Daytona 24: Porsche Motorsport preview

133 PORSCHE DRIVERS IN 30 ENTRIES CONTEST BOTH CLASSES OF 2008 ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- January 23, 2008 -- As one of the races that has shaped Porsche motorsports history, the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona has defined success and...

133 PORSCHE DRIVERS IN 30 ENTRIES CONTEST BOTH CLASSES OF 2008 ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- January 23, 2008 -- As one of the races that has shaped Porsche motorsports history, the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona has defined success and molded champions for some of the sport's best drivers.

For 2008, the Porsche contingent includes five Porsche-powered Daytona Prototypes and 30 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars running in the GT class, with 133 drivers representing the finest sports car drivers in the world. According to Paul Ritchie, president of Porsche Motorsport North America, the pride of running a Porsche combined with the Daytona 24 Hour tradition gives this event special meaning for both the manufacturer and every Porsche team.

"Our greatest drivers, representing the best sports car drivers in the history of auto racing, built their careers with wins at the 24 Hours at Daytona. From our first overall win here in 1968 to our GT win last year, Porsche has been the leading manufacturer at Daytona, and the effort of our customer teams this weekend promises to bring another good result," said Ritchie, who took over the president's position on January 1.

Porsches have won the Florida classic overall 20 times, the most recent victory being scored by The Racer's Group Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in 2003. Porsche competitors have scored 61 class wins -- dozens more than the nearest competitor -- and 36 of those wins have been in 911-based race cars.

Two winning streaks that may never be broken at Daytona include a Porsche 12-year overall consecutive win period from 1977 -- 1988, and a 22-year streak from 1966 -- 1988 where Porsche scored either a class or overall win. In more recent events, since the debut of the Grand-Am series and the Porsche 911 GT3 race car (GT3 R, GT3 RS, and GT3 Cup) in 2000, Porsche has been undefeated in the GT class at the Rolex 24.

-credit: porsche motorsports

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