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SANTA ANA, Calif. – November 14 - As a culmination of a year-long development program, Porsche Motorsport North American has announced that four new Daytona Prototypes will be using a Porsche six-cylinder, 3.8-liter engine in the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, beginning with the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January.

“Brumos Racing has been testing and providing development data for our Porsche 911 GT3-based 3.8-liter flat six engine. We are grateful to them for letting us use their race car as a test lab, and we feel confident that the other Daytona Prototype competitors will benefit from the results,” said Uwe Brettel, president of Porsche Motorsport North America, who indicated that the individual teams will announce their season-long plans as they finalize.

Brumos Racing, based in Jacksonville, Fla., will use the 3.8-liter engine in their brand-new Fabcar Evolution Daytona Prototypes, which will see their first track time at the Rolex Series test session on December 5 – 6 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Jacksonville-based Porsche racing team will field two of the new Fabcar chassis for the entire 2006 season, with drivers Hurley Haywood, Darren Law, J.C. France and David Donohue already onboard. Other drivers, plus the possible participation of Porsche factory drivers for the Rolex 24, will be announced later when plans are finalized.

Synergy Racing, based in Alton, Virginia, and managed by Porsche veterans Cole Scrogham (team manager) and Price Cobb (director of racing operations), will enter a new Porsche-powered Doran
JE-4 which will utilize the 3.8-liter motor. The Rx.com No. 8 Porsche-powered Doran Daytona Prototype will make its racing debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 26-29, and its first test appearance at Homestead in December. Drivers are yet to be named, but Porsche factory drivers are expected to assist the season-long lineup at the Rolex 24.

In addition to the Porsche Daytona Prototype program, Synergy Racing will also continue its championship-winning GT program in the 2006 Rolex Series with multiple Porsche GT3 Cup entries. The team's Porsche racing history began at the GT level, where Synergy has won three Rolex Series drivers and team championships with Porsche race cars. The team's success with Porsche GT entries continued this season as Synergy Racing with driver Craig Stanton won the Rolex Sports Car GT Series drivers championship by one point over Pontiac rivals Andy Lally and Marc Bunting, and he and co-driver David Murry led Porsche to the manufacturers crown.

Alex Job Racing, based in Tavares, Florida, will enter a Porsche-powered Crawford in the 2006 Rolex 24, and hopes to run the entire Rolex Series season pending final sponsorship arrangements. The team has prepared Porsche 911 GT3 R/RS/RSRs in the American Le Mans Series for the past seven years, winning the drivers championship four times and the team title three times. The Alex Job Racing Crawford is expected to utilize Porsche factory drivers for Daytona as well, with the names to be announced shortly. Like the other Daytona Prototypes, the AJR Porsche Crawford will be at Homestead for testing on December 5 – 6.

“We have made a major commitment to customers in the Rolex Sports Car Series, both in the Daytona Prototype and GT classes, providing additional at-the-track service, more technical support, and, for GT customers, the availability of the 2006 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (type 997). We expect 10 - 12 of the new GT cars at the Rolex 24, depending on the delivery schedule to the team,” said Brettel.

“We are delighted that Porsche has expanded its commitment to the Rolex Sports Car Series for 2006,” said Grand American Road Racing Association President Roger Edmondson. “The Porsche name is synonymous with world class sports car racing, and we fully expect that Porsche will further strengthen a Daytona Prototype category that is already extremely competitive. Porsche has also been a mainstay in the GT class throughout our existence. It would come as no surprise to see Porsches in contention for the overall and GT victories in the Rolex 24 and throughout the season as they have been so often in the past.”

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – Porsche Daytona Prototype 3.8-liter power plant

ENGINE:
Six-Cylinder Boxer Porsche 3795 cc –
76.4mm stroke, 102.7mm bore

Horsepower:
510 @ 8500 rpm

Torque:
435 N/meters @ 7500 rpm

Max RPM:
9000

Cooling:
Water Cooled

Intake System:
Six Individual Throttle Valves

Fuel Injection:
Sequential multi-point Bosch MS 4.0 system with ignition control

Lubrication:
Dry Sump with Heat Exchanger and Mobil 1 oil




ELECTRONICS:

Engine:
Bosch MS 3.1 Engine Management

Data:
Motec display with integrated data recording

Lap Timing:
Lap Trigger with Lap Recording in Display

Battery:
12v 50 Ah Battery

Alternator:
McLaren Electronics 110 Amp

(chassis specs will vary by chassis manufacturer)
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PORSCHE-POWERED DAYTONA PROTOTYPES, NEW 911 GT3 CUP/TYPE 997 RACE CARS TURN FASTEST LAP AT ROLEX 24 TEST SESSION

FASTEST - The new Alex job Racing/Emory Motorsports Shred-it Porsche Crawford was the fastest of the 42 prototypes entered at the Rolex 24 test session last weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – January 8 – No points were scored; no races were won; no positions were gained; and nothing was proven, but 29 Porsche-powered race cars entered in the 2006 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona have show the world that they will be competitive in both Grand American Road Racing classes, with a Porsche team turning the fastest lap in each class.

