“To have a local dealership as our official sponsor and partner, they have been great to work with,” said Team Baltimore Racing driver Marc Bunting, a Baltimore-area native whose racing career has included nine victories in the Rolex Grand Am Series and several American Le Mans Podiums. “They’re a first-class operation, and they really have just been a great support team for us. If we’ve needed their facility or shop for anything, they’ve offered that up. They’ve just been a great local partner.”
Contestants will be eligible to win an Ultimate VIP Racing Experience package for the Grand Prix of Baltimore, which includes a pair of tickets to the American Le Mans Series race, a pair of passes for a private paddock tour with Bunting and a race day parking pass at the Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards. All entry and additional information can found at http://www.porschetowsongiveaways.com.
“The team at Porsche of Towson is ecstatic to offer three extremely fortunate enthusiasts the opportunity to truly experience the American Le Mans Series at the Grand Prix of Baltimore,” said Steve Postol, sales manager. “As automotive enthusiasts ourselves, we know this will be an event not soon forgotten for the winners and their guests. It is our privilege to be a part of Team Baltimore Racing and the Grand Prix of Baltimore.”
In addition to sponsoring the team’s No. 66 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racecar, Porsche of Towson will also provide a Porsche Cayenne as a tow vehicle for the team’s show car, which will be taken around Baltimore throughout August, including Fort McHenry and M&T Bank Stadium for a Ravens preseason game. The show car is wrapped in a stars-and-stripes design to commemorate the 200th anniversary of The Star Spangled Banner, which was written in Baltimore after Francis Scott Key watched the attack on Fort McHenry. The show car itself was once a winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona race.
“It’s a Porsche pulling a Porsche, and it really personifies the brand,” said Team Baltimore Racing co-founder Kieffer Rittenhouse. “Porsche of Towson saw the vision in that and really gave us the access to make it look really sweet going down the road. It’s our Porsche of Towson road show, which is cool.”
Bunting and Rittenhouse created Team Baltimore Racing to have the opportunity to race legally in their hometown and put a positive spin on the City of Baltimore.
“Our whole goal and our whole mission is to prop up the city of Baltimore and make it look like the world-class city that it’s been all these years,” said Rittenhouse. “We wanted to bring some glory back to the town and highlight the glory that goes on in the town.”
Added Bunting: “I was really proud to have the race in my hometown, and I thought it was a great thing for Baltimore, so we want to do whatever we can do to help promote it.”
Team Baltimore Racing also uses the opportunity that the racing spotlight gives them to highlight the good that people do in the community. They work with various non-profit organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America and the University of Maryland Medical Center for Pediatrics.
“Baltimore has a lot of great things and great people,” said Rittenhouse. “We try to celebrate that and bring that whole community concept in to racing, which I think is important. It’s great for our sponsors, it’s great for the brand we’re trying to create, and it’s great for our city.”
Bunting is a 2006 Rolex Series GT co-champion and recipient of the Bob Akin Award, the top honor in motorsports for amateur and/or vintage racers. The Road Racing Drivers Club gives the award annually to the driver who best exemplifies, among many other things, a history of successful racing, a high level of sportsmanship, contribution to the community, and a devotion to family and friends.
Team Baltimore Racing will be competing with the help of The Racer’s Group, which will provide the racecar that will be used on Sept. 1. Bunting will be sharing the wheel with co-driver Spencer Pumpelly, who’s won the Rolex 24 at Daytona twice and won the Grand Prix of Mosport earlier this year. Pumpelly has been racing with Bunting on and off for six years and helped Bunting win the 2006 Rolex Series GT.
“[Team Baltimore Racing is] really using the race to support some of the activities that they do off the race track, so it’s a good marketing tool for everyone involved,” said Pumpelly, who lived in Baltimore for some time. “And it’s good to help give back to the community that we know and people want to see it in.”
About Porsche of Towson: Located at 700 Kenilworth Drive, Porsche of Towson is Baltimore's only exclusive Porsche center with a staff dedicated to the Porsche brand and nothing else. They will be able to assist you with all of your Porsche needs. Porsche of Towson is part of Priority 1 Automotive Group, which includes BMW of Towson, BMW of Bel Air, MINI of Baltimore County and BMW of Rockville.
“In my opinion, they’re the top Porsche service and dealership in the Baltimore region, which goes all the way down to D.C.,” said Marc Bunting. “I’ve had a lot of experience with a lot of different dealers and a lot of the headaches people might have with a dealer, especially on the service end, but I can attest that I’ve never had any issues at Porsche of Towson. They’ve been a pleasure to work with, a pleasure to service my cars, and they’ve been a great partner for us and a great partner for the community.”