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Justin Wetherill Earns First Victory in Nashville, Robb Holland Completes Sweep in Race 2

  • Wetherill, Ferrari win in SRO3—a weekend sweep for the Triarsi Competizione team
  • Robb Holland, Porsche, Rotek Racing sweep GT4
  • Provisional Results

Nashville, Tennessee - GT America powered by AWS finished off the Music City Grand Prix weekend in front of packed stands and under overcast skies. Ambient temperatures and humidity were quite a bit higher than Saturday’s twilight run, making for vastly different conditions to race through. This put cars’ cooling systems, and their drivers, to the test. Nevertheless, this was 40 minutes of non-stop, all-green sports car racing at its finest.

SRO3

A pre-race mechanical issue for Jason Harward (#88 Zelus Motorsports Lamborghini Huracan GT3) wasn’t resolved before the green flag dropped, which unfortunately brought the Lamborghini in before the start. When the green flag did fly, Onofrio Triarsi repeated his Saturday form and drove off into the Tennessee humidity, leaving the rest of the field to battle hard for the other two podium spots. 

The tight battle between Justin Wetherill (#37 Triarsi Competizione Ferrari 488 GT3) and Jason Daskalos (#27 Daskalos Motorsports Audi R8 LMS) continued from Race 1. This time, Wetherill was able to drive away from Daskalos, bringing him up to his teammate Triarsi’s bumper. This was a friendly scrap between teammates as rule number one of racing is don’t crash your teammate. Just before the halfway point, Wetherill slipped past Triarsi under braking, held onto it, and drove home to the overall win. This was Wetherill’s first career win in GT America, and moved him up to third in points with six races remaining. 

“It’s just about being consistent over time,” Wetherill said when asked what it took to win. “Fortunately, we were at a little bit of a gap and it allowed me to push a little bit harder. We came here dreaming of a one-two finish, and for this to happen two days in a row is incredible. The cars are great, the team is great, it’s been an incredible blessing.”

Despite not having the perfect weekend sweep, Triarsi still grabbed the CrowdStrike Fastest Lap after laying down a blazing 1:29.170.

Mirco Schultis (#70 Mishumotors Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R) made his way to a third place finish after battling through the field from eighth, giving him his first podium of the season and the win in the Masters category.

In fourth, behind the Corvette master was SRO3 championship leader and 2022 TotalEnergies Spa 24 Hour class winner George Kurtz (#04 CrowdStrike with Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3)

Kurtz had dropped to as low as seventh, and the battle between Kurtz, Schultis, Daskalos, and David Askew (#63 DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3) was fierce but clean.  Daskalos lost a little speed late in the race due to minor damage while lapping a GT4 car, but held on for fifth and maintained his second place in the championship behind Kurtz.

GT4

The race started out with plenty of drama in GT4, as new GT4 points leader Ross Chouest (#50 Chouest Provoledo Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4) made contact with the wall on the opening lap. The course didn’t see a full-course yellow, but it did extinguish the Aston Martin driver’s chances at maintaining that points lead. Elsewhere throughout the field, a lot of entertaining and clean passes went down, which proves this is one of the most professional paddocks in GT racing.

After winning on Saturday night, Robb Holland (#99 Rotek Racing Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport) was able to drive away from the pack and develop a healthy lead, easily securing another first-place finish and a brilliant weekend sweep. The win moved Holland up to third in the championship.

While this was a 40-minute sprint race, the intense heat and humidity was visually apparent when the drivers climbed from their cars post-race.  Fitness counts here.

“The guys at Rotek Racing just did an epic job,” Holland said. “We’re running two different cars this weekend, two different manufacturers—the guys have got them completely dialed. It was one of those things where everyone’s been doing 100 percent, and that’s where the team effort comes in.”

The battle for second raged between Edgar Lau (#124 ARG/Rotek Racing Ford Mustang GT4), Chris Cagnazzi (#39 Cameron Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4), and Jason Bell (#2 GMG Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4). This was an epic American vs. German vs English manufacturer race. Cagnazzi was particularly aggressive and his car showed a few scars in the post-race weigh-in. This battle for the podium allowed Holland to keep a comfortable lead over the field. 

At the half-way point it was Bell, Lau, and Cagnazzi. With ten minutes left it changed to Bell, Cagnazzi, and Lau. In a fantastic heavy braking maneuver, with just five minutes remaining, Cagnazzi got past Bell and into a solid second position, which he held to the checkered. Lau ended up in fourth, just one spot shy of his Saturday night podium finish.

Bell remarked in the post-race press conference that his alignment was off, that he was thinking championship points, and knew the risks of fighting hard for second. Bell retook the points lead with his third place finish. 

One of the most significant fights during the race’s short 40-minute duration was between two 718 Porsche Caymans: Adam Adelson (#120 Premier Racing Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport) and Andy Pilgrim (#3 Regal Motorsports LLC/Bartone Bros Porsche Cayman GT4 CLUBSPORT-MR). Talk about a solid lesson (but not a crash course, pun intended) in sports car racing: if you can hold off attacks from a legend like Pilgrim, you’ve certainly got a future in this business.

The action continues later this month at Road America, August 19-21.

The weekend schedule, live timing and scoring, and session reports are available at gtamerica.us. Check out race live streams for free on YouTube at GT World. Finally, get up-to-the minute info on the GT America powered by AWS social channels on Facebook at @srogtamerica, Instagram at @gt_america and Twitter at @gt_america_.

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SRO Motorsports Group – The global leader in GT racing

With three decades’ experience at the forefront of a continuously evolving industry, SRO Motorsports Group is the established global leader in GT racing. A busy 2022 season will see events staged under the SRO banner on five continents, highlighted by the prestigious TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa. 

The company's expanding portfolio of series includes Fanatec GT World Challenge Powered by AWS categories in America, Asia, Australia and Europe. Each retains its unique identity, while also allowing competing manufacturers to dispute a global title through their continental representatives. 

Staged since 2016, the flagship Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli sees world-leading automotive brands tackle marquee events across the globe. Considerable emphasis is placed on amateur competitors thanks to a range of series combining a relaxed environment with highly professional standards, while SRO also works with the FIA to organise and promote the FIA Motorsport Games, a multi-disciplinary event in which drivers compete in the colours of their national flag. 

A wide variety of international and domestic categories catering for GT2, GT3, GT4 and touring car machinery add further strength to the extensive on-track programme, while the burgeoning sim racing scene has taken on considerable importance in recent years. This includes the ground-breaking Fanatec Esports GT Pro Series, where professional drivers compete virtually to score points towards the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS teams' championship, as well as online competitions for leading sim racers. 

In addition to promotion and organisation, the company operates the SRO Race Centre by MMC service facility at Circuit Paul Ricard, and provides the ultimate driving opportunities at world-renowned venues through Curbstone Track Events. Combining a passion for performance with industry-leading experience, SRO continues to play a key role in shaping the future of global GT racing.

Onofrio Triarsi Wins SRO3, Robb Holland Wins GT4 in Race 1 at Nashville

  • Triarsi, Ferrari claims the in in SRO3
  • GT4 sees Holland, Porsche at the top of the podium
  • 40 minutes of near-non-stop action under a beautiful Tennessee sunset
  • Provisional Results

Nashville, Tennessee - GT America powered by AWS got down to business during Race 1 at Nashville’s Music City Grand Prix. The field only saw one brief full-course yellow flag due to a GT4 car making light contact with the wall, otherwise it was an action-packed 40 minutes under a gorgeous Tennessee sunset. The series was also a real crowd pleaser, as the many spectators in attendance got a brilliant show of what makes sports car sprint racing so incredibly entertaining.  The local enthusiasm continued with a large crowd for the podium festivities which included two new 2022 winners.

