Round 2 this weekend followed by a new event at Road Atlanta
The 2014 racing season of The Stuttgart Cup™ and Mission Foods GT3 Cup Trophy USA by Car Amigo will continue this weekend at Autobahn Country Club just outside of Chicago and next month with a return visit to Road Atlanta in Georgia.
The two Porsche-based series officially raced together for the first time in The Mitty at Road Atlanta in April, which was Round 1 of the 2014 Stuttgart Cup/Mission Foods season. Round 2 this weekend will be the first championship points-paying race for a national Cayman, Boxster and 911 GT3-based racing series at Autobahn before the just-announced return to Road Atlanta for Round 3, July 26 – 27.
Open to Porsche Caymans and Boxsters, The Stuttgart Cup™ has grown in just its second season of competition. Partnering with Mission Foods GT3, which has been a fixture on classic and historic race weekends for the last several seasons, was an ideal collaboration that has attracted strong competitor interest.
The Autobahn weekend is the kick-off event for the track’s three-race 2014 ALM Positioners/Autobahn Endurance Series and will be run on the facility’s South circuit. The featured event is a three-and-a-half hour enduro on Saturday.
“Autobahn Country Club is very happy to host a round of The Stuttgart Cup/Mission Foods GT3 series and to have them compete in the opening round of the ALM Positioners/Autobahn Endurance Series,” said Mike Gritter, Autobahn Country Club Track Operations Manager/Race Director. “I think we are going to have some great racing and this is the first step in what is poised to be a long running partnership between the track, our Endurance Series and Stuttgart Cup/Mission Foods GT3.”
Cayman entries top the card for Autobahn where one driver will make his Stuttgart Cup debut and another his first series start of 2014.
Chicago-area resident Ron Rashinski calls Autobahn his home track and will race there in The Stuttgart Cup™ for the first time in his blue and yellow No. 6 Cayman S that carries the livery of the famous Sunoco/Penske Porsche 917-30.
Tom Bloom is a winning Cayman competitor who debuted in The Stuttgart Cup™ in last year’s Daytona and Sebring rounds. He is set for his first start of the season at Autobahn where he will compete in his red and black No. 16 Cayman S prepared by the Bilt Racing Service (BRS) team.
Other top Cayman competitors Autobahn bound include early-season points leader Bill Riddell (in photo) who swept the weekend’s points races at The Mitty in addition to wrapping up the inaugural Stuttgart Cup Winter Series title in his black and white-striped No. 05 Cayman S.
A first-time Stuttgart Cup winner at The Mitty headed for Autobahn is Keith Faver who had a career-weekend at Road Atlanta. He edged Riddell for his first series victory in his No. 25 Gulf/Wyer Porsche-themed Cayman S in a Saturday sprint. The win capped a perfect podium weekend for Faver who finished third in in a night race and a one-hour enduro.
Faver’s teammate Jim Gray, an experienced Porsche driver, is also racing at Autobahn for his second start in his Martini Racing-inspired No. 111 Cayman S.
Rodrigo Sales is racing for the second time ever in The Stuttgart Cup at Autobahn after a debut at Road Atlanta his flat-black No. 225 Jägermeister-themed Cayman S.
Boxster and Mission Foods GT3 Cup competitors are also expected at Autobahn where the featured three-and-a-half hour enduro will be supported by a schedule of practice, qualifying and sprint races.
The July Road Atlanta date was originally announced as a TBA on the 2014 schedule. In addition to a return visit to that popular Georgia track, this year’s remaining Stuttgart Cup/Mission Foods GT3 rounds include Pocono Raceway, August 14 – 17, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, September 19 – 21 and what have become traditional season-ending races at Savannah Hutchinson Island (October 24 – 26), Daytona International Speedway (November 12 – 16) and Sebring International Raceway (December 4 – 7) in October, November and December, respectively.
Both The Stuttgart Cup™ and the Mission Foods GT3 Cup Trophy USA by Car Amigo are managed by Americas Cup GT L.L.C. Both championships are sprint and endurance series with The Stuttgart Cup™ open to all Porsche Caymans and Boxsters and Mission Foods GT3 open to all 2000 and later Porsche 911 GT3s and related models. Rules for both series are centered on power to weight ratio. All competing Stuttgart Cup cars must compete with stock make and model engine and transmissions with approved allowances for exhaust and intake modifications. Stuttgart Cup organizers also welcome all competitors with existing race-prepared Caymans or Boxsters to compete with body and engine modifications balanced within series power to weight ratio parameters. All such competitors will not be eligible for championship points or class-designated race wins, but the door is always open to all Cayman and Boxster competitors to get in on the action.
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