Circuit of the Americas to Host Postponed SprintX Round 4 In PWC Labor Day Headliner

PRINT PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE STAFF June 6, 2017Series News, SprintX

CTMP Rain Out of SprintX Round 4 Makes COTA 3-race weekend for GT3 Teams

AUSTIN, Texas – WC Vision, producers of the Pirelli World Challenge Championships, announced today that Circuit of the Americas will host the rained out CTMP Round 4 of the SprintX division set for Labor Day Weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 3) at the state-of-the-art racing facility east of Austin.

After a heavy rain storm washed out the May 21 SprintX Round 4 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the WC Vision officials were forced to reschedule the 60-minute, two-driver, one pit stop sprint event for later in the 2017 PWC season.

After discussions with the SprintX teams, the majority of the series’ squads voted for COTA as the make-up location for Round 4. PWC officials then determined that the popular 3.4-mile, 20-turn permanent road circuit would be the site for the CTMP rained out event.

The Labor Day weekend schedule for the Pirelli World Challenge weekend at COTA will now feature three SprintX events with the actual dates for the 60-minute races to be determined in the near future.

“Our VP of Competition, Marcus Haselgrove, and his PWC staff talked with all of the SprintX teams to receive feedback on the most logical site for the Round 4 make-up race,” said Greg Gill, President/CEO of WC Vision. “After discussions and feedback from the participating teams, the majority elected, that the COTA PWC headliner weekend would serve best for the Round 4 race. We believe the COTA venue is a spectacular facility to host a three-race SprintX weekend finale.”

The Round 4 qualifying grid will remain the same with a 31-car starting lineup. The No. 54 Black Swan Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3, driven by Jeroen Bleekemolen of Monaco, won the pole for Round 4 at CTMP. Alongside on the front row will be the No. 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R, driven by Patrick Long of Manhattan Beach, Calif.

SprintX Rounds 9 and 10 will be competed on Saturday (Sept. 2) and Sunday (Sept. 3) on the PWC Labor Day weekend at COTA.