Supercup returns to US GP

Porsche Michelin Supercup to race again at Indianapolis. INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002 -- For the third consecutive year, the Porsche Michelin Supercup, the world's fastest international single-marque sports car series, will race at...

Porsche Michelin Supercup to race again at Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002 -- For the third consecutive year, the Porsche Michelin Supercup, the world's fastest international single-marque sports car series, will race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a support event during the SAP United States Grand Prix.

Two rounds of the Porsche Michelin Supercup once again will take place on the Speedway's 2.606-mile Grand Prix circuit during the SAP United States Grand Prix, at 3 p.m. (EST) Saturday, Sept. 28 and 9:20 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29.

"The Porsche Michelin Supercup series is developing quite a reputation for exciting, side-by-side competition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," said Tony George, president and chief executive officer of IMS. "Our fans recognize the series as a perfect complement to the other activities that take place during the SAP United States Grand Prix weekend, and we are looking forward to more great Porsche Supercup racing when the series returns for a third time."

Two Porsche Supercup events also took place during last year's Grand Prix, with Sascha Maassen of Germany winning Sept. 29 by 0.3 of a second over Jorg Bergmeister, also of Germany, who clinched the season title with his second-place finish. On Sept. 30, Bergmeister returned the favor by finishing three seconds ahead of Maassen for the victory.

"We are looking forward to building on the tradition of exciting Porsche Michelin Supercup racing at Indy again in 2002," Supercup Manager Uwe Brettel said. "The event organizers and fans are among the friendliest we encounter, and they are passionate about the sport of motor racing. We have been looking forward to this weekend since the conclusion of last year's event."

In addition to racing at Indianapolis, the Porsche Michelin Supercup, now in its 10th 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 380 horsepower and can travel from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in less than four seconds.

"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."

Top drivers in the series this year include former 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Stephane Ortelli of Monaco, two-time Indianapolis 500 starter Alessandro Zampedri, Marco Werner of Germany, Timo Bernhard of Germany and Wolf Henzler of Germany. Ortelli leads Zampedri, 110-90, in the series standings after eight races.

Two cars once again will be reserved for guest drivers at this event. 2001 Indy Racing League champion Sam Hornish Jr. and Indianapolis-based motorsports television executive Terry Lingner competed with the Porsche Supercup regulars last year. Guest drivers will be announced shortly.

For more information about the series, visit www.porsche.com.

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*Tickets: SAP United States Grand Prix tickets are available by calling (800) 822-4639 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (EST) Monday through Friday or online at www.imstix.com. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. Ticket order forms also can be downloaded at www.usgpindy.com or obtained by writing to USGP Tickets, P.O. Box 24915, Speedway, IN 46224.

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