- Porsche will field a two-car factory entry in the 2014 Tudor United SportsCar Racing championship.
- CORE Autosport will field the twin 911 RSR machines in the new series.
- The season begins with the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.
ATLANTA — Porsche will field a two-car factory team in the 2014 Tudor United SportsCar Racing championship.
The team, named Porsche North America, will use the 911 RSR based on the GTE-Pro class-winning car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The 911 RSR also is the Porsche entry in the World Endurance Championship.
Headquarters for the operation will be at Porsche Motorsport North America in Santa Ana, California.
CORE Autosport of Rock Hill, South Carolina, is the competition partner for the program. The team, founded in 2010 by Jon Bennett, is located next to Bennett's Composite Resources company. CORE has back-to-back championship titles in the American Le Mans Series' Prototype Challenge series and won the IMSA Lites title in 2010.
"North America is Porsche's single largest road car and motorsports market," said Hartmut Kristen, head of Porsche Motorsport in Weissach, Germany, in a statement. "Therefore, we have decided to focus a full factory program in the newly formed series, similar to our competing in the World Endurance Championship together with Manthey Racing.
"Having finally a united platform to compete on has made the decision so much easier to enter a GT-based Porsche factory team for the first time in American sports car racing."
Drivers have not been announced. They will be named from the Porsche roster of factory racers.
United SportsCar, which will have title sponsorship from Rolex sub-brand Tudor, is the result of a merger of the former rival American Le Mans and Grand American Road Racing series, which will launch with the Rolex 24 at Daytona January 25-26.
Edmunds says: Good news that Porsche, a former ALMS GT competitor, is returning to the merged series next year.