Pirelli Tire North America designs, develops, manufactures and markets tires for passenger vehicles in both the original equipment and replacement markets, as well as for motorcycles and motorsports. Pirelli is a leading producer of premium tires due to its commitment to R&D. Its Rome, Georgia manufacturing facility features Pirelli’s Modular Integrated Robotized System (MIRS), which employs state-of-the-art technology to manufacture tires for both export and domestic markets. Pirelli’s motorsport excellence is based on a tradition of innovation and reliability in competition and is the number one tire choice for the world’s most exciting racing series. Pirelli Tire North America has been selected as the Official Tire Supplier for the Pirelli World Challenge Championships and will supply all cars in the GT, GTS, Touring Car, Touring Car A and Touring Car B-Spec categories with the P Zero Racing Slick and P Zero Racing Rain tires.
CBS Sports Network (CBSSN), the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, televises nearly 600 live events and over 3,000 hours of live programming every year including Pirelli World Challenge, live college football, college basketball, and more from the MW, AAC, Big East, C-USA, A-10, Army, Navy, and the Patriot League. CBSSN is also the home to Professional Bull Riding and Arena Football League. Throughout the year, the network also telecasts a full slate of original programming and studio coverage. It is home to NFL Monday QB featuring Phil Simms, Trent Green, Rich Gannon and Steve Beuerlein, We Need To Talk the first-ever all-female sports show, Boomer & Carton, The Doug Gottlieb Show, and That Other Pregame Show which covers Pro, College, and Fantasy Football every Sunday morning. CBSSN has become the extension of CBS Sports sharing talent and graphics as well as providing support coverage of every major event that CBS produces including Super Bowl 50, SEC football, NCAA Tournament, The Masters, and PGA Championship.
Motor Trend OnDemand is the premier automotive video platform in North America featuring exclusive and live motorsport from around the globe, original programming, historical archives, films and documentaries, television series, event coverage, and more. In partnership with CBS Sports Network, Motor Trend OnDemand also distributes more than 150 hours of premier motorsport coverage annually to cable television.
MotorTrendonDemand.com is also the presenting sponsor of the MotorTrendonDemand.com Clean Pass of the Race Award. Each race Pirelli World Challenge officials select the best clean pass of the race in the GT Class, and the driver making that pass wins the MotorTrendonDemand.com Clean Pass of the Race Award. A year-end award will also be announced at the Pirelli World Challenge banquet for the MotorTrendonDemand.com Clean Pass of the Year Award — $5,000 will be given to the winner along with the MotorTrendonDemand.com Clean Pass of the Year Trophy.
Please visit motortrendondemand.com for more information.
aFe POWER – advanced FLOW engineering, Inc., headquartered in Corona, Calif., is a manufacturer of high performance cold air intakes, air filters, fluid filters, exhaust systems, intake manifolds, intercoolers, turbochargers, programmers, differential covers, transmission pans and throttle body spacers for late model cars, trucks, SUV’s and motorcycles. aFe has also launched aFe CONTROL, a division focusing on suspension upgrades such as Coilover Systems, Sway Bars and Sport Handling Packages. Our state of the art facility includes many in-house capabilities from CAD design, 3D printing, 3D scanning, CNC machining, fabrication, dyno testing, mandrel tube bending, flow and filtration testing—to the manufacturing of industry leading high-performance products. Founded in 1999, aFe POWER provides a product line of over 3,500 applications.
For more information, visit http://afepower.com
Presenting Sponsor – Pirelli World Challenge Media Ride Along Program
The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving is the Official Driving School of the Pirelli World Challenge Championships. The prestigious driving school has signed on for several ventures with the series including being the presenting sponsor for the Pirelli World Challenge Media Ride Along Program.
For more information, visit http://bondurant.com
Official Exhaust – Pirelli World Challenge
Proudly delivering American-made products for over 3 decades, Borla® is a company of motorheads; it shows in our products, customer service, industry-leading Million Mile Warranty and culture. Borla® systems are designed from scratch on a vehicle-by-vehicle basis utilizing patented race-bred performance and sound technologies. For many applications, Borla® offers a range of personalized exhaust sound — from a subdued rumble to an all-out roar recognized by motoring enthusiasts worldwide. Borla® exhaust boosts power and torque or improves fuel economy while extending engine life and enhancing motorsport styling. But most of all, Borla® gives you the intoxicating rush that comes with every squeeze of the throttle, the thrill of raging power with every shift, and a heart-pounding soundtrack to match. We build far more than exhaust systems. We build excitement.
