The 944 Cup is a grassroots motorsports road racing racing series situated dedicated to the front engine watercooled Porsche 944. The race series was created as a standalone series in 2002 and continues to be operated as such within numerous sanctioning bodies. The series was founded by the current National Director, Dave Derecola, and his son Chris Derecola, who continue to own and oeprate the series. The series currently operates primarily within the Porsche Club of America under the direction of the National Director.
Racing under the 944 Cup ruleset is possible in four different chapters and a National runoff event each year. The following are the only currently recognized official chapters of the 944 Cup National Series.
In addition to providing for Regional Championships, the series held its inaugural National Championship in September 2006 and a subsequent one in every year following it. The yearly events invites all 944 Cup racers to compete on the same track over the course of 2–3 days to crown a National Champion.
Pirelli World Challenge offers a full race season of free entries to the winner of the 944 Cup Nationals for each of the two 944 Cup classes. Pirelli World Challenge also offers a half season of free entries for second place, and one free entry for third place. All totaled the package is valued up to $90,000 in prizes for the National Championship. More importantly, this offer provides drivers the chance to progress to the next level of competition with a head start on the financial resources needed in the pro ranks.
The series includes 2 classes: Cup and Super Cup for the front-engine water cooled Porsches including the various models of the 924S,944,944S,944S2,951,951T,and the 968. The Cup Class is designed for normally aspirated eight (8) valve front engine Porsches, with the exception of the turbo powered 2.0L model (931). The Super Cup Class is designed primarily for higher horsepower cars such as the sixteen (16) valve normally aspirated and turbo equipped front engine Porsches.
For each Class, allowed modifications for each category of car and corresponding minimum weights are described in detail in the rules with a link provided below. The 944 Cup rules also include by rule all PCA SP1, SP2, SP3, B, C , E and F class front engine Porsches, SCCA ITS 944's, and all NASA 944 Specs cars are also eligible, along with many NASA GTS1 and GTS2 cars.
Most front engine Porsches racing in PCA, SCCA and NASA are eligible. No 944 Cup membership or annual dues are required to race in the series. A current race compeition license is required from PCA, SCCA or NASA.