Racers Edge Motorsports will campaign an Acura NSX GT3 Evo in Blancpain GT World Challenge America, having announced a Pro-Am class entry with Kyle Marcelli and Martin Barkey as drivers.
The Florida-based team will make its GT3 debut following several years racing SIN R1 GT4s in Pirelli GT4 America.
It is the first Acura confirmed for the new-look championship.
According to team principal Jon Mirachi, the decision to go GT3 racing was made shortly after SRO Motorsports America’s announcement of the revised series structure, which will feature two 90-minute races on each weekend.
“I was so impressed with the direction the series was taking,” Mirachi said. “The overall weekend structure, the race format and the control of costs they proposed were I thought, spot on.
“I knew right then, this was where I wanted Racers Edge to be in 2019. After that, the only question was which manufacturer to align ourselves with.
“The guys from HPD started talking to us at Utah in August and after looking at the various manufacturer opportunities available, we found the Acura NSX GT3 to be our first choice.
“We were really impressed with the NSX GT3 and the 2019 Evo package, the guys at HPD were enthusiastic about working with us, and we already knew they provide excellent support to their teams.
“We’re thrilled with our new partnership and are really looking forward to working with everyone at HPD.”
Marcelli and Barkey have previously driven together, most recently in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge competition.
“I look forward to the reunion with Martin Barkey and MBRP Performance Exhaust,” said Marcelli. “We worked together a few years ago at the beginning of his motorsport career and since then I’ve watch him develop into a successful, experienced racer.
“I expect to pick up right where we left off. I’m very pleased to be returning to the Blancpain GT World Challenge America and to be doing so with the competitive combination of the Acura NSX GT3 Evo, Racers Edge Motorsports and Martin Barkey.
“The recent changes within the series are exciting and I look forward to competing against a strong field of the best GT3 manufactures.”
Barkey added: “Heading back to World Challenge is a thrill, stepping up from GT4 to the highly competitive GT3 class in the newly updated Acura NSX EVO adds even more excitement.
“Racing with Kyle and the team at the highest level of GT3 racing will be a blast. I have no doubt Blancpain GT World Challenge America will be unveiling a super-competitive GT3 field in 2019, and we’ll be ready for it!”