LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. – Nicolai Elghanayan has announced his return to the SRO Motorsports GT4 America series, previously known as the Pirelli World Challenge GTS class.
Racing the No. 71 KTM X-Bow with MarcoPolo Motorsports, Elghanayan will run the full sprint season, consisting of eight double header race weekends.
“I am looking forward to the new 2019 SRO GT4 of America season,” said Elghanayan. “The team has completed many hours of preparations on the car to get it ready for the season opener at St. Petersburg. We have done a lot of testing and a handful of races over the months to get myself and the car in top shape. I am excited to get back into the GT4 X-Bow and compete against a bunch of high level drivers again. This will be my first full season with GT4 America and I cannot wait for this exciting journey to begin.”
Elghanayan ran a partial season in the series in 2018, earning one win and three additional podiums throughout the Sprint and SprintX season. At Lime Rock Park, the rookie had his most successful professional race weekend to date, scoring both pole positions and finishing on the podium for the two races. In the final two events of the 2018 season, the No. 71 MarcoPolo Motorsports KTM X-Bow received the new evo kit, performing strong to earn two top five finishes in the finale event.
Craftsmen Industries, the market leader in design, engineering, and production for marketing vehicles, has joined the MarcoPolo Motorsports program as a new partner for the 2019 season. Also joining the program for the year is Kollin Altomare Architects, Elghanayan’s new employer following his graduation from USC Architecture School last year.
“Kollin Altomare is thrilled to be participating in Nicolai’s race program,” said Michael Kollin, President & CEO, Kollin Altomare Architects. “As a long-time motorsports race fan and admirer of extremely fast cars, I’m really looking forward to seeing Nicolai transform from humble designer, to no-holds-barred race car driver on the track.”