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23 Car GT3 Entry For Blancpain GT World Challenge America Season Opener

COTA Welcomes 6 Pro, 11 Pro-Am and 6 Am class Entries

It’s an impressive 23 cars for the season opener for the newly redubbed Blancpain GT World Challenge America at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas next weekend.

Pro Class, 6 Cars

The Pro class features a star-studded half dozen entries – headed by returning 2018 GT Overall and SprintX Champions, R. Ferri Motorsport, who will defend their title with Toni Vilander and Miguel Molina in the #61 Ferrari 488 GT3 (pictured top).

K-PAX Racing will debut the new Bentley Continental GT3 with a familiar line-up featuring 2016 GT Champion Alvaro Parente and Andy Soucek in the #9 Bentley Continental GT3. Multi-race winner Rodrigo Baptista, announced yesterday as an addition to the four-car factory-entered Bentley squad for the Spa 24 Hours, will share driving duties with Maxime Soulet in the #3 Bentley Continental GT3.

In a similar fashion, Porsche debuts the new 911 GT3 R with Alegra Motorsports and Wright Motorsports. Alegra Motorsports brings a two-car effort led by long-time Porsche drivers Wolf Henzler and Marco Holzer in the #24.

Daniel Morad will team with Michael De Quesada in the #22, moving the team into the Pro category. Wright Motorsports returns to World Challenge with two-time Champion Patrick Long and 2018 GT Sprint Champion Scott Hargrove in the #58.

Pro-Am class, 11 cars

Mercedes-AMG has four cars in the Pro-Am class with new and returning teams.

DXDT Racing has expanded to a two-car team fielding the #63 Mercedes-AMG GT3 for David Askew and 2018 SprintX Pro-Am Champion Ryan Dalziel. Former GTSA Champion George Kurtz joins DXDT to drive the #04 Mercedes-AMG GT3 with teammate Colin Braun.

P1 Motorsports moves up from GT Cup last season to contest Pro-Am with JC Perez teamed with Maxi Buhk in the #71 Mercedes-AMG GT3.

New entrants US RaceTronics debut with Steven Aghakhani and former IndyCar driver Richard Antinucci in the #6 Mercedes-AMG GT3.

Porsche’s Wright Motorsports will feature Anthony Imperato and Dennis Olsen in the #91 Porsche GT3 R.

IMSA Prototype Challenge regulars K2R Motorsports joins with Kevan Millstein and IndyCar alum Alex Barron behind the wheel of the #38 Porsche GT3 R.

There’s a pair of Acura NSX GT3 Evos (with at least one more possible for later in the season) Racers Edge Motorsports are a full season effort with Martin Barkley and Kyle Marcelli driving the #80 machine.

Gradient Racing enters COTA with long-time World Challenge competitor and podcasting hero Ryan Eversley, fresh off his 2018 TCR Championship, joining the Texas-based squad and co-driving with Till Bechtolsheimer.

Ferrari is well represented in Pro-Am with two Ferrari 488 GT3 racecars entered. New team One11 Motorsports will field the #99 Ferrari 488 GT3 for Alfred Caiola and Matt Plumb.

TR3 Racing returns with 2018 SprintX race winners Wei Lu and Jeff Segal in the #31 machine.

Completing the 11-car Pro-Am field is Stephen Cameron Racing, bringing the BMW M6 GT3 for Henry Schmidt and Greg Liefooghe piloting the #87 machine.

Am class, 6 Cars

Leading the Am class, 2018 SprintX Champions Martin Fuentes and Caesar Bacarella return for Squadra Corse Garage Italia driving the #7 Ferrari 488 GT3.

Fellow Ferrari entries are entered by Vital Speed Motorsports with father-son duo Rich and Trevor Baek behind the wheel of the #8 Ferrari 488 GT3.

Risi Competizione features a driver pairing of Pierre Mulacek and Anthony Lazzaro in the #82 car.

One11 Motorsports Am is entered for a pair of Ferrari Challenge regulars, Christopher Cagnazzi and Brian Kaminskey, in the #19 Ferrari.

GMG Racing returns with Porsche to GT3 racing with multi-time World Challenge Champion James Sofronas driving with Brent Holden in the #14 Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Autometrics Motorsports debuts with Joe Toussaint and Alan Metni in the #991 Porsche 911 GT3 R.