PenFed Credit Union, America’s second-largest federal credit union, today announced it joined with the Porsche Carrera Cup North America to become the presenting partner of the final two races in the 2024 championship.

PenFed will join the championship for the penultimate round at Road Atlanta for the Petit Le Mans weekend and the season finale at the Circuit of the Americas for the US Grand Prix.

“PenFed is proud to partner with a brand that shares our winning mindset and values excellence and teamwork. There is no better racing experience in the world than Porsche Carrera Cup North America,” said PenFed Credit Union President/CEO James Schenck.

“We look forward to introducing PenFed and our incredible products and services to Porsche fans.”

As presenting partner for Road Atlanta and Circuit of the Americas, all Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars competing in the capacity field will feature PenFed branding across the windshield.

The Porsche PenFed Driver’s Lounge will host all series competitors and guests in style at each event.

PenFed first became involved in Porsche Carrera Cup North America last year as a sponsor for Sabré Cook’s No. 37 entry and continues the sponsorship for the 2024 season.

“We’re thrilled to welcome PenFed to the Porsche Carrera Cup North America championship,” said President and CEO of Porsche Motorsport North America Volker Holzmeyer.

“Having PenFed as our presenting partner for the final rounds of the championship will be outstanding. They will get to showcase their brand at two fantastic events.”

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RAFA Racing Club has teamed up with Porsche Carrera Cup North America to showcase the club’s impressive future plans in conjunction with the Montreal and Watkins Glen rounds of the 2024 championship.

The Houston-based community of car enthusiasts will be the presenting partner for the championship when the capacity field of Porsche 911 GT3 Cup machines do battle at the Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve from June 7-9 and at the major blue-ribbon IMSA event at Watkins Glen International on June 20-22.

All Porsche machines entered in the championship’s three classes will feature RAFA Racing Club branding on the windshield.

RAFA Racing Club was the Pro-am class naming rights partner for Porsche Carrera Cup North America last year. Not content with just seeing their name adorn cars on the track, RAFA Racing Club also is competing in Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama in 2024 with a four-car Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport RS team including club founder, Rafael Martinez, female racers Caroline Candas and Paige Morales and Call of Duty gaming legend, Ian “Crimsix” Porter – who dominated the recent opening rounds at Sebring International Raceway.

“We’re partnering with Porsche Carrera Cup to present the Montreal and Watkins Glen rounds of the championship because it helps tell the story of what RAFA Racing Club is—a chance to bring motorsports enthusiasts together at two premier events in North America,” said Rafael Martinez, founder of RAFA Racing Club.

“A lot of our members aspire to be Carrera Cup drivers, either as a final stop on their journey or as part of their career process like the path we started on this season racing as a team in Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama.

“We want to continue to foster that sense of community and camaraderie within this championship, just like we do with our Club when we ‘Race As Family Always.’”

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RAFA Racing Club and Yokohama Tire will be two of the four presenting partners for Porsche Carrera Cup North America in 2024. Yokohama was the presenting partner for the recent opening two rounds at Sebring International Raceway and the upcoming races at the Miami Formula 1 Grand Prix.

With construction underway at its Houston headquarters, RAFA Racing Club is a private supercar club focused on driver development. The facility will include a clubhouse, car storage, and training facility, while the club also offers members race driver training, networking opportunities, and prestigious social events.

“RAFA Racing Club joined Porsche Carrera Cup North America as a partner for the first time last year, and we are delighted to welcome Rafael and his organization back for 2024,” Porsche Motorsport President and CEO Volker Holzmeyer said.

“RAFA Racing Club is utilizing the fantastic reach of our championship to showcase its brand for our passionate Porsche community, and it is amazing to see them also hit the track and compete in Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama this year.

“Not only is the man behind the brand Rafael Martinez getting behind the wheel himself, but he has brought two amazing female racers into the championship to race in the Cayman class in 2024 as well as Ian Porter, who is showing the quick reflexes he possessed to become a champion in the world of gaming, certainly transfer to the racetrack.

“We’re certainly hoping to see these young racers move through the ranks and one day join the grid for Porsche Carrera Cup North America.”

