The 24 Hours of Daytona on January 25th marks the start of the inaugural season of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship (USCC). For the first time in this new American sports car race series, Porsche runs a works team under the flag of Porsche North America. Porsche is represented by a large turnout for the season-opener on the Daytona International Speedway, with Porsche works drivers and Porsche juniors competing. After notching up 22 overall and 75 class victories here in Florida, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in the history of the sports car classic.
In a two-car works-entry, Porsche North America fields both Porsche 911 RSR in the GTLM class at Daytona. Sharing the number 911 cockpit are Porsche works drivers Richard Lietz (Austria), Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Patrick Pilet (France). At the wheel of the number 912 Porsche, their works driver colleagues Patrick Long (USA), Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Joerg Bergmeister (Germany). Taking up the marathon at the wheel of customer-run Porsche 911 GT America race cars in the GTD class is the all-German Porsche works driver line-up of Marco Holzer (Team Seattle Alex Job Racing), Marc Lieb (Dempsey Racing), Wolf Henzler (Magnus Racing) and Timo Bernhard (Park Place Motorsports), with New Zealander Brendon Hartley (Starworks Motorsport) contesting the P class for prototypes. Also taking on the GTD class are three Porsche Juniors, Klaus Bachler (Austria/Dempsey Racing), Connor de Phillippi (USA/Park Place Motorsport) and Alex Riberas (Spain/Team Seattle Alex Job Racing). The winner of the Porsche Motorsport International Cup Scholarship, Earl Bamber (New Zealand/Mühlner Motorsports America), will also contest the Daytona classic.