For more information, visit http://www.borla.com
B.R.M (Bernard Richards Manufacture) watches capture the racing spirit in its purest form. The racing spirit in its purest form, profoundly anchored in the BRM spirit, distinguishes Bernard Richards’ creations from any others. A BRM watch cannot leave one indifferent, it becomes an obsessional dream. Known only to a microcosm seeking the absolute. In elitist circles, one never talks of mass production, the only key word is perfection. Armed with over 25 years of watch making experience, BRM manufactures 2,000 watches every year. Reflecting exceptional mechanical sophistication and acclaimed by the aficionados of mechanical sports, BRM watches provide their wearers with an extraordinary timekeeper.
Official Pace Car and Safety Car – Pirelli World Challenge
Cadillac V-Series vehicles are the ultimate expression of Cadillac design, performance and technology and the purest expression that exists at the core of the Cadillac brand. V-Series are among the highest performing luxury performance cars in the world and there is no better place than the race-track to highlight Cadillac’s performance capabilities. The ATS-V Coupe racecar is the racing extension of the ATS V Coupe and is primed to continue the championship legacy that Cadillac has set over the past three Pirelli World Challenge race seasons. Cadillac also provided the Official Pace Car and Safety Vehicle for Pirelli World Challenge in 2015.
Founded in Germany in 1951, Eibach produces the world’s finest suspension components right here in Corona, California U.S.A. Whether it’s Formula 1, NASCAR, WRC World Rally or the Pirelli World Challenge — more championships have been won by vehicles equipped with Eibach Springs! This performance edge is engineered into every Eibach performance spring kit, sway bar or adjustable coil-over kit we make—with the ride quality you expect. It’s no wonder that Eibach is the #1 Choice of Motorsport Champions and Automotive Enthusiasts worldwide! To learn more – visit us online and take a high speed tour inside Eibach USA.
Unanimously recognized for 160 years for the quality of its products, innovation capacity and involvement in the field of competition, Motul is also recognized as the specialist in synthetic lubricants. As early as 1971, Motul was the first lubricant manufacturer to pioneer the formulation of a 100% synthetic lubricant for automotive engines, The 300V lubricant, making use of Esters technology and issued from the aeronautical industry. All along the years, Motul has gained experience as an official supplier to many racing teams and manufacturers and contributes with them to further technological development in motorsports. Motul is supporting those teams in international competitions such as: Pirelli World Challenge, 24 Hours of Le Mans, FIA GT1 World Championship, Formula Nippon, Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, Super GT, Dakar, IRC, Drift, Pikes Peak, MotoGP, World Superbike, World MX, Endurance, Superbike, Supercross, IOM TT, Rallycross, F1 Boat and scores of others.
Official Battery – Pirelli World Challenge
OPTIMA Batteries, manufactured by Johnson Controls, Inc., provides industry-leading batteries which represent premium performance. OPTIMA will continue to strengthen its position in the aftermarket performance automotive industry by maintaining the position of Official Battery of the Pirelli World Challenge Championships. OPTIMA Batteries will also continue to offer awards for all podium finishing teams.
Official Camera – Pirelli World Challenge
RePlay XD was designed by a group of racing professionals with over 50 years of experience in the high performance racing industry. The development team forever revolutionized Action Cameras, creating the smallest, lightest, ultra-rugged, and most versatile cameras. RePlay XD Action Cameras endure and capture never before seen video from human and machine in the most extreme environments on Earth. RePlay XD creates the finest action cameras on the planet. As the Official Camera of the Pirelli World Challenge, all series racecars will be outfitted with RePlay XD’s Prime X Camera System. RePlay XD is an AerNow company.
StopTech®, the championship-winning performance and racing division of Centric Parts®, is a leading innovator of world class brake components and systems for production-based racing, circle track and off-road racing, as well as high performance vehicles on the street and track. StopTech was the first to offer Balanced Brake Upgrades® for production cars and remains the worldwide leader with over 700 platform offerings to dramatically improve overall braking performance. StopTech’s industry leading technologies and materials, from rock solid calipers to patented 2-piece AeroRotors, result in shorter stopping distances, better brake modulation and less brake fade. Brake late, finish first.
Official Racing Fuel – Pirelli World Challenge
VP Racing Fuels is best known as the World Leader in Race Fuel Technology™, fueling champions in virtually every form of motorsport on land, sea and air since 1975. In addition to Pirelli World Challenge, VP is the Official Racing Fuel of Tudor United SportsCar Championship, AMA Supercross, World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, TORC-The Off Road Championship, NHRA Championship Drag Racing, and Rally America, among more than 60 VP-sponsored series and sanctioning bodies. As part of its retail branding program, gas stations/convenience stores across the U.S. are being branded as VP Racing Fuels, with each providing distribution for VP’s other product lines, including ethanol-free VP Small Engine Fuels, formulated for 2- and 4-cycle outdoor power equipment; VP Madditive™ performance chemicals; and VP/PowerMaster® hobby fuels for R/C Racing. More information is available online at VPRacingFuels.com, VP-SEF.com or PowermasterFuels.com.