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Thanks to a new partnership between EBOOST and Porsche Motorsport North America, the young stars of Porsche Carrera Cup North America and Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama will receive additional support, guidance, and career development in 2024.

EBOOST has become the official naming rights partner for the program, which features talented young racers, including Loek Hartog, Gustav Burton, Zachary Vanier, Jake Pedersen, Jimmy Llibre, Yves Baltas, Elias De La Torre in Carrera Cup, and Paul Bocuse, Paige Morales and Caroline Candas in Sprint Challenge.

The EBOOST range provides clean performance products that increase energy, focus, and overall well-being. It is available at major retailers across the country, including CVS, Wegmans, Kroger, and more, and is also sold online.

“For season 2024, Porsche is thrilled to welcome EBOOST as the naming rights partner for the program Porsche Motorsport North America Junior Program,” said Volker Holzmeyer, President and CEO of Porsche Motorsport North America.

“We are very proud that the junior program is rapidly expanding this year. We have more and more entries in Carrera Cup North America and Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama, where young talents can see the potential opportunities with our brand.

“Porsche provides a pathway to go from where they are at the moment and allows them to look forward at a clear path with the potential of graduating to a factory drive with the brand.

“We provide these young drivers with financial support and a comprehensive support platform where they can learn from the best, including valuable advice and insight from our junior mentor, Pat Long.”

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Part of that support program includes the Porsche Motorsport North America Junior Program annual workshop, where the drivers spend two days “going to school” covering all facets of their career development, including physical fitness, nutrition, technical seminars, engineering, mental development, television and media, social media, personal branding and a deep dive into the history of the Porsche brand.

Junior mentor Patrick Long was one of the “teachers” at last year’s event. Long joined the Porsche family as a junior in 2003 and spent his entire career with the brand, racing in Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, IMSA, FIA WEC, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

His career highlights include two series championships in the American Le Mans Series, and a pair of class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“Seeing the youth and the hunger of the young drivers in Porsche’s North America Junior program, it’s very refreshing,” Long said.

“A great part of Porsche’s DNA has always been about promoting young drivers, getting behind the youth, and giving them a path to accelerate through all the different decisions and outcomes that they have to achieve to become aspiring professionals.

“I’m certainly honored to help these young racers wherever possible – paying back in the same way that so many experienced Porsche stars helped me when I was getting started.”

The EBOOST Porsche Motorsport North America Junior Program “class of 2024” enjoyed highly successful opening weekends in both Porsche Carrera Cup North America and Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama.

MDK Motorsports’ Paul Bocuse started his Sprint Challenge campaign in style, finishing third and second in the opening two rounds recently at Sebring International Raceway. Young French female racer Caroline Candas also scored a pair of second-place finishes in the Cayman class. Next up for Sprint Challenge will be a trip to Alabama’s Barber Motorsport Park on April 26-28.

In Carrera Cup North America, our young racers also shone bright, with Loek Hartog (Kellymoss) and Gustav Burton (MDK Motorsports) both taking race wins at Sebring. Rounds three and four of this year’s Carrera Cup championship will be held at the Miami Formula 1 Grand Prix on May 3-5.

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Ex-Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup racer Gustav Burton will go down in the record books as winning a milestone race in the history of the championship – the 50th round of the series which began here at Sebring International Raceway in 2021.

The 21-year-old British/Danish racer started from pole and was never headed throughout the 40-minute journey, with the series racing into darkness for the first time.

The MDK Motorsports recruit, who started on pole for Friday evening’s race, led flag-to-flag in the 40-minute journey, which was disrupted on the opening lap by an incident between JDX Racing’s Madeline Stewart and round one Pro-Am winner, James Sofronas.

At the checkered flag, Burton led Kellymoss’ round one winner Loek Hartog to the finish but the Dutchman was given a ten-second post-race penalty for jumping the start on the restart.

New Zealander Ryan Yardley made it two podiums from two races and three consecutive podiums by finishing second today. After an unlucky season in 2023, Yardley finally scored his first podium in the final round at COTA last year and now has a three-race streak going.

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“It’s been a strong start with two good practice sessions, P1 and P2 qualifying, plus a second and a win in the two races – plus we are leading the championship,” said Burton

“It really couldn’t have gone that much better. We still have some work to do as a team. We can’t get complacent. I definitely didn’t have as much pace as Loek did in the closing stages of that race.

