After campaigning Corvettes and most recently Nissan GT-Rs, CRP Racing has made the switch to an Audi R8 LMS ultra for the Pirelli World Challenge season.
The Charlotte-based squad announced Thursday it has acquired the mid-engined sports car, one of many FIA GT3-spec cars allowed in the series, with Mike Skeen set to debut it in this weekend’s round at Long Beach.
“We looked at a lot of options available to us and the reason we went with Audi is, firstly, their car is very fast and has shown to be a winner worldwide,” said team owner Nicolas Short.
“Secondly, their customer support program is way beyond that of anything else that is offered by any other manufacturer to a customer in the USA.
This program came together very quickly and I cannot say enough about the Audi staff that stepped up to make this happen for Long Beach.
“We must also thank our sponsor, Hawk Performance, for supporting our decision to change manufacturers and look forward to bringing them the results they deserve.”
Skeen finished 11th in last month’s season-opener at St. Pete.
The Roar By the Shore Presented by Kia is set for Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET, with live coverage at: http://www.world-challengetv.com