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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 broadcaster and reporter. In addition to his work covering primarily domestic sports car racing for Sportscar365, he is the lead announcer for SRO America's TV coverage as well as a pit reporter for IndyCar Radio. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.


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