Ready to defend our legacy

The first race of a new season is always something special. The counters are reset to zero. We start from scratch and, once again, anything is possible. After all, the first race of the season also provides us with the opportunity to write a new chapter in motorsport history.

So, we’re starting the year by setting one of the greatest challenges in international long-distance racing: the 24h of Daytona in Florida, USA. In the very first race of this year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – the top sports car series for GT vehicles in North America – the teams and drivers will already have to demonstrate that they are ready to push themselves to their absolute limits.

The 24h of Daytona is one of the biggest and most historic long-distance races in the USA. A place where we have written motorsport history and created icons: exactly 50 years ago, we achieved our first victory with the Porsche 907 on the legendary Daytona International Speedway. 21 further victories would follow – more than any other manufacturer. For the 70-year anniversary of Porsche, we are returning there once again. To collect more unforgettable moments.

Moments full of hope. Full of fighting spirit. Full of drama, disappointment and wild celebrations. Moments that have made us what we are today. They are our legacy. And we are ready to defend that legacy.

The Daytona International Speedway: unbelievably sharp curves.

The Daytona International Speedway: 4,023 kilometres long – and much more than just a race track.

Daytona is one of the most historic and exciting racetracks in the world. This is predominantly due to its two steep bends which have an impressive 31-degree incline. They not only allow extremely high average speeds, they also make Daytona the season’s only racetrack where you can fight for position both next to and above your competitors.

Discover more about the individual corners and special features of the Daytona International Speedway:

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Section 1

Porsche - Section 1

Section 1

The Daytona International Speedway does not have a classical main straight, since the course starts with a fast left turn.

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Section 2

Porsche - Section 2

Section 2

The first section begins with a tightening left-hander. Almost all drivers clip the inside of the track before running out to the right to set up for turn one. However, the optimized lines all show that it is quicker to stay to the outside all the way until turn-in. Turn two can easily be taken flat-out.

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Section 3

Porsche - Section 3

Section 3

Turn three is called the “International Horseshoe”. Here it's very important to avoid turning in too late from too far toward the left because the track is very wide on the exit. The driver turns the car in hugging the inside of the turn rather than clipping the apex.

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Section 4

Porsche - Section 4

Section 4

Just before turn four we are passing the so called “Porscheplatz” on the left. Turn four is very fast with an exit wide to the right, in order to stay close to the inside through turn five, taking a bit of the double apex around the flat edge of the corner. Turn six is the last turn before we are heading into the oval. It is very important to concentrate on the exit, to carry as much speed into the oval as possible. Since the exit is quite bumpy this is not always an easy task.

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Section 5

Porsche - Section 5

Section 5

Turn seven is the famous left hander of the Daytona oval with incredible 31 degrees of banking, which can be driven flat out.

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Section 6

Porsche - Section 6

Section 6

Next up is the famous bus stop chicane, which is critical for quick laps. The key is to take apexes at turns 10 (first left kink), 11, and 13 (last turn of chicane), but running just slightly wide of the apex at turn 12. The drivers are trying to take turn 11 at the highest possible speed but still have to concentrate on a good exit to carry all that speed on the long straight.

The 911 RSR: the spearhead of the family.

In 2017, the new 911 RSR made its début at Daytona. Now it is returning, to prove in its second year that it is still the most uncompromising 911 that we have ever built for international long-distance racing. Over 24 hours and for more than 700 laps, it will have to prove that it is equal to the merciless demands of the top GT class.

And the same goes for the drivers. This year, our works team is competing with two vehicles.
At the wheel of the 911 RSR with starting number 911: Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy and Frédéric Makowiecki.
At the wheel of the 911 RSR with starting number 912: Earl Bamber, Laurens Vanthoor and Gianmaria Bruni.

911 RSR with starting number 911

Patrick Pilet

Nationality: French
Date of Birth: October 8, 1981
Height/Weight: 176 cm/67 kg
Favorite Porsche: 911 2.7 RS
Favorite racetrack: Le Mans
Favorite band/song: John Legend
Favorite dish: Spaghetti Bolognese

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Nick Tandy

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: November 5, 1984
Height/Weight: 178 cm/71 kg
Favorite Porsche: 911 GT3 RS
Favorite racetrack: Brands Hatch GP
Favorite band/song: Dire Straights
Favorite dish: Indian

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Frédéric Makowiecki

Nationality: French
Date of Birth: November 22, 1980
Height/Weight: 176 cm/66 kg
Favorite Porsche: 911 Turbo
Favorite racetrack: Suzuka / Nürburgring Nordschleife
Favorite band/song: Bruno Mars - Moonshine
Favorite dish: Bocconcini with Spaghetti al pesto

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911 RSR with starting number 912

Earl Bamber

Nationality: New Zealand
Date of Birth: July 9, 1990
Height/Weight: 183 cm/74 kg
Favorite Porsche: 911 GT3 RS
Favorite racetrack: Macau
Favorite band/song: -
Favorite dish: Spaghetti Carbonara

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Laurens Vanthoor

Nationality: Belgium
Date of Birth: May 8, 1991
Height/Weight: 180 cm/72 kg
Favorite Porsche: 911 GT2 RS
Favorite racetrack: Nürburgring Nordschleife
Favorite band/song: Clouseau
Favorite dish: Sushi

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Gianmaria Bruni

Nationality: Italian
Date of Birth: May 30, 1981
Height/Weight: 183 cm/69 kg
Favorite Porsche: -
Favorite racetrack: -
Favorite band/song: -
Favorite dish: -

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