Contrary to what you might think, Porsche never actually built tractors. Company founder Ferdinand Porsche designed tractors before World War II, but when they finally went into production in the early 1950s, they were built under license by various companies. But, that's good enough for these workhorses to gain entry to later this month. And yep, they're going racing.
The folks at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca , claiming this is the first official race for Porsche tractors. Somehow, we don't have a hard time believing that.
The tractors will race on Saturday the 29th and Sunday the 30th, and an interesting format will be employed. There'll be a Le Mans-start, where drivers will have to run across the track and get their machines going en route to turn five, where the races will end. Why not run the full track? The organizers at Laguna expect the tractors to take around 15 minutes to get to turn five, and trying to manage the steep Corkscrew would likely be too dangerous.
Drivers will consist of celebrities and famous Porsche racers who have yet to be announced. It should be a heated, if very slow competition.
Owners of Porsche tractors seeking an entry are encouraged to. We can't wait to see how this race goes down. Slowly, we presume.