IMSA GT3 Cup Heads For Canada
MONTREAL — The Porsche IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama will complete the 2011 Grand Prix du Canada support-race program June 10-12.
More than 30 competitors driving specially prepared Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars for competition, will be ready to race on Sunday morning on Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.
For the IMSA sanctioned series, which last competed in 2008 at the Grand Prix du Canada, this event marks its return to Montreal.
“Spectators at the Grand Prix du Canada greatly enjoyed the performance offered by drivers of the Porsche IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge during their first visit here in 2008,” said François Dumontier, president of Grand Prix du Canada. “Last year, the late announcement of the return of our event on the FIA schedule prevented us from concluding an agreement with their series. It is now a done deal, and we are very happy of the outcome. The series drivers are quite impressive, and with more than 30 cars on the grid, the Challenge will contribute to making our support race program a solid one.”
Back in 2008 at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, German driver Dino Steiner collected two podiums, including a race win and a third-place finish, while American Tony Rivera finished second in the first event before winning the second round. Another American, Bob Faieta, was the only other driver to walk up the podium steps twice, finishing third in the first race and second in the final event.
The IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama features semi-professional drivers racing head to head in the largest single-make series in North America.