GT America 101: A Return to GT Sprint Racing

11 January 2021 GT America

SRO America's new GT America series is set for its highly anticipated launch in the 2021 season, providing both a link to the series' past with a single driver sprint race format as well providing a home to some of the most modern cars in the SRO's portfolio.

Beginning with the season opener at Sonoma Raceway (March 6-8), GT America will provide a chance for Bronze-rated drivers to race against their peers in a pair of 40-minute, multi-class contests in GT3, GT4, and GT2-spec machinery each race weekend, all at some of the finest circuits in the United States.

Both current and previous generation GT3 cars will be admitted, providing an opportunity for owners of older models to step up to door-to-door competition with their track day machines as well as to provide a segue into GT World Challenge America for drivers who elect to go with the contemporary cars.

New or old, a GT3 machine is a thoroughbred racing car complete with advanced traction control and anti-lock braking systems, serious downforce, and engines capable of pumping out in excess of 500 horsepower.

The widespread acceptance of the SRO's GT3 regulations by manufacturers worldwide means race cars from over 20 brands are eligible for competition, and old and new cars alike will compete on equal footing through the SRO's pioneering balance of performance system.

The 2021 season will see the continuation of the single-driver race format for GT4 cars that has been used for the past two seasons in the Pirelli GT4 America Sprint championship now folded into the GT America package.

This class has its roots in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS class which fully adopted the SRO's GT4 regulations in 2017. Although less powerful or technologically sophisticated as their GT3 cousins, GT4 machines nevertheless are raw, visceral racing cars and feature vehicles from a dizzying array of manufacturers, ranging from American muscle to the aspirational European sports cars to the boutique car constructors.

Makes such as Audi, Aston Martin, Porsche, Ford, McLaren, and Toyota are all expected to be represented on the GT America grid in 2021.

The final class is GT2, the newest class to the SRO's global racing portfolio. GT2 cars dial down the downforce and driver aids while ramping up the engine performance to around 700 horsepower. These cars will be the fastest GT America cars in a straight line, but taming all of that power through the twists and turns will challenge even the best drivers.

Porsche and Audi were the first two auto makers to commit to the regulations but will be joined this year by Lamborghini which brings an upgraded version of its popular single-make Huracan that is race globally in the brand's Super Trofeo series, while Austrian motorcycle and race car builder KTM has also announced plans to begin customer sales of its GT2 offering.

After racing last year mixed in with GT World Challenge America, GT2 machines have found a new home this season in GT America.

GT3, GT4, and GT2 alike will join the rest of the SRO America series with stops at Sonoma Raceway (March 6-8), Circuit of The Americas (April 30 – May 2), VIRginia International Raceway (June 11-13), Road America (August 27-29), Watkins Glen (September 17-19), and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (October 15-17), while GT America will be branching on its own out to join the NTT IndyCar Series in the debut of the new street circuit in Nashville, Tennessee (August 6-8).

GT America races will enjoy free livestream broadcasts on SRO’s GT World YouTube channel along with tape-delayed TV shows on CBS Sports Network. 

Drivers and team announcements are expected in the coming weeks, with a mix of series regulars and new teams joining GT America for 2021. 

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