- Single-driver SRO GT Racing Returns to COTA After Multi-Year Absence
- 26-car Field Hits the Famed Austin Circuit
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Austin, Texas - Hot on the heels of a spectacular series-opening stint in Sonoma, the GT America powered by AWS series now heads to Texas to take on the storied Circuit of the Americas course in Austin, Texas as part of a full four-series SRO schedule on April 30th to May 2nd.
Deep in the rolling hills of the rural area outside Austin, the 3.431-mile circuit features a dramatic 133-foot climb into the first of twenty turns on the fast and technical track. A competition weekend set squarely in the middle of Spring is sure to see a mix of both sunny and warm and possibly cool and wet weather, with the month of May being Austin’s wettest month. These challenging conditions are sure to test the drivers’ skills and teams’ coordinating efforts in vying for a hardware-earning position in Austin.
Challenging Fields Brings Out Familiar Names in New Situations
As this is only the second double-header competition weekend of the series, there are still some learning curves to overcome for drivers that are new to single-driver GT racing. What’s not new is the quality of the manufacturers behind the machinery, many of which have cut their respective teeth in racing. Familiar GT machines from Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Ford, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes-AMG, Porsche and more are ready to go flag-to-flag with no pit stops, refuels, or driver changes - a true unimpeded sprint to the checkered..
Daskalos Motorsports, with principal Jason Daskalos driving the #27 R8 LMS, will pilot the sole Audi entry in the SRO3 field and look to keep his foot on the proverbial gas going into the Austin weekend after recovering from an inauspicious Round 1 at Sonoma with a podium finish for Round 2.
James Sofronas, another principal/driver in the mix, will try his competition hand behind the wheel of the #14 GMG Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3, the only Lamborghini-badged vehicle on the GMG COTA roster. Series newcomer Jason Harward will take his pair of third-place Sonoma finishes and look for the means to take his #88 Zelus Motorsports Lamborghini to an even higher step on the podium. Rearden Racing’s #191 Huracan will again see Jeff Burton behind the wheel and in the hunt for overall and SRO 3 Masters honors. In the GT2 division, the #381 Lamborghini Super Trofeo GT2 will have series newcomer TPC Racing’s Scott Schmidt at the helm.
George Kurtz will continue to light the way for Mercedes-AMG badged SRO3 competitors, having come off a series-opening sweep at Sonoma in the #04 DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3. Kurtz will be joined by teammate and fellow Mercedes-AMG GT3 driver CJ Moses, making his GT America debut from TC America competition last year.
The Porsche contingent continues to make its presence known in SR03 competition with three entries rounding out the field. The #32 GMG Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R (991.2) will take steering and pedal input from driver Kyle Washington. Series and Porsche regulars Wright Motorsports return with Charlie Luck behind the wheel of the #45 entry, having seen Luck capture both second place overall and SRO3 Masters class positions for both competition rounds at Sonoma. Finally the latest Porsche entry comes in the form of Flying Lizard Motorsports’ Andy Wilzoch assuming driver duties behind the wheel of the #460 Porsche 911 GT3R (991) in the SRO3 Masters division.
Impressive GT4 Field to Bring More Action and Excitement to Austin
The level of skill and talent in the GT America GT4 field is astounding as many drivers long for the simplicity of start-to-finish sprint racing in agile, moderately-powered machines.
Under the Aston Martin marque, the Notlad Racing by RS1 team will return with the Matt Dalton piloting the #00 Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 after a pair of middle-of-the-pack performances in Sonoma. GMG Racing’s Jason Bell, a newcomer to the Vantage AMR GT4 platform, looks to take his third and fourth-in-class Sonoma finishes further in his #2 entry. The Heart of Racing’s Gray Newell, driving the #25 Aston Martin entry, will attempt to shake off the freshman finishing positions seen at Sonoma and aim directly for the hardware-winning podium positions instead.
Triplicate Audis will make their way to the GT America GT4 grid. First, the pair from GMG Racing will contest the field with Jason Nolan driving the #07 R8 LMS GT4 and Elias Sabo behind the wheel of the #08 unit. ROTR Motorsports Alex Welch will saddle up in the third Audi, which wears the #76 numberplates.
A pair of BMWs will represent the Bavarian coachmaker in the GT4 division. Classic BMW’s Phil Bloom, fresh off a Top 5 and weekend-closing podium showing at Sonoma, will return in the #11 BMW M4 GT4 for another run at the top spot. Stephen Cameron Racing’s Sean Quinlan will pilot the team’s #119 entry.
Rob Holland, in the #99 Rotek Racing Ford Mustang GT4, is the manufacturer outlier and has used that to announce that he is the one to catch at COTA - having brought home first and second-place trophies from the series-opener at Sonoma.
McLaren’s only GTAM GT4 entry comes from series newcomers Prive Motorsports/Topp Racing. Driver Thomas Surgent will man the #26 McLaren 570S GT4 around the Austin circuit in search of a podium.
The Mercedes-AMG GT4 will also get a trio of competitors behind the wheel in the division. Chris Cagnazzi will join teammate Ross Chouest under the RENNtech Motorsports banner, Cagnazzi’s #39 making its racing debut next to Chouest’s #89. SRO regular Jeff Courtney will have a turn in the new-to-him Mercedes-AMG GT4 as he debuts the #999 RecStuff Racing entry in Austin.
Rounding out the manufacturer challenges are the three Porsche-badged competitors. Black Swan Racing’s sixth place finish at Sonoma will have driver Tim Pappas searching for more when he takes to the track in the team’s #54 entry. The Premier Racing entry will see Adam Adelson behind the till of the #120 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR, while Stephen Cameron Racing’s second GT4 prospect will see driver Alain Stad contesting in the #619 Porsche.
Watch All of the GT Action
The season opens with Official Practice on April 30 at 9:00 am CT. 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 Saturday, May 8th at 5:30 pm ET. The weekend schedule, live timing and scoring, and session reports will be available at gtamerica.us.
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