SRO3

After leading both practice sessions and earning the pole position, Onofrio Triarsi took off in his #23 Triarsi Competizione Ferrari 488 GT3 and never looked back, leading flag-to-flag. Triarsi quickly carved out a five second lead over the rest of the field, which even after a brief yellow flag halfway through, only dropped to 3.5 seconds before the checkered flag. Not bad at all for his debut weekend with the series.

“I definitely didn’t stop pushing out there,” Triarsi said. “It was exciting from the start to have a one-two lockout on the front row, and the team did an amazing job. My teammate did a fantastic job keeping up with the pace and setting new laps for himself, and it was great just managing the traffic and staying safe out there—we got a great result.”

Though, the rest of the field had a bit of a harder time through Nashville’s technical tarmac.

Triarsi’s teammate Justin Wetherill (#37 Triarsi Competizione Ferrari 488 GT3) spent the race’s entire duration battling closely with Jason Daskalos (#27 Daskalos Motorsports Audi R8 LMS). Wetherill had the top-end speed in the straights, but Daskalos had the brakes and handling to quickly close in on him. The two traded positions multiple times throughout the race, including an expert move in traffic by Daskalos to quickly grab second, but ultimately Wetherill was able to hang on by the skin of his teeth and take P2.

Further back in the field, the battle was on for fourth place as George Kurtz (#04 CrowdStrike with Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3), Scott Smithson (#08 DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3), and Jason Harward (#88 Zelus Motorsports Lamborghini Huracan GT3) engaged in some fierce door-to-door action. 

Having started in sixth, this might be the first time in the 2022 GT America season that Kurtz has been outside of the top three. Though, after four wins in a row, plus a class win in the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa last weekend, the Mercedes-AMG driver is no stranger to the podium, and he’s still very much on top with a comfortable lead in season points.

When the checkered waved, it was Triarsi, Wetherill, Daskalos, Kurtz, Smithson, and Askew across the line. Harward had a minor off at the end but was able to scramble back into line before Mirco Shultis (#70 Mishumotors Corvette Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R) and Kyle Washington (#032 GMG Racing Porsche 911 GT3-R (991.ii)) put him at the back of the field.

In addition to his SRO3 win, Onofrio Triarsi grabbed the CrowdStrike Fastest Lap with a 1:29.057 making for a perfect score for the weekend so far.  Will anyone be able to challenge him on Sunday?

GT4

The GT4 field was much closer than SRO3 making for some truly nail-biting moments. Pole sitter and 2021 Nashville podium finisher Robb Holland led the pack across the starting line in his #99 Rotek Racing Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport and maintained his P1 spot for the entire race.

“We got this car right before St. Pete without any real time to develop and test the car,” Holland said. “The guys have been working hard at Rotek Racing, we’ve had our partners Hella, Pagid, and Motul with us the whole way, and it’s really been a whole team effort. We got two cars on the podium—two different manufacturers, two cars on the podium from Rotek Racing—I’m over the moon!”

His teammate Edgar Lau (#124 ARG/Rotek Racing Ford Mustang GT4) had a tougher time for sure, as he had his hands full all-race-long battling with Ross Chouest (#50 Chouest Provoledo Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4). Unfortunately, Chris Cagnazzi wasn’t able to utilize his qualifying position and instead started from the pits in his #39 Cameron Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4.

When the checkered flag dropped, It was Holland across the line first, followed by Chouest and  Lau. The second place finish by Chouest moved him ahead of Jason Bell (#2 GMG Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4) for the GT4 points lead.

Right behind Lau and Chouest was an excellent Aston Martin vs. Porsche scrap in the form of Jason Bell and Adam Adelson (#120 Premier Racing Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport). The two showed the many spectators in attendance what a textbook front-engine V8 vs. mid-engine flat-six street fight looks like. Bell’s no stranger to throwing down, leading the points chase into Nashville after his win at St. Pete and multiple podium finishes. Ultimately Adelson finished in fourth with Bell in fifth.

St. Pete Race 1 winner Marko Radisic (#22 SRQ Motorsports BMW M4 GT4) made his way to fourth place after starting in sixth. A late race mechanical issue unfortunately got in the way and prevented his potential podium finish.

Race 2 will take place on Sunday at 10:55 AM Central.

The weekend schedule, live timing and scoring, and session reports are available at gtamerica.us. Check out race live streams for free on YouTube at GT World

 

 

 

GOUNON, MARCIELLO AND JUNCADELLA LEAD HOME MERCEDES-AMG ONE-TWO AT TotalEnergies 24 HOURS OF SPA

> AMG Team Akkodis ASP beat GetSpeed; Iron Lynx Ferrari completes the podium
> SKY Tempesta Racing’s Hui/Froggatt/Spinelli/Cheever win Pro-Am Challenge class
> Race result |
Championship points

 

AMG Team Akkodis ASP’s Jules Gounon, Raffaele Marciello and Daniel Juncadella led home a Mercedes-AMG one-two at the 74th TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa to also claim back-to-back Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli wins at the start of 2022’s globetrotting campaign.

The manufacturer celebrated AMG’s 55th anniversary in style by winning the 24 Hours for the first time since 2013 as well as its third IGTC race in succession – a run that dates back to 2021’s finale at Kyalami. And there was a little history for Gounon, too, who became the first driver to win three IGTC rounds in a row.

#88’s trio were also the first crew to win Spa from pole since 2014 after beating GetSpeed’s fellow factory entry shared by Luca Stolz, Maxi Goetz and Steijn Schothorst by 31 seconds. A clever strategy that maximised the final stint length moved the car into contention after it had spent most of the race hovering around the top eight.

Ferrari nor Iron Lynx could follow up their thrilling 2021 triumph with another win but Antonio Fuoco, Daniel Serra and Davide Rigon still produced a strong performance – despite the drive-through penalty that harmed their victory chances – to claim the final place on the overall and IGTC podiums.

Intercontinental’s Pro-Am Challenge entries finished line astern in 26th, 27th and 28th overall but it was SKY Tempesta’s Jonathan Hui, Loris Spinelli, Chris Froggatt and Eddie Cheever who crossed the line just five seconds ahead of Inception Racing Brendan Iribe, Ollie Millroy, Seb Priaulx and Frederik Schandorff. Kenny Habul and Martin Konrad maintained their championship lead by completing the podium alongside SunEnergy1 by SPS co-drivers Philip Ellis and Dominik Baumann.


AKKODIS ASP ENDS LONG WAIT FOR VICTORY

Mercedes-AMG and the team formally known as AKKA ASP have been one of the fastest combinations at Spa in recent years but had failed to bag the victory that their potential deserved.

Not so in 2022.

There was drama before the start when Orange1 K-PAX Racing was stripped of its Super Pole times for a technical infringement. Thus Marciello started up front for the third year running but was pushed down to second by Klaus Bachler before the Porsche and Mercedes-AMG reached Eau Rouge.

The Akkodis ASP car continued to track Dinamic’s 911 before the first round of stops began around the hour mark. GetSpeed were among the first to pit, which allowed Stolz – who pitted from fourth – to attack the recently installed Come Ledogar and relieve him of the lead down the start/finish straight.

The pink Mercedes-AMG remained out front for the next two hours before another of the manufacturer’s IGTC entries, GruppeM Racing, took over the lead thanks to a short pitstop. ROWE, among others, followed suit – a decision that moved the BMW firmly into contention after running outside of the top 10 early on.

K-PAX’s Lamborghini also enjoyed a strong start despite lining up 30th as a result of its penalty. But Marco Mapelli’s joy at moving up to first in the fifth hour lasted only one lap before a puncture dropped the US team off the lead lap.

Instead, ROWE and Akkodis ASP engaged in a lead battle that, as well as initially featuring Iron Lynx and GPX Martini Racing, would remain a feature of the race thereafter.