“But we’ll debrief and come back stronger in Miami. I have to give a huge thank you to MDK and Mark (Kvamme) for giving me this opportunity – we’re ready to win a championship.”

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After dominating qualifying in Pro-am, Alan Metni’s day turned sour when he was forced out on the opening lap on Thursday. The 2022 Pro-am champion bounced back on Friday to take his repaired Kellymoss entry back to victory lane.

The win by Metni also brought an end of James Sofronas’ run of success – the Porsche veteran having won his first three race starts in the class before today.

Completing the Pro-am podium was ACI’s Marco Cirone and Kenton King, who earned his first podium for MDK Motorsports.

The Masters class had Matt Halcome first across the line, but a penalty gave Carlos De Quesada the win ahead of Halcome and Kyle Washington.

The Porsche Carrera Cup North America teams will now set their sights on rounds three and four of the championship at the Miami Formula 1 Grand Prix from May 3-5.

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PAGID Racing and Porsche Carrera Cup North America will continue their partnership in 2024, with every competitor in the prestigious one-make championship relying on PAGID Racing’s brake pad technology.

PAGID Racing is the official brake pad partner for Porsche Carrera Cup North America, the 16-round championship for the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup machines that begins this week at Sebring International Raceway. Sebring will be the first time that the Porsche Carrera Cup championship will be conducted at twilight, with the race to finish in darkness providing a spectacular setting to conclude the first round of the championship

PAGID Racing and Porsche Motorsport have a long history dating back to 1986. PAGID brake pad products have been used across multiple generations of 911 GT3 Cup machines and raced in Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and other Carrera Cup championships worldwide.

The PAGID Racing brake pads provide racers with a combination of bite, friction, excellent controllability, and braking modulation.

PAGID Racing is the exclusive motorsport brand of TMD Friction Holdings. With facilities in Leverkusen & Essen (Germany) and Troy (USA), TMD Friction Holdings can quickly develop and manufacture brake friction solutions according to customer-specific technical requirements.

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“Porsche Carrera Cup is the most prestigious one-make championship in North America. Our technical and marketing partners must also be at the highest level, and that’s why we have relied on PAGID Racing since the debut of this championship in 2021,” said Volker Holzmeyer, President and CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America.

“Our partnership with PAGID Racing continues to allow the drivers and our customer teams to exploit the full potential of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car on the great circuits of North America, including at three Formula One races in 2024.”

The 2024 Porsche Carrera Cup North America calendar features 16 rounds over eight race weekends. Formula 1 races at Miami, Montreal, and Austin will be a highlight, along with major IMSA races at Sebring, Watkins Glen, Road America, Indianapolis and Road Atlanta.

“PAGID Racing and Porsche have had a long and successful partnership, and we are thrilled to continue that into 2024,” said Matthew Greenman, PAGID Racing, Head of Global Motorsports.

“Braking is a vital part of performance, and that is why PAGID Racing and Porsche have a great partnership. We have worked together for many years to ensure that when our racers press the brake pedal, they can do so with absolute confidence.”

Today’s spectacular opening round of the 2024 Porsche Carrera Cup North America was dominated by ex-Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup driver Loek Hartog, but plenty of stars made headlines throughout the field at Sebring International Raceway.

Hartog was dominant from pole position but the other classes also were full of action with Pro-am racer James Sofronas taking his third consecutive win in only his first three races, and series returnee Matt Halcome earning the Masters class victory – 12 months after he last raced in the series.

Today’s opening round of the 2024 series also marked the debut of Yokohama as the official tire supplier for Porsche Carrera Cup North America – the new deal creating a stepping stone for racers graduating to Carrera Cup from Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama.

Stepping aboard the Kellymoss Racing for Children’s entry for his debut, Hartog today showed the speed that also made him a race winner in Mobil 1 Supercup in Europe.

He was chased to the finish by another Supercup racer making his series debut. MDK Motorsports’ Gustav Burton finished second in his first-ever US race – the British/Danish racer holding off a strong early challenge from Topp Racing’s Ryan Yardley.

