944 Cup Announces American and Canadian 2011 Schedule

If you live in a cold-weather climate, or even if you don’t, the 944 Cup’s 2011 schedule is certainly going to get your Porsche racing enthusiasm revving in high gear. This series, which was formed in 2002 to provide a national series for drivers of front-engine Porsches, offers 22 Regional races and a National Championship for next year. New for 2011 is an expansion into Canada, with an eastern Canada chapter offering three races, while co-hosting a fourth at Watkins Glen, alongside 944 Cup’s North chapter and Zone 1 of the Porsche Club of America (PCA) in the United States. The Canada and North chapters join the South and Northwest chapters in representing the 944-based series from east to west.

The preliminary schedule …

is predominantly comprised of nine races to be held under the umbrella of PCA. In choosing to focus on PCA, the most obvious home for the series, “We believe the series has growth potential with PCA,” explains series director Dave Derecola, who lives in Indian Head, Maryland.

To fill in other spots on the schedule and reach other regions, 944 Cup will hold one race with the Eastern Motor Racing Association (EMRA), three with the National Auto Sport Association (NASA), five with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and two with Canadian organizations. The 944 Cup will hold its Nationals at New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP), October 28-30.

The 944 Cup retains its two categories, one for normally aspirated 944 and 924S models, plus the 944 Super Cup for the Turbos, S2s and 968s. Updated rules for the series as approved by PCA will be released in January. Derecola explains that his goal is similar to PCA’s in keeping the rulebook thin; in particular, efforts have been made to simplify the rules in 2011 for the Super Cup category, while ensuring competitiveness among the differing models there. For more information, see https://pcaucr.org/driving/club-race/ and www.44cup.com.

The tentative 2011 944 Cup/PCA schedule features almost one race a month, as follows:
•February 3-6, Sebring, Florida
•April 8-10, Road Atlanta, Georgia
•May 27-29, Watkins Glen, New York
•June 17-19 Portland International, Oregon
•July 29-30, Mosport, Ontario, Canada
•August 26-28, NJMP/Thunderbolt
•September 30-October 2, Summit Point, West Virginia
•October 7-9, Daytona, Florida
•December 2-4, Roebling Road, Georgia

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