Saturday, January 28, 2012

What Does Porsche Aim to Prove?

This year is nothing new, but why is it that over 50% of the field in the GT class is Porsches? TRG fields 5 of them alone but there are 23+ Porches in the 40 total GTs this year. For that reason alone I almost always end up rooting against them all, at least in the GT class; but are there any racers out there that know exactly why there are so many?

Are they cheaper? More reliable, or is it just peer pressue to be trendy?

In the DP class its not looking good for the Corvette's introduction so far with one of its better bets (Suntrust racing) spending most of its time in the garage to work on an engine vibration. Already 14 laps down and in last place. sure its only 30 minutes into the race and there is plenty time to make up laps and pace, but they gotta get it right very soon.

In other quick observations:

-I miss the 58/59 cars being in the Prototype class, now that they are Porsche GT's they really, REALLY look like Herbie

-Is the #8 on the Ford DP car an hourglass, or a flipped up infinity sign?

-Exactly how many Potolicchios are racing in this thing? Enzo surely made his mark by taking over for Ryan Dalziel and promtly losing the lead, and 2nd, and 3rd places...

-Scott Pruett is a badass, has already picked up 9 places and is continuing to close the gap on the leaders.


Pat W said...

"This event is a carbreaker? Well let's send a hundred cars, one of them will surely win!"

The Speedgeek said...

In all seriousness, I think Porsche's popularity is due to their longstanding (like, 40 years and counting now) attitude toward customer racecars: "write us a reasonable (for a racecar, anyway) check and we will deliver you a car in a couple of months." They're the only ones who are reliably supporting customer efforts year in and year out, and one of the only manufacturer who has a regular program for pulling the racecars right off the production line to flesh out into actual racecars. For other manufacturers (Audi, Ferrari, Mercedes, whoever else), it's either a far more special order kind of thing (like in Ferrari's case, where it's "write us a check for about triple what the car is really worth and we'll think about building you one") or it's 100% on the teams to build the car on their own (like in the case of the Viper team in today's race, or countless other teams like that).