TORONTO, ON – April 5th, 2012 – Pfaff Automotive Partners today announced the return to the Canadian racing circuit in the 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada with Kyle Marcelli as lead driver. In its second year, the Porsche Cup series is North America’s fastest growing single-make racing series, expanding from six to nine races and adding two new venues including the Formula 1 race weekend in Montreal.
“My father built the company on a passion for motorsports and it gives me great pride to continue this racing legacy today,” said Christopher Pfaff, president and CEO, Pfaff Automotive Partners. “We are very excited about the upcoming race season and have great expectations for the team we have put together with Fiorano Racing and up-and-coming driver, Kyle Marcelli behind the wheel”.
Pfaff has enlisted the top players in the industry to build a winning team. With racing veteran Fiorano Racing building the GT3 race car and Kyle Marcelli as lead driver, the Pfaff Castrol Motorsports team is poised to be a leading contender in the upcoming race season.
At just 21 years of age, Kyle Marcelli has established himself as one of North America’s rising stars in professional racing around the world. Marcelli began racing at the age of 11 and has become a major player in the Canadian racing scene with 12 wins, 15 pole positions and 46 podium finishes with just 84 races under his belt.
“I’m really excited to be driving for Pfaff in this year’s Porsche GT3 Cup Canada. This marks a great opportunity for Pfaff Automotive to build on their already popular brand and successful auto-racing heritage,” said race driver, Kyle Marcelli. “For me, this serves as a wonderful platform to build a relationship with Porsche. Together our goals are quite simple, win races and sell cars.”
The GT3 Cup series is already gaining considerable notoriety amongst the Canadian racing community and is now backed by Porsche Canada. It was developed in conjunction with the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) and is designed to develop new drivers and prepare them for competition in the American Le Mans Series.
Pfaff has built a strong heritage in Canadian motorsport, having raced in various series over the years including the Porsche Turbo Cup Series, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car in the Speed World Challenge Series and most recently the Canadian Touring Car Series.
About Pfaff Automotive Partners
Pfaff Automotive Partners, a leading Ontario automotive retailer, was founded in 1964 by H.J. Pfaff as a premium Porsche, Audi and Volkswagen dealership. The company has experienced considerable growth over the years, adding McLaren and Toyota to its select brand offering and today is one of the largest dealer groups in the Canadian automotive market. The company also operates Pfaff Tuning, Pfaff Leasing, Pfaff Autoworks and Pfaff Outlet to provide a comprehensive service portfolio to its customers.
For more information, please visit www.pfaffauto.com.
About Kyle Marcelli – Race Car Driver
(Born February 23rd 1990 in Ontario, Canada) At just 21 years of age, Canada’s Kyle Marcelli has established himself as one of North America’s rising stars in professional auto racing across the globe. After a successful karting and single-seater career, Kyle made his rookie debut into sports car racings “Big Show”, the American Le Mans Series in 2010. The 2011 season saw Marcelli compete full-time for Intersport Racing in the American Le Mans Series and part-time for JMB Racing in the European Le Mans Series. It was another winning season for Kyle, earning three victories, eight podiums, three pole positions and two qualifying lap records. Marcelli was also awarded with the Michelin “Driver Of The Year” award.
While Kyle’s second home is the podium, his more permanent residence is Barrie, Ontario. Following his career aspirations of professional auto racing; he’s a consummate professional both on and off the track. Kyle represents his passion, sport, sponsors, team and fans proudly and effectively. He’s winning, engaging and always visible.
For more information visit www.kylemarcelliracing.com