Peter Cunningham’s RealTime Racing outfit will represent Honda for its 32nd year as the veteran Pirelli World Challenge team returns to the touring car ranks.
RTR driver Ryan Eversley will pilot the No. 43 Honda Civic Type R as the team shifts to TCR after years of spearheading Acura’s efforts in PWC’s GT category with NSX and TLX machinery.
“RealTime has long history of success in Touring Car, so we are looking forward to joining what looks to be serious competition as the TCR cars go head-to-head in America for the first time this season,”Cunningham said. “After developing and racing the Acura NSX GT3, we had hoped to continue with a customer program in GT, but when the opportunity with the Honda Civic Type R presented itself, the move made sense. We are very happy to join the fray of this growing worldwide category.”
Eversley looks forward to writing a new chapter with RTR thanks to the launch of Honda’s new TCR customer car.
“I’m very happy to continue my relationship with RealTime Racing and Honda Performance Development,” he said. “If you look at RealTime’s history, they’ve had tremendous success with front-wheel drive touring cars, so being able to race one for them is what I’ve dreamed about when I started out as a racecar driver. It’s very exciting.”
The Wisconsin-based team became PWC’s defining entrant while earning 14 Drivers’ championships spanning three decades. Most were earned in the touring car classes, where Cunningham hopes to expand his stable of Honda Civic Type R TCRs.
“We’re actively speaking with drivers and their sponsors to join Ryan as teammates in a second and possibly a third TCR entry,” he said. “We’ve kept our complete team intact after the NSX GT3 program, so we’re ready to run multiple cars with the same winning people.”
RTR is also working on staying in the GT category with a privateer effort.
“And there’s been a lot of talks to keep running an Acura NSX GT3 in an independent,” Cunningham added. “That’s been close to happening more than once, and we’ll keep working on it until we have a conclusive direction.”
The PWC season opened last weekend at St. Petersburg with its GT classes. TCR and TC cars make their debut on March 23-25 at Circuit of The Americas.