Uwe Brettel, president of Santa Ana, Calif.-based Porsche Motorsport North America, credits Porsche’s success this past weekend at Daytona to the customers who have prepared and entered the race cars.

“Our U.S. racing customers are among the best-known road racing car owners in the country, and their relentless attention to detail, testing, and engineering feedback has results in these confidence-building performances at Daytona,” said Brettel.

“While our cars, both the Daytona Prototypes with Porsche power, and the new 911 GT3 Cup/Type 997, turned fast laps this weekend, the race is a 24-hour event, and both our engineers and our teams have a lot of work to do before there is any celebrating to be done,” said Brettel.

Alex Job Racing/Emory Motorsports and drivers Mike Rockenfeller, Patrick Long and Lucas Luhr, driving the new Shred-it Crawford Porsche, wrapped up the three-day Rolex 24 test atop the speed chart. In the final session of the test on Saturday afternoon, the team turned the fastest lap of the test with a time of one minute, 43.431 seconds, 123.909 mph. All three drivers have won the GT class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in Porsches, and as has owner Alex Job, but Job realizes that his satisfaction with the speed of the Porsche Crawford needs to be tempered with his concern for the lack of testing time between now and the race.

“We had some electrical issues and some drive line concerns on Thursday which really limited our time on the track,” said Alex Job. “This weekend was an opportunity for us to get in tune with the car, get the drivers some time behind the wheel and start to think about a good racing setup on the car that will be able to carry us for the 24 hours. The car is showing some good speed, but that is not surprising with our driver lineup. The Crawford chassis is as proven as the Porsche engine, but the two together have not been proven. I had really hoped that we could have run more laps this weekend, we have a lot of work to do on the car between now and the race.”

The team of David Donohue, Darren Law, Sascha Maassen and Ted Christopher, driving the Brumos Red Bull Porsche Fabcar, posted the third best overall time of the entire three-day test with a lap of one minute, 43.953 seconds, 123.286 mph.

“This organization has been planning this change for more than a year now,” Donohue said. “It’s good to see the Red Bull back where it was the first year. We’ve just got to bask in the limelight while we can but behind the scenes we need to keep pushing because there’s none at rest. I’m sure there a lot of people who aren’t showing all their cards. It really only counts on Sunday afternoon how fast you are.”

The changes to the No. 58 car, one of the original Daytona Prototypes when the class debuted in 2002, including a new chassis, are too numerous to list even for Donohue.

“It’s probably easier to say what is the same, quite frankly,” Donohue said. “The Porsche engine is improved, but the key is that the structure of the car is different. We needed it quite badly and we’ve lowered the mass and weight of the car. Last year we ran overweight by more than a hundred pounds. We just couldn’t get it out. The bodywork shape is about the same but what’s underneath is different.”

There were two other Porsche-powered Prototypes, with the Brumos Porsche Fabcar of Hurley Haywood, J.C. France and Ted Christopher, not turning any times during the weekend, while the Synergy Racing rx.com Porsche Doran of Burt and Brian Frisselle, plus Patrick Huisman, making it into the top ten during Saturday’s final session, 1.5 seconds behind the Alex Job effort.

Last year’s Rolex 24 GT class champion Wolf Henzler, driving the Tafel Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup/type 997, was the fastest GT competitor all three days of the Daytona test, turning the fastest overall lap of 1:52.704, 113.714 MPH in the team’s #74 car, which will be driven in the race by Andrew Davis, Eric Lux, Graham Rahal and Charles Espenlaub. Henzler’s teammates in the race, in the #72 Tafel Porsche, will be Robin Liddell and Johannes van Overbeek.

Second fastest for the weekend in GT was the Farnbacher Loles Red Bull Porsche 911 GT3 Cup/type 997
driven by Dirk Werner, Dieter Quester, Toto Wolf and Philip Peter. Third was the SAMAX Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup/type 997 of Lance David Arnold, Jan Seyffarth, Johnny Mowlem and David Shep.

“The new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup/type 997 made its North American road racing series debut at Daytona this past weekend, and our Porsche customers have shown the Grand-Am field that they intend to compete for the GT victory at the Rolex 24,” said Brettel, who again cautioned that fast times at a practice session do not equal victory for a car which has never run a 24-hour race.

The Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona will start at 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 28, and will be televised live by Speed Channel for 17 of the 24 hours (exact schedule to be announced). Fans can follow the entire race with live timing and scoring provided by www.grandamerican.com (which also has complete results from all sessions this past weekend), while the progress of the Porsches in the race will be posted on www.porsche.com/motorsport.
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