One of the leading manufacturers of high-performance sport compacts, sedans and sports cars, Acura returns to the Pirelli World Challenge Championships as a manufacturer contingency sponsor. A division of American Honda, Acura has contributed to the company’s 17 Manufacturers’ Championships in 19 years – more than any other manufacturer. Acura has won races in the GT, GTS and Touring Car classes, and its 84 wins currently rank first all-time for an individual marque.
Audi has always valued the knowledge and technological innovation that the racing environment provides. Since our inception a hundred years ago, Audi Motorsport has competed on a world-wide scale resulting in numerous world championships across a broad spectrum of races. The name of the R8 is legend: The R8 sports prototype won the 24 Hours of Le Mans five times between 2000 and 2005 and celebrated 63 wins from 80 starts. The first thoroughbred production sportscar from Audi with the same name, the Audi R8 unveiled in 2006, carries the genes of the triumphant racing prototypes. Now, the name R8 returns to the race track: Bearing a close resemblance to the production car and derived from a chassis taken from the production line the Audi R8 LMS arises. The R8 LMS has celebrated many victories across the world, including 24 hour titles at Spa, Zolder, the Nürburgring, and most recently, Daytona. For more information on Audi Motorsport, visit www.audiusa.com/motorsport.
The Continental GT3 programme is run by the Bentley Motorsport team in conjunction with M-Sport. The team is led by Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush. Dyson Racing Team Bentley represents Bentley Motors in North American through its participation in the Pirelli World Challenge. Bentley Motors is the most sought after luxury car brand in the world. In 2013 one in every four luxury cars delivered to customers worldwide was a Bentley. 2013 was Bentley’s record year in the company’s 95-year history. Global customer deliveries grew by 19% over 2012 to 10,120 cars. The Americas remained Bentley’s largest sales region, with 3,140 cars delivered. China continued its position as the second biggest market with 2,191 cars, while in Europe, deliveries reached 1,480 cars. Sales in Bentley’s home market, the UK, were 1,381 and in the Middle East, Bentley delivered 1,185 cars. By the end of 2013 Bentley had nearly 200 dealerships in 54 countries. Bentley Motors’ headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production of the company’s three model lines, Continental, Flying Spur and Mulsanne. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley employs around 3,700 people at Crewe.
Visit http://www.bentleymotors.com for more information
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. BMW’s partner, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, based in Hilliard, Ohio and co-owned by three-time IndyCar Champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, former CBS Late Show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan, has been competing for over two decades. Prior to the start of their 25th season of competition in 2016, the team has compiled 37 victories, 49 poles, 144 podium finishes, three series championships (1992, 2010, 2011) and claimed an Indianapolis 500 victory (Buddy Rice in 2004). In 2009 the team joined BMW of North America to campaign the new BMW M3 in the American Le Mans Series. The following year the team won both the Manufacturer and Team Championships in the GT category and swept all three GT titles – Manufacturer, Team and Driver – in 2011. In 2012 the team finished second in the Team Championship and third in the Manufacturer Championship and in 2013, the team finished second in the Driver, Team and Manufacturer Championship. The 2014 season brought a new challenge with the creation of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the team finished on the podium six times including four second-place finishes. In 2015, the team earned three wins, two poles and a total of eight podium finishes to finish second in the Manufacturer, Team and Driver championships. Prior to the start of the 2016 season BMW Team RLL had won 13 races, 20 poles and 57 podium finishes.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
Ford North America Motorsports (“Ford Racing”), based in Dearborn, Michigan, is responsible for major racing operations in North America, including NASCAR (Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series, Camping World Trucks), Pirelli World Challenge Championships, Grand American sports car racing, NHRA drag racing, RallyCar and action sports (e.g., Formula Drift, X Games). The department also oversees the development and marketing of Ford Racing Performance Parts, with products ranging from performance packs, crate engines, and components to fully-engineered turnkey race cars. Ford Racing also manages all grass-roots contingency awards programs, the outreach programs with all Ford Clubs and Ford performance enthusiasts, and the marketing of the Ford Racing brand.
Visit http://www.fordracing.com for more information
Honda Performance Development (HPD) continues its Pirelli World Challenge Championships manufacturer contingency sponsorship this year. HPD is the wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co. Located in Santa Clarita, Calif., HPD is the technical operations center for high-performance Honda racing cars and engines. HPD won both the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car and Touring Car B-Spec Manufacturers’ Championships in 2012.
