TC America In Season Home Stretch at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- Ruud, Classic BMW, BMW Motorsports Take Champion-elect Victory Laps
- TC, TCA Championships Still On the Line
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Indianapolis, Ind. - TC America powered by the Skip Barber Racing School concludes its 2021 season at the corner of 16th and Georgetown at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 30 cars across the TCX, TC, and TCA classes are entered with championships on the line in two of the three.
The lone title that isn't up for grabs is the inaugural TCX crown which was clinched by Wisconsin's Jacob Ruud. The #81 Classic BMW driver headlines a four car entry in TCX which also features BMW M2 CS (Cup) cars from KMW Motorsports with TMR Engineering (#5), Hard Motorsport (#30), and a pair from Classic BMW for drivers Roy Block, Steve Streimer, Ruud, and Olivia Askew (#3), respectively.
The TC points battle is a three horse race between Skip Barber Racing School's Eric Powell, Auto Technic's Austen Smith, and DXDT Racing's Kevin Boehm.
Powell leads the championship by 29.5 points with 50 total points available in the two remaining races. The driver of the No. 92 Honda Civic Si has won four races on the year, but Smith won the last two at Sebring in his No. 51 BMW M240iR to claw back into the championship frame after a disastrous weekend at Watkins Glen.
Three points behind Smith is the reigning TCA champion Boehm who had a win and a second in TCA competition at Indianapolis last year to clinch the crown.
Just outside the championship conversation is GenRacer owner/driver Jeff Ricca in the No. 78 Hyundai Veloster N TC. Ricca holds fourth in the standings with a win and multiple podiums to his name this year and will be supported by his teammate Nicholas Barbato who is making his series debut in the team's No. 88 entry.
Elsewhere in the TC field is TechSport Racing's Rob Hines who is fifth in points after a pair of podiums at Sebring in his Nissan 370Z.
Derek Jones is back at the wheel of the TC-spec MINI JCW PRO TC from LAP Motorsports, based in nearby Brownsburg, Indiana, which also will be fielding entries for Cristian Perocarpi and Clayton Williams in TCA.
Joining Powell from the Skip Barber Racing School team is Ken Fukuda who debuted at Watkins Glen, while fellow Honda Civic operation LA Honda World has a pair of entries for Indianapolis with drivers Frank Szczesniak and Mike LaMarra while BMW operation DRS & Garagistic will field Matthew Ibrahim and Kris Valdez.
The TCA championship battle is also coming down to the wire with Forbush Performance driver Caleb Bacon holding on to a narrow five and a half point lead over Skip Barber Racing School's Carter Fartuch, while Bacon's Forbush teammate Luke Rumburg is also in the mix just 13.5 points adrift.
Forbush and Rumburg are the only two Hyundai Veloster Turbo TCA drivers in the TCA class field, while Fartuch will have the support of teammates Colin Harrrison and Mike Stillwagon in Skip Barber Racing School Honda Civic Si machines. However, the Hyundai brigade will be bolstered by a new entry from Bryan Herta Autosport.
BHA has entered a new Hyundai Elantra N Line car for Fanatec GT World Challenge America frontrunner Taylor Hagler who has previous experience racing touring cars for the team.
Joining Fartuch from the Honda camp are entries for Mario Biundo, Jose Blanco, and Sally McNulty from LA Honda World, VGMC Racing, and Team Sally Racing, respectively.
Completing the TCA field are a pair of Toyota 86 entries from TechSport Racing for TRD development driver Jesse Love, a recent winner in ARCA competition at Indiana's Salem Speedway, and former TCB champion PJ Groenke.
The final TC America weekend of the season gets underway with practice on Thursday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Race 1 is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. ET on Friday, while the season concludes with Race 2 at 3:20 p.m. ET on Saturday.
