After finishing third overall in Pirelli World Challenge’s TCR class in its inaugural season, FCP Euro will vie for the re-branded TC America Championship in 2019. The team will bring back their 2018 Volkswagen GTI TCRs with Michael Hurczyn and 2018 TCR class Rookie of the Year Nate Vincent behind the wheel in their second season of professional touring car racing.
The 2019 Championship will be split into two classes; the first being a full global-spec TCR class for cars with sequential gearboxes, and the second a TCR Cup solely for the Audi’s and VW’s running DSG gearboxes. After not being able to close the gap to the Hyundai i30N TCRs and Honda Civic Type R TCRs, FCP Euro has elected to upgrade their VWs to full TCR spec and run sequential gearboxes.
“We think we have the team and the talent to run up front, we simply didn’t have the car last year,” Vincent said.
Hurczyn added, “The TCR Cup is necessary because the gap to the cars with sequential gearboxes is just too vast, but we want to compete at the front and show that we can fight for overall wins.”
FCP Euro CEO Scott Drozd is also excited to see what 2019 will bring.
“In 2018, we kicked off our first year of professional motorsports, grew really strong relationships with our partners LIQUI MOLY, 034Motorsport, and Sachs Performance, and we grew our e-commerce business by over 50% year-over-year in revenue. In typical FCP Euro fashion, our plan for 2019 is already shaping up to be even stronger.”
To compete at the top level takes a great team. FCP Euro will again be supported by Heinlein Racing Development to ensure the cars are prepared to the highest standards. In addition to LIQUI MOLY and 034Motorsport, FCP Euro has added new big names to the marketing partnership roster; Corteco as a Premier Partner, Bosch Automotive Aftermarket, Akebono, and ZF Aftermarket.