Porsche not Entering Le Mans 1999
Stuttgart. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, has redefined its motorsport activities for the next millenium. As a result, there will be no Porsche works team in 1999 at the 24 hours of Le Mans or in the FIA GT Series. The Porsche Motorsport Team will not enter the new American Le Mans Series in the USA in 1999, either. Porsche then plans to return to Le Mans in the year 2000 and also intends to enter the American Le Mans series. But the final decision on the Company's participation in these racing activities will not be taken until a later date.
The decisions made by the Board of Porsche AG seek above all to ensure a future-oriented long-term motorsport policy. A further point is that all of Porsche's racing activities will be checked regularly in future for the dependability of rules and regulations in order to keep costs within reasonable limits. Such limitation of expenditure is all the more important as Porsche always intends to enter motorsport events also with customer teams and therefore cannot accept any inflationary use of materials and resources.
Porsche's engineers believe that the new regulations for Le Mans will give open sports cars a greater potencial than a GT for an overall win in this classic 24-hour event. In recent times Porsche has however concentrated consistantly on GT cars linked directly to the Company's production models.
Porsche has consistantly remained one of the pacemakers in motorsport over many years and has actively supported new racing series and activities. Porsche AG was one of the co-founders of the world Endurance Championship in 1982 and the Porsche works team entered the BPR Series in 1996, thus paving the way of the FIA GT Series as the next championship to follow, with a Porsche works team entering the FIA GT Championship from the very first race.
With a total of 16 overall wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Porsche sports cars hold the unchallenged record. Since 1994 alone, the winning car has been a Porsche no less than four times.