The new Porsche 911 RSR will make its North American race debut when it tackles the iconic 24 hours of Daytona later in January.
The German marque will send two 515-bhp, 2019 generation Porsche 911 RSRs to Florida for the season-opening round of the IMSA SportsCar Championship on January 25th. The Porsche 911 RSRs will be fielded in the GTLM (GT Le Mans) class, while three Porsche 911 GT3 Rs will be represented in the GTD (GT Daytona) class.
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The stunning new Porsche 911 RSR is based on the high-performance 911 GT3 RS road-going sports car. It is powered by a 4.2-liter, six-cylinder boxer engine and features improved driveability, efficiency, ergonomics and serviceability. Around 95% of the car’s components are new.
New Porsche 911 RSR line-up
Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Frederic Makowiecki (France) will share the cockpit of the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR during the IMSA SportsCar Championship. They will receive support at Daytona from Matt Campbell (Australia), who completed his training as a professional racer at Porsche and now competes in his first season.
Porsche driver Nick Tandy said: “I’m looking forward to kicking off the North American season at Daytona with the new Porsche 911 RSR and I want to climb to the very top of the podium there. The Daytona International Speedway is one of my favourite circuits. The track layout is special and I’m expecting a close and exciting race.”
Team-mate Frederic Makowiecki added: “We started from pole position last year but were unable to defend our spot in wet conditions during the race. We want to do better this year and achieve a good result at our first US outing with the new Porsche 911 RSR. I have two fast teammates with Nick and Matt. Combined with our team and the new 911, we have a perfect package. We have to quickly find our rhythm, then we can go for victory.”
In the second identical Porsche 911 RSR with starting number 912 will be Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium), the defending champions in the drivers’ classification. Mathieu Jaminet, a newly-signed driver who finished third at Daytona last year, will offer support.
Porsche is the most successful manufacturer at Daytona. The Stuttgart giant has notched up 18 overall wins as constructor and four more as engine partner, with 78 class victories at the track.
Porsche and TAG Heuer combine
The new GT flagship from Weissach has already enjoyed a very successful debut, securing two one-two results and three pole positions from four races in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Earlier in January, the new Porsche 911 RSR turned heads with multiple fastest laps at the IMSA tests – dubbed ‘Roar before the 24’. Porsche goes into the 2020 season in North America as the title defender of the manufacturers’, drivers’ and team classifications.
Porsche also enters the new IMSA SportsCar Championship season with a new backer in Tag Heuer, the luxury watch brand.
What is the 24 Hours of Daytona?
The race is a 24-hour endurance race which has been held at Daytona International Speedway in Florida every year since 1966. The track is 5.73 kilometres long and contains a combination of high-speed, banked turns and tight, twisty infield passages.
The endurance classic is the traditional season opener of the IMSA SportsCar Championship and is a round of the North American Endurance Cup (NAEC).
What is the IMSA SportsCar Championship?
The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) SportsCar Championship was founded in the USA and Canada in 2013 after the merger of the American Le Mans Series and the Grand-Am series. A year later the new sports car race series, which is organised by IMSA, was raced for the first time.
Teams race across four classes – GTLM, GTD, Dpi (Daytona Prototype International) and LMP2 (Le Mans Prototype 2).
When is the 24 Hours of Daytona and how can I watch?
The race gets underway on Saturday 25th January at 1.35pm local time (7.35pm CET). You can watch live outside the USA and Canada on IMSA’s official website.