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Crucial Confirms Second McLaren Artura GT4 for Sebring

Father-and-son Ron and Eric Zitza confirmed in team’s second GS class entry…

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

Crucial Motorsports will bring a second McLaren Artura GT4 to next week’s IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge round at Sebring International Raceway for series debutants Ron and Eric Zitza.

The father-and-son duo will pilot the No. 85 Artura GT4 supported by SJP Motorsports and McLaren Orlando.

“We are excited to expand to a two-car GS program for Sebring,” said Crucial’s partnership director Paul Holton. “It is a natural step in the progression of the team here at Crucial Motorsports.

“We are super excited about the Artura GT4 after an incredible first showing at Daytona and some positive testing since then in the lead up to Sebring.

“Ron and Eric have a lot of driving experience together and should slot nicely into the team we have built up here at Crucial.

“With the support of SJP Motorsports I think they have all the tools necessary to be successful in the ultra-competitive environment of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.”

The Zitza’s own and operate Zotz Racing, an Orlando-based independent Porsche service and race shop.

“I am very excited to have my pro debut with IMSA at Sebring, a track I am very familiar with and with Ron, my dad, as my co-driver,” said Eric.

“I cannot wait to work with Crucial and SJP Motorsports on the new Artura GT4 McLaren which will be new to me.”

Ron Zitza added: “After the blessings of a long successful driving career of many years, relationships with thousands of people in the motorsport industry, no race will mean more to me than having the privilege to race with my son in his pro debut with IMSA.

“Working with Crucial and SJP Motorsports on the new Artura GT4 McLaren will be exciting.”

The team’s No. 58 McLaren of Michael de Quesada, Henry O’Hara and Aurora Straus finished sixth in January’s season-opening round at Daytona International Speedway.

“We have a solid car from McLaren Customer Racing and a great team behind our program,” said operations director Aaron Nash.

“I am excited to see where we go as developments are made and we learn more and more about the car. Our outlook is bright and we are excited to get the Sebring event started.”

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