Iron Lynx’s #71 Ferrari had the pace to make it a genuine three-way fight but dropped down the order when Davide Rigon collected a drive-through penalty for infringing under FCY conditions. 

GPX, meanwhile, retired during the night with a drivetrain issue after looking like Porsche’s best bet for victory.

Instead, Stuttgart’s hopes passed – quite unexpectedly – to KCMG, which had started 65th after failing to qualify. Nick Tandy moved up 40 places during the opening stint before Dennis Olsen and Laurens Vanthoor continued the good work.

The trio moved into contention through a combination of speed, Safety Car periods and serving their mandatory Technical Pitstop at the first opportunity, but it was Tandy passing Rigon for the lead at La Source with just under 10 hours remaining that established KCMG as genuine victory contenders.

Alternative pit strategy meant ROWE and Akkodis ASP moved ahead and then behind the Porsche over the following four hours before a lengthy Safety Car period covering barrier repairs resulted in pitstops that brought the top-10 on to the same strategy and lead lap. 

That lasted until just before the race went green when Akkodis ASP and KCMG caught ROWE napping by stopping early. But Beechdean AMR’s Aston Martin followed them in and jumped everyone by making the shorter splash and dash fuel stop.

While KCMG subsequently switched strategies and fell away from the lead fight, the scrap between Gounon and Thiim was only just warming up. The Frenchman initially lost time after being tagged into a spin by Hui but recovered and was right behind the Dane with just under three hours remaining. The Mercedes-AMG then spotted a space down the Aston’s inside heading towards Eau Rouge, jinked left and went wheel-to-wheel with Thiim who didn’t give an inch. The pair remained side-by-side heading up Raidillon until the Aston’s rear stepped out and spun through 360 degrees over the crest.

Beechdean AMR’s victory chances were dashed at a stroke while Gounon headed off in pursuit of Rigon who was ahead on the road but behind on strategy.

The Ferrari’s subsequent pitstop moved Gounon into the lead, but there was still one unexpected hurdle to clear in the shape of GetSpeed’s Mercedes-AMG that had optimised its maximum stint lengths. Raw pace ultimately trumped track position, though, when Marciello – who completed the final two hours – hunted down and passed Stolz.

The Italian reeled off the final 90 minutes, including one last pitstop, untroubled to take the chequered flag unopposed out front.

GetSpeed’s potential was only apparent late on but second place was still well deserved for a team that managed its pace almost to perfection. It also ensured that Mercedes-AMG scored its second IGTC one-two in as many races, extending its manufacturers’ championship advantage.

Fuoco’s pace over the final two hours helped Iron Lynx recover some of the ground it lost through a drive-through penalty, which lasted 72 seconds from pit in to pit out. The 488 took the chequered flag 46 seconds behind Akkodis ASP…

Mercedes-AMG came within 1.5s of sweeping the podium – a feat not achieved since Chrysler’s Vipers in 2001 – thanks to GruppeM whose combination of Maro Engel, Maxi Buhk and Mikael Grenier threatened in fits and starts. Theirs was also an IGTC entry but did not score manufacturers’ points due to the top two finishers rule. 

Neither, also, did the Walkenhorst and ROWE BMWs that completed the overall top-six. 

Instead, fourth place manufacturers’ points went to Porsche courtesy of KCMG whose 911 looked like a genuine contender three hours from the finish.

Jota’s McLaren fell into the same category as the BMWs, meaning Ferrari added fifth to its third place finish courtesy of Iron Lynx’s second entry shared by Nicklas Nielsen, Miguel Molina and James Calado who never quite joined the list of potential winners.

K-PAX will be left to wonder what might have been after their early puncture dropped Mapelli, Jordan Pepper and Andrea Caldarelli off the lead lap, and especially so given their pace thereafter. Still, 11th overall was enough to score sixth place IGTC points for Lamborghini whose second car – Emil Frey’s driven by Giacomo Altoe, Arthur Rougier and Leo Roussel – also collected points in ninth. 

The Huracans sandwiched Audi Sport’s two highest placed finishers on a day when the R8 had plenty of speed but little luck. An early puncture set back Attempto Racing’s factory entry of Ricardo Feller, Markus Winkelhock and Dennis Marschall, but with no further issues the car pressed on to finish 12th overall and seventh in IGTC. One place behind came WRT’s Silver entry that won its class and scored a handful of Intercontinental points.

Singha Racing Team TP 12’s Porsche completed the manufacturers’ points scorers in 30th overall.

Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli now heads to North America and the Indianapolis 8 Hour Presented by AWS on October 7-9.

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  Intercontinental american GT Challenge

GT America powered by AWS Heads to Central Wisconsin’s Road America

  • George Kurtz, CrowdStrike with Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG heading in with a strong points lead in SRO3
  • Points are tight at the top of GT4 among Aston Martin and Porsche drivers, with Jason Bell in the lead, and many within striking distance.
  • Just six rounds left in the 16-race season 
  • Timetable | Entry List | Tickets

Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin - GT America powered by AWS heads to America’s heartland to take on the fast and full-commitment tarmac of Road America. The 14-turn, 4.048-mile circuit has everything: elevation changes, hard braking zones, slow and fast corners, and blistering straights. With a field of 27 cars spread across SRO3, GT2, and GT4, passing for position while managing multiple class speed differences will be no easy task.

GT America is sports car sprint racing at its finest. Featuring multiple classes, no pit stops, and just 40 minutes to get it done, it's a mad dash to the finish line as international motorsports’ top manufacturers duke it out for top-podium finishes. For this fifth weekend of the 2022 season, racers will line up in grid behind the wheel of Aston Martins, Audis, BMWs, Chevrolets, Ferraris, Fords, Mercedes-AMGs, Porsches and Toyotas.  

SRO3

George Kurtz, driver of the #04 CrowdStrike with Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3, is still on top of season points with 190 after a four-race sweep between VIR and Watkins Glen. Kurtz has been on the podium in seven of the first ten races to command a 52 point lead in the championship. He showed immense pace all-weekend-long at the Glen, and managed to finish mid-pack at Nashville. His Mercedes-AMG machine should be at home on Road America’s long, high-speed straights, and perhaps require a similar strategy to Watkins Glen.

Second in points, the #27 Daskalos Racing Audi R8 LMS driven by Jason Daskalos has claimed two wins and three other podium finishes so far this season, and has 138 points after Nashville. His Audi didn’t seem to quite have the top-end pace of some of his rivals on the high-speed street course, which is quite the contrast from his performance at St. Pete and Sonoma. Perhaps Road America will be where he reclaims some of that early season pace and grabs another podium or two.

The Zelus Motorsports Lamborghini Huracan GT3 duo of Jason Harward (#88) and Jeff Burton (#191) will be strong rivals to chase down or stay ahead of in Wisconsin.  Harward has one win and three other podium finishes while Burton has three podium finishes so far, and will definitely be fiending for some podium points after Harward’s unfortunate luck at the beginning of Race 2 at Nashville, and a near-back-of-the-pack finish in Race 1.

Justin Wetherill (#37 Triarsi Competizione Ferrari 488 GT3) will be in the grid, who scored one of his two podium finishes at St. Pete, and had a picture-perfect Nashville weekend with a win in Race 2, and second place finish in Race 1. This leapfrogged him up to third in points with 115, putting him in solid contention for at least a third place finish at the end of the season. 

While his teammate Onofrio Triarsi won’t be in attendance, Wetherill won’t be the lone Ferrari out there. World Challenge veteran Andy Pilgrim has traded his Porsche keys for the #56 SKI Autosports Ferrari 458 Italia GT3. Earlier this season, Pilgrim drove the mighty prancing horse to a second place finish in Race 2 at VIR. We’re excited to see if Road America provides some exciting and aurally beautiful naturally aspirated versus turbocharged Ferrari action.

