It’s officially the best time of year. Racing is starting back up and for GT America powered by AWS, that means their sophomore season is here and set to kick off February 24th – 26th on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.
The last time SRO raced on the 1.8 mile circuit was in 2019. This will be the first trip for SRO’s GT sprint series under GT America and the weather is shaping up to be everything the huge 29 car field could ask for. Mid to upper 70’s and sunny.
A large variety of chassis make up the SRO3, GT2 and GT4 classes which bolsters GT America as one of the premier racing series in North America. With names such as Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Porsche, BMW, Audi, Ferrari, Toyota, Chevrolet and Mercedes-AMG throughout the grid, it creates a unique and diverse field of engine displacements, power and drivetrain configurations.
One of the more populous platforms in SRO3, Mercedes-AMG, will see some familiar teams in it’s ranks this season. Teammates Scott Smithson and Davis Askew will be behind the wheel of the #8 and #63 DXDT Racing GT3s. George Kurtz will be piloting his familiar #04 CrowdStrike Racing by Riley Motorsports machine and Bryce Ward will be wheeling the #47 Windward Racing car.
In the land of the raging bulls, Jason Hayward and Jeff Burton will be in the #88 and #191 Zelus Motorsports Lamborghini Huracan GT3s while Ziad Ghandour will pilot the #9 TR3 Racing Lamborghini.
We will see just two prancing horses in the field, but they are no stranger to Florida track action. Scuderia Corsa will be fielding the #62 488 GT3 driven by Bret Curtis. Justin Wetherill will be behind the wheel of the #37 Triarsi Competizione 488. Triarsi is the family behind local dealer Ferrari of Tampa Bay and brings a lot of experience racing in various series across North America to the grid.
There will be two Audi entries in the form of Audi R8 LMs. The #58 GMG Racing R8 LMS GT2 will feature CJ Moses behind the wheel. The second, the #27 R8 LMS Ultra will be driven by Jason Daskalos for Daskalos Motorsports.
The lone GT3 bowtie entry comes in the form of the #70 Callaway Corvette C7, driven by German driver Mirco Shultis. This will be a homecoming of sorts for the Callaway Corvette as it made its North American debut on the streets of St. Petersburg in 2018.
After a successful and incredibly thrilling inaugural 2021 GT America season, the GT4 field is stacked with a mix of new and returning faces.
The Toyota GR Supra GT4 will be joining the fun with Todd Coleman piloting the #69 Smoodge Racing entry, teammates Moisey Uretsky in the #55 and Nick Shanny in the #21 Accelerating Performance rigs.
Several of the GT4 teams will be sporting the Aston Martin Vantage AMR. Sean Whalen will be in the #888 Zelus Motorsports car, Ross Chouest will pilot the #50 Chouest Povoledo Racing entry and Grey Newell will be behind the wheel of the #25 Heart of Racing machine. Bryan Putt will wheel the #15 car for local Florida team BSport Racing.
2021 SRO GT America GT4 defending champion and Tampa hometown hero, Jason Bell will be piloting the #2 GMG Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR.
Marko Radisic and Rick Uhler in the #22 and #28 for SRQ Motorsports and Paul Sparta in the #98 for Random Vandals Racing, will fly the blue and white Bavarian roundel in GT4 in the BMW M4’s.
Representing Mercedes and sporting the AMG in GT4 are Chris Cagnazzi in the #39 Cameron Racing car with Chris Gumprecht in the #79 and Custodio Toldeo, who is making his debut for RENNtech in the #89.
The Porsche camp lies solely in the GT4 field. Robb Holland will pilot the #99 Rotek Racing Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport. The #120 Premier Racing 718 will have Adam Adelson behind the wheel and Derek DeBoer will be at the helm of the #66 TRG car.
This season of GT America is set to be one for the history books and you won’t want to miss a minute of it. You can see the weekend schedule, living timing and scoring and session reports at gtamerica.us. Livestreams are free to watch on the GT World YouTube channel.