Black Swan Racing announced it will expand to a two-car entry for the upcoming Long Beach round of the Pirelli World Challenge While Tim Pappas will return to the downtown circuit in his No. 54 Porsche 911 GT3 R, the team will also field a Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport in the newly-announced GTS-invitational class, driven by seven-time American Motorcycle Association (AMA) champion and IndyCar race winner Jeff Ward.
“It’s great to return to action at Long Beach, especially being joined by a legend like Jeff Ward,” said Black Swan Racing team owner and driver Tim Pappas. “I grew up as an avid dirt biker, and Jeff was always ‘the guy’ for any kid who looked up to motocross racing, so to have him join our group is something we’re all looking forward to. The event at Long Beach is unlike any other we go to, and we’re thrilled to add it to our global roster of events this year. While our GT3 R program is a proven one, it’s great to finally put our Cayman GT4 Clubsport to work, and with a guy like Jeff behind the wheel we know it’s in good hands.”
A five-time AMA Motocross champion, two-time AMA Supercross champion, IndyCar race winner, Indy 500 runner-up and even a two-time X-Games winner, Ward will make his sports car debut on April 15 at one of the most storied events in road racing.
“I’m very excited to take to the streets of Long Beach,” said Ward. “Street racing is unlike anything else in motorsports, and the nature of the Pirelli World Challenge and their sprint racing format means you have to be instantly on the pace and willing to race hard. It’s an opportunity I’ve really been looking forward to, and I couldn’t be more appreciative of everyone at Black Swan Racing and Porsche Motorsport North America for making the opportunity possible.”
The effort will mark the next step in Black Swan Racing’s 2018 adventures, part of a globe-hopping adventure that will see the team run all four rounds of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, as well as the Pirelli World Challenge SprintX championship. This will mark the third year for the team and their Porsche 911 GT3 R program, which began with a runner-up finish at the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona.
With two entries in two separate classes, the effort has not gone unnoticed by Daniel Armbruster, the President and CEO of Porsche Motorsport North America.