World Challenge Expects Big Fields

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DENVER — Entries for the Pirelli World Challenge Championship’s 25th anniversary season are substantially outpacing numbers from previous years.

With 84 days until the first race weekend of the season at St. Petersburg, March 28-30, the series is welcoming an influx of new teams to race alongside returning competitors.

Series organizer WC Vision is projecting fields of over 80 cars across the five series classes with new teams joining Pirelli World Challenge including EFFORT Racing entering a two-car Porsche 911 GT3 R team with Tim Bergmeister in GT and Michael Mills in GT-A, Roush Performance’s Ford Mustang entry in the GTS class with Jack Roush Jr. behind the wheel, and an all-GT3 team of two Ferrari 458 Italias and an Audi R8 LMS ultra fielded by DragonSpeed.

Series fields will include platforms from more than 15 manufacturers — Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Lamborghini, Nissan, Porsche and Volkswagen.

“We are pleased to see the fruits of our efforts develop the way they have. I am honored and humbled to see the results of these development programs as they have delivered steady series growth over the past five years since WC Vision took over the management of the series,” said Scott Bove, president and CEO, WC Vision/Pirelli World Challenge. “We are all looking forward to the start of the 2014 season; our 25th anniversary year is shaping up to be the best in the series’ history.”