Citing the economic fallout of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Porsche has announced that it will pull out of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship Series at the end of 2020.
Porsche’s 911 RSRs have been racing in the GTLM class with CORE Autosports since the WeatherTech Series began in 2014. In those seven years, they have earned 18 GTLM class wins, 3 GTLM Manufacturer’s Championships, and 2 GTLM Driver’s Championships.
The announcement comes from Fritz Enzinger, Vice President Porsche Motorsport, who wrote:
“The decision to halt our factory involvement in the IMSA series was not an easy one for us. With a view to the current corporate situation in connection with the Coronavirus pandemic, it is only logical for Porsche Motorsport to make a contribution to coping with the economic fallout. Porsche belongs in endurance racing. We will work hard to ensure that this is only a temporary Auf Wiedersehen.”
CORE autosport issued a thank you message to Porsche on their website. In the statement, owner Jon Bennett said, “CORE’s partnership with Porsche has always been a dream for me. Not just because I love the brand, but because partnering with Porsche’s history and reputation raised the visibility of the exceptional work we do at CORE. I thank Porsche for an incredible seven years and I thank our employees who are the best in the business. I am honored we shared this journey together.”
CORE Autosport COO Morgan Brady reacted to the news by offering this statement:
“This has been an amazing seven-year partnership. I’m extremely proud of everything we’ve accomplished. While we continue to prepare for the remaining 10 rounds of the IMSA Championship, we’re sensitive to how this departure will affect our team members and their families.”
This is particularly bad news for the IMSA WeatherTech’s GTLM class which has seen recent departures from Ford Motorsports and reduced entries from Ferrari. With Porsche now calling it quits, it’s quite possible that Corvette Racing and the Rahal Letterman Lanigan BMW team will be fielding the only cars in the GT manufacturers’ class for the 2021 season.
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