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 |  Jun 16 2013, 3:53 PM

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Porsche Motorsport is welcoming the newest member to its family, Hollywood star and race car driver, Patrick Dempsey.

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 |  Oct 09 2012, 6:32 PM

Porsche has a rich heritage in racing and motorsports and now the German automaker is out looking for the next great driver. 

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 |  May 23 2012, 6:45 PM

Porsche has announced that it will be relocating its Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) subsidiary to the new Porsche Experience Center in Los Angeles once it’s completed in fall of 2013.

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Porsche to Compete with RS Spyder at Le Mans

Customer Teams "NAVI Team Goh" and "Essex" to field one car each

 |  Feb 26 2009, 11:44 AM

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Porsche has announced that two of its private customer teams will compete in the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans using Porsche’s LMP2 RS Spyder race cars. With an obvious stake in the competition Porsche will be giving both teams some important support, in the form of two seasoned Porsche Works drivers: Sascha Maassen and Emmanuel Collard.

The first entry will be Japan’s NAVI Team Goh, piloted by Massen and Japanese drivers Seiji Ara and Keisuke Kunimoto.

Two teams will again field a Porsche RS Spyder each at the Le Mans 24 hour race (13-14 June). The NAVI Team Goh from Japan and the Essex squad from Denmark are eager to repeat the double victory of the RS Spyder in the LMP2 class last year. Massen raced to victory in the same car last year, while the 34-year-old Ara won back in 2004. The 20-year-old Kuminmoto  will race at Le Mans for the first time.

Collard will race with team Essex along with Casper Elgaard and Kristian Poulson, both of Denmark. Team Essex placed second last year at the 24 Hour race.

“I’m very pleased that, with Goh and Essex, we have two highly professional customer teams contesting Le Mans with a Porsche RS Spyder,” says Porsche’s Head of Motorsport, Hartmut Kristen. “Setting the quickest lap times of all LMP2 cars last year, the vehicle underlined its reliability and had the best efficiency of all participating sports prototypes. We have modified the cars to comply with the new technical regulations and I’m sure that both RS Spyder will again be very competitive in the LMP2 class.”
Porsche took the top two spots in the LMP2 class last year with RS Spyders, however, both teams will have their work cut out for them in ’09 with rew rules that restrict the air intakes, thus reducing power from the 3.4-liter V8 to 440hp – down from 476.