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Callaway Confirms Factory PWC Effort

Callaway has announced that it will enter a pair of factory Corvette C7 GT3-Rs in Pirelli World Challenge next year…

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Callaway has announced that it will enter a pair of factory Corvette C7 GT3-Rs in Pirelli World Challenge next year.

The cars, to be campaigned under the Callaway Competition USA banner, will mark its North American debut, after winning the ADAC GT Masters championship in Germany.

“Joining the Pirelli World Challenge has been a long term objective for Callaway Competition,” said Reeves Callaway.

“Now the field is a roll-call of the most capable sports cars from every country. To do well here, you must beat the best in the world. What better way to showcase our iconic American car?”

The new-for-2018 effort has been made possible due to the end of Cadillac Racing’s program with its ATS.V-R, which held GT3 exclusivity for GM brands in North America.

As reported by Sportscar365 last month, the American tuner had opened up car sales to North America and had been in discussions with teams.

“For several years fans have asked when they would see the Callaway Corvette GT3 run in the Pirelli World Challenge,” said Greg Gill, President and CEO of Pirelli World Challenge.

“The wait is over and we are very pleased to announce the arrival of the Callaway Corvette GT3 for the 2018 season.”

Callaway will operate the two-car program as a factory team next year, with plans to withdraw that effort in 2019 and focus exclusively on customer racing.

The car will be unveiled and both full season drivers announced at the Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis on Dec. 7 at the PWC booth.

“For 2019, we will not race against our customers, but provide high-quality support to them in the tradition of other manufacturer customer racing support programs,” Callaway said.

“We’re incredibly proud to bring the Corvette C7 GT3-R to competition on American soil. It is going to be a very competitive season, and we are looking forward to getting started.”

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 Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. Alex

    November 20, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    FINALLY! This is the best news of the year. Happy Caddy has finally exited, to give way to these awesome cars. The fans will love seeing and hearing them up close, no doubt!

  2. Prototype 1

    November 20, 2017 at 12:41 pm


    But is the C7 GT3 still open for teams in IMSA (GT Daytona)

    • João Coelho

      November 20, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      Is that a question?

    • Nick1

      November 20, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      It’s still open, but Callaway said they could only really do 2 cars for 18

    • CargoShots

      November 20, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      No way we will see the Calloways competing against the GTLM cars.

    • Passenger

      November 20, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      Confirmed by Callaway Facebook, they said that they can race GTD but they need customer team.

      • tracer

        November 20, 2017 at 6:51 pm

        Well I guess we have to take their word as gold on that. Thanks for the heads up 👍

      • Prototype 1

        November 21, 2017 at 6:31 am

        Thanks for the heads up.

  3. Tim

    November 20, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Johnny O as a driver??

    • Coopersuperfan

      November 20, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      Cooper >>> Johnny

  4. Joe C

    November 20, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Any chance of future IMSA racing for this car in the future? Would it fall under GM/Chevy or would it call under Callaway as the fee goes?

    • Overtake24

      November 20, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      From a previous article Scott Atherton was quoted saying it would fall under the GM/chevy banner.

      • tracer

        November 20, 2017 at 3:03 pm

        True. But we haven’t heard anything from GM on the matter, which leaves it as an open question for me given their exclusivity interests in any series with a factory GT product on the grid.

  5. Change it up

    November 20, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    They should add the team for just Sebring, 6hr at the Glen, and PLM!

    • Prototype 1

      November 20, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      And Daytona?

      • Change it up

        November 20, 2017 at 1:29 pm

        I don’t think they would be ready in time

    • Dude

      November 20, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      Yeah because that would only be $2.5m

  6. Jenner

    November 20, 2017 at 1:37 pm


    Bad news for people that want PWC and their teams to just go away.

    • tracer

      November 20, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      I think people don’t necessarily want PWC to go the way of the dodo bird, we’re all just frustrated with the series’ management in recent years, especially with regard to officiating and media management.

  7. Kyle

    November 20, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Great news. A big win for PWC after losing Cadillac, Magnus, and maybe RealTime as well.

    • Jake

      November 20, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      Where is the news about Realtime? I havent heard this yet.

