Global Cup Series to Race at COTA Oct. 23-25
The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is the most international Cup series in the world and this season marks its 23rd year supporting the Formula 1 World Championship. In 2015, the Supercup will be travelling to 8 different countries (down from 9 due to the cancelation of the German Grand Prix) before once more concluding its season at the Circuit of The Americas.
North American fans will be given further reason to cheer at the Supercup’s return by the news that the respective winners of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA and Canada will join the action in Austin this year.
Bobby Epstein, Circuit of The Americas Founder and Chairman, spoke of his excitement at welcoming the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup back to Austin, “I could not be more delighted that the world’s most prestigious one-make cup series is returning to COTA as part of the 2015 United States Grand Prix weekend. Seeing the Supercup compete here in 2014 was a real highlight of the race weekend for myself and thousands of fans and I am sure this year will be equally memorable”.
Oliver Schwab, Manager of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup echoed these sentiments; “We are really excited to return to Austin and in particular the wonderful Circuit of The Americas which proved to be such a successful venue for our season finale in 2014. I can speak for the entire Supercup family when I say that we cannot wait to race in front of our American fans once more.“
Get your tickets!
Tickets for the 2015 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX are on sale now. Single-day passes for the USGP start at $59 and three-day passes start at $169. Single-day tickets, hospitality packages and camping options are also available. Please visit circuitoftheamericas.com or call +1 512 655 6300 to secure an exhilarating weekend of racing and entertainment.
About Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is the flagship series of Porsche’s 20 one-make cups worldwide. It has run exclusively as support to the Formula 1 races since 1993 and has flourished in this exceptional environment.
The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is not only regarded as an excellent recommendation for drivers aiming for a career in GT and prototype racing, but also offers partners and teams a perfect business platform. The 30-minute sprint races featuring the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991) are contested just before the Formula 1 Grands Prix, with Austin/USA hosting a double-header at the season finale.
The secret is in the mix: Talented youngsters and ambitious teams pit themselves against seasoned specialists and use the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup to showcase their talents. The series has proven itself as an excellent springboard, with Earl Bamber as a classic example: Last year the New Zealander contested his first full Supercup season as the winner of the Porsche Motorsport International Cup Scholarship and promptly clinched overall victory and was promoted to the Porsche factory team. This season he is one of the key players in the Porsche 911 RSR and has earned himself a seat in the 919 Hybrid at the Le Mans 24-hour race. His successor, Matteo Cairoli (Italy), also contests the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup this season, joined by Porsche Juniors Connor de Phillippi (USA) and Sven Müller (Germany). Porsche supports each of these young men with funding of 200,000 Euros.
The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Organisation arranges the race series for customer teams. The comprehensive service for customers and partners ranges from the delivery of turnkey Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, the positioning of the series alongside Formula 1 to the layout of the paddock through to TV arrangements and seminars for the team technicians. The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup offers drivers and teams professional international motorsport at reasonable costs. Long-term planning and stable sporting and technical regulations ensure consistency.
Behind the on-going success of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup as a race series is the close competition as well as the absolute equality of chances. The 911 GT3 Cup, based on the street-legal 911 GT3 RS lightweight sports car, has been fielded in the series since 2013. Whilst the aerodynamics with a wider rear-wing is adapted for racing, the 460 hp 3.8-litre boxer engine is similar to the production unit. All racecars are technically identical, as are the Michelin tyres and the fuel. Victory or defeat is totally dependent on the skill of the driver, the astuteness of the team – and that touch of elusive race luck.
There are four different classifications: A and B for drivers as well as team and rookie classifications. For drivers and teams, points are allocated accordingly: 20-18-16-14-12-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. There are no void results. For the team classifications, the points of a team’s top two performing drivers are added together.