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Montecalvo, Sanchez Confirmed in Always Evolving Nissan for SprintX

Always Evolving/AIM confirm single-car Nissan for SprintX…

Photo: Always Evolving

Photo: Always Evolving

The Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 will return to the Pirelli World Challenge Championship in the SprintX events with Always Evolving/Aim Autosport, it has been announced

Mexican ace and former GT Academy winner Ricardo Sanchez will team up with Frankie Montecalvo for a single-car effort beginning with next weekend’s round at Virginia International Raceway.

The GT-R NISMO GT3 was a race winner in PWC competition last year with another GT Academy winner Bryan Heitkotter taking a pair of wins at the Utah Motorsports Campus.

Sanchez heads to the U.S. championship after spending the past two seasons racing in Europe in the Blancpain GT Series with Nissan.

“After racing for the past two years in Europe, it’s really exciting to get the chance to race the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 in the US,” Sanchez said.

“It’s a completely new chapter for me. I’ve got a whole new set of tracks to learn but the GT-R has been really strong in the U.S. and I’m looking forward to continuing my career in a new country.”

Sanchez has been preparing for his U.S. debut by going back to his racing roots.

“I have been training on most of the tracks in the simulator and I’ve been looking at on-board videos from VIR,” he said.

“I think the GT-R could be really strong there because of the fast corners and the track is really quick. I really can’t wait. I know the car well and Frankie knows the tracks – I think we’ll make a great combination.”

Montecalvo is no stranger to success in PWC, having won the GTA class championship in 2015 with seven victories.

His racing resume also includes two assaults on the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a full season in the European Le Mans Series in 2013 and runner-up finish at the Dubai 24 Hours.

“I’m very excited to team up with Always Evolving and AIM Autosport in the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 for the Sprint X Series,” Montecalvo said.

“I’ve always been a fan of the GT-R, both as a racecar and the streetcar version, and I’m very, very excited to be working together this year.”

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  1. JeffB

    April 17, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    No Bryan Heitkotter? Race winner Bryan Heitkotter? That is a disappointment.

    Certainly happy the cars are back at some level, but no sprint races either? Another bummer.

    • Schmerkel

      April 17, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      I was thinking the same thing. Disappointed for Bryan. Hope he turns up somewhere!

    • Troy

      April 17, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      Nissan Mexico is willing to pay to put Sanchez in the car. Nissan USA doesn’t care about racing and therefore won’t put any money up to put Heitkotter or Hammann in the car.

    • Doug

      April 17, 2017 at 5:12 pm

      Nissan USA is a joke. It’s sad for the US GT Academy guys that aren’t getting rides because their country, one of Nissan’s largest markets, won’t spend money on racing.

      • NASCAR/DPs Suck

        April 18, 2017 at 10:58 am

        Yep, pretty crappy they can’t even pony up for a PWC program when there are manufacturers out there doing both IMSA, WEC, PWC, etc. simultaneously.

  2. seth

    April 17, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Awesome, Sprint-X is bringing the car counts up

  3. Matt

    April 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Has there been any confirmation of the Bentleys for SprintX yet? It’d be a shame to see these cars misisng from half the PWC schedule.

    • cbbrit

      April 17, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      Yes it was announced three days ago that Vincent Abril and Alex Imperatori will be paired with Adderly Fong and Yufeng Luo respectively!

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