AUSTIN, Texas – John Allen will return to SRO competition this weekend at Circuit of the Americas, but this time with a much bigger to-do list.
Allen will co-drive along side Kris Wilson as both compete in the full season of the SRO Pirelli GT4 America Sprint X Championship.
He will keep himself busy, as Allen also is set to campaign in the TC America championship with a second BMW, starting this weekend.
Allen and Wilson will be competing in both the GT4 and TC series, with the duo driving the No. 16 BMW M4 GT4 in the Sprint X Championship and the No. 21 University of Alabama College of Engineering BMW M240iR in the TC Championship.
A retired engineer and United States Air Force Major, Allen is now taking on a new challenge and using his previous knowledge to take on the SRO season of competition.
Allen is a Distinguished Engineering and fellow University of Alabama alumni, and will be using his race team as a platform to promote the college which he credits much of his success to.
Allen has been racing since 2013, first getting his seat time building at 54 years old, but has quickly adapted to the rigors of World Challenge competition. His knowledge and determination to learn made his steep learning curve easy to manage, bringing him to commit to the full season effort four years after making his first start.
“I’m very excited to return to Pirelli World Challenge in 2019 representing The University of Alabama College of Engineering driving the No. 21 BMW M240iR in Touring Car and the No. 16 BMW M4 GT4 in Sprint-X along with co-driver Kris Wilson,” said Allen. “AutoTechnic has done a great job preparing the cars and we are ready to start the season at COTA.”
Both drivers call Colorado home, as the double-driver line up has seen Wilson add driver to his list of duties along with being his long time driver coach.
Wilson is coming off of a big podium finish at Daytona Int’l Speedway in January and is looking to continue that momentum with Allen, especially for such a special cause with the University of Alabama beside them.
“I can’t wait to get the season going at COTA with my new teammate John Allen,” said Wilson. “The new BMW GT4 is a great car to drive and the AutoTechnic guys have been awesome to work with so far in preseason testing.”