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How Pirelli kept the wheels turning into the Indianapolis 8 Hour

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in March, one of the European countries hit most hard was Italy – the home of Pirelli. As lockdown spread around the world, it also meant months of downtime for the brand’s American motorsports operation – before restarting a season that would be condensed into a rescheduling nightmare.

Honda launches GT3 Driver Academy

Honda Performance Development has set up an HPD GT3 Driver Academy to help professional racers “accelerate their racing career via on-track and off-track skills training” from Acura and HPD-supported teams.

Long Beach GT4 America: Pumpelly beats James, Keegan top Amateur

Spencer Pumpelly’s polesitting TRG Porsche 718 Cayman CS led from start to finish to clinch the Pirelli GT4 America win at Long Beach, holding off Ian James’ Panoz Avezzano in the closing laps.

Ratel: New format sparked GT3 rebound in US after “worrying” 2018

SRO chief Stephane Ratel believes this year’s bumper grid for the revamped Blancpain GT World Challenge is due to a revised format that offers teams better value for their race programs.

St Pete GT4 America: Buford dominates, all-action race behind him

Jade Buford dominated the second Pirelli GT4 America Sprint stanza on the streets of St Petersburg in Florida on Sunday in his PF Racing Ford Mustang.

Analysis: Pirelli’s GT program shows it’s not all about F1

Alongside its headline-grabbing activity in Formula 1, Pirelli is a huge supporter of global GT racing. As a new era in the United States kicked off last weekend, with SRO taking control of the World Challenge, Motorsport.com was there to get the inside line on its involvement.

St Pete GT4 America: James scores last-gasp victory for Panoz

Ian James won the Pirelli GT4 America Sprint opener with a last-lap pass for victory on the streets of St Petersburg in Florida on Saturday, an event marred by a brutal crash that befell Nicholai Elghanayan.

IndyCar 2019 Firestone GP of St. Petersburg weekend schedule

The NTT IndyCar Series, plus all three categories of the Road To Indy and also SRO Americas’ GT4 and Touring Car classes are in action at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg this weekend. Here’s what’s on, when it’s on, and how to watch it.

COTA Blancpain GT America: Molina, Vilander conquer in Ferrari

Miguel Molina recovered from a slightly slow restart late in the race to send his R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 488 back past Andy Soucek’s K-PAX Bentley Continental and win the second Blancpain GT World Challenge America event at Circuit of The Americas.

COTA GT4 America: Hindman/Brynjolfsson just win SprintX race two

Trent Hindman and Alan Brynjolfsson won round two of the Pirelli GT4 America SprintX at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas, ahead of yesterday’s winners, Matt Travis and Jason Hart, who recovered from a pitstop penalty to finish a close second.

COTA Blancpain GT America: Battling Bentleys win season opener

Bentley’s Rodrigo Baptista and Maxime Soulet overcame K-PAX Racing teammates Andy Soucek and Alvaro Parente to win the first round of the revamped Blancpain GT World Challenge America at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas on Saturday.

COTA GT4 America: Travis and Hart dominate SprintX opener

Texans Matt Travis and Jason Hart demolished the opposition in the SRO Pirelli GT4 SprintX season opener at Circuit of The Americas with the Nolasport Porsche 718 Cayman CS MR.

Saleen returns to racing with one-make series

Saleen Automotive has partnered with the SRO Motorsports Group to introduce the world's first professional "arrive-and-drive" series to showcase its new Saleen 1.

Wright Motorsports returns to Blancpain America

Two Porsche 911 GT3 Rs run by Wright Motorsports will be on the starting grid for what was formerly the GT class of the Pirelli World Challenge, now known as Blancpain GT World Challenge America.

Former NASCAR VP of competition joins Andretti Autosport

Robin Pemberton, who for over 10 years served as NASCAR’s vice president of competition, will oversee Andretti Autosport’s entry into the Pirelli GT4 America Series.

Andretti Autosport team with McLaren for Pirelli GT4 America

Jarett Andretti will race a McLaren 570S in the GT4 America Series which, under SRO’s stewardship, effectively replaces the Pirelli World Challenge’s GTS class this year.

Autosport Awards: GT lynchpin Ratel awarded Gregor Grant trophy

Stephane Ratel's enormous contribution to the last quarter-century of GT sportscar racing was recognised with a Gregor Grant Award at the 2018 Autosport Awards.

SRO to launch 2019 World Challenge to link three series

The Stephane Ratel Organisation will link its three continental sprint series into an 18-round global championship for manufacturers in 2019 under the Blancpain GT World Challenge banner.

Panoz team to continue racing after founder's passing

The US Panoz team will continue racing next season in tribute to its founder Don Panoz, who died earlier this month.

Don Panoz, 1935-2018

Don Panoz, entrepreneur, maverick and legend of sportscar racing, has died. He was 83.