Visit http://hpd.honda.com for more information
Kia Motors is the one of the world’s fastest moving global automotive brands and the first Korean car company to win the coveted Pirelli World Challenge Manufacturer Championship, having taken top honors in both the GTS and TCA classes last year, with the turbocharged Optima and Forte Koup, respectively. Led by the award-winning Optima, the fun and funky Soul and the versatile and capable Sorento CUV, Kia recorded its third consecutive year of more than 500,000 sales in the U.S. market in 2014 – with more than 40 percent of those vehicles built in America at the company’s manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia. Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia is the birthplace of Kia Racing’s two GTS-class turbocharged Optimas and is responsible for the creation of more than 14,000 plant and supplier jobs in the region.
Visit http://www.kisa.com/motorsports for more information
Follow the Kia Racing team at http://www.facebook.com/kiaracing
Mazda racers capped off the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge Championship season with five wins during the season finale weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Thanks to amazing customer teams, Mazda earned the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car Manufacturers’ Championship.
In 2016, two dozen Mazda racers are expected to challenge for drivers championships in all three of the PWC Touring Car classes with the MX-5 competing in both TC and TCA configurations and the Mazda2 challenging in the TCB class.
Mazda Motorsports boasts the most comprehensive racing development ladder system of any auto manufacturer in the world. The Mazda Road to 24 program offers a number of scholarships to advance drivers up the sports car racing ladder which culminates in the Mazda Prototype team that races in the top level of IMSA sports car racing in North America.
The Mazda Road to Indy is a similar system in open-wheel racing, which includes USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights racing categories with Mazda power.
The new Global MX-5 Cup car makes its debut in 2016, with affordable, turnkey race cars. In the grassroots categories, more Mazdas road race on any given weekend in North America than any other manufacturer. Since 2000, Mazda has been the title sponsor of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the only racetrack operated as a non-profit in support of local charities and civic organizations.
More information can be found at www.mazdamotorsports.com
McLaren GT is the GT race car manufacturing arm of McLaren Group, established in 2011 to develop, build and support all McLaren track and GT race activities. Based in Woking, Surrey at the former home of McLaren Racing, the company is responsible for the design, development and production of the 650S GT3, 12C GT3, the 12C GT Can-Am Edition and the 12C GT Sprint.
The first car developed by McLaren GT was the 12C GT3, which was launched in 2011, and following a development year, 25 examples were delivered to customers for racing throughout Europe in 2012. The gruelling debut season saw 13 McLaren GT customer teams visit 14 countries and between them, the teams claimed a total of 19 race victories in the FIA GT1 World Championship, Blancpain Endurance Series, Barcelona 24hours, British GT, City Challenge Baku, FFSA French GT and GT Cup.
A total of 19 McLaren GT customer teams contested the 2013 season, entering 108 races across 15 championships globally. In total, the teams claimed 27 pole positions, 23 victories, a further 39 podium finishes and three championship titles.
Following the successful 2013 season, McLaren GT expanded its customer support with the competitive debut for the 12C GT3 car in the highly competitive Pirelli World Challenge championship in North America. Around 15 examples of the 650S GT3 are planned to be produced and delivered for the start of the 2015 season.
In addition to the GT3 racecars, McLaren GT also builds the 12C GT Can-Am Edition and 12C GT Sprint. Designed by McLaren GT as the ‘ultimate track car’, the 12C GT Can-Am Edition is not subject to the usual racing regulations of the successful 12C GT3 race car that it is based upon. This unshackled version features an unrestricted engine calibration, increasing power to over 600 PS and a unique high downforce aerodynamic package. The 12C GT Sprint is also developed and optimised for the race track, retaining many of the unique systems from the road car, such as Proactive Chassis Control (PCC), Brake Steer and the active McLaren Airbrake, which are all honed to deliver a true GT racing experience.
For more information visit: http://cars.mclaren.com/gt
In 2010 a new business segment called “AMG Customer Sports” was established at Mercedes-AMG in Germany. Starting with the idea of building a reliable, safe and competitive racing car, the SLS AMG GT3 was developed. It is a racing car for short and long distance races according to FIA GT3 regulations – a version for the Pirelli World Challenge was specifically developed. The AMG Customer Sports Team is focused on supporting every of its teams equally and thus offers excellent technical assistance and spare parts service on site as well as driver support on request. Until today, an impressive number of more than 70 gullwings has been sold to customer teams around the globe and within three race seasons, more than 120 victories and 12 championship titles have been achieved.
