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.
K-PAX Racing continues its testing at @COTA with less than one week before the start of the 2019 @SROAmerica season! @DLaw544 explains the goals of testing and how much is helps the team in the final stretch. pic.twitter.com/6PFuYPQhtV
— K-PAX Racing (@KPAXracing) February 21, 2019
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.