Utah PWC: Champions Molina/Vilander win SprintX GT finale

Miguel Molina and Toni Vilander won the second Pirelli World Challenge GT race at the Utah Grand Prix, sealing the SprintX title in the process in their R.Ferri Ferrari 488.

Utah PWC: Gottsacker wins SprintX GTS finale but misses title

Harry Gottsacker won the second Pirelli World Challenge’s SprintX GTS race at the Utah Grand Prix, but missed out on winning the title at the final round.

Utah PWC: Ferrari aces dominate SprintX GT after Bentleys flop

Toni Vilander and Miguel Molina won race 1 for the Pirelli World Challenge’s Utah Grand Prix SprintX GT event in their Ferrari, after the challenge of qualifying dominators Bentley evaporated.

Utah PWC: James and Keegan win for Panoz in GTS SprintX

Ian James and Matt Keegan won race 1 of the GTS element of the Pirelli World Challenge SprintX for Panoz at Utah Motorsports Campus.

Ratel: Five or six new GT2 cars could be ready by 2019

There could be as many as five or six new GT2 supercars ready to race by the second half of next year, according to class instigator Stephane Ratel.

Portland PWC: Hargrove/Henzler penalized, GT SprintX given to TruSpeed

Scott Hargrove and Wolf Henzler appeared to drive their Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R to victory at Portland International Raceway but were penalized 3sec for an on-track infringement and dropped to third.

Portland PWC: Gottsacker’s SIN beats Panoz, scores first SprintX win

Harry Gottsacker finally nailed his first GTS SprintX victory at Portland on Sunday in the Racers Edge SIN R1, turning the tables on Panoz’s Ian James and Matt Keegan who beat him in Saturday’s round

Portland PWC: James/Keegan score hard-earned GTS SprintX victory

A fascinating late-race duel between the Panoz Avezzante of Ian James and the SIN R1 of Harry Gottsacker was resolved in the former’s favor with less than two minutes on the clock.

Portland PWC: Vilander/Molina capture GT SprintX victory

The R Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 488 of Toni Vilander and Miguel Molina emerged from its pitstop marginally ahead of the polesitting Alegra Motorsports Porsche and Molina then pulled away to an untroubled victory

Brabham joins CRP for PWC SprintX at Portland

Matt Brabham will join CRP Racing’s fulltime driver Daniel Morad in the #2 Mercedes AMG GT3 for this weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge races at Portland International Raceway.

Road America PWC: Christensen wins in Alegra Porsche

Michael Christensen defeated Saturday’s PWC GT winner Alvaro Parente to clinch victory at Road America for Alegra Motorsports, while Ian James scored GTS victory for a second straight day in the Panoz Avezzano.

Road America PWC: Parente’s K-PAX Bentley storms to victory

Alvaro Parente drove his K-PAX Bentley Continental to a relatively untroubled victory, his second of the year, after dominating the GT class in a combined GT/GTS race.

Lime Rock PWC: Porsche and Ferrari share GT SprintX spoils

Porsche and Ferrari claimed the GT class SprintX victories at Lime Rock Park in two action-packed races on Memorial Day Monday.

Lime Rock PWC: Elghanayan denied GTS SprintX double

A late-race problem thwarted Nicolai Elghanayan’s effort to sweep both GTS SprintX Pirelli World Challenge races in his KTM X-bow at Lime Rock on Monday, having dominated the opening race of the double-header.

SRO becomes majority shareholder in WC Vision

The SRO Motorsports Group, which owns and runs the Blancpain GT Series, has become the major shareholder in WC Vision LLC, which produces the Pirelli World Challenge.

CTMP PWC: Aschenbach beats James by 0.145s in GTS Race 2

Lawson Aschenbach doubled up at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in the GTS class of the Pirelli World Challenge on Sunday morning in his Blackdog Chevrolet Camaro.

CTMP PWC: Home hero Morad dominates delayed GT Race 1

Local ace Daniel Morad recorded a dominant, if belated, victory in the first race of the Pirelli World Challenge GT class weekend at Candian Tire Motorsport Park.

VIR PWC: GMG Audi beats Mustang, Camaro for GTS SprintX win

Pole-sitter James Sofronas lost out on the opening lap, but he, Alex Welch and the GMG pitcrew were perfect thereafter to win ahead of the VOLT Mustang and the Blackdog Speed Shop Camaro of Lawson Aschenbach and Andy Pilgrim.

VIR PWC: Skeen/Heckert deliver GT SprintX win for Lone Star

A late and opportunistic pass from Mike Skeen on yesterday’s winner Rodrigo Baptista ensured the Lone Star Racing Mercedes AMG GT he shares with Sean Heckert went to victory lane at Virginia International Raceway.

