ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pirelli Tire North America's engagement as the tire supplier for the Pirelli World Challenge road-racing series has grown since last season with the addition of a new class, the TCR production-based touring car category.
The TCR class — which is running internationally under the aegis of the World Touring Car Cup — comprises front-wheel-drive sedans powered by 2-liter turbocharged engines.
Some car models expected to compete in the class are the Alfa Romeo Giuletta, Audi Sports RS2, Honda Civic, Hyundai i30 and VW GTi. The new class will compete within the PWC's Touring Car category for the next three seasons after debuting last year on a trial basis.
PWC has scheduled 12 TCR races this year on six race weekends. The new class has attracted six teams thus far, preparing to enter up to 12 cars.
Pirelli Tire is in the final year of a five-year sponsorship and tire-supply agreement with PWC, but the company is in negotiations with the organizing body to extend that, the firm reported recently.