The 2001 SAP United States Grand Prix will take place Sept. 28-30 on the Speedway's 2.606-mile Grand Prix circuit. The date and time of the Porsche race will be announced at a later date. "We're pleased to have the Porsche Pirelli Supercup...
The 2001 SAP United States Grand Prix will take place Sept. 28-30 on the Speedway's 2.606-mile Grand Prix circuit. The date and time of the Porsche race will be announced at a later date.
"We're pleased to have the Porsche Pirelli Supercup return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a support race for the second SAP United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis," said Tony George, president and chief executive officer of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "The competitive races that the Porsche drivers put on last year thrilled our fans and provided a great compliment to the Grand Prix."
Two Porsche Supercup events took place during last year's Grand Prix, with Bernd Maylander of Germany becoming the first driver to win on the new road course Sept. 23 and Jorg Bergmeister, also of Germany, winning the race Sept. 24.
"It's great to have Indy on the calendar again," said Supercup Manager Uwe Brettel. "Last year, the organizers and the fans gave us an overwhelmingly friendly welcome, and we were extremely proud that our Porsche sports cars were the first cars ever to drive at racing speed on the new Grand Prix track."
In addition racing at Indianapolis, the Porsche Pirelli Supercup, now in its ninth season, accompanies Formula One to 10 European events and is the only GT racing series to run exclusively as a support series to the Formula One World Championship. Races are approximately 43.5 miles (70 km).
All Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars are technically identical with 3.6-liter engines that produce 370 horsepower and can travel from 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) in less than four seconds. The most noticeable change for the cars this year is a larger rear wing, which more than doubles downforce at the back of the car.
"The teams and drivers are very excited - and it's not just the competition they're looking forward to," Brettel said. "It's the entire atmosphere of Indy."
The largest crowd in modern Formula One history attended the inaugural SAP United States Grand Prix on Sept. 24, 2000. Tickets for the 2001 SAP United States Grand Prix are available by calling (800) 822-4639.