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You must remember last week's article in which we talked about MINI's USA president, Jim McDowell challenging Porsche to a race at Road Atlanta.

Well the duel will not happen anymore as Porsche's North America President and CEO, Detlev Von Platen released a letter saying Porsche refuses to bring the 911 Carrera S to take on the MINI Cooper S.

We have to agree that Detlev has turned McDowell's PR game on its head saying "While your challenge seems like a fun and lighthearted campaign, we'll stick to racing the way we have over the decades. We welcome you at Sebring, Le Mans, Daytona or any other sanctioned race where there ismore at stake than T-shirts and valet parking spaces. "

Porsche refuses to race MINI Cooper S

Porsche press release :

Dear Jim,

Imagine our surprise to discover our former employee, now the head of Mini, has challenged us to a head-to-head race. As you surely know, Porsche has a long history of racing success, with more than 28,000 wins over the last 60 years. In our early days, we pitted ourselves against the giants, so we've been in your shoes.

But as you also know, Porsche doesn't race for fame, stunts or publicity. We race to challenge ourselves; we race to push sports car technology; we race to translate every win on the track to our cars on the road. If you need a reminder of our intent, please

take a look at this short video: http://tinyurl.com/37xdjqx

While your challenge seems like a fun and lighthearted campaign, we'll stick to racing the way we have over the decades. We welcome you at Sebring, Le Mans, Daytona or any other sanctioned race where there is more at stake than T-shirts and valet parking spaces. We also invite you to any of the thousands of tracks around the world where Porsche owners compete each weekend.

Good luck with your race at Road Atlanta on June 21; we hope you enjoy the day.

Sincerely,

Detlev Von Platen President and CEO, Porsche Cars North America

Porsche's 'Racing. Not posing' video :

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