The #70 Mishumotors Callaway Corvette of Mirco Schultis has become a fan favorite this season. Earning four fourth-place finishes before Tennessee, Schultis thundered through the field during Race 2 in Music City and earned himself a solid third place finish.

In GT2, GMG Racing’s CJ Moses will pilot the #58 AUDI R8 LMS GT2. Moses is no stranger to speed, and has an excellent chance at finishing high in the overall results among the 28-car field.

GT4

The GT4 class has been hotly contested with eight different winners in the first ten races. This championship was too close to call before Nashville, now it is, wildly, even closer. Talk about sports car racing at its finest!

Jason Bell in the #2 GMG Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 has had a strong 2022 so far, with a win at St. Petersburg, plus four third-place finishes to hold onto his slight points lead with 128. The Central Floridian will be looking to buffer his points lead, as fifth and third place finishes at Nashville weren’t enough to distance himself ahead of Ross Chouest (#50 Chouest Povoledo Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMG GT4), Robb Holland (#99 Rotek Racing Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport), and Moisey Uretsky (#55 Accelerating Performance Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4). One win or at least repeat podiums at Road America would certainly be a big help.

Ross Chouest lies second in points, balancing speed with an almost perfect finishing record. Chouest started the season with three fourth-place finishes in the first four races. At the Glen, he scored a pair of runner-up finishes, whereas Nashville saw him on the second-highest podium spot on Saturday evening taking the points lead. The lead was short lived as an unfortunate impact in Race 2 at Nashville stole away a healthy amount of points. Just 12 points away from Bell, could a podium spot push him above his Aston Martin rival?

Robb Holland had a breakthrough weekend in Nashville winning both races flag-to-flag to jump to third in season points with a massive 50-point bump. The 718 Cayman pilot now sits in serious contention to finish on the top of the podium at the end of the season.

Due to missing the Nashville races, Moisey Uretsky (#55 Accelerating Performance Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4) dropped to fourth in points, totalling 80, after one win, a second place finish, and a pair of third place finishes this season. 

Adam Adelson (#120 Premier Racing Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport) sits in fifth place in season points, possessing 74 after putting on a heck of a show at Nashville. Fourth and fifth place finishes on the Music City’s tarmac might not sound immensely impressive at first, but they were well-earned after battling off Andy Pilgrim in the #3 Regal Motorsports LLC/Bartone Bros Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR. Bringing these skills to Road America could quite easily put him on the podium and move him further up in the standings.

Tickets are available now. Come witness non-stop action between SRO3, GT2, and GT4 machinery by Aston Martins, Audis, BMWs, Chevrolets, Ferraris, Fords, Mercedes-AMGs, Porsches and Toyotas race through America’s Heartland. After we head to this historic, gorgeous facility, the season will conclude at Sebring and Indianapolis. 

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SRO Motorsports Group – The global leader in GT racing

With three decades’ experience at the forefront of a continuously evolving industry, SRO Motorsports Group is the established global leader in GT racing. A busy 2022 season will see events staged under the SRO banner on five continents, highlighted by the prestigious TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa. 

The company's expanding portfolio of series includes Fanatec GT World Challenge Powered by AWS categories in America, Asia, Australia and Europe. Each retains its unique identity, while also allowing competing manufacturers to dispute a global title through their continental representatives. 

Staged since 2016, the flagship Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli sees world-leading automotive brands tackle marquee events across the globe. Considerable emphasis is placed on amateur competitors thanks to a range of series combining a relaxed environment with highly professional standards, while SRO also works with the FIA to organise and promote the FIA Motorsport Games, a multi-disciplinary event in which drivers compete in the colours of their national flag. 

A wide variety of international and domestic categories catering for GT2, GT3, GT4 and touring car machinery add further strength to the extensive on-track programme, while the burgeoning sim racing scene has taken on considerable importance in recent years. This includes the ground-breaking Fanatec Esports GT Pro Series, where professional drivers compete virtually to score points towards the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS teams' championship, as well as online competitions for leading sim racers. 

In addition to promotion and organisation, the company operates the SRO Race Centre by MMC service facility at Circuit Paul Ricard, and provides the ultimate driving opportunities at world-renowned venues through Curbstone Track Events. Combining a passion for performance with industry-leading experience, SRO continues to play a key role in shaping the future of global GT racing.

 

 

Pirelli GT4 America Teams Heading to Elkhart Lake Wisconsin 

  • RS1 seeking to extend championship points lead in Silver
  • NOLASPORT, Premier Racing, and AutoTechnic lead Pro-Am championship battle  
  • BimmerWorld seeking to extend four-race win streak in Am class
  • Entry List Timetable | Event Tickets 

Elkart Lake, Wisconsin- At 4.048 miles in length, with 14 turns, Road America is virtually the same today as it was when it was constructed in 1955. The track is revered the world over as one of the world’s finest and most challenging road courses.  It’s no wonder that the Pirelli GT4 America racers have been looking forward to this weekend.  As a bonus, the track has the reputation for the best food in motorsports.

With eight of 14 races completed, this is make or break time for those seeking championships.  For those teams who have struggled this year, this is a chance to regroup, secure late season glory, and lay the groundwork for 2023.

35 cars and 70 drivers are set for a pair of 60-minute races where pitstops can be a key strategy point.

Three Races Within GT4

Three categories race within the Pirelli GT4 America series. Silver, Pro-Am, and Am. They are differentiated by the drivers and their FIA Driver categories and pairings. Drivers are rated as Bronze - A racer in the early stages of their career, Silver - An accomplished club racer, Gold - a professional racer, and Platinum - The highest level of a professional racer, typically a factory driver.

Silver

The #18 RS1 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport of Eric Filgueiras and Stevan McAleer have been the team to beat in 2022 scoring an amazing seven wins from eight starts.  They have scored 187 points from a possible 200.  They have been fast on the track and have been virtually flawless on driver change pitstops, a key ingredient for success.

Breaking the RS1 streak was the #34 Conquest Racing / JWF Motorsports Mercedes-AMG of Gavin Sanders and Michai Stephens.  The team had scored three runner-up finishes before the win at VIR.  The team has a 100% finishing record and has scored 132 points.

Nipping at the heels of the top two are Smooge Racing and Auto Technic Racing, sitting third and fourth in points. Both teams are on the cusp of winning, Smooge has four podium finishes while AutoTechnic has five.  In 2021, the #68 Smooge Racing Toyota GR Supra GT4 of Kevin Conway and John Geebreght scored the Am class win at Road America race 1.  Can the duo repeat that win, this time in Silver?   

Pro-Am

Pro-Am has been the most evenly competitive class so far this season with five different teams taking race wins.

The #47 NOLASPORT Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport team of Scott Noble and Jason Hart hold a slight Pro-Am points lead over the #120 Premier Racing Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport of Adam Adelson/Elliott Skeer. Noble and Hart scored a win at VIR along while the Premier Racing duo had a podium sweep in New Orleans but had challenging weekends at both Sonoma and VIR.  NOLASPORT leads Premier Racing 108-104

Sitting third, just ten points out of first, is the #52 Auto Technic Racing BMW M4 GT4 (Tom Capizzi/John Capestro-Dubets). After a slow start at Sonoma, the team scored wins at both VIR and Watkins Glen. The team is strong at Road America having scored a pair of second-place finishes in 2021.  

Fourth in points is the #24 Heart of Racing Team Aston Martin Vantage AMR (Gray Newell/Ian James) who won at Watkins Glen. Right behind them is Elias Sabo and Andy Lee (#8 Flying Lizard Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage AMR).  Sabo and Lee are on a three-race podium streak, but have yet to secure a win.

