The Porsche Junior Motorsport Program is accepting open applications from around the globe. If you happen to know any talented drivers born from 1994 to early 1998, or happen to be one yourself, info is at the Porsche Junior web page.
The Porsche Junior program has been around since 1997, and has produced some of the most notable names in the Porsche GT works phone book – and in GT racing at large. UK website The Checkered Flag reports that the only big requirement beside birthdate is that applicants cannot have previously run in a full season of the Porsche Carrera Cup, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, or any higher Porsche GT series. Accepted applicants will be subjected to a two-stage selection process, encompassing physical fitness and endurance, as well as showing raw driving talent in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.
After that weeding-out process, Porsche Junior drivers will be enrolled in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, and given training and media coaching, sponsorship obligations, and €150,000 from the factory. If a Porsche Junior driver makes it through that, participation in the Porsche Mobil One Supercup comes next. At the end, many Porsche Junior drivers are granted a GT works contract.
Some truly great names from contemporary motorsport were produced by the Porsche Junior program, including Timo Bernhard, Marc Lieb, and Earl Bamber of LMP1 fame in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Patrick Long and Michael Christensen are also notable alumni.