To the winner, the spoils... The series’ unique
trophies are made from CNC’d aluminum by
partner RSS and always earn a place of
distinction in a driver’s home or office.
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to see how it provides the
necessary experience for drivers
and teams to progress with
confidence from the entry levels
of the sport to the highest
levels. Creating a proper playing
field to achieve this is no easy
task, but every year Competent
has struck an impressive
balance for all involved.”
THAT CERTAIN FEELING
Few things provide an
adrenaline rush as intense
as racing – and when the
playing field’s as level as
the one provided by the
Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup
Trophy USA, the satisfaction
from putting in a winning
drive is even greater.
April 4-6 Auto Club Speedway, Calif.
June 6-8 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Ohio
June 28-29 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Calif.
Aug. 1-3 Road America (Elkhart Lake), Wis.
Aug. 22-24 Portland International Raceway, Ore.
Sept. 12-14 Miller Motorsports Park, Utah
Oct. 24-26 Sonoma Raceway, Calif.
Strictly for amateur drivers, the Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup
Trophy USA even excludes professional driver coaches from
entering. Eligible cars include the 996 and 997 models of
GT3 Cup cars, which are further categorized as Platinum
for 997s made between 2010 -’ 13, Gold for 997s from
’05-’09 and Silver for 996 iterations from 2000-’04.
Each car class has its own championship, but all cars are
shod with Pirelli P-Zero slicks. Each race weekend consists
of multiple track sessions and ends with a 50-minute race.
Tom Haacker, Platinum class racer: “The thing about this
series is that we all come here to race hard and win, but
when it’s all done, we can enjoy each other’s company.
I’ve raced in other series including some pro events like
the Rolex 24, and that doesn’t happen often. When you
add to that the professionalism of the series, the tracks
we go to and the cost value, it just doesn’t make sense
for the serious gentleman racer to go elsewhere.”
Tom Haacker says
that the Porsche
Pirelli GT3 Cup
Trophy USA delivers
on multiple fronts.
All cars in the Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA race on
Pirelli P-Zero slicks – another way the playing field is kept level.
SERIES AT A GLANCE
Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix and V8
Supercars at Circuit of The Americas,
includes from four to seven hours of seat
time, and a team of professional coaches
are at the disposal of every driver.
Series founder and president Greg Franz
says, ”We’re here for the serious gentleman
racer, so on track it’s all business. Off it, it’s a
social experience for a bunch of like-minded
individuals. We strive to maintain the balance
and that’s one of our keys to success.”
The series’ “all business” attitude out
on the track definitely pays dividends for
racers looking to use it as a springboard
to pro racing, as Pirelli’s vice president of
communications and motorsports, Rafael
Navarro, attests: “The fact that we see
competitors we first met in Porsche
Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA racing with
us at the highest level in GT racing is
testament to a product and program that
is working for everyone involved.”
The Silver and Gold classes (ABOVE, Gold
points leader Robert Rodriquez) allow
older-spec Porsches to still compete in
the Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA.
THE DRIVER’S VIEW