INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., July 27, 2012 - Porsche has added yet another first to its long list of major motorsports accomplishments. The German automaker became the first manufacturer to win an endurance sports car GT race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) and the first to win GRAND-AM?s North American Endurance Championship (NAEC). The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series brought its two-class championship to Indianapolis today for the three-hour Brickyard Grand Prix endurance sports car race. Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars dominated the Indy podium with Magnus Racing winning the inaugural sports car race here and Brumos Racing finishing third. Seven Porsches were entered in the 23-car GT field.
"It was good to see finally what all the cars can deliver," said Jens Walther, President and CEO, Porsche Motorsports North America. "To be on the podium, to win the race and also for Magnus to win the second important race [first being the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January] and thereby the North America Endurance Championship, is quite a great achievement. I am very happy for them but also for the other Porsche teams because everybody has prepared the cars very well for this race. It was an unknown. The track is very difficult because it consists of two completely different tracks with the banking and the infield. All of the teams did a great job. That?s a good day for Porsche and hopefully we can take this momentum up to the next race a couple of weeks from now."
Magnus Racing drivers John Potter (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Andy Lally (Dacula, Ga.) piloted the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup to its second Rolex GRAND-AM race of the season. By virtue of winning two of the three GRAND-AM races of three hours or more, Magnus also won the inaugural North American Endurance Championship. The team opened the year with an impressive victory in the 50th Running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona to take an early lead in the three-event championship within a championship. However, the team took a major hit to its NAEC aspirations at the second race when an electrical fire took them out of the running early in the Sahlen?s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen. The program entered today?s event second-place in the standings and needed a win or second to capture the title. The victory gave Magnus a six point edge over the runner-up in the NAEC and