      • jaysfan

        November 20, 2017 at 6:16 pm

        Nothing been announced yet

      • tracer

        November 20, 2017 at 7:36 pm

        Last I remember reading about them they were likely headed to running the TCR Honda.

  8. GTLM

    November 20, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Yes! Finally the fanboys can stop bringing it up in every GT3-related article.

    • Andy Flinn

      November 21, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      GTLM, you don’t think it’s odd that GM is the only manufacturer to race a GT3 that has never sold a customer car?

      Anyway, you can relax. The Callaway Corvette C7-R PWC/GT3 program isn’t going to rob the spotlight from the GTLM factory Corvette program.

  9. Overtake24

    November 20, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Too bad it’s not in IMSA. I’d care less about PWC.

    • Kevin

      November 20, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      True but it makes me more interested in PWC. Especially if Johnny O’Connell is one the drivers.

  10. Mike S.

    November 20, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Yeah once the Caddie went to the boring V6 turbo it was time for this to happen. Awesome. Not enough Vette’s out there. But it will be a locked up program in all series so not going to be a lot of them.

    • tracer

      November 20, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      Were you ever able to hear the V6 turbo in person? While there’s no doubting that a thumping V8 wins in the sound category, I’ve never heard a more profound upshift ‘pop’ than the ATS.V-R. It was an incredible trackside sound that I’ll always remember.

      • Antonio Desmond Miles

        November 20, 2017 at 5:45 pm

        I totally agree with you. When I heard it for the 1st time watching the PWC live stream, it had a mean sound for V6 turbo which usually has a “meh” exhaust note. But once I saw & heard it in person @ Belle Isle 2015, I was blown away! I heard more of a ‘pop’ on the downshifts. Great memories.

      • Mike S

        November 20, 2017 at 7:07 pm

        Yes, I did. I have seen every iteration of the Caddie in person. The V8 was nastiest sounding V8 with the exhaust and header setup when Fellows and Johnnie O were in it. Sorry glad the turbo is gone just a preference as turbos seem to be overweighted lately in GT3 and GTE. Need a balance of both is all. Listen to the Aston’s newest it doesn’t sound very good but I haven’t heard it in person yet.

        • tracer

          November 20, 2017 at 7:39 pm

          Agree with you on all points Mike. The Caddy V8 was just plain nasty. The initial test videos of the Aston had me hopeful that the AMG wouldn’t be too much of an acoustic drop off from the current V8 Vantage, but all that hope is gone after hearing the new car in the vids from their recent Sebring test. 😞

  11. kv

    November 20, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    THERE IS NO MENTION OF WHAT POWERS THIS BEAST !GM IS MAKING A LT5 DOHC V8 OPTIONAL3 homologated TO2018 VETTE,and if that unit is GT3 even McClaren will be slow.

    • Passenger

      November 20, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      LT5 is still OHV. DOHC V8 would be in C8. I guess when C8.R, mid engine Corvette comes out, they will let for Callaway racing in GTD.

    • Dude

      November 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      Just look at the releases from when the car came out…or Google

  12. Passenger

    November 20, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Okay, Seems I got wrong.

  13. sunset bend

    November 20, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Wow! New life for the General. Can we please have an all-new driver squad? No reservations for the factory dubes. Please and Thank You!

  14. cbbrit

    November 20, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Hopefully Michael Cooper will be one of the confirmed drivers next month.

  15. tracer

    November 20, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Will be interesting to see their main/sprint and extra/sprint-x driver lineup. I imagine Jules Gounon is a foregone conclusion for one of the main full season seats given his connection to Callaway and stateside GT3 experience in IMSA and PWC. I could see Cooper getting the nod for the second seat if he isn’t snapped up by someone else. Johnny O seems like a very good fit for Sprint-X as it would allow him to retain a foothold in the series while remaining available for a full time IMSA GTD ride as a sneaky silver.

  16. MH

    November 23, 2017 at 11:16 am

    All US team please. Johnny O in the first seat, he still has the pace. OHV turning 8,000; let out that rebel yell.

    Next year. C7 running GTD and the C8.R running GTLM.

    • Av

      November 29, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      It would be nice if they take the cars to nurburgring 24.

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