IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge competitors are set for their second endurance race of the season, with a total of 38 cars on the entry list for this weekend’s Tioga Downs Casino Resort 240 at Watkins Glen International.
The pre-event entry list for the fourth round of the season sees a number of additions and changes since the series’ most recent round at Mid-Ohio last month.
It includes the Pilot Challenge debuts for both Blackdog Speed Shop and Capstone Motorsports as well as the return of the No. 09 Automatic Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT4 for Brandon Kidd, Ramin Abdolvahabi and Rob Ecklin.
Notlad Racing by RS1 will also be back in action this weekend with Patrick Gallagher and Stevan McAleer at the wheel of the team’s Aston Martin.
Orey Fidani, who missed Mid-Ohio due to his wife’s pending birth of their child, is slated to rejoin Kuno Wittmer, who along with Chris Green, scored top honors in their AWA McLaren 570S GT4.
With two wins out of three races, Wittmer currently leads the GS points standings with a 120-point advantage over the Turner Motorsport duo of Robby Foley and Vinnie Barletta in second.
The four-hour race will see a handful of teams opt for third drivers including both Riley Motorsports Toyota GR Supra GT4s.
Colin Braun has been drafted into the No. 21 Toyota alongside Scott Andrews and Anton Dias Perera while Julian Santero will make his second start for the team in the No. 14 entry after the car’s North American debut at Daytona in January.
Other three-driver lineups include the No. 65 Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4, which sees Kenny Murillo added, and William Tally in the No. 17 Unitronic JDC-Miller Motorsports Audi RS 3 LMS TCR.
Karl Wittmer, meanwhile, will join Victor Gonzalez in the No. 88 VCMG Racing Honda Civic Type-R TCR for the race.
Of note, both the American Wheelman Racing Ford Mustang GT4 and No. 73 LA Honda World Racing Honda TCRs are absent from the entry list.
Track action kicks off on Friday with the race set for a 2:35 p.m. start on Saturday, with live coverage on Trackpass on NBC Sports Gold and IMSA Radio.