SONOMA, Calif. — K-PAX Racing will return to the Pirelli World Challenge this season to defend the team, manufacturer and driver championships it earned last season.
The K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S GT3 cars will be piloted factory driver and reigning GT class champion Alvaro Parente, American sports car racer Bryan Sellers in GT and Mike Hedlund in GTA.
“With the addition of new teams, drivers and GT3 cars in the Pirelli World Challenge, 2017 is going to be tighter and more challenging than ever,” said team owner Jim Haughey. “So, we are very pleased to have Alvaro, the returning driver’s champion, team up with the very competent Bryan Sellers in GT and Mike Hedlund in GTA.”
Parente won six races en route to the championship last year.
“I’m very happy to be back with K-PAX Racing for this season,” said Parente. “I get along very well with everyone on the team, and feel we all have the same goals and will push hard to win further races. Now that I have experience of the tracks and a strong working relationship with the team, it’s time to attack and fight hard from the start of the season. There are some changes in the championship, and together with the team, I’m sure we will be working hard to have a great 2017. I’m really looking forward to start working with the guys soon and start fighting for those results.”
Sellers will drive the No. 6 McLaren.
“It’s a huge honor to be selected to be a part of K-PAX Racing,” said Sellers. “They have shown over the years that they are extremely committed to performing at the highest level of motorsports. I am very excited to take on the challenges that lie ahead with a car and a series that are new to me. I am very much looking forward to being paired with Alvaro and learning and working with the latest series champion. There will certainly be a target on the team’s back, and there will be big shoes to fill after last year’s achievements, but that is what makes it exciting.”
Hedlund will race the No. 98 McLaren 650S GT3 in the GTA class.
“After competing against K-PAX Racing in 2014 and 2015 and watching what they were able to accomplish in the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge racing season,” said Hedlund. “I’m excited to join them for 2017 in the McLaren 650S GT3! Being based out of Northern California, I’ve known many of the team members for years and I’m looking forward to finally racing together for an entire season.”