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Al Holbert Cup to be Presented to Series’ Pro Champion

Championship-winning trophy to honor Porsche legend, motorsports pioneer Al Holbert…

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The championship-winning trophy for the Porsche Carrera Cup North America presented by the Cayman Islands will honor Porsche legend and North American motorsports pioneer Al Holbert.

The Al Holbert Cup has been created in recognition of Holbert’s commitment, inspiration and leadership in the formation and organization of Porsche motorsports in North America.

The silver cup carrying his name has been crafted as a “timeless and traditional” trophy to commemorate each Pro class champion of single-make series starting with this year’s inaugural season.

The Al Holbert Cup will be engraved each year with the champion’s name and year of the championship, with the original cup set to be on display at Porsche Motorsport North America’s headquarters in Carson, Calif.

A replica trophy will be presented to the champion each year.

“You only have one chance to do something the first time, so do it right,” said series manager Brian Blocker.

“With the creation of the Porsche Carrera Cup North America presented by the Cayman Islands, we have the opportunity to mark the championship as the significant milestone in Porsche Motorsport history that it is.

“We want to recognize the champion not only in the present but into the future.

“The choice for the naming of the trophy was obvious, one of the people most associated with Porsche motorsports in North America: Al Holbert.

“We are where we are today in large part through the groundwork of the Holberts.

“We are honored that Todd and the entire Holbert family approved of our idea to name the trophy awarded to the Pro class champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup North America the Al Holbert Cup.

“The Holbert family continues to have a lasting legacy and we are privileged to recognize that with our premier one-make championship trophy.”

Todd Holbert, son of the late Al Holbert added: “The Holbert name has been tied to Porsche for over 60 years, from one of the earliest Porsche dealers in the U.S., to the early days of PMNA.

“That dealer connection gave a certain perspective through Al’s whole career. Having come up through the SCCA [in a Porsche 914/6], before moving up into ‘Pro’ racing in Trans Am with a Porsche 911 RSR, Dad understood the importance of a place to learn the skills as a driver.

“Later, pushing the Porsche transaxle cars in grassroots programs during the late ’70s and through the ’80s while campaigning the world-beating 962. He also understood the importance of Porsche’s presence in the motorsports ladder and the relationship that Porsche dealers could have with motorsports.

“I believe the Porsche Carrera Cup North America is a superb embodiment of all that history, and the Holbert Family is proud to continue to be associated with the Porsche marque.”

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