Rennsport Reunion is a gathering which salutes the icons who’ve made Porsche synonymous with motorsports triumph, and with the highly anticipated event arriving to the iconic WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca at the end of September, the countdown for the event continues. With Rennsport Reunion 7 just around the corner, Porsche honors the illustrious careers of this week’s showcased drivers: Sascha Maassen, Jochen Mass, David Murry, and Seth Neiman. Each of these drivers has left an indelible mark on Porsche’s racing legacy and its 75-year history.
German stalwart Sascha Maassen graduated from karts to national open-wheel racing and finally to touring cars by 1995. But it was Porsche that truly put him on the motorsports map. Winning the GT class at the Petit Le Mans in North America and accumulating multiple class wins at prestigious events like Sebring underlines his expertise and synergy with Porsche. What’s equally fascinating is Maassen’s role today in shaping the future, as he contributes to the Porsche Junior Program, mentoring the next generation of Porsche drivers.
Then there’s Jochen Mass. A name that resonates with both Formula 1 and Porsche, Mass’s career epitomizes versatility. He transitioned from F1 to dominate the European Touring Car Championship and the World Sportscar Championship, most notably in the 956 and 962, Porsche’s groundbreaking prototypes in Group C. With a Le Mans win for Sauber Mercedes under his belt, Mass’s legacy extends beyond Porsche, yet his impact on the brand is undeniable.
From the South comes David Murry, who swapped the single-seater arena for sports car racing with Lotus before making a big splash with Porsche. Murry’s résumé boasts podiums at Le Mans and multiple stints at the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Post-retirement, Murry hasn’t distanced himself from the sport; he runs a track-day business and continues to work as a Race Advisor for the Porsche Club of America.
Last but not least, is Seth Neiman. A tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist who traded Silicon Valley boardrooms for the adrenaline rush of racing circuits, Neiman founded Flying Lizard Motorsports, turning his private passion into a team success. Winning six driver and team championships with 997-generation Porsche 911 GT3 race cars, his team has enriched Porsche’s motorsports narrative in its own unique way.
These drivers exemplify the heart and soul of Porsche racing, their individual stories weaving the larger-than-life tapestry that Rennsport Reunion celebrates. Whether it’s the meticulous skill of Maassen, the versatility of Mass, the consistency of Murry, or the entrepreneurial flair of Neiman, they all share a common thread: an unyielding commitment to excellence, a pursuit that Porsche itself embodies in the world of motorsports. Their stories serve as both an inspiration and a testament to the unquenchable spirit that is Rennsport Reunion.