Sixth in points, BSport Racing will be looking to for a return to their Sonoma form when their #15 Aston Martin Vantage AMR (Kenton Koch/Bryan Putt) swept both races.

How strong are the Pro-m teams? In 2021, the Pro-Am teams took the overall wins at both Road America races beating all of the Silvers.

Am

It’s going to be a tall task for anyone to chase down Charlie Postins and James Clay (#36 BimmerWorld BMW M4 GT4) for the Am class championship.  The team has scored six wins, including their current streak of four in a row. They have a 43-point lead among teams, and 68 to the closest driver!

Looking to reduce that points gap will be the #19 NOLASPORT Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport team led by Alain Stad. Stad has scored one win, and five other top-four finishes with two different co-drivers.  Stad started the season with Seth Thomas before being joined by Matt Travis at Watkins Glen.  

Making their series debut at Road America will be the #59 G2 Speed/GSpeed BMW M4 GT4 of Grayson Farischon teamed with veteran Mike Skeen. Farischon is a sixteen year old phenom from Oklahoma who began karting at the age of ten.

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TC America Powered by Skip Barber Ready to Take on America’s National Park of Speed!

  • Jacob Ruud looking to add to his win tally in TCX
  • TC’s leader Kevin Boehm is stronger than ever
  • Heated battle for Carter Fartuch in TCA
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Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin - It’s going to be a hot weekend at Road America, and not just temperature-wise! The stakes are high in the TC America powered by Skip Barber series as the championship fight is shaping up to be extremely tight for the remainder of the season in each of the three classes. 

An impressive field of 28 talented drivers will tackle the 4.048-mile, 14-turn track, nicknamed America’s National Park of Speed. This 67-year-old track can easily accommodate thousands of fans across its 640-acre park, perfect for motorsport enthusiasts looking to spend some quality time at one of America’s most prestigious venues. 

TCX 

In the TCX class, ten BMW M2 CS Cup cars will take part in the on-track action. 2021 Road America race winner and series champion Jacob Rudd will be commanding his #1 Fast Track Racing machine, looking to secure a sixth win this season.

Colin Garrett, in his #44 Rooster Hall Racing BMW, will be looking to score a fourth win this season, but will also be aiming to make up ground in the championship standings as he is only 28 points off the lead. 

New York native Stephen Cugliari couldn’t quite place his #57 Accelerating Performance BMW on the podium at his home track a few weeks ago. However, he is looking to put an end to his bad luck streak by claiming the win at Road America, where he had won Race 2 back in 2021.

Joseph and Lucas Catania will be commanding the #24 and #26 Rigid Speed team cars, while Olivia Askew and Garrett Adams will be in the #29 and #54 Fast Track Racing entries. Garrett Adams scored his first podium in the TCX class at Watkins Glen a few weeks ago. 

Seven drivers in the TCX class have finished in the Top 4 this season, and the top-five all have 100% finishing records, much to the fans’ delight as they have been gifted with extremely tight racing. 

TC

Championship leader Kevin Boehm returns for rounds 9 and 10 with the #9 CrowdStrike Racing by Skip Barber Racing Honda Civic Type-R. The engineer-racer has had a superb season so far, scoring six wins and claiming the lead in the championship with 183 points. 

Clay Williams, in his #60 MINI Team JCW machine, is second in points with 113, having scored two wins.  Williams would no doubt be much closer to Boehm if not for two DNF’s.

Mat Pombo, currently third in points, will miss this event. This will provide an opportunity for Genracer / Ricca Autosport Hyundai Veloster N teammates Nicholas Barbato and Jeff Ricca, currently fourth and fifth in points to advance. Barbato is on a hot streak havening finished fourth, third, third, and second in the last four races.  Will Road America be his breakthrough win?  Ricca will also be seeking a Road America win as he scored a pair of runner-up finishes here in 2021.

Matthew Ibrahim (#6 DRS & Garagistic BMW M240iR) has been having a strong sophomore season having scored points in every race including his first podium finish at NOLA. With eight TC cars in the field, a podium result could belong to any of them. 

West Coast racer Joey Jordan returns to the TC field in his #70 FTG Racing Mazda 3. He had previously participated in Rounds 1 and 2 at Sonoma Raceway. 

TCA

Carter Fartuch’s #16 Skip Barber Racing School Honda Civic Si is the car the beat this weekend as he will be defending his 31-point championship lead from Gresham Wagner (#21 TechSport Racing Subaru BRZ). 

Last year, Fartuch was impossible to catch at Road America, winning both races. This year Fartuch has three wins and an amazing 100% podium finish record.

Wagner has been fast, winning four races, but having a DNF and two races where he finished outside the top-six has made his championship challenge a struggle.

Wagner’s teammate, Devin Anderson (#22 Techsport Subaru BRZ), is still seeking his first win having been the runner-up five times so far this year.

The TCA grid will be sporting ten cars across four different manufacturers, including Honda, Hyundai, MINI, and Subaru. MINI JCW Team is well represented by race-winner Cristian Perocarpi, commanding the #61 MINI JCW, and by Canadian driver PJ Groenke in his #62 MINI JCW. Bryan Herta Autosport w/ Curb-Agajanian’s #33 and #98 Hyundai Elantra N-Line cars will be piloted by Tyler Delgado and Branyon Tiner, respectively.

Tickets for the Road America race weekend are available at www.roadamerica.com. Enjoy an open paddock, camping, various fan activities, and fun for the whole family at the National Park of Speed.

 

fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS Returns to Road America

  • Can K-PAX Racing reclaim their top-spot on the podium?
  • Pro-Am remains the most populous class
  • The Am field welcomes GMG Racing
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Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin - The Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS championship returns to the Midwest’s own Road America for a weekend packed full of sports car racing action August 19-21. Between its high-commitment left and right-handers, long straightaways, and treacherously tricky kinks and bends, this long, 4.048-mile track has it all. Before the green flag waves for Race 1 on Saturday August 20th, there will be just six events remaining in the 2022 calendar with many teams still in solid contention for the season championships across both the Pro and Pro-Am classes.

Pro

The Pro field will feature both the #1 and #3 K-PAX Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 machines driven by drivers championship leader Andrea Caldarelli, along with his K-PAX teammates Jordan Pepper, Michele Beretta, and Misha Goikhberg.  

Due to a driver line-up change after the season opener, Caldarelli has 180 points followed by Pepper with 133, Beretta at 130, and Goikhberg at 113. Splitting the team is the # 6 US Racetronics Mercedes-AMG duo of Steven Aghakani and Loris Spinelli at 115.   

The K-PAX Racing powerhouse swept the first six races of the season including a 1-2 at NOLA and five 1-3 finishes. The last two races at Watkins Glen International proved, there are no definites in racing, and instead the #96 Turner Motorsport BMW M4 GT3 of Michael Dinan and Robby Foley grabbed the Saturday win, and the #33 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Russell Ward and Philip Ellis claimed win in Race 2 on Sunday.

Watkins Glen gave the Turner boys a massive boost in season points, as well as helped the #6 US Racetronics Mercedes-AMG GT3 (Steven Aghakhani / Loris Spinelli) maintain a solid second place in the team championship after securing a second and fourth-place finish at the Glen.

Watkins Glen and Road America are both classic, high-speed American road courses that favor top-end speed over agility, which means the Mercedes and BMW could yet again be at an advantage over the mid-engine Lamborghini. Still, there are a handful of corners where the Lamborghinis could outmaneuver their front-engined rivals—notably Turns 1, 3, 5, and 6—and for anyone who can hold onto their position after Turn 6, some solid commitment could earn some solid real estate over the rest of the pack. 

