PWC: Seven classes set for Road America

PWC: Seven classes set for Road America

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PWC: Seven classes set for Road America


Ninety-seven Pirelli World Challenge drivers across the series’ seven classes are set to race June 23-26 at Road America, one of the fastest permanent road racing tracks in the world. GT and GTA drivers will race Rounds 12 and 13, while GT Cup and GTS pilots race in Rounds 11 and 12. TC, TCA and TCB drivers will race Rounds 7 and 8. The Pirelli World Challenge Road America Grand Prix presented by Cadillac marks the 16th appearance for the series at the 14-turn, 4.048-mile road course.

GT: Parente Leads Long, O’Connell and Cooper heading to Elkhart Lake 

With back-to-back wins at Lime Rock Park, Alvaro Parente moved into the lead in the GT driver’s championship standings with 995 points in the No. 9 K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S. K-PAX Racing also brings two McLaren 650S GT3s or McLaren GT Academy driver and 2015 GT Cup driver’s champion Colin Thompson, and young up-and-comer Austin Cindric. Thompson dominated in GT Cup last year, winning 13 of 18 class races, and will pilot the No. 13 K-PAX Racing machine. Cindric has raced in a number of series previously, including Mazda’s Road to Indy’s USF2000 series and the Global Rally Cross Championship, and will pilot the No. 6 K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S.

After an up-and-down start to the 2016 season, Porsche Factory driver Patrick Long, the former PWC 2011 GT driver’s champion, comes into the Road America weekend second in GT driver’s points with 931. Long finished in second place in Round 11 at Lime Rock Park and scored back-to-back victories back in May at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Long will pilot the No. 58 Porsche 911 GT3 R for Wright Motorsports. He also looks to help Porsche repeat as GT manufacturer’s champions in 2016. Porsche comes into the weekend leading McLaren 87-80.

Four-time and defending 2015 GT driver’s champion Johnny O’Connell sits third in the championship heading into the weekend with 887 points. The Cadillac factory driver will pilot the No. 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac ATS-V.R GT3. O’Connell’s teammate Michael Cooper, the 2015 GTS Driver’s Champion, comes into the weekend fourth overall with 867 points. Cooper will drive the Cadillac Racing No. 8 ATS-V.R GT3.

Michael Lewis, in the No. 98 Calvert Dynamics/Curb-Agajanian/Phoenix
Performance/Brett King Designs/Boys Republic Porsche 911 GT3R. returns to the series with a new team after his previous team, EFFORT Racing, announced a hiatus from competition in 2016.

GTA: Fuentes continues to lead class championship; Schein, Montecalvo look to close gap

Martin Fuentes set a series record to open the season with seven straight wins, and he scored his eighth win of the season in Round 11 at Lime Rock Park. He comes into Road America leading the GTA driver’s championship with 1174 points and will pilot the No. 07 Hublot, Under Armour Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia.

Despite a tough start to the season, the 2015 GTA driver’s champion Frankie Montecalvo sits second with 798 points and will pilot the No. 66 DIME Racing Mercedes AMG SLS GT3. Montecalvo put together a dominating second half of 2015,winning seven of the final nine races, including back-to-back wins last year at Road America, and has shown signs in the last couple of race weekends that he could start to challenge Fuentes throughout the remainder of the year.

Michael Schein, in the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, has been on a charge to close the gap to both Fuentes and Montecalvo. He scored his third win of the season at Lime Rock and sits third overall with 774 points.

Rounding out the six-car GTA field is Drew Regitz in the No. 19 Stephen Cameron Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3, Walt Bowlin, in the No. 23 M1 GT Racing Audi R8 GT3, and Andy Wilzoch, in the No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R.

