TIGHT CHASE FOR PORSCHE SUPERCUP TITLE CONTINUES AT USGP INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, June 16, 2005 -- For the sixth consecutive year, the Porsche Michelin Supercup, the world's fastest international single-marque sports car series, will race at the...
TIGHT CHASE FOR PORSCHE SUPERCUP TITLE CONTINUES AT USGP
INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, June 16, 2005 -- For the sixth 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 United States Grand Prix.
Two rounds of the Porsche Michelin Supercup will take place on the Speedway's 2.605-mile Grand Prix circuit during the United States Grand Prix, at 3:30 p.m. (local time) Saturday, June 18 and 10:25 a.m. Sunday, June 19. Each race will be 16 laps.
A tight chase for the series lead will continue at Indianapolis. Four-time Supercup series champion Patrick Huisman of the Netherlands leads with 70 points. Three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Alessandro Zampedri of Italy is second with 65, with Richard Westbrook of Great Britain third with 60. Huisman and Zampedri each have one victory in points-earning rounds this season.
Huisman has winning experience at Indianapolis, capturing a Porsche Michelin Supercup race from the pole in 2003 at Indy.
The 2005 Porsche Michelin Supercup races at the USGP will mark the debut of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997 car in the United States. In 2004 and up to USGP weekend in 2005, all Porsche works racing and Porsche entries in various road-racing events used the 911 GT3 Cup Type 996 car.
The 997 car is more aerodynamic, its Porsche 3.6-liter, six-cylinder engine produces 10 more horsepower (400 hp), a sequential-shift gearbox is fitted in the car for the first time, and a new Porsche invention, the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB), brings the 997 quickly to a safe speed for cornering.
All Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars are technically identical and can travel from 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) in less than four seconds.
In addition to racing at Indianapolis, the Porsche Michelin Supercup, now in its 13th season, accompanies Formula One to 10 European events and is the only Gran Turismo racing series to run exclusively as a support series to the FIA Formula One World Championship. Races are approximately 40.39-43.5 miles (65-70 km).
There is an American presence in the Porsche Michelin Supercup races this year at Indianapolis. Two cars once again will be reserved for guest drivers at this event, with U.S. motocross and freestyle motocross superstar Travis Pastrana, from Davidsonville, Md., in the No. 1 Porsche AG car and Automobile magazine executive editor Mark Gillies, from Ann Arbor, Mich., in the No. 2 Porsche AG car.
Pastrana competed in the Porsche guest car in the 2003 United States Grand Prix. Since then, he has continued to compete in AMA motocross events and also is running a limited schedule in the Rally America National Championship this year.
Tickets: Tickets for the United States Grand Prix can be purchased online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, or by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area. Parking and camping information also can be obtained through the ticket office.