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.
The five-race schedule, which will support the Blancpain GT World Challenge America, will feature 20 examples of the 2.2-liter 450hp turbocharged mid-engined Saleen 1, and will run under the banner of the Saleen Cup.
The single-make series invites prospective drivers and enthusiasts to compete at Sonoma Raceway (June 7-9), Portland International Raceway (July 12-14), Watkins Glen (Aug. 30- Sept. 1), Road America (Sept. 20-22) and Las Vegas (Oct. 18-20). The ultimate prize is a chance to win a factory seat in Saleen’s GT4 entry for the 2020 season.
“I am very pleased to welcome the Saleen 1 Cup Series to the Blancpain GT World Challenge America schedule for the 2019 season,” said Stephane Ratel, founder and CEO of SRO Motorsports Group.
“The Saleen name is instantly recognizable to every race fan and I have fond memories of the wonderful S7-R competing in the FIA GT Championship more than a decade ago.
“The new Saleen 1 is an exciting new project for the brand and the “arrive-and-drive” concept is the ideal way to showcase it at some of the most iconic circuits in the United States. I look forward to the inaugural event at Sonoma Raceway in June.”
Steve Saleen, CEO and founder of Saleen Automotive, said: “The Saleen Cup is the next chapter in our company’s return to motorsports. Racing is in the DNA of everything we do at Saleen.
“The technology and design of the new Saleen 1 model is a direct result of extensive track-testing and development, so it’s only natural that the new model makes its debut on some of the most iconic racetracks in America.”
The Saleen Cup is open to standard “D” licensed drivers, and offers a distinct professional-level racing experience, in which each car is equally prepared and maintained in-house, including back-up cars, plus transported to each race event.
The Saleen Cup also features two-racer teams, enabling participants to split the cost.
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