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GT America Championship Bids Come Down to the Wire at The Brickyard
- Twenty-one Cars Take the Field at the Renowned Indianapolis Circuit
- Drivers, Teams and Manufacturers Aim to Close Season as Champions
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Indianapolis, Ind. - The action-packed return to single-driver sprint races in GT cars has proven a resounding success for SRO America, and nowhere is that more evident than in the inaugural GT America Powered by AWS season finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where all of the championship titles remain undecided entering the final double-header race weekend October 14th to 16th.
The famed Brickyard needs no introduction, and the global presence of top GT drivers from around the world for the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli round only adds to the racing spectacle surrounding the GT America finale. The 2.58-mile length of hallowed racing grounds will host the final to 40-minute races to decide which drivers, teams and manufacturers will leave the weekend with the history-making first championship trophies of the series.
Who Will Be Crowned the Ultimate SRO3 Driver?
The battle for the first SRO3 Driver’s Champion title is still wide open with two contenders hot on the heels of the points leader and showing a thirst for the hardware. #45 Wright Motorsports Porsche driver Charlie Luck will defend his points lead from the hard-charging Lamborghinis of both Jeff Burton (#191 Rearden Racing) and Jason Harward (#88 Zelus Motorsports). Luck’s defense also needs to hold if he’s to stave off Burton from taking the SRO3 Master’s class honors.
Fan and paddock favorite Memo Gidley is back to close his late-season entry and will run the sole Bentley-badged machine, the #101 TK Motorsports Bentley Continental GT3 machine. Likewise, Brendan Iribe’s return to GT America single-driver racing will go down in the #70 inception racing machine, the only McLaren in the field. In the GT2 class, GMG Racing’s Elias Sabo will once again helm the #2 Audi R8 LMS GT2 to close out the season and prepare for the next.
DXDT Racing’s card is full once again as both George Kurtz (#04) and CJ Moses (#58) return to the competition, each piloting the only two Mercedes-AMG GT3 machinery in the GT America grid this weekend.
Finally, the Porsche contingent, locked in a battle with Lamborghini for the Manufacturer’s Championship title, will be represented by the #32 GMG Racing Porsche of Kyle Washington and the #460 Flying Lizard Motorsports entry driven by Andy Wilzoch.
GT4 Final Fight
The contentious GT4 field has seen tremendous growth in advancing driver skill and experience nowhere is that more evident than in the field at Indy. #119 Stephen Cameron Racing’s Sean Quinlan, current points leader in the class, has seen his points lead dwindle throughout the season as #2 GMG Racing driver Jason Bell continues to show consistently-improving pace and the ability to repeat race-winning performances. Watch for the two to keep the GT4 Drivers’ Championship interesting down to the wire.
#76 ROTR Motorsport driver Alex Welch is expected to take to the grid in the sole GT4 Audi, while #25 Heart of Racing driver and two-time podium winner Grey Newell and late-season entry #888 Zelus Motorsports Sean Whalen will drive the two Aston Martin AMR Vantage GT4 examples on the grid.
Robb Holland’s #99 Rotek Racing Ford Mustang GT4 has served him well all season, earning him a third-place points standing that’s just two points shy of contention for the Drivers’ championship title. Look to him to make championship contention difficult on his quest for the top step of the podium.
Single entries from Ginetta (#60 Dexter Racing Ginetta 56) and McLaren (#26 Prive Motorsports/Topp Racing McLaren 570S GT4) will be driven by Thomas Surgent and Matt Rivard, respectively.
Teammates and brothers-in-manufacturer-arms Chris Cagnazzi and Christopher Gumprecht will pilot the #39 and #79 Mercedes-AMG GT4 entries from RENNtech Motorsports. Both have put in the full season of work and have shown that they, too, can easily contend for the weekend’s podium positions.
Finally, late season entry Scott Noble will close out the single-driver sprint season in the #49 NOLASPORT Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS MR.
How Will It End?