The #3 K-PAX Racing car claimed the Race 1 victory at Road America in 2021, while the #96 Turner Motorsport BMW grabbed the Race 2 win. This 2022 installment could have anybody in the top podium spot on Saturday and Sunday.

Pro-Am

The most populous class in GT World Challenge America has featured a dozen teams spread across seven manufacturers, including Acura, Aston Martin, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes, and Porsche. The depth of field is superb. Four of the teams have scored a win and seven have managed at least one podium finish. 

With three wins, the  #4 CrowdStrike with Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 (George Kurtz / Colin Braun) currently leads in season points.  The team has been on the podium in seven of the first eight races and has a 100% finishing record.

In second, the #45 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3-R (991.ii) of Charlie Luck and Jan Heylen isn’t far behind having started the season with a weekend sweep at Sonoma. The team had a rough weekend at NOLA but enters Wisconsin having reached the winners circle again at Watkins Glen.  Wright grabbed first and third place finishes at Road America last year and will be looking to repeat their success this year. 

Third in points is the #93 Racers Edge Motorsports Acura NSX GT3 driven by Ashton Harrison and Mario Farnbacher. They scored a win at NOLA and racked up three runner-up finishes including the second race at Watkins Glen. A strong performance in Wisconsin could help them leapfrog over Wright in season points, though this will be no easy task.

Local Wisconsin favorites RealTime Racing will certainly be in the mix with their #43 Acura NSX GT3 driven by Erin Vogel and Michael Cooper. These folks grabbed a third place finish in Race 1 at Watkins, and currently have some solid momentum going for them. This will be a sort of homecoming for RealTime after not competing in World Challenge at their home track since 2019.

The #94 BimmerWorld BMW M4 GT3 driven by Chandler Hull and GT racing legend Bill Auberlen is another solid contender. They are chasing their first win after scoring five podium finishes in the first eight races. The Watkins Glen podium was claimed after some truly textbook sports car racing: Hull and Harrison battled lap after lap in the race’s final ten minutes, never losing pace and showing immense skill. This was one of those moments that proved the Fanatec series offers some of the very finest action in professional motorsports.

Am

Triarsi Competizione’s #23 Ferrari 488 GT3 driven by Onofrio Triarsi and Charlie Scardina went unchallenged in the Am class at Watkins Glen, instead leaving them to squabble with the Pro and Pro-Am teams, and proving they have the pace, as they claimed a hearty sixth overall finish in Race 2.

The #61 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 driven by Jean-Claude Saada and Conrad Grunewald is back after some unfortunate luck in Race 1 at VIR, and will definitely be giving their dear Ferrari-piloting rivals a good fight. Triarsi’s got a strong lead in points, but repeat wins by AF Corse could swallow up a big chunk of that gap.

The series welcomes World Challenge veterans GMG Racing into the Am field, who will be sporting the #032 Porsche 911 GT3-R (991.ii) driven by Kyle Washington and James Sofronas. These two will keep Triarsi and AF Corse honest for sure, as they’re no strangers to sports car racing and, with five races left in the 2022 season, could make things very interesting for the Ferraris.

Tickets are now available. The weekend schedule, live timing and scoring, and session reports are available at gt-world-challenge-america.com. Live race streams are available free on YouTube (GTWorld) and Twitch (SROMotorsports)

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SRO Motorsports Group – The global leader in GT racing

With three decades’ experience at the forefront of a continuously evolving industry, SRO Motorsports Group is the established global leader in GT racing. A busy 2022 season will see events staged under the SRO banner on five continents, highlighted by the prestigious TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa. 

The company's expanding portfolio of series includes Fanatec GT World Challenge Powered by AWS categories in America, Asia, Australia and Europe. Each retains its unique identity, while also allowing competing manufacturers to dispute a global title through their continental representatives. 

Staged since 2016, the flagship Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli sees world-leading automotive brands tackle marquee events across the globe. Considerable emphasis is placed on amateur competitors thanks to a range of series combining a relaxed environment with highly professional standards, while SRO also works with the FIA to organise and promote the FIA Motorsport Games, a multi-disciplinary event in which drivers compete in the colours of their national flag. 

A wide variety of international and domestic categories catering for GT2, GT3, GT4 and touring car machinery add further strength to the extensive on-track programme, while the burgeoning sim racing scene has taken on considerable importance in recent years. This includes the ground-breaking Fanatec Esports GT Pro Series, where professional drivers compete virtually to score points towards the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS teams' championship, as well as online competitions for leading sim racers. 

In addition to promotion and organisation, the company operates the SRO Race Centre by MMC service facility at Circuit Paul Ricard, and provides the ultimate driving opportunities at world-renowned venues through Curbstone Track Events. Combining a passion for performance with industry-leading experience, SRO continues to play a key role in shaping the future of global GT racing.

 

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Brent Crews Goes Back-To-Back with Win at Big Machine Music City Grand Prix

Connor Mosack Finishes Second, Nashville’s Scott Borchetta Earns First Podium with Third-Place Finish

NASHVILLE (August 6, 2022) ― 14-year-old Brent Crews, who became the youngest winner in Trans Am history when he took the checkered flag at Road America last month, went back-to-back, winning the Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers Challenge presented by Race for RP at the Music City Grand Prix. Crews stalked Connor Mosack for much of the event before making a late-race pass for the victory.
 
Thomas Merrill, driver of the No. 26 BridgeHaul/HP Tuners/Cope Race Cars Ford Mustang, earned his second pole of the 2022 season when he set a record-breaking lap in qualifying. Unfortunately, when the green flag waved, Merrill was overtaken by Connor Mosack in the No. 28 Open Eyes/Franklin Road Apparel Ford Mustang, Crews in the No. 70 Trackhouse Ford Mustang and Scott Borchetta in the No. 48 Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers Ford Mustang. Merrill took back the third position by lap nine, but in an attempt to pass Crews, he made contact and seriously damaged his rear wing, forcing him onto pit road and out of contention for the win.
 
An incredibly fast Mosack held the lead through multiple restarts, but as the laps clicked by, Crews was never far behind. Meanwhile, Borchetta was passed for the third position by Connor Zilisch in the No. 5 Silver Hare Racing Camaro on lap nine, but he regained the third spot by lap 15 when Zilisch grazed the wall and cut down a tire. As the field came to lap 23, Mosack could no longer hold off Crews, and the 14-year-old passed him for the lead. On lap 30, a full-course caution slowed the field and seemed that it would allow Mosack another shot at the lead, but a long cleanup effort delayed the restart as the 75-minute race clock continued to tick down. Finally, when it was determined there was not enough time to allow a restart, the white flag was waved and the race came to a conclusion with only 34 of the proposed 46 laps completed. Crews was declared the winner, followed by Mosack and Borchetta, who earned his first-career Trans Am podium finish. Teammates Adam Andretti in the No. 86 3-Dimensional Services Group Mustang and Rafa Matos in the No. 88 3-Dimensional Services Group Mustang rounded out the top five. Matos, who was tied for the lead with Merrill, will now lead the standings as a result of his strong finish and Merrill’s misfortune.
 
“I just want to thank the Lord, none of this would be possible without Him,” said Crews in Victory Circle. “All glory to the Lord. I want to thank Scott Borchetta and everybody for putting on an amazing show at this amazing track. I want to thank Justin Marks and Trackhouse for all they do for me and all the support they give me. And I want to thank my team, Nitro Motorsports. We struggled in the beginning of the weekend, and they never stopped working. They worked all night, they get up early and they’re the first ones at the track; they just keep on working. They gave me the fastest racecar and here we are with the win.”
 
