last decade.

Special tribute will be paid to the numerous racing versions of the Porsche 911 and their countless victories on the dawn of what will become another milestone of this iconic sports car. Additional details of the Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV are published on www.porsche.com/usa/rennsport-reunion-iv/, and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s web site (http:// www.mazdaraceway.com). Ticket information is available by contacting 800-327-7322 or online at www.mazdaraceway.com.

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About Porsche Race Car Classic

The Porsche Race Car Classic, a gathering of significant race cars from Porsche’s break-out era of 1950-1965, will take place on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at the Quail Lodge in Carmel, CA. Event producer Steve Heinrichs is pulling out all the stops to bring rarely-seen race cars out of private collections and museums and into the light of day on the grassy fields at Quail. “These are the cars that started it all,” said Heinrichs. “From Gmünds to Spyders to 904s – this will be the largest, and most comprehensive gathering of the so-called silver cars since they raced in anger back in the day.”

While the cars are by invitation, the event itself is open to the general public. Special guests, celebrities, and era pilots will be on hand, and fine wines and gourmet specialties will be on the menu. Importantly, all net proceeds from the event will directly support lung cancer research.

For more information on the Porsche Race Car Classic or to purchase tickets visit www.porscheracecarclassic.com or contact Mr. Heinrichs at 775-691-2217.

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