Visit http://www.mercedes-amg.com/customersports for more information
Follow AMG Customer Sports on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AMGCustomerSports
At Nissan, we make legends. From the classic Datsun 510, to the iconic Z, to the exotic modern GT-R, every car and every part is born from innovation. From the turbocharged Juke crossover to the original four door sports sedan Maxima, Nissan delivers a superior driving experience unlike any other. Nissan’s competition history runs deep. With more than 100 U.S. racing championships spanning nearly half a century, Nissan is proud to be a part of the World Challenge racing family. Our participation in the PWC series is with the legendary GTR in the GT class and the 370Z in the GTS class. Both race vehicle models are built from standard production units with additional modifications as required and approved by PWC. Nissan America’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan Americas is based in Franklin, Tennessee with the Americas Head Quarters and with manufacturing and assembly in Smyrna, TN, Decherd, TN and Canton, Mississippi in addition to global facilities.
Visit http://www.nissanusa.com/nismo for more information
Porsche will continue its support of the Pirelli World Challenge Championships and the competitors running in Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars (911 Type 997) by returning as a manufacturer sponsor. Porsche has won nine Manufacturers’ Championship titles in the last 17 years, garnering 57 wins to rank third all-time.
For over 20 years, Forgeline has applied its racing experience and passion for motorsport toward designing and building wheels that can withstand the extreme demands of sports car racing. With an unwavering commitment to strength, safety, and performance. Forgeline has earned their place on some of the world’s fastest race cars, including those in Pirelli World Challenge, United SportsCar, SCCA Pro Racin, and virtually every amateur racing series in America.
Lockton is one of the most influential brokers in the specialist motorsport insurance market. MIS Motorsport became a division of Lockton in June 2014, enabling us to supply insurance to the motorsport industry worldwide. We insure drivers of all abilities, ranging from individuals who compete in local events to teams who compete on the international circuit. Bespoke policies for your needs on the track include accident damage to your vehicle while competing, storage and transit, and personal accident. What sets us apart is our practice of not charging a claims handling fee or delaying payment. We can arrange for payment within 48 hours of receiving the proper documentation.
Founded in 2006, Speedcast Productions is at the cutting-edge of the streaming video revolution. Leveraging extensive live production capabilities, powerful online tools and relationships throughout the television industry, Speedcast has created the most comprehensive and cost-effective video production and delivery program in motorsports. In 2015, Speedcast Productions carried all Pirelli World Challenge Championships races for free at www.world-challengetv.com on event weekends.
For more information on Speedcast Productions visit either http://www.speedcasttv.com/ or http://www.scp-media.com
SPEEDCOM, with headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida and Barcelona, Spain, is the global leader in motorsports radio and communications systems. Starting with the 2013 season, SPEEDCOM has signed a three-year partnership with the Pirelli World Challenge Championships as the Official Radio and Communications Partner. In addition to providing state-of-the art radio systems and service, Pirelli World Challenge competitors will also gain access to SPEEDCOM affiliated companies VisionX Custom Graphics and VisionX Sportswear in the new partnership. VisionX Custom Graphics provides a complete line of custom wraps, vinyl applications suitable for every aspect of a modern motorsports program, from basic car numbers on up to custom designed and full color vehicle, transporter and pit support equipment wraps. VisionX can also make sponsor banners and applications to fit just about any imaginable surface. VisionX Sportswear is a leading motorsports oriented uniform and sports wear manufacturer and supplier. From crew shirts for a small team to orders in the thousands, VisionX can design, layout out and produce as little as a dozen shirts with just a 15 to 20 day lead time after approval of the art work. To contact SPEEDCOM and the VisionX companies, please call (386)-760-7110 or visit www.speedcomracing.com or www.visionxonline.com.
Safety is not only Stand 21’s only business; it is a passion that led to the creation of the Stand 21 Safety Foundation. Acting under the name “Racing Goes Safer,” (www.racinggoessafer.com) the Stand 21 Safety Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a primary purpose of promoting enhanced motorsports safety. It achieves this goal in collaboration with medical and scientific bodies, as well as with major series’ organizers (FIA, SFI, NHRA,SCTA, SCCA, SCORE…), with whom safety-related seminars and lectures are presented by high-profile experts and specialists in order to bring awareness of safety issues and solutions to the forefront of the motorsports world. By gathering and consolidating all data and experiences collected by sanctioning bodies, universities, and medical research groups, the Stand 21Safety Foundation is dedicated to sharing this information by educating and listening to the motorsport community worldwide. The Stand 21 safety foundation’s mission is the betterment of motorsport safety by educating and raising safety awareness within the motorsports world.