Porsche returned to Barber Motorsports Park with a new set of promising drivers for its second Young Driver Academy.
The class of 2013 includes three drivers from the two North American Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge series: David Ostella, Madison Snow, and Angel Benitez Jr. Michael Lewis is the only driver without extensive Porsche GT3 Cup racing experience, he currently competes in the Formula 3 Euro Series. The Porsche Young Driver Academy provides up and coming talent in North America an opportunity to receive the same benefits as their counterparts in Europe.
“We have created the Young Driver Academy to take full advantage of the deep pool of talent in North America,” said Jens Walther, Porsche Motorsport North America CEO. “As we did last year, we brought in four drivers to Barber Motorsports Park for intense media training, driving skill evaluation with various 911 models including the 911 GT3 Cup racecar and on and off track evaluation.”
The goal of the Young Driver Academy isn’t to teach the participants how to drive or race, but instead provide them with insight and instruction on how to further their career in the competitive sport. The two-day academy was held on September 15-16 at Alabama’s Barber Motorsports Park and the drivers received instruction from Porsche Sport Driving School, Hurley Haywood, Porsche factory driver Patrick Long and 2011 Rolex GT Champion Andrew Davis.
“Last year’s class resulted in recommendations that included Porsche Carrera Cup Germany and Porsche Mobil1 Supercup tests in Europe that provided them opportunities to test the waters there,” Walther said.
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