VICI Racing Porsche GT3 Cup Road Atlanta preview

XM SATELLITE RADIO VICI RACING WILL BE heading for Road Atlanta this weekend for the first round of the inaugural IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup. The VICI RACING's Porsche 996 GT3 Cup racer arrived a fortnight ago from VICI's Bavaria, Germany base, and...

XM SATELLITE RADIO VICI RACING WILL BE heading for Road Atlanta this weekend for the first round of the inaugural IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup.

The VICI RACING's Porsche 996 GT3 Cup racer arrived a fortnight ago from VICI's Bavaria, Germany base, and has now completed final race preparations. The team, along with youthful amateur driver Alfred Herberth, are now ready for this weekend's opening IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge race at Road Atlanta.

The new five round IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge, sponsored by Michelin, will support the USA's premier sportscar championship, the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) at Road Atlanta this weekend, as well as for the remaining four rounds of the inaugural series, offering the new championship the strongest possible start in terms of both prestige and public exposure.

The IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge brings to the US for the first time the format of the highly-successful and long-running European Porsche Carrera Cup, so much so in fact, that of the several of the European-based teams and drivers are making the journey across the Atlantic to line up on the grid on Sunday.

VICI RACING, who last month signed a long-term partnership agreement with XM SATELLITE RADIO, the USA's leading satellite radio broadcast network, will be at Road Atlanta this weekend with a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, entered under the new banner of XM SATELLITE VICI RACING, in an all-new black-and- yellow colour scheme.

XM SATELLITE RADIO Inc., an emerging force in broadcasting, was incorporated in 1992, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. XM has been publicly traded on the NASDAQ exchange since October 5, 1999.

"This coming weekend will mark the start of our new partnership with XM SATELLITE RADIO," commented VICI GROUP Marketing Director Bill Colleran. Adding that, "with a number of longer term and exciting plans now in the pipeline, the Road Atlanta race is very major milestone for the VICI RACING. We are all looking forward to the start of this significant partnership."

The no11 XM VICI Porsche will be piloted at Road Atlanta by 20-year-old German amateur driver Alfred Herberth, the son of VICI RACING's Bavaria- based engineering arm's General Manager. Herbeth's racing experience is so far limited to a handful of go-kart races, undertaken at the age of sixteen, while over the last two seasons he has gained useful experience by taking part in a partial European Porsche Carrera Cup programme. "I cannot overstate how excited I am to be racing at Road Atlanta this weekend," Herberth said, "and I am looking forward to gaining valuable experience on what will be new type of track to me.

"It's going to be a very steep learning curve for me, but I'm with a very strong and experienced team who will guide me well, so I'm quite confident I can be competitive and bring the car home in a respectable position," Herberth concluded.

The highly-regarded Road Atlanta race rack at Braselton in Georgia will pose the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge runners with a fresh new challenge, and VICI GROUP President Ron Meixner is looking forward to the weekend with relish. "The bumpy, dusty nature of this track will be further compounded by the fact that we will be running immediately after the three hour ALMS race. This will mean that as well as debris on the track, the rubber that the AMS runners have laid down will make it more slippery. With it being Alfred's first race in American on this type of track, we will be looking for him to turn in a steady showing."

First practice for the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge, presented by Michelin, will take place at Road Atlanta on Friday (15th April), between 0935 and 1005, with a second practice session later that day from 1545 to 1615. Qualifying then takes place on Saturday (16th April) between 1015 and 1045, while the 45 minute IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge Round 1 race is scheduled for Sunday (17th April) at 1530, immediately following the 3-hour ALMS race, which starts at 1200.

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