VIR PWC: VOLT Mustang conquers GTS SprintX race 1

Trent Hindman and Alan Brynjolfsson drove a brilliant race in VOLT Racing’s Ford Mustang to win at Virginia International Raceway ahead of title contenders James Sofronas (Audi R8) and Lawson Aschenbach (Chevrolet Camaro).

VIR PWC: Joy and despair for K-PAX Bentley in GT SprintX Race 1

Rodrigo Baptista and Maxime Soulet scored a dominant win at Virginia International Raceway, but K-PAX Bentley teammate Alvaro Parente was shoved off and into a barrier on the opening lap.

Long Beach PWC: Mancinelli beats Vilander in Ferrari domination

Toni Vilander was the record-setting polesitter for R. Ferri Motorsports, but it was Daniel Mancinelli whose TR3 Ferrari 488 who conquered on raceday, after a long caution period reduced the 50min race to 32 laps.

Austin PWC: Vilander/Molina complete GT SprintX double

Once Miguel Molina passed Jeff Segal for the lead on Lap 2 of the SprintX event, he and Toni Vilander's R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari had it all under control to complete a sweep of the weekend’s GT SprintX races at COTA.

Austin PWC: GMG Audi grabs win in second GTS SprintX race

The GMG Audi R8 of James Sofronas and Alex Welch had just made it into the lead ahead of a pair of BMW M4s before COTA’s second GTSX race ended under a full-course yellow for stranded cars on the racing surface.

Austin PWC: Molina stars as Ferrari beats Mercedes in GTs

A stunning final stint from ex-DTM racer Miguel Molina sealed the first Pirelli World Challenge GT SprintX victory of the season for the R.Ferri Motorsports Ferrari team, along with Toni Vilander.

Austin PWC: Buford/Maxwell clinch GTS SprintX Race 1 victory

Jade Buford and Scott Maxwell took full advantage of a slow stop from the SIN R1 of Harry Gottsacker to drive their PF Racing Ford Mustang to Victory Lane at COTA, winning by 1.3sec.

St. Pete PWC: Aschenbach wins GTS again, huge crash stops race

Lawson Aschenbach drove his Blackdog Speed Shop Camaro to his 26th Pirelli World Challenge victory in the second GTS race of the weekend at St Petersburg on Sunday, a race which ended early after a big crash near the end.

St. Pete PWC: Hargrove clinches GT race on series debut

Scott Hargrove came from the back of an 11-car grid to clinch victory in the season-opening Pirelli World Challenge GT race at St. Petersburg, a venue where he has scored wins and podiums in Mazda Road To Indy open-wheelers.

K-PAX Racing signs Soucek, Soulet for PWC GT SprintX rounds

K-PAX Racing has signed Bentley Motorsport factory drivers Andy Soucek and Maxime Soulet for the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge SprintX GT series.

Blackdog Speed Shop announce Pilgrim, Cooper for PWC Sprint X

Two of GM’s star tin-top racers of the past 20 years, Michael Cooper and Andy Pilgrim, will share driving duties with Tony Gaples and Lawson Aschenbach in the GTS-class SprintX races in this year’s Pirelli World Challenge.

Squadra Corse Garage Italia Americas reveals Ferrari plans

A new team, Squadra Corse Garage Italia Americas, will contest the Pirelli World Challenge in 2018 with a Ferrari 488 GT3 driven by Martin Fuentes and Caesar Bacarella.

Blackdog Speed Shop confirms Camaros for Aschenbach, Gaples

Blackdog Speed Shop has announced it will return to Pirelli World Challenge to defend its trio of GTS Sprint titles with the Lawson Aschenbach-Tony Gaples combo in a pair of Chevrolet Camaro GT4.Rs.

Dalziel, Chase join TruSpeed in PWC

Parker Chase and Ryan Dalziel have been signed by Pirelli World Challenge team TruSpeed AutoSport to race an Audi R8 GT3 in the GTA class.

Flying Lizard switches to Audi R8s for World Challenge GTS campaign

Flying Lizard Motorsports will return to the Pirelli World Challenge in 2018 for its second season in the GTS class but is switching from Porsche Caymans to Audi R8 LMS GT4s.

TruSpeed returns to World Challenge with Audi R8s

TruSpeed AutoSport is to return to the Pirelli World Challenge, with a pair of ex-Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8 GT3s in the GT class.

PWC opens 2018 competitor registration

WC Vision announces sporting , technical regulations and racing format schedules

GTS star Baptista joins Parente in K-PAX Bentley squad

K-PAX Racing has added Rodrigo Baptista to its full-time roster for the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge season, as it switches to Bentley machinery from McLaren.

Former Cadillac ace Cooper to race Callaway Corvette

Callaway Competition USA has announced that Michael Cooper and Daniel Keilwitz will race the team’s pair of Corvette C7 GT3-R in next year’s Pirelli World Challenge.

Robinson Racing enters two Mercedes-AMGs in World Challenge GTS

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.