2017 Trans Am Champion Gar Robinson and sportscar racing ace Shane Lewis will be competing for the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge GTS crown in 74 Ranch Resort Mercedes-AMG GT4s prepared by Robinson Racing.
Robinson Racing capturing two of the past three championships in the Trans Am Series, and is known historically for successful IMSA GT and Grand Am prototype programs. Second-generation racer, Gar Robinson, who has twice taken the Trans-Am title, will campaign the #74 Mercedes, while Shane Lewis – who has won at the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, and the 24 Hours of Dubai as well as the 2017 Trans Am West Coast Championship, will pilot car #72.
“This is a big, positive move for everyone at Robinson Racing,” says team owner George Robinson. “In the nearly 30 years this team’s been racing together, it’s probably been at least 20 years since we’ve entered a paddock so ripe with manufacturer presence and support.
“That’s huge, and not just for the opportunities it presents to all the drivers, but it has also had very real benefits to teams like ours through the ability to campaign factory-built cars with factory support on- and off-track in terms of engineering support, parts and spares, and of course the marketing power that we all get to enjoy.
“This is one of the few series we haven’t raced in, and we’re very excited to compete there.”
Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, observed: “The GT4 segment is getting more and more popular. After achievements in GT3 Racing, the Mercedes-AMG GT4 is opening another valuable platform for us to prove our competence as a globally successful sportscar performance brand.”
“Pirelli World Challenge has some of the best racing out there, and such a diverse field of awesome cars and manufacturers,” said Gar Robinson. “My crew is my dad’s old crew – the same guys I’ve been racing with since they were running prototypes for my dad and quarter midgets for me, so no matter where we’re racing, it always feels like family. And while this is a new car in a new series with some tracks that are new to us, or at least new to me, the only thing I can imagine that’s better than going racing with this team is going racing with this team and Mercedes-AMG!”
Added Lewis: “Pirelli World Challenge is without peer in its ability to attract and engage global manufacturers. Couple that with forward-thinking media and marketing platforms that combine social media savvy with partners such as Motor Trend OnDemand and CBS Sports, then add in great venues and a smart mix of standalone weekends and pairings with established marquee events like Long Beach and St Pete with IndyCar, and it’s easy to see why we’re so excited.”
Robinson and Lewis will also contest the Pirelli World Challenge’s Sprint-X championship together.