Sprint Racers Ready for VIR with a 26 Car Field for GT America powered by AWS

10 June 2022 GT America
  • Dakalos and Kurtz tied for SRO3 points lead
  • Bell, Radisic, and McKenna seeking to be first repeat winner in GT4 this season 
  • Moses returns to GT2 class
  •  Entry List | Timetable | Event Tickets 

Alton, Virginia - The hills of Virginia will be alive with the sound of sports car racing as GT America powered by AWS takes to the 3.27-mile-long tarmac for its third race weekend of the year. After a thrilling first and second race on the Indycar St. Petersburg weekend, followed by an exceptionally action-packed all SRO weekend at Sonoma in April, teams have had a chance to take a breather and prepare for this prestigious East Coast track.

GT America is sports car sprint racing at its finest. Featuring multiple classes 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 finish. For this third weekend of the 2022 season, 26 racers will line up in grid behind the wheel of BMWs, Mercedes-AMGs, Porsches, Ferraris, Aston Martins, Audis, Toyotas, and one mean Chevrolet.

SRO3

2021’s back-to-back winner in SRO3 at VIR, Brendan Iribe, won’t be on-hand to defend his title in this class. This means everyone’s got a fresh shot at it, and could go to anyone. It’s looking like the #27 Daskalos Racing Audi R8 LMS driven by season points leader Jason Daskalos has a very good chance, as he’s claimed one win and two second-place finishes so far this season. But then, the #04 CrowdStrike Racing with Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 (George Kurtz) is running strong and sitting second in season points, having secured a first and third place finish at St. Petersburg. Kurtz finished just off the podium at VIR in 2021. 

Zelus Motorsports teammates Jason Harward and Jeff Burton, piloting the #88 and #191 Lamborghini Huracan GT3s, respectively, have also shown strong pace so far this year. Harward finished second in SRO3 in Race 2 at VIR last year, so he’s well-versed in what it takes to be up front on this fast and menacing track. Zelus also sits firmly in third for season points, though Triarsi Competizione is only five points away with 45.

Long-time World Challenge competitor Andy Pilgrim will be in the ranks as well, piloting the #56 SKI Autosports Ferrari 458 Italia GT3, a naturally aspirated beast that we can’t wait to hear thunder down VIR’s long straightaways.

GT4

GT4 will be by far the most populous class at VIR, which means there will be no shortage of hard-fought action on track. Without Sean Quinlan around to defend his podium sweep from 2021, anyone could taste top-spot glory for Race 5 and 6. Especially after strong finishes so far this year by 2021 series champion Jason Bell in the #2 GMG Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4, as well as the #4 Smooge Racing Toyota Supra GT4 piloted by Jose DaSilva, the #25 Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR driven by Gray Newell, as well as Ross Chouest in the #50 Chouest Povoledo Racing Aston. The latter two saw mid-pack finishes at VIR in 2021, and this year’s installment could be their chance to move on up to the podium.

After a penalty knocked the #99 Rotek Racing Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport driven by Robb Holland off the podium in Race 1 at Sonoma, Rotek will be looking to make up for the loss in points for sure. Especially after Holland having shown great pace so far this season, as well as having strong performances at VIR in 2021.

Another driver to look out for is St. Petersburg Race 2 winner Marko Radisic, who drove the #22 SRQ Motorsports Group BMW M4 GT4 home to some solid top-ten finishes at Sonoma, and will definitely be looking to take it up a notch for his first time racing in GT America at VIR.

Making his 2022 season debut will be Paul Keibler, driver of the #89 RENNTech Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT4.

GT2

After driving home to victory in Race 2 at St. Petersburg, the #58 GMG Racing Audi LMS GT2 driven by CJ Moses will take to the track once again.  VIR is the home track for Moses, while his sponsor AWS has offices in Virginia, so he’ll no doubt have family and friends cheering him on. 

The sophomore season of GT America is sure to be one for the history books with strong car-counts, solid driving talent, and some of the best racetracks that North America has to offer.

Tickets are available starting at just $22. Enjoy the hills of Virginia with the sights and sounds of sports car racing while getting up-close with the cars and stars of the series in our open paddock.

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

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