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19 Entries for Long Beach

Nineteen cars set for Pirelli World Challenge round at Long Beach…

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A total of 19 cars are set for this weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge round at Long Beach, including six GTS invitational entries.

The third round of the PWC season will feature a single 50-minute Sprint race on Sunday, in support of the Verizon IndyCar Series.

ENTRY LIST: Long Beach

Among the seven GT entries include championship leader Scott Hargrove in the No. 96 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, R. Ferri Motorsport’s Toni Vilander, who swept the SprintX season-opening weekend at Circuit of The Americas last month, as well as former series champion Alvaro Parente, of K-PAX Racing.

Daniel Mancinelli, who withdrew from the St. Petersburg weekend in protest of his Ferrari 488 GT3’s Balance of Performance, is listed for this weekend, as is Alec Udell, who made his first start of the season at COTA in the No. 41 GMG Racing Porsche.

As revealed by Sportscar365 last week, Callaway Competition USA is set for a hiatus from at least the next three PWC rounds, due to an alleged shortage of engine blocks. 

The six-strong GTA class sees a pair of Black Swan Racing Porsches, for Tim Pappas and LA-based Australian David Calvert-Jones, who will bring his 2017 Bathurst 12 Hour class-winning Porsche to the streets of Long Beach.

There are three entries apiece for GTS and GTSA, with former IndyCar driver and motorcycle racing legend Jeff Ward in a Black Swan-entered Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR.

Spencer Pumpelly is also set to battle for GTS honors in a TRG Porsche, alongside two SIN R1 GT4s from Racers Edge Motorsports for Harry Gottsacker and Bob Michaelian, a Compass Racing McLaren 570S GT4 for Paul Holton and a GMG Racing Audi R8 LMS GT4 for George Kurtz.

GTS cars will not score point in the race, having been added to the event in an effort to boost the overall grid.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Slicks in the wet

    April 9, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Pretty sad car count.

    • Odin

      April 10, 2018 at 7:10 am

      I’m a big PWC fan, But a have to agree with you.

  2. Genie Parsons

    April 10, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    I love PWC. I’m thrilled they come to LB.

  3. Johannes275

    April 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    This is so miserable, good lord.

  4. Mike

    April 12, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Yes…what is happening here? Isn’t this a points paying round for GT and GTA? Why so few competitors? And where is the Callaway Corvette? What a total disappointment. Not that long ago, Callaway was talking about a two-car team and support for two “customer” cars. Here we are at only the third event of the season, and Callaway can’t even get its lone “factory” car to the starting line!

    • Mark

      April 13, 2018 at 12:16 am

      Calloway is on “haitus” due to some alleged engine block issues. So, instead of only one car, none for the next few rounds. I dont know what happened over the off season but Im reconsidering going to Utah for the PWC round there with so few GT cars. Something seriously got broken over the winter.

  5. Scribe

    April 12, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    These 19 cars will have a spirited race. Last 20 laps will be exciting.

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