Porsche withdraws from Daytona 24 Hours

PORSCHE WSC TEAM WITHDRAWS FROM 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA DUE TO SUDDEN RULES CHANGE RENO, NEVADA, January 25, 1995 -- As the rsult of a surprising change in regulations made on Tuesday, January 24, by sanctioning body ...

PORSCHE WSC TEAM WITHDRAWS FROM 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA DUE TO SUDDEN RULES CHANGE

RENO, NEVADA, January 25, 1995 -- As the rsult of a surprising change in regulations made on Tuesday, January 24, by sanctioning body IMSA which affects the two open-cockpit Porsche WSC category sports proto- types, the Stuttgart sports car maker has decided not to field a factory team in the 1995 edition of the 24 Hours of Daytona on February 4 and 5. The change in regulations at such short notice is so sever that Porsche would not be able to compete on an equal footing against Ferrari, its greatest rival. Porsche AG deeply regrets the IMSA decision as this represents a sever setback for efforts to establish an attractive world series for sports cars. Porsche AG, active in the IMSA series since the early 1970s, does not pursue motor sport as an end in itself, and will continue to enter only events which allow reliable conditions for all competitors.

The new IMSA rule change for the two WSC Porsches has resulted in a reduction in the size of air restrictors of the twin-turbo engines from 34.5 mm to 32 mm, and an increase in vehicle weight from 1,950 lbs to 2,050 lbs. Calculations made by Porsche engineers have shown that the air restrictor reduction will result in a decrease of about 80 hp in power output, from 540 to 460 HP. With this new power figure, the two WSC Porsches would lap at least four to five seconds slower than their competitors. Calculated over the 24-hour race distance, this would be a disadvantage of at least one hour. These are conditions Porsche is unable to accept.

During the official preliminary tests at Daytona at the beginning of January, Porsche allowed IMSA officials to view vehicle data and had also disclosed power curves. IMSA officials then confirmed the data was fully in accordance with the regulations. This makes the sudden about face by IMSA even more incomprehensible.

Porsche remains committed to motor sport, and will continue to compete in the future in view of the challenges racing poses for both man and machine. However, Porsche will not participate in events where un- reliable regulations make entries an incalculable risk. For Porsche, sport means fair competition between all entrants.

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