The Mission Foods GT3 Cup Trophy USA by Car Amigo Daytona review

The Mission Foods GT3 Cup Trophy USA by Car Amigo Daytona review

22.11.2011: The Mission Foods GT3 Cup Trophy USA by Car Amigo series closed out its inaugural season last weekend at Daytona International Speedway with its most competitive field to date.

The Mission Foods GT3 Cup Trophy USA by Car Amigo series closed out its inaugural season last weekend at Daytona International Speedway with its most competitive field to date. 

The high banks of the famed track set the stage for a hard fought two sprint races in which the series drivers had a chance to compete against each other in an exclusive manner with only Porsche GT3 Cup race cars in their field.  The event marked the end of the Championship’s inaugural year and now sets the stage for what should be an exciting season in 2012.
Jim Norman once again was victorious and scored his second and third wins in only four starts in the series after driving off into the distance during both sprint races at the 3.56-mile infield road course.  The battles continued all the way down the grid where both newcomers and returning drivers fought through the field with their Porsche machines.

A total of 23 different drivers competed in the four inaugural events of the 2011 Mission Foods GT3 Cup Trophy series representing a variety of teams from all over the country.   The series gave Porsche GT3 Cup owners a new and exciting venue where they can race among each other in an exclusive and competitive way at some of the top racetracks in the United States. 

The series officials will now finalize plans for the up coming season and will announce their 2012 schedule in the next few weeks.

Juan Gonzalez
Car Amigo

"This has been a great year for us, we are very happy with the turn out that we had at all our events and with the positive feedback from all our drivers and teams.  We always said that we wanted to create a friendly atmosphere where Porsche GT3 Cup owners could race their cars, and that is exactly what we developed.  This year was only small taste of what we will do in 2012. 

We will release our 2012 schedule soon and I know that there will be a lot of teams and drivers out there that will now be able to plan their racing calendar around us.  I look forward to seeing and racing everybody again next year."

Race #1 Results:

1.    Jim Norman                         #11 2011 Porsche GT3 Cup
2.    Mark Hupfer                        #731 2010 Porsche GT3 Cup
3.    Lance Willsey                      #34 2007 Porsche GT3 Cup
4.    Gustavo Figueroa                 #136 2008 Porsche GT3 Cup
5.    Brad Blum                          #32 2006 Porsche GT3 Cup
6.    Butch Leitzinger                  #9 2008 Porsche GT3 Cup
7.    Juan Gonzalez                     #811 2008 Porsche GT3 Cup
8.    Ary Krau                             #10 2006 Porsche GT3 Cup
9.    John Ware                          #91 2006 Porsche GT3 Cup
10. Francis Stafilopatis                #173 2000 Porsche GT3R Cup
Race #2 Results:

1.    Jim Norman                          #11 2011 Porsche GT3 Cup
2.    Lance Willsey                       #34 2007 Porsche GT3 Cup
3.    Butch Leitzinger                   #9 2008 Porsche GT3 Cup
4.    Brady Refenning                   #811 2008 Porsche GT3 Cup
5.    John Ware                           #91 2006 Porsche GT3 Cup
6.    Ary Krau                              #10 2006 Porsche GT3 Cup
7.    Gustavo Figueroa                  #136 2008 Porsche GT3 Cup
8.    Brad Blum                           #32 2006 Porsche GT3 Cup
9.    Francis Stafilopatis               #173 2000 Porsche GT3R Cup

For more information about the series please visit us at

About Mission Foods GT3 Cup Trophy USA by Car Amigo

The Mission Foods GT3 Cup Trophy USA by Car Amigo is a Championship for 911 996/997 GT3 Cup cars which is run as a class or a stand-alone race. The series is part of the Porsche one make network and is positioned below the GT3 Cup Challenges to give owners of elder GT3 Cup cars the possibility to compete with their cars.  It will be open to Porsche Cup GT3 RS/RSR cars from 2000 to 2012.

The series is divided into three groups that will compete for their own championship points and prizes.  Group 1 will be for all 997 GT3 Cup cars, Group 2 will be for the older 996 GT3 Cup cars, and Group 3 will be an open category for any other GT3 Cup car that does not apply to the first two groups including RSRs, GT3Rs and Rolex cars.

From amateur drivers to professional racing teams, the series will be able to accommodate all GT3 Cup owners by offering a wide array of customizable services including car preparation, driver coaching, data acquisition services, catering and hospitality, among others. The newly formed Championship will join a variety of sanctioning bodies as it forms a unique and exciting exclusive Championship throughout the United States. 

The series will hold its own season long championship and will feature exclusive sprint and enduro races at every race weekend.  Prizes and trophies will provided by Mission Foods and Car Amigo and will be given to the top championship and individual events top finishers.

About Mission Foods

Mission Foods, headquartered in Irving (Dallas area), Texas and Gruma S.A.B. de C.V., a Mexican corporation, was founded in 1949, and is one of the largest tortilla manufacturers in the United States.  Gruma S.A.B. de C.V. is the parent company of Mission Foods (Gruma Corporation) and is a leading Mexican producer of corn masa flour and tortilla products.  It has operations in Mexico, the United States, Central and South America, Europe and Asia.  For more information, please visit

About Car Amigo

Car Amigo is a motorsport restoration and preparation business specializing in restoring racing, muscle and historic cars. This Dallas, Texas based company offers complete rebuilds and custom fabrication as well as consignment and sales of history's finest automobiles, 

- Casus Management-  also photos


22.11.2011 / MaP

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