Adding to a rapidly growing professional racing program, eEuroparts.com ROWE Racing will expand to include the full 2019 season of TC America with the SRO World Challenge America racing series. Formerly known as Pirelli World Challenge, the newly revamped TC (Touring Car) America will offer up a 40min sprint format, rather than the 2hr and 4hr endurance races in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. With this announcement pairs the addition of a new Audi RS 3 LMS to the eEuroparts.com ROWE Racing squad, to be specifically configured to run in TC America competition for the entirety of the season.
“We’re very excited to be back racing with WC Vision again in 2019 in the new SRO TC America DSG Cup. This is where we started in pro-racing two years ago and it’s great to be able to bring customers back to the series,” says team owner, Matt Moran. “We think that the DSG Cup program is the perfect entry into professional sports car racing. Our 16-race calendar is the great way for customers [drivers] to get wheel-to-wheel experience and compete against other similarly rated drivers for wins and podiums. We hope to contribute to the growth and competitiveness of the fields this year and beyond.”
The SRO TC America TCR category features two 40-minute sprint races during each weekend of the eight-round championship. New to this year, the TCR DSG Cup will serve as a sub-class within TCR, limited to cars with the production based DSG transmission versus the sequential transmission. The DSG Cup will feature its own championship made up of Bronze rated drivers, complete with separate podiums and scoring.
The #15 eEuroparts.com ROWE Racing entry will feature an Audi RS 3 TCR car driven by Bryan Putt in the TCR DSG Cup, sponsored by Aires, BSPort Racing, and OcuTek. After a 12-year hiatus, Bryan re-entered the racing world and spent the past three years developing his skills at the club level. The outing included a win in the NASA Super Unlimited Championship Race. Now he feels ready to take the step up and put his skills to the test as he enters his rookie season in pro racing.
“I’m very excited to be making the step up to pro racing with eEuroparts.com ROWE Racing in the TC America DSG Cup. I’ve followed PWC and SRO for years, and think the series offers a great opportunity to compete in the pro ranks, with tight competition, skilled drivers, and an excellent organization. The TCR class offers a high level of performance with reasonable costs, a growing global field, and real competitive depth that will provide an excellent opportunity to develop my skills against high caliber drivers.”
The season will kick off with at Circuit of the Americas March 1-3, 2019.
SRO TC America – 2019 TCR Schedule:
MAR 01-03 Circuit of the Americas
MAR 08-10 Streets of St. Petersburg
APR 26-28 VIRginia International Raceway
JUN 07-09 Sonoma Raceway
JUL 12-14 Portland International Raceway
AUG 30-SEP 01 Watkins Glen International
SEP 20-22 Road America
OCT 18-20 Grand Finale TBA
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