Ahead of the Pirelli World Challenge’s SprintX championship kicking off this weekend at Virginia International Raceway, CRP Racing has signed Canadian racer Daniel Morad to join Ryan Dalziel in its No. 2 Devilbiss Mercedes AMG GT3. As a five-race championship within the existing 2017 calendar, the SprintX format will expand both races in the events from 50 to 60 minutes, requiring each driver to complete no more than 35 minutes of racing.
The 27-year-old Canadian’s 10 year racing resume a championship title in the Formula BMW USA Championship, setting a record of six race wins in one season. In 2015, Morad finished second in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada. The following year, he returned to the series to clinch the championship, earning four wins. Morad closed out 2016 with another championship title, winning the inaugural season of the IMSA Porsche GT3 North American Cup.
His 2017 season also got off to a great start, with a GTD class win at the Rolex 24 at Daytona with Alegra Motorsports.
“I am really happy to join CRP for the 2017 SprintX Championship,” said Morad, whose first laps in the CRP Mercedes AMG GT3 will come on Wednesday at the promoter test day at VIR. “There were a lot of top drivers in the mix for the seat, so it is a real honor to have been chosen to pursue this exciting challenge. The past 12 months have been career changing, and I really appreciate the opportunity from Nick Short and the whole team.”
Morad will join fulltime driver Dalziel, who has scored two second-place finishes at the 3.27-mile, 17-turn road course in Alton, Va.
“I’m really looking forward to Virginia International Raceway,” said Dalziel. “I haven’t been there since the resurfacing, but we’ve heard it is perfect now. I am excited about the first SprintX race of this season, and hoping Daniel and I can get a win.”
The two will be up against strong competition in the already highly competitive series, as the SprintX events have attracted professional drivers from around the world.
Competitors will have just under four and a half hours of testing and practice before Saturday’s qualifying session. The current driver rankings hold Dalziel at a Gold, and Morad as a Silver, meaning their Pro/Pro lineup will not require a minimum amount of time spent in pit lane during the mandatory pit stop. Both drivers will have to complete a minimum of 25 minutes of racing, but no more than 35 minutes.