“I want to thank Mr. Borchetta and everybody who puts on this race; it’s an unbelievable weekend,” said Mosack. “It’s so good to have Open Eyes on the car, Nacarato Truck Centers, and Franklin Road Apparel. It’s tough to be this close to the win again this year. I led a lot of laps both years, and unfortunately, couldn’t get it done. I wish we’d had the chance for the race to finish under green. Overall, it was still a great weekend for us and hopefully we can be back and win it next year.”
 
“We’ve been working on this idea for so long,” said Borchetta, who founded Big Machine Label Group, owns Big Machine Distillery and was a key component to putting on this weekend’s event. “We always thought, ‘How cool would it be to race across the bridge? How cool would it be to run red lights legally?’ This is such a great event. I’ve been saying ‘I’ve got to get on the podium’ for so long, and now we’re so close to being number one. In this TA2 class, we drive against such great drivers. Remember these two names: Connor Mosack and Brent Crews. You’re going to see them move up to the NASCAR Xfinity Series, you’re going to see them in the NASCAR Cup Series. For any of you hardcore race fans, you can remember when you saw these two rock it at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. These are two future stars of our sport. It’s an honor for me, as an older guy, to be up here racing with the kids.”
 
Following the event, Mosack was awarded the ChillOut Keep Cool Move of the Race and was presented with the Omologato custom-branded Trans Am watch after earning the Young Gun Fast Lap Award. Scott Borchetta won the TA2 Masters award.
 
The broadcast of the race, presented by Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers and Race for RP, will air on CBS Sports Network on Saturday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET, with an encore presentation later that evening at 1:00 a.m. ET.
 
TA2 returns to the track at Watkins Glen International on September 8-11.
 
Full race results can be found here
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Thomas Merrill Wins Motul Pole Award at Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, Sets New Track Record

Brent Crews Second Fastest, Nashville Native Scott Borchetta Third

NASHVILLE (August 6, 2022) Qualifying is in the books for the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli’s Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Cooler Challenge presented by Race for RP at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. Thomas Merrill earned his second Motul Pole Award of 2022, setting a new track record of 1:30.660 in his No. 26 BridgeHaul/HP Tuners/Cope Race Cars Ford Mustang. Merrill is currently tied for the points lead and is on a four-race streak of podium finishes, including two victories at Lime Rock Park and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
 
“It feels amazing to be on the pole for today’s race,” said Merrill. “I was fully confident that we had a car for the pole, so it was up to me to get it done. I actually made a mistake on my first flier and went into the runoff in Turn 9, so I was under pressure. Then the black flag came out, and we didn’t get to put a good lap in. We got lucky that we were able to go out, get some clear laps, and put the lap down that we knew we could do. Full credit to the BridgeHaul/HP Tuners/Mike Cope team. We rolled off the truck dialed in; we barely changed the racecar. I’m very proud of their effort.”
 
Brent Crews, who won at Road America last month, was second fastest in his No. 70 Trackhouse Ford Mustang with a lap time of 1:31.475. Scott Borchetta, who founded Nashville-based Big Machine Label Group and owns Big Machine Distillery, was third fastest in his No. 48 Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers Ford Mustang, laying down a lap of 1:31.476. Connor Mosack in the No. 28 Open Eyes/Franklin Road Apparel Ford Mustang and Connor Zilisch in the No. 5 Silver Hare Racing Chevrolet Camaro rounded out the top five, with laps of 1:31.555 and 1:31.653, respectively.
 
Full qualifying results can be found here.
 
The Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Cooler Challenge presented by Race for RP will be contested today at 12:30 p.m. CT and will be streamed live here.
 
The broadcast of the race, presented by Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers and Race for RP, will air on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET, with an encore presentation later that evening at 1:00 a.m. ET. 

 

Thomas Merrill Tops First Practice, Connor Mosack Fastest in Second Practice at Big Machine Music City Grand Prix

 

Qualifying for Big Machine SPIKED Coolers Challenge presented by Race for RP Tomorrow at 9:10 a.m

NASHVILLE (August 5, 2022) The weekend’s two practice sessions are complete for the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli’s Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers Challenge presented by Race for RP at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix.
 
In first practice, Thomas Merrill in the No. 26 BridgeHaul/HP Tuners/Cope Race Cars Ford Mustang, who is currently tied for the points lead, was fastest with a time of 1:33.284. Second fastest was Connor Mosack in the No. 28 Open Eyes/Franklin Road Apparel Ford Mustang with a lap time of 1:34.041. Carl Rydquist in the No. 80 Nitro Motorsports Ford Mustang was third with a time of 1:34.379. Rounding out the top five were Connor Zilisch in the No. 5 Silver Hare Racing Camaro and Road America winner Brent Crews in the No. 70 Trackhouse Ford Mustang, with times of 1:34.423 and 1:34.919, respectively.
 
Full practice 1 results can be found here.
 
Speeds in the second practice session were considerably faster than the first session. Mosack topped the charts with a time of 1:30.902, which was a faster lap than last year’s pole speed. Merrill was second with a lap time of 1:31.768, followed closely by Zilisch’s lap of 1:31.875. Rafa Matos in the No. 88 3-Dimensional Services Group Mustang, who is tied with Merrill for the points lead, was fourth with a 1:32.047. In fifth was Matos’ teammate Adam Andretti in the No. 86 3-Dimensional Services Group Mustang with a 1:32.477.
 
Full practice 2 results can be found here.
 
Qualifying for the TA2 race will take place on Saturday, August 6 at 9:10 a.m. CT.
 
The Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Cooler Challenge presented by Race for RP will be contested on Saturday, August 6, at 12:30 p.m. CT, and will be streamed live here.
 
The broadcast of the race, presented by Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers and Race for RP, will air on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET, with an encore presentation later that evening at 1:00 a.m. ET. 

About the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli: The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli is the longest-running professional road race series in the United States. The Trans Am Series was founded by racing factory pony cars in the late 1960s. More than 50 years after their launch, Mustangs, Camaros and Challengers continue to be sold today, with Trans Am racing credited as playing a major role in their success and longevity. The SpeedTour will host the professional race series at 16 events nationwide in 2022. 

 

 

Trans Am Series Event Preview: Big Machine Vodka Spiked Cooler Challenge at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix

Track Facts:
Length: 2.17 Miles
Layout: 11-Turn Street Course
Race Direction: Counter-clockwise
TA2®

 
Qualifying: Saturday, August 6
Group 1: 9:10-9:30 a.m. CT / 10:10-10:30 a.m. ET
Group 2: 9:35-9:55 a.m. CT / 10:35-10:55 a.m. ET
 
Race: Saturday, August 6 (Streamed Live)
12:30-1:45 p.m. CT / 1:30-2:45 p.m. ET
Race Length: 46 Laps/75 Minutes

 
Race Broadcast: CBS Sports Network
Saturday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, August 14 at 1:00 a.m. ET (Encore Presentation)
Party in the Music City
The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli heads to Nashville, Tenn. for the second running of the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, where the TA2 class will go head-to-head in the Big Machine Vodka Spiked Cooler Challenge, sharing the bill with IndyCar, Indy Lights, SRO Motorsports Group and the Stadium SUPER Trucks. The marquee event, which is expected to host 100,000 race fans during the weekend, also includes military demonstrations, Pro Watercross on the Cumberland, a fireworks display and concerts by Tim McGraw, Aaron Lewis, Brantley Gilbert and Carly Pearce. This weekend’s entry list boasts 40 competitors, topping last year’s field of 37.
 
The Party Before the Party: FanFest on Broadway
On Thursday night before on-track action begins, the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix will be hosting FanFest on Broadway. The free event will be held on Broadway in downtown Nashville between 1st Avenue S and 4th Avenue S between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. local time.
 
The event will feature show cars, sponsor displays, a Mini Grand Prix, a Stadium SUPER Trucks exhibition, and an IndyCar Pit Stop Challenge where teams will vie for $10,000 in prize money.
 
