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The Porsche 911 Pre-Dates Even Hurley Haywood Racing at Daytona; The Two will Try for the 911's 39th Win and Hurley's Seventh at the Rolex 24

Daytona Beach, FL -- January 28, 2011 -- We start with a couple of facts about Hurley Haywood's longevity and successes at the Rolex 24 at Daytona:

--Hurley Haywood - 62 years-old

--37 Rolex 24 at Daytona events.

--Five Rolex 24 overall wins plus a class win (the most overall wins of any racer).

--18,800 laps completed, more than 67,550 miles of racing, more than two-and-a-half times around the globe.

--Number of sets of tires used (estimated with DNFs, rain/fog, etc.): 1,100 provided by Goodyear, Dunlop, Pirelli, Continental, and Hoosier -- just slightly fewer than Continental is bringing for the entire field for the 2011 event.

Now some facts about the Porsche 911-based race cars at the Rolex 24:

--Porsche 911-based race car wins: 38 Overall and Class Victories

--First Porsche 911 Overall win: 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR -- Haywood/Gregg

-- Rolex 24 Porsche 911 overall and class-winning models: Porsche 911 Carrera RSR, Porsche 935, Porsche 911 GT3 R, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

--Four of Haywood's five overall wins were accomplished in Porsche 911-based race cars

Some facts about the Porsche 911 street cars:

--First shown to the public at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1963.

--The Porsche 911 has been offered in more than 60 variants, with everything from Cabriolets, all-wheel-drive, anniversary editions, Targas, Club Sports, Speedster, Turbos, and many more.

--The Porsche 911 was designed by Dr. Ferry Porsche's son, Ferdinand Alexander "Butzi" Porsche, to replace the Porsche 356.

--The first Porsche 911-based racing success was a top five finish at the Monte Carlo Rally in 1965; the car first raced at the Rolex 24 in 1967

--After 47 years of development, the Porsche 911 remains as distinctive and recognizable as ever.

Finally, some information on the 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 cup Grand-Am, the latest Porsche 911 race car to be driven by Hurley Haywood and 14 other entrants at this year's Rolex 24:

The development of the new 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Grand-Am Rolex Cup car, available for the first time since 2009, has been a unique collaboration between Porsche engineers at the factory in Germany (Porsche AG) and the technical experts at Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA).

The objective was to create a competitive new Rolex car that provides longevity, versatility and a degree of flexibility for the customers planning to compete in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. This car has some significant improvements compared to its predecessor, the 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Cup car, such as fully adjustable suspension to optimize handling and tire wear. The brake system was upgraded and includes an "endurance" brake-cooling package for long-distance races. Furthermore, the exhaust system received a substantial weight reduction.

For the first time since inception of the Rolex Cup car (in 2007), the actual conversion of these Cup cars to Grand-Am Rolex specifications was performed by PMNA's technicians in Santa Ana.

The vehicle base price is $205,000 f.o.b. Weissach, Germany, plus import and transportation fees.

-source: porsche motorsport

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Hurley Haywood