ARLINGTON, Neb. — The Pirelli World Challenge road-racing series is morphing into the Blancpain GT World Challenge next year, but Pirelli Tire North America will continue as the series tire supplier and key sponsor. The tire maker also will be the main sponsor for a new series running together with the Blancpain series.
The name change is the initiative of the series organizer SRO Motorsports to bring the North American series more in line with similar series it runs in Europe and Asia.
Pirelli — the designated tire supplier of the North American series since 2011 — carries that same distinction with 11 other race series organized by SRO, which recently has been renewed its contract with Pirelli until 2023.
While Pirelli loses title sponsorship of what was known as the Pirelli World Challenge for the past seven years, it picks up title sponsorship for the Pirelli GT4 America series, which features both domestic and import sports cars.
Among the cars eligible to race in the GT4 category are: BMW M4 GT4; Chevy Camaro GT4.R; Audi R8 LMS GT4; Ford Mustang GT4; Mercedes-AMG GT4; Porsche Cayman GT4 CS MR; McLaren 570S GT4; Panoz Avezzano GT4; etc. In all, 36 models have been approved for competition.