Yardley scored his first series podium in the final race of 2023, but it didn’t take him long to earn his second – the New Zealander held second place early in the race today before crossing the line third at the checkered flag.

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JDX Racing’s Alex Sedgwick finished fourth, making it four teams in the top four, while another rookie, ex-Indy NEXT racer Colin Kaminsky, finished fifth.

“This was my first race in the US, so to hit the ground running and finish with a win is very rewarding,” Hartog said.

“There were a lot of things that were new for me – my first rolling start and the restart also but the car was on rails today.

“Today, we really showed our true colors, so I hope it’s a strong message for the rest of the year. The competition is quite strong, but we sort of showed that everybody should look out for us.”

The Pro-am class battle was filled with action, with front runners Alan Metni and series debutant Jordan Wallace spinning off track after contact on the opening lap. Sadly for Metni, his race was over on the opening lap, while Wallace was able to stage a fightback to eventually cross the line seventh at the flag.

James Sofronas continued his remarkable run in the series. After his first weekend at COTA last year, the GMG Racing driver scored two wins from two starts and has now made it three wins from three starts.

Sofronas led home ACI Motorsports duo Marco Cirone and series returnee Pedro Torres.

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Twelve months after last racing in series here in Sebring, ACI Motorsports’ Matt Halcome brought his “Mystery Machine” livery back to Carrera Cup with a victory in the Masters class today.

Chris Bellomo had dominated practice and qualifying but could only manage second place today ahead of Richard Edge – another ACI Motorsports driver giving the Chatanooga-based team four podiums in total across Pro-am and Masters.

Porsche Carrera Cup North America will be back on track on Friday with the first-ever series race that extends into darkness. The capacity 40-strong field will face the green flag at 7:15 p.m. before finishing 40 minutes later under the Sebring night sky.

The 2024 Porsche Carrera Cup North America may have a host of fast young stars joining the grid, but in today’s opening practice sessions at Sebring International Raceway, a series veteran topped the times.

Running a single-car team in 2024, McCann Racing’s Michael McCann set the fastest time of the day in the morning session when the 28-year-old stopped the clocks at 2 minutes, 4.094 seconds.

McCann joined the series for the first time in 2022, McCann climbed the podium for the first time at Long Beach and repeated that performance at the Miami Formula 1 Grand Prix.

McCann today headed Kellymoss’ former Mobil 1 Porsche Supercup ace Loek Hartog and series returnee Ryan Yardley. The New Zealander continued his strong end-of-season speed from 2023 when he finished second in the final race of the year at Circuit of The Americas.

“The strength of this field is incredible. So to be P1 after on opening day is like a small victory,” McCann said.

“You never win a race on the first day, but it is always nice to start the weekend strong.”

McCann and the rest of the field battled for the first time today on the new series Yokohama Advan tire, working their way up to speed across the bumpy Sebring circuit.

“I swear this place gets bumpier every year,” McCann said.

“The car feels wicked fast right now, so we’ll see if we can keep going into qualifying and the first race tomorrow.”

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Times in today’s afternoon session were slower than this morning as temperatures rose. Jimmy Llibre set the fasting time in practice two – and the fifth fastest time overall – with a lap of 1 minute, 4.444 seconds.

Heading the pack for the Pro-Am class was series rookie Jordan Wallace, who impressed in his first runs for Kellymoss. Wallace set the fastest time of the day in the first session and third fastest in the afternoon.

His teammate and 2022 class champion Alan Metni was fastest in the afternoon session.

In the newly-renamed Masters class, Chris Bellomo was the man to catch – going comfortably fastest in both sessions today. Driving for Kellymoss in 2024, Bellomo headed series returnee Matt Halcome in both practice sessions.

The Porsche Carrera Cup North America championship is back on track tomorrow morning for qualifying at 9:15 am before the first race of the weekend at 3:05 pm.

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Carrera Cup Season 2024
Roundeventdate
Round 1March 13 – 15
Round 2
Miami International Autodrome
May 3 - 5
Round 3
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
June 7 - 9
Round 4
Watkins Glen International
June 20 – 22
Round 5
Road America
August 2 - 4
Round 6
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
September 20 – 22
Round 7
Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
October 9 – October 11
Round 8
Circuit of the Americas
October 18 – 20
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