Champions will be crowned starting with the first Official Practice session scheduled for Thursday, October 14th at 9:15 am EDT, with the second session later that afternoon at 3:30 pm EDT. The last Qualifying session goes green at 10:50 am EDT before the grid takes the green flag for the first race at 4:55 pm EDT, and the final race gets underway on Saturday at 12:05 pm EDT.
Take part in the Downtown Speedway Parade, get your favorite driver’s autograph, and watch history unfold in real time; General Admission tickets starting as low as $10 are still available for the race weekend - get yours at bit.ly/indy8hour. Can’t make it out in person? Catch both races streaming live on the GTWorld YouTube channel; listen to the audio simulcast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 392 (992 on the web app); and catch the CBS Sports Network programming of the weekend when it premieres on October 27th at 8:00 pm EDT; check your local listings for channel information.
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Final Pirelli GT4 America Champions to be Crowned in Indianapolis
- Fifty-six Drivers Close out Pirelli GT4 America Season in Indy
- Three-way Battle for Manufacturer Championship Title
- Year-end Podium Positions in Contention
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Indianapolis, Ind. - Twenty-eight cars are set to take part in the season finale of the 2021 Pirelli GT4 America season at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway on October 14th to 16th, highlighted by the three class championship entries that each clinched their titles in the previous round at Sebring.
After near misses in each of the past two seasons, NOLASPORT's Jason Hart and Matt Travis locked down the Pro-Am championship with a pair of victories at Sebring in their No. 47 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CLUBSPORT MR. The pair join the Am lineups of David and Russell Walker and Sean Gibbons and Sam Owen from the New Orleans-based Porsche prep shop.
Other Porsche entries include the return of TRG with a pair of entries for Derek DeBoer and Spencer Pumpelly in Pro-Am and Dr. Jim Rappaport and Todd Hetherington in Am. It marks the return to Pirelli GT4 America for TRG after DeBoer and Pumpelly missed the last round, while Rappaport and Hetherington are making their first starts since Road America in August.
Silver class champions-elect Kenny Murillo and Christian Szymczak aim to add to their five class wins in the final two races of the season at IMS in the No. 72 Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4.
They are joined by fellow Mercedes-runners Conquest Racing West and drivers Michai Stephens and Colin Mullan who have emerged as Silver class contenders since the program debuted at Road America in August. The pairing swept the weekend at Sebring winning both races overall and securing the duo's first wins of the season in the process.
Elsewhere on the entry list, Am class entrant Capstone Motorsports is back with its Mercedes-AMG and full-season driver Kris Wilson, while both John Allen and Jon Barry are entered as prospective co-drivers for the Indy weekend. Barry stood in for Allen at Sebring and scored a class podium in his professional racing debut in Race 1 of the weekend.
The final entries from the Mercedes-AMG camp are the No. 79 and No. 39 for RENNtech Motorsports with Christopher Gumprecht slated to once again share driving duties with Kyle Marcelli and Chris Cagnazzi entered alongside Joe Rubbo in the team's Pro-Am and Am entries, respectively.
After wrapping up the Am class title at Sebring, Smooge Racing aims to complete its season-long streak of winning at least one of the two Pirelli GT4 America races each race weekend alive when series rookies John Geesbreght and Kevin Conway head to The Brickyard in their No. 68 Toyota GR Supra GT4.
The championship-winning pairing will be pulling double duty at Indy with Lexus factory driver and former IndyCar ace Jack Hawksworth set to join them for the Indianapolis 8 Hour race on Sunday.
Forbush Performance and drivers Damon Surzyshyn and Matt Forbush are also entered in an Am class Supra for the pair of Pirelli GT4 America races.
BMW is well represented with no less than eight BMW M4 GT4s on the entry list. Classic BMW's Silver entry returns with race winners Toby Grahovec and Stevan McAleer. They are set to settle second in the Silver championship with CCR Racing/Team TFB and drivers Tim Barber and Cole Ciraulo who hold the advantage over Grahovec and McAleer by 13 points going into the final two races.