The Trans Am Series will have seven racecars on display, with drivers in attendance to sign autographs and give out free swag:
 
Dylan Archer’s No. 0 MMR/FPEC Racing Group Ford Mustang
Michele Abbate’s No. 30 GHOST Energy Ford Mustang
Scott Borchetta’s No. 48 Big Machine Vodka Spiked Coolers Ford Mustang
Brent Crews’ No. 70 Nitro Motorsports Ford Mustang
Thomas Merrill’s No. 26 BridgeHaul/HP Tuners/Cope Race Cars Ford Mustang
Connor Mosack’s No. 28 Nic Tailor/IFS-SLR/M1 Racecars Chevrolet Camaro
Ken Thwaits’ No. 4 Franklin Road Apparel Chevrolet Camaro
 
Denise Stefanie to Sing National Anthem for Trans Am Race
Singer, songwriter and producer Denise Stefanie will sing the national anthem prior to engines firing up for Saturday’s Trans Am race. Stefanie recently announced the release of her new single, “All In,” in support of Race for RP and the Relapsing Polychondritis Foundation to raise awareness and advance research for the rare autoimmune disease. Stefanie is an accomplished artist who has performed across the country as lead vocalist with Cirque du Soleil. The music video for the song features footage of Race for RP drivers, team members and supporters of the initiative.
 
CBS Sports Network Air Times
This weekend’s TA2 race broadcast from the Music City Grand Prix, presented by Big Machine Vodka Spiked Coolers and Race for RP, will air on CBS Sports Network the week following the event.
 
The Big Machine Vodka Spiked Cooler Challenge will first air on Saturday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET, with an encore presentation Sunday, August 14 at 1:00 a.m. ET. 
Local Driver/Owners Come Home to Music City
Tennessee is home to only two drivers in this weekend’s TA2 field, but the impact of those driver/owners looms large in the city of Nashville.
 
Scott Borchetta, driver of the No. 48 Big Machine Vodka Spiked Coolers Ford Mustang, calls Nashville home. Currently ninth in the TA2 standings, Borchetta comes into this weekend with momentum, with three-consecutive top-10 finishes in the last three events. In addition to being a fierce competitor and owner of Scott Borchetta Racing in Trans Am, Borchetta owns Big Machine Racing, which runs in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and earned its first win with Trans Am alum Tyler Reddick earlier this year at Texas Motor Speedway. Prior to his racing endeavors, Borchetta founded Big Machine Label Group (entitlement sponsor of the Music City Grand Prix) and acquired Big Machine Distillery (producer of Big Machine Vodka).
 
Ken Thwaits, owner of Showtime Motorsports, competes full-time in the Trans Am TA class, where he currently sits second in the standings. This weekend he gets behind the wheel of the No. 4 Franklin Road Apparel Camaro with teammate and full-time TA2 driver Cameron Lawrence, who is eighth in the TA2 championship battle. From nearby Brentwood, Tenn., Thwaits is also the CEO of Franklin Road Apparel, which is located 20 miles from the Music City Grand Prix in Franklin, Tenn.
 
New Winner Guaranteed
With only one event in the books for the Music City Grand Prix, there is only one previous winner: Mike Skeen. Skeen earned the victory in the 2021 event, but is not competing this year, which means we are guaranteed to see a new winner in this weekend’s race. Piloting Skeen’s 89 3-Dimensional Services Group Mustang this weekend is Guy Cosmo. Cosmo made his Trans Am debut at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course earlier this year, earning a fifth-place finish. 
 
Last year’s top-finishing drivers in this year’s field are Thomas Merrill and Connor Mosack, who landed on the podium with second and third-place finishes, respectively.
 
Brent Crews is Breaking Records
At just 14 years, three months, and four days old, Brent Crews became the youngest winner in the history of the Trans Am Series after dominating the TA2 event at Road America. The day prior, Crews earned the title of youngest Motul Pole Award winner at 14 years, three months and three days old. The North Carolina native now sits fourth in the point standings, just 11 points behind third place and 44 points out of the lead.
 
Making history is nothing new for Crews, who became the youngest National Midget feature winner at 13 years old in 2021. That season, he won five races, two more than the series champion.
 
Race Liberante Making Trans Am Series Debut
This weekend in Nashville, karting star Race Liberante will be making his Trans Am Series debut at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. The Race Factory owner will drive the No. 59 Armada Analytics/Innoviv/Race Factory Ford Mustang for B2 Motorsports. Liberante has experience in various racing disciplines, including karts, Legend Cars, NASCAR late models, Spec Miata, GT3 Cup, USF2000, Formula 4 U.S. Championship Powered by Honda and more, winning more than a dozen championships.
 
Tight Points Race Now Has Tie for Lead
TA2 heads into Round 9 of the 2022 season with a tie for the lead in the championship standings and a tight points race. In the series’ last outing at Road America, a third-place finish was enough for Thomas Merrill to tie Rafa Matos in the No. 88 3-Dimensional Services Group Ford Mustang for the points lead. Merrill has been on a roll since Sonoma Raceway, with two wins (Lime Rock Park, Mid-Ohio) and four straight podium finishes. Matos matches Merrill with two victories in 2022 (Sebring International Raceway, Sonoma), but trails him in podium finishes this season (three total, verses six). Connor Mosack is third in the point standings, 33 points behind the leaders, with Brent Crews and Mike Skeen not far behind in fourth and fifth.
 
Rookie Standings & Young Gun Update
The Wilwood TA2 Rookie Standings and Peter Gregg Foundation Young Gun Standings remain one of the closest point battles of the year, with several drivers in the hunt. Brent Crews’ win at Road America was enough to overcome Evan Slater in the No. 35 Cube3 Architecture Camaro for both the Rookie Standings lead and fourth place in the championship standings. Crews now holds a 13-point advantage over Slater and a 47-point lead over third-place Dylan Archer.
 
Connor Mosack continues to lead the Young Gun standings by 11 points over Crews and appears poised to take his first victory very soon. Slater is now third in the Young Gun points.
 
Full championship, rookie and Young Gun standings can be found here.

 

 

 

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2022 Trans Am West Coast Schedule



April 22-24           Trans Am SpeedFest (WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca)*
April 30-May 1     Sonoma SpeedTour (Sonoma Raceway) *
June 10-12          The Ridge SpeedTour (The Ridge Motorsports Park)
July 15-17            Portland SpeedTour (Portland International Raceway)
Oct. 14-16           Utah SpeedTour (Utah Motorsports Campus) ^
Nov. 4-6               Austin SpeedTour (Circuit of the Americas) *

*Combined National and West Coast Event

^Doubleheader 
 

 

 

 

 

Time Trials National Tour 2022 Schedule

March 26-27: Carolina Motorsports Park; Kershaw, SC
- April 23-24: Eagles Canyon Raceway; Decatur, TX
- May 12-15: Time Trials Nationals @ NCM Motorsports Park; Bowling Green, KY
- July 1-2: Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park; Thompson, CT
- July 16-17: GingerMan Raceway; South Haven, MI
- August 6-7: New Jersey Motorsports Park; Millville, NJ
- August 27-28: Pittsburgh International Race Complex; Wampum, PA
- October 29-30: Buttonwillow Raceway Park; Buttonwillow, CA
- November 5-6: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta; Braselton, GA

 

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2022 INTERCONTINENTAL GT CHALLENGE POWERED BY PIRELLI

R1 – February 25-27 – LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour (Australasia)
R2 – July 28-31 – TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa (Europe)
R3 – October 7-9 – Indianapolis 8 Hour Presented by AWS (North America)
R4 – December 1-3 – Joburg Kyalami 9 Hour (Africa)

 


 
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