 GT Cup: Udell and Urry deadlocked 

Alec Udell, piloting the No. 19 GMG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup continued to pad his growing list of positive series statistics, winning Round 10 at Lime Rock, while finishing second in Round 9. He sits in a tie for the lead in the GT Cup driver’s championship with 1054 points with another young emerging driver, Sloan Urry, who won Round 9 in the No. 20 Security National Mortgage/Avasis TruSpeed Autosport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

Corey Fergus, the 2015 TC Driver’s Champion, has moved up into the class and will pilot the No. 00 Byers Porsche, US LED, Motul Motorsports Promotions machine. Fergus had an impressive 2015 campaign, scoring three TC wins and 13 top 5 finishes. He sits fourth in class driver’s championship points. Preston Calvert returns in the No. 77 Calvert Dynamics Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Calvert sits third in the GT Cup standings.

Alex Welch, in the No. 08 GMG/Red Beard Racing/Morgan Adams Foundation/Torque Branding Porsche 911 GT3 Cup rounds out the GT Cup field entered for Road America.

GTS: Aschenbach amassing wins

The GTS class has featured some of the best wheel-to-wheel competition seen in racing in recent years. And 2016 has been no different,with five different drivers piloting machinery from four different manufacturers scoring GTS race wins thus far this season.

With defending GTS driver’s champion Cooper moving up to GT, four-time series and two-time GTS champion Lawson Aschenbach has returned to pilot the No. 10 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Z28. Aschenbach started off the season with a win at Circut of The Americas in Round 1, and has since been victorious in Round 7 at CTMP and Round 9 at Lime Rock Park. He leads the class championship heading into the weekend with 884 points.

Fifteen-year-old Rookie Parker Chase pilots the team’s No. 19 Ginetta GT4 and has had an impressive season thus far – he sits third overall in the championship, 54 points behind Aschenbach. Parker equaled his best PWC finish in Round 6 at Barber with a second in Round 8 at CTMP. He will look to score his first PWC career series win this coming weekend.

Jack Roush Jr. in the No. 60 ROUSH Road Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302, and 16-year-old phenom Nate Stacy in the No. 14 Rehagen Racing/Stacy Racing machine team up to lead the Ford charge. Roush won back-to-back races at St. Petersburg and comes into the weekend fifth. Stacy has had a good start to the 2016 season finishing second in Round 1, fourth in Round 2 and third in Round 8 at CTMP and comes into the weekend fourth with 738 points. Roush and Stacy as well look to help Ford win its second consecutive GTS manufacturer’s championship in 2016 – coming into the weekend Ford sits five points behind Chevrolet.

TC: Grahovec leads class heading to Road America 

With 2015 class champion Fergus moving up to GT Cup, a new champion will be crowned in 2016 from a very talented field of racers entered in TC this season.

Toby Grahovec in the No. 26 Classic BMW Motorsports BMW M235iR comes into the weekend first in the driver’s championship with 584 points after scoring wins in Round 2 at COTA, and Round 4 at CTMP. Grahovec has yet to finish outside of the top five in six races this year.

Montreal’s Nick Wittmer will drive the No. 91 Honda Ste-Rose Racing Honda Accord. Wittmer won Round 3 at CTMP and Round 5 at Lime Rock Park and sits second in the championship with 495 points.

Anthony Geraci, in the No. 69 S.A.C. Racing/European Granite & Marble Group, Inc. Mazda MX-5 recorded his first career Pirelli World Challenge win at Lime Rock in Round 6 and sits third with 448 points.

TCA: Goulart leads talented TCA field

Elivan Goulart, in the No. 70 S.A.C. Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup, has had a dominating 2016 season thus far winning five of six TCA races and he leads the TCA driver’s championship heading into the weekend with 669 points.

Eric Powell, in the No. 23 Tech Sport Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup, enters the weekend second in the driver’s championship with 467 points after scoring two seconds at Lime Rock. Powell teams with Kevin Anderson, in the No. 22 Tech Sport Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup, who comes into the weekend fourth with 381 points.

Matthew Fassnacht will pilot the No. 74 S.A.C. Racing/Equity Residence Mazda MX-5 Cup and sits third with 451 points coming into the weekend.

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