The Pro-Am lineups of Bill Auberlen and James Walker Jr. and James Clay and Nick Galante aim to close out the season on a high note for BimmerWorld Racing but will face a stiff challenge from the Auto Technic Racing pairing of John Capestro-Dubets and Tom Capizzi who have scored four podiums in the last six races.
Completing the BMW lineup is the Silver pairing of Chandler Hull and Jon Miller from BimmerWorld, the Am duo of Paul Sparta and Al Carter for Random Vandals Racing, and Stephen Cameron Racing's Sean Quinlan partnering with Tom Dyer.
Aston Martin once again has a sizable representation on the entry list including Jason Bell and Andrew Davis for GMG Racing, Bryan Putt and Kenton Koch for BSPort Racing, Paul Terry and Owen Trinkler for WR Racing, and Ian James and Gray Newell in the Pro-Am class.
A Silver class Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 for brothers Ryan and Warren Dexter for Dexter Racing and two Am class entries of Paul Kiebler and Mikel Miller for Automatic Racing and Sean Whalen and Tigh Isaac for Zelus Motorsports completes Aston's allotment in the field, while Marco Polo Motorsports and drivers Nicolai Elghanayan and Mads Siljehaug are entered in a lone KTM X-BOW GT4.
The final weekend of the 2021 Pirelli GT4 America season gets underway with testing and practice on Wednesday, October 13th with Race 1 scheduled for Thursday at 5pm E.T. and the season finale on Friday at 2:35pm E.T.
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GT World Challenge America Finale Set for Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- Forty-two Drivers Set to Close Out GT World Challenge America Season
- Championships, Year-End Podium Finishes Still in Play
- Race-within-a-race Earns Double Points, Transitions into Indianapolis 8 Hour Enduro
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Indianapolis, Ind. - A record-setting number of contenders from all over the globe are expected to converge upon The Brickyard as the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli championships make their North American stop in Indianapolis, Indiana, on October 15th to 17th.
This year will mark the fifth consecutive year that the IGTC series has competed on North American soil. The mid-October event also sees the record-number of entrants for this leg of the worldwide series, up nine entries from the previous record set at Laguna Seca in 2018. Additionally, the venue serves as the special final leg of the Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS championships where at least one championship and all the year-end podium positions still remain up for grabs.
The Race within a Race
Many of the season’s championships were decided at the last GT World Challenge America event in Sebring, where co-drivers Andrea Caldarelli and Jordan Pepper swept the weekend to capture the Pro Drivers’ Championship and helped bring the Pro Team Championship for K-PAX Racing and the Manufacturer’s Championship for Lamborghini along for the ride. Still, the battle for the Drivers’ second and third places rages on with K-PAX teammates Lewis and Venturini, as well as Turner co-drivers Dinan and Foley and Winward principal Russell Ward all able to take home year-end hardware. Similarly, the final 3-hour stint at Indianapolis will also decide which Pro Team championship hardware goes to Turner Motorsport and which one goes to Winward Racing.
The effort from Jan Heylen and Fred Poordad in central Florida secured the Pro-Am Drivers’ Championship for them and put them in a good position to defend the Pro-Am Team Championship title, where both DXDT Racing and Racers Edge Motorsports are within reach of taking the top spot. And, while Conrad Grunewald and Jean-Claude Saada captured the Am Drivers’ and Team Championships after Watkins Glen, the remaining TR3 Racing driver pairs of John Megure, Bill Sweedler, Charlie Scardina and Onofrio Triarsi have to lay claim to the second and third year-end podium spots.
