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RealTime Enters Two Acuras for California 8H; Evaluating TCR for ’18

RealTime Racing is evaluating its options for 2018…

Photo: Halston Pitman/RealTime Racing

RealTime Racing has entered a pair of Acura NSX GT3 cars for the Intercontinental GT Challenge California 8 Hours at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, team owner Peter Cunningham has confirmed.

The Pirelli World Challenge stalwarts will take part in the inaugural round of the championship in North America on Oct. 13-15, and while driver lineups have not been announced, Cunningham said that drivers currently associated with the PWC program are likely to be involved.

The confirmation comes amid questions into the Wisconsin-based team’s 2018 program, having been linked to a move to the TCR class with the all-new Honda Civic Type R.

It’s understood MRLS could be the final race for the team’s Acuras, with the manufacturer set to withdraw its factory support for both RealTime and Michael Shank Racing at the end of the year.

Cunningham admitted a wide array of options are still under consideration for 2018.

“I think that there’s a number of things on the table,” he told Sportscar365. “We are looking at a continuation of the GT3 program with the NSX.

“That is dependent on a couple of things. We are also looking at the TCR series with the Honda Civic.”

When asked if the two programs were mutually exclusive, Cunningham said, “I think that nothing is off the table.”

Cunningham said they hope to have their plans in place by the end of next month.

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based journalist and sportscaster, covering IMSA and Pirelli World Challenge. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Jenner

    September 13, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Thanks Penske!

    Two long time racing teams knocked out of racing.

    • Ryan

      September 13, 2017 at 10:33 am

      What do you mean?

      • el_gordo

        September 13, 2017 at 11:04 am

        I have a feeling both will still be racing next year anyway, but Penske is running the Acura DPi program, maybe Jenner isn’t considering that IMSA didn’t want factory support in GTD for Acura or Lexus, apparent Lexus decided to end support in PAC as well

      • Jenner

        September 14, 2017 at 12:36 am

        It means all of Acura’s resources, manpower, engineering, $$$$, is going into the P2 project, leaving nothing else for GTD or PWC.

        Now these two teams are gonna have to pound the pavement for sponsors if they want to keep racing.

        • jareth Belanger

          September 14, 2017 at 9:33 am

          This was going to happen s
          Anyways.

          GTD was supposed to be a 1year program by IMSAs choice, which MSR already prepared for.

          Realtime is going to TCR a new class, that Honda/acura really needs to showcase to sell cars in. Also GT3 is oversaturated in manufacturers, why would Honda keep a works program for a car they will have difficulty selling?

    • Not Penske's Fault

      September 13, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      This has nothing to do with Penske. I don’t mean to pull eyeballs away from SC365, but look up “PWC discussing change to GT factory teams” by a racing journalist whose initials are MP.

      • StueyB83

        September 13, 2017 at 9:23 pm

        Logical progression in play, it seems.

    • isthatyoucaitlyn

      September 13, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      One of the dumbest remarks ever on this board.

  2. Crivitz Chris

    September 13, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Penske would have nothing to do with this. In IMSA GTD, that class is a customer based class. Factory teams are not allowed. Lexus and Honda were given a one year waiver to allow a factory teams to run to get the car sorted before selling to customers. I wasn’t aware till now that Acura was pulling the Realtime support. So to me that is really odd as I believe factory teams are allowed (ex. Cadillac). But if Honda would want Realtime to develop the TCR to build a customer base and then Shank possibly being more involved with Indycar, this would all make sense

    • jareth Belanger

      September 14, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Shanks staying in GTD without the factory support. They are keeping the cars.

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