DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY TO HOST PORSCHE RENNSPORT REUNION III IN NOVEMBER OF 2007
World's Largest Gathering of Porsche Race Cars and Drivers to Highlight Porsche 917 and Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Porsche 956/962
ATLANTA, GA - Dec. 20, 2006 - Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) and Daytona International Speedway today announced Porsche Rennsport Reunion III will take place at the famed Florida racetrack the weekend of November 2-4, 2007. Sponsored by PCNA and organized by Brian Redman's Intercontinental Events, Inc., Porsche Rennsport Reunion III is open to the public and brings together an unprecedented gathering of significant Porsche vintage and current racecars and those who have driven them to victory in the world's most famous sports car races. It features a three-day program of on-track competition plus a concours d'elegance, which is open to the event's participants by invitation.
In addition, special activities are planned honoring the series of awesome Porsche 917 racecars and commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the racing debut of the all-conquering Porsche 956/962 prototype racers.
Held at three-year intervals, the third edition of Porsche Rennsport Reunion returns to Daytona International Speedway following that track's highly successful staging of Porsche Rennsport Reunion II in 2004. On that occasion, more than 600 Porsche racecars and dozens of legendary Porsche race drivers participated in a truly memorable weekend dedicated to Porsche's motorsport heritage. "Given the tremendous response to our last event there," said Peter Schwarzenbauer, president and chief executive officer of Porsche Cars North America, "Daytona International Speedway is the logical choice as the site for Porsche Rennsport Reunion III. It is filled with Porsche racing history and is one of the few tracks in America capable of conducting an event of this magnitude."
Porsche Rennsport Reunion III will honor two of Porsche's most historic racing models - the Porsche 917 and Porsche 956/962. In coupe form, the 12-cylinder 917/K was the first Porsche to score an overall win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, scoring back-to-back victories in the 1970 and 1971 editions of the French racing classic. Fitted with twin-turbochargers producing more than 1000 horsepower, the mighty open-cockpit 917/10 and 917/30 rocketed to Sports Car Club of America Can-Am championships in 1972 and 1973. These achievements by the 917 moved Porsche to the forefront of the sports car racing world. Since making its Le Mans debut in 1982 with a stunning one-two-three overall finish, the Porsche 956 and its 962 stable mate have established themselves as the most successful models in the history of international sports car racing. Among their record number of overall victories spanning 14 seasons are seven in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, six in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, and four in the 12 Hours of Sebring.
-credit: porsche motorsport