As the “race within the race”, the GT World Challenge America finale still sees top contenders lining up on the grid. K-PAX Racing’s #3 (Andrea Caldarelli and Corey Lewis) and #6 (Corey Lewis and Giovanni Venturini) cars are scheduled to complete the GTWCA field and earn the final points for their GTWCA championship titles, as are Winward Racing’s Russell Ward and Philip Ellis (#33 Mercedes-AMG GT3) and Turner Motorsport’s Michael Dinan and Robby Foley (#96 BMW F13 M6 GT3). All of the driver pairings will run the first three hours of the 8-hour enduro to secure the final GTWCA points of the season before taking on their third drivers for the remainder of the Indy 8 Hour; Mirko Botolotti for the #3 K-PAX car, Marco Mapelli for the #6 K-PAX entry, Marvin Dienst for the #33 Winward Mercedes-AMG, and 2020 Indianapolis 8 Hour Champion Connor De Phillippi in the #96 Turner Entry.
In the highly-contested Pro-Am division, we see the return of the #04 DXDT Racing pair of George Kurtz and Colin Braun running along with teammates Erin Vogel and Michael Cooper in the #19 Mercedes-AMG and team principal David Askew and Ryan Dalziel riding out in the #63 entry; their three-pronged approach is sure to give Pro-Am Team points leader Wright Motorsports and their Drivers’ Champions-elect Fred Poordad and Jan Heylen (#20) a run for their money to secure the championship. Also in that fight, GT3 Academy alumni Racers Edge Motorsports, whose weekend team of anchor driver Taylor Hagler and Dakota Dickerson will fight the uphill battle for the Pro-Am Team championship points that are still within reach.
Ian Lacy Racing drivers Frank Gannett and Drew Staveley will suit up to contest the #12 Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 in their quest for year-end standings, as will returning entrants inception racing in the #70 McLaren 720S GT3 with co-drivers Brendan Iribe and Ollie Millroy behind the wheel.
Compass Racing’s starting driver line-up gets a shake-up for the race-within-a-race weekend as the #77 Acura NSX GT3 sees usual driver Matt McMurry paired with series newcomer Ashton Harrison.
Adding to Lamborghini’s Manufacturer Championship final points tally are #88 Zelus Motorsports (Jason Harward and Madison Snow) and #91 Rearden Racing (Jeff Burton and Vesko Kozarov); both teams have run exhaustive, full-season dual series bids in the Lamborghini and are the two teams not expected to continue past the three-hour mark for the remainder of the race. Instead, additional drivers expected to jump in for hours four through eight of the enduro include: #04 Ben Keating, #12 Ian Lacy, #19 Thomas Merrill, #20 Max Root, #63 Scott Smithson, #70 Kevin Madsen, #77 Mario Farnbacher, and #93 Jacob Abel.
The Am class championships have been settled, but the bragging rights and the chance to enter into the Indianapolis 8 Hour extravaganza have called the champions and the competitors to the grid for one last go this year; #10 TR3 Racing’s Bill Sweedler and John Megrue will run the 180-minute sprint section of the race before welcoming third-driver Giacomo Altoe, while champions-elect AF Corse will see the #61 Ferrari piloted by the Jean-Claude Saada and Conrad Grunewald for the opening stint before adding Mark Kvamme for the Indy 8 Hour.
Catch All the Action from Anywhere
The weekend action begins on Friday with a paid test session at 9:20 am EDT, followed by the first official Free Practice at 11:20 am EDT. The evening closes with an all out extravaganza welcoming the field to Indianapolis with the Downtown Speedway Parade starting at 5:30 pm EDT.
Pre-qualifying begins on Saturday at 8:30 am EDT, followed by the separate Driver Qualifying Sessions Saturday afternoon starting at 2:00 pm EDT, and finally the Pole Shootout at 4:20 pm EDT before Sunday’s 8-hour affair that goes green at 10:00 am EDT, with the final GT World Challenge America checkered flag dropping at 1:00 pm EDT. Catch all the live timing and scoring at gt-world-challenge-america.com/live and live-stream all Qualifying sessions as well as the entire GTWCA and Indy 8 Hour races at GTWorld’s YouTube channel, or catch the Indy 8 Hour in two-parts on CBS Sports Network, with coverage for the opening leg of the race starting at 12:00 pm EDT and the last 2.5-hours premiering at 4:00 pm EDT.
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