Teams and drivers from one of Porsche’s 20 single-make series around the world will test Tuesday, Feb. 23 and Wednesday, Feb. 24 at Sebring in preparation for the start of the 2016 season.
The 3.74-mile, 17-turn historic road course in Sebring, Florida, will host the first two rounds of the eight-event, 16-race schedule March 16-18 during the prestigious Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida. The Sebring season opener is like coming home for many of the teams and competitors, as the series has opened the season at Sebring International Raceway since 2006.
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars in the Platinum Cup (2014-16 model years) and Gold Cup (2010-13 model years) classes will make themselves familiar with the circuit in hopes of a successful first two races.
Testing is scheduled for 9:25-10:40 a.m. (ET) and 2:20-3:35 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, and 10:35 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24.
Among the teams expected to prepare for the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)-sanctioned championship is reigning Platinum Cup Team Champions Wright Motorsports. Testing for Wright will be Andrew Longe, a newcomer to the team. Longe, from Naples, Florida, enters his second Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama season as a Platinum Cup title contender after finishing fourth in the standings last season.
Other teams joining Wright at the test include series standouts and past champions Kelly-Moss Road and Race, NGT Motorsport and TOPP Racing.
The NGT Motorsport lineup at the test will include series rookie and IMSA Scholarship winner Victor Gomez IV. Gomez is making his series debut in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama in 2016 after competing last season in the World Challenge GT Cup championship, finishing seventh in the standings as a rookie. Gomez will run a full season with the support of IMSA, Porsche and Yokohama.
Tullman Walker Racing also will be at the test preparing to make its full-season debut in 2016 with father-son duo Steve and Max Tullman. The duo joined the series in 2015 at VIRginia International Raceway. Each driver had a podium finish in their debut weekend, Max in Gold Cup and Steve in Gold Masters.
About Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama
The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama enters its 12th season in 2016 as one of Porsche’s 20 single-make Cup Challenge series in the world. The series produces intense, exciting competition for semi-professional and aspiring professional drivers in the world’s most produced and iconic race car, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
Racing is divided into two classes – Platinum Cup, featuring the 2014-2016 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, which is based on the current seventh, and current, generation of the street car, and Gold Cup, which is comprised of the previous iteration (model years 2010-2013) of the race car. A Masters Championship also is conducted in Platinum and Gold classes. Each class is awarded with its own podium at the end of every race and individual champion at the end of every season. Points are awarded by finish in class.
Source. Grand Solutions