Mustang GT4 Set for PWC Debut at CTMP

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

The Ford Mustang GT4 is set for its Pirelli World Challenge debut in this weekend’s round at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, with Ernie Francis Jr. spearheading the driver lineup for PF Racing.

The three-time Trans-Am TA4 class champion and runner-up in the PWC TC class championship will share driving duties of the GT4-spec Mustang with James Pesek in the pair of SprintX races, with Francis also entered in the standalone GTS Sprint rounds.

The Multimatic-built Mustang made its competition debut in January’s IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season-opener at Daytona in January and claimed a maiden victory one race later at Sebring.

While having run without full SRO GT4 homologation in those events, it’s understood the CTMP round will be the car’s first race in full, approved GT4 specification.

“I cannot thank JR Pesek enough for this opportunity and we look forward to bringing the car out to a few more races in hopes of a full season effort next year,” Francis wrote on his Facebook page.

“I’m excited to get behind the wheel of the latest Ford machinery and battle it out among World Challenge’s best.”

The additional entry brings the SprintX grid up to 33 cars for this weekend.

7 Comments

  1. MYSTYKRACER

    May 17, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    It’s really cool that there are two major viable GT racing series in the U.S. now and a number of other serious minor league series. Hopefully the casual fans will recognize and make their way back to sports car racing like the Trans Am era of the 60’s instead of hanging on to dieing clown show of NASCRAP!

    • Sportscar elitism is pointless

      May 17, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      Yeah, that’s the way to interest new fans. Implying they are stupid is always endearing.

      • jrw

        May 17, 2017 at 5:23 pm

        Somebody’s a wee bit over-sensitive.

      • Day-Day

        May 17, 2017 at 9:23 pm

        I saw no implication that anyone is stupid. Obviously it seems the previous post’s author is not a fan of NASCAR, but did not bash the sport’s fans.

      • Dan

        May 18, 2017 at 6:32 am

        Nobody implied they are stupid. Your reading to much into this or just looking for an excuse to get butthurt.

    • Andy Flinn

      May 18, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      Yes, 32 cars on the entry list for CTMP – and only ONE Mustang.

      Of course, there are only two Camaros and two Cadillacs among those 32 entries.

      What’s worse, these GT4 cars do NOTHING to correct the sad fact that there isn’t a single Ford, GM or Chrysler vehicle racing in IMSA GTD, which is supposed to be a customer sports car racing class in a North American (Domestic) sports car racing series.

      Sad.

      So here’s my question:

      Why doesn’t anyone, except a very few blessed factory-blessed teams, actually race Ford or GM GT cars?

      The new Mustang and Camaro GT4s are good efforts to correct whay right now is pathetic representation in both PWC and IMSA.

      However, I won’t be impressed (and neither will the typical NASCAR fan I suspect) until Ford and GM actually start selling some of these cars to more than one or two token race teams.

      We’ll have to wait and see….

  2. WBrowning

    May 18, 2017 at 9:25 am

    There is nothing wrong with more cars, tracks and races. IMSA – CTSC has a very limited schedule and if you race a GT4, PWC gives you more places to race it.

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