- SRO America Refocuses on Single-driver GT Sprint Roots
- Initial 22-car Field to Contest the 2.385-mile Circuit
- Entry List - PDF
Sonoma, Calif. - A new chapter in SRO America history begins as the series returns to its single-driver sprint racing roots when GT America powered by AWS championships have their introductory run at the famed Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California on March 5-7.
The 2.385-mile, 12-turn circuit, nestled in the heart of California wine country, should see favorable track conditions for the new and returning drivers that might normally see the track during the full brunt of the summer sun. Also, as those drivers look to prove their mettle in the opening salvo of the season and the series, expect records to fall as new champions arise.
The Essence of Sports Car Racing
While the championship is new, some of its competitors are not. Behind the wheels of familiar GT platforms from Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Ford, Lamborghini, Mercedes-AMG, Porsche and more, these drivers are ready to get back to a race to the finish without strategic stops or mandatory driver changes.
In Audi machinery, Jason Daskalos returns to the SRO paddock representing eponymously-named Daskalos Motorsports in the #27 Audi R8 LMS Ultra.
The Lamborghini camp sees three entries in the upper-echelon GT3 class with twin entries from series regulars Rearden Racing and new-to-the-series team Zelus Motorsports. Jason Harward will pilot the #88 Zelus Motorsports Lamborghini Huracan GT3; the Teams expects to parlay this same entry into a bid at a Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS title starting at Circuit of the Americas in April. Rearden Racing’s #191 entry will be driven by Jeff Burton, also running dual-series duty with a simultaneous effort in GT World Challenge America competition, while the #29 will see Rearden driver Dmitri Novikov behind the wheel.
The two Mercedes-AMG GT3 entries will both fly under the same team flag - DXDT Racing - as George Kurtz takes the wheel of his familiar #04 platform and CJ Moses steps up to helm the #58 GT3 Mercedes from his TC America tenure last season.
GMG Racing brings back Kyle Washington to pilot its #32 Porsche 911 GT3 R (991.II) while Porsche regulars Wright Motorsports have Charlie Luck power their #45 entry.
Stacked With Talent, GT4 Class Competitors Ready for Sonoma
On the GT4 side of the grid, more familiar names and dual-duty competitors rise to the occasion along with a hungry SRO freshman class of competitors.
In the GT4 variant of the Audi R8 LMS, three competitors will combat the traffic and aim their sights on the podium. Elias Sabo will man the GMG Racing #8 entry, while Alex Welch will power the new-team ROTR Motorsports #76 platform that he familiarized himself with in GT4 America last season from the GMG garage. Rearden Racing’s Chris McCoy will field the #888 R8 entry behind his GT3-classed teammates.
Notlad Racing by RS1 is set to take its #00 Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 machinery through the field with pilot Matt Dalton in the driver’s seat. Jason Bell makes the switch from Porsche machinery as he competes in the #2 GMG Racing Aston Martin, while another new team - The Heart of Racing - has its #25 Aston Martin campaigned by driver Gray Newell.
Familiar BMW teams stick with what they know as both teams and drivers in the Bavarian marque are SRO regulars. Classic BMW’s #11 BMW M4 GT4 will see driving duties handled by Phil Bloom who steps up from TC America competition last season, while Sean Quinlan will pilot the #119 Stephen Cameron Racing Bimmer.
Robb Holland will be behind the wheel of the only Ford entry as he contests the class in the #99 Rotek Racing Ford Mustang GT4.
RENNtech Motorsports returns to SRO competition and will bring the only Mercedes-AMG GT4 to this event with driver Ross Chouest wearing the #89.
Porsche GT4s come out in droves with four Cayman variants in play. NOLASPORT brings back their championship-winning #49 Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR with single-driver Jason Hall taking all the seat time. Black Swan Racing and team principal Tim Pappas return in the #54 Cayman. ST Racing’s foray into single-driver GT America competition sees driver Dan Miller in the #69 718 Cayman GT4 CS MR, while series newcomers Premier Racing bring their #120 718 Cayman variant to the table with driver Adam Adelson.
Watch History Unfold
The season opens with Official Practice on March 5th at 9:00 am PT. Although public attendance is prohibited at the track due to local health and safety regulations, fans still have several options to see the inaugural event unfold.
SRO’s GT World YouTube channel will handle global, unrestricted live-streaming of races, while SiriusXM simulcasts audio on SXM Channel 382 (992 on the web/app). CBS Sports Network’s highlights package premieres Sunday, March 17th at 8:30 pm ET. The weekend schedule, live timing and scoring, and session reports will be available at gtamerica.us.
Finally, get up-to-the minute info on the GT America powered by AWS social channels on Facebook @srogtamerica, Instagram @gt_america and Twitter @gt_america_
Sonoma Event Schedule - PDF