IMSA Safety Team to drive Porsche Cayennes

Porsche Cayenne to be part of IMSA Safety Team at American Le Mans Series events in 2003. BRASELTON, Ga. (March 10, 2003) -- The exciting new Porsche Cayenne luxury SUV will be part of the safety team of the International Motor Sports...

Porsche Cayenne to be part of IMSA Safety Team at American Le Mans Series events in 2003.

BRASELTON, Ga. (March 10, 2003) -- The exciting new Porsche Cayenne luxury SUV will be part of the safety team of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) at all races for the American Le Mans Series in 2003. IMSA is the sanctioning body for the professional sports car racing series.

The Porsche Cayenne goes on sale in North America on March 15, corresponding perfectly with the opening of the 2003 season for the American Le Mans Series. The Porsche Cayenne will debut as part of the safety team in the Mar. 12-15 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway.

A Porsche Cayenne Turbo will be the new Emergency Rapid Response Vehicle, carrying IMSA's medical doctor and an extraction specialist from Amkus Rescue Systems in a speedy fashion to the scene of any accidents that occur during the course of competition. The Cayenne Turbo, though street-legal, is powerful and fast enough to chase a field of world-class racing sports cars when needed, and will do so on the opening lap of each race, the same procedure used in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in Formula 1 racing.

IMSA will also use a Porsche Cayenne S model as a Course Safety Vehicle, performing sweep laps prior to the start of the race and standing by for use during the course of practice, qualifying and racing action.

Porsche racing cars have competed in the American Le Mans Series since the inception of the series in 1999. In the 2002 season, Porsche won the Manufacturer's Championship in the GT class for the third time in the four years of competition for the series, and Porsche 911 GT3 RS cars won the GT class in all 10 series events. With 29 wins entering the 2003 season, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in series history.

With the Cayenne -- Porsche's third model line -- the company adds some spice to a vibrant luxury SUV market that is proving to be one of the automotive industry's fastest growing segments. The Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo introduce new Porsche technology, including the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) permanent four-wheel drive system, an adjustable pneumatic suspension system, and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). These systems work together to ensure the Cayenne offers an optimum blend of supreme on-road and equally outstanding off-road driving qualities.

The Cayenne S features a Porsche-designed 340-horsepower, 4.5-liter V8 that can propel it from 0 to 62 mph in 7.2 seconds and to a top test-track speed of 150 mph. The Cayenne Turbo -- positioned as the best on-road performing SUV -- has a twin-turbocharged 4.5-liter V8 that produces 450 horsepower and 457 pounds-feet of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 5.6 seconds, and can achieve a top test-track speed of 165 mph.

The American Le Mans Series is a series of North American sports car races based on the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's most famous endurance race. American Le Mans Series races feature four classes of racing cars competing for class wins and the overall win, with the fields including many of the same drivers and cars that compete at Le Mans. The series holds events at many of North America's premier permanent road racing facilities as well as at temporary circuits in key major markets. The series motto is "For the Fans" and all events feature driver autograph sessions and open paddocks. All events are on television in the United States. Well-known automotive brand names such as Audi, Bentley, Corvette, Dodge, Ferrari, Lamborghini, MG, Nissan, Panoz, Porsche and Saleen are represented on the series. The series, which has its headquarters in Braselton, Ga., was founded in 1999 by entrepreneur Don Panoz.

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