Austin, TX – A strong 34-car TCR, TC and TCA field is set to open the 2020 TC America season at Circuit of The Americas (COTA), March 6-8. The field features two returning 2019 champions and a host of talented racers who will pilot machinery from nine of the world’s top manufacturers in a pair of 40-minute TC America sprint races at the challenging 20-turn, 3.431-mile road course.
Hurczyn Returns to defend TCR title, Vincent and Maxson Look to Challenge
Michael Hurczyn, last year's TCR Driver's Champion, returns to defend his title behind the wheel of the #71 FCP Euro Volkswagen Golf GTI. The Granby, Connecticut's impressive 2019 included three race wins, and only finishing outside the top 3 twice in 16 races. Hurczyn's closest competitor last year was his teammate Nate Vincent who will again pilot the #72 FCP Euro Volkswagen Golf GTI. Vincent scored two wins in 2019. The duo will also look to help Volkswagen repeat as the TCR Manufacturers' Champion in 2020.
Looking to challenge the two FCP Euro drivers at COTA and throughout 2020 is last year's TCA Driver's Champion and Rookie of the Year Tyler Maxson. He moves up into the TCR class to pilot the new #74 Copeland Motorsports Hyundai Veloster N. Copeland Motorsports also brings its #51 Hyundai Veloster N for Houston, Texas' Nikko Reger. Another racer that could see victory circle at COTA as well as throughout 2020 is Honda Civic Type-R pilot Victor Gonzalez. The #99 VGMC Racing racer won twice in 2019 and in a partially run season managed to finish 5th overall in the TCR championship.
Salt Lake City based DXDT Racing brings two Honda Civic Type-R's to the COTA grid for CJ Moses and Scott Smithson. Moses will pilot the #04 machine, while Smithson will be behind the wheel of the #17 machine. Rounding out the TCR field for COTA is Roy Block in the #5 KMW Motorsports w/ TMR Engineering Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
Schwartz Returns to Defend TC Title
Defending TC champ Johan Schwartz returns to the series after a dominating the 2019 season, but with a new effort in the #31 Hard Motorsport BMW M240iR. Schwartz took eight wins in 14 races last season, only finishing off the podium once. Schwartz' stiffest competition last year came from Celina, Texas' Toby Grahovec. After finishing second overall in 2019, the 2016 TC champion and his #26 Classic BMW M240iR look to get back on top starting with a strong showing at COTA. Grahovec, a former race winner at COTA, took one win last season and finished second seven times. Classic BMW will field two other cars with Phil Bloom in the #11 BMW M240iR and Dallas, Texas’ John Rader in the #27 machine.
Another driver who hails from Dallas, Chandler Hull, will pilot the #94 BimmerWorld BMW M240iR. He finished third overall in 2019 on the strength of four podium results last year. Throughout the series’ 30-year history, BimmerWorld drivers have combined to start 150 plus races. Team principal and series veteran James Clay will run the second Bimmerworld entry in the #36 BMW M240iR. Clay ran in the Pirelli GT4 SprintX East Am championship last season where he scored two wins.
GenRacer’s Jeff Ricca returns but with a new look swapping his Hyundai Genesis Coupe for the new Veloster N TC. Entering his seventh year of competition in the series, the Connecticut-based racer scored his first two TC America wins in 2019 and looks poised for a break-out season. He'll pilot the #78 Hyundai Veloster N.
Auto Technic Racing brings an impressive three-car lineup to COTA led by Tom Capizzi, who finished ninth overall in the Driver's Championship in 2019. Capizzi will drive the #52 BMW M240iR. Rob Slonaker will run the team's #20 machine with Bruce Robson of Houston, Texas in the #21 entry.
Austin, Texas' Josef Federl, who finished 10th overall in 2019 returns to compete at his home track in the #23 TechSport Racing Nissan 370Z. Federl's best finish of third last season came at Road America. Two new Honda Civic Type R's will see the grid in Austin with the first coming from VGMC Racing and Ruben Iglesas in the #8 entry, and Team HMA with Karl Hertel in the #93 machine. Rounding out the TC grid is the #48 Lone Star Racing BMW M235iR Cup for Zane Hodgen.
Twelve-Car TCA Field Ready to do Battle at COTA
With Maxson moving up to the TCR class, 2020 will see a new TCA champion crowned and there are 12 drivers entered in class at COTA ready to begin the battle for the title.
Three teams that fielded strong efforts in 2019 will again be on the grid at COTA. Kevin Anderson’s Virginia based TechSport Racing crew will have P.J. Groenke, Damon Surzyshyn, and Joey Essma running the team’s Subaru BRZ tS. Groenke, the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge TCB Driver’s Champion, brings the most experience and will look to help lead the team to victory circle - he'll run the team's #25 machine, while Surzyshyn will be in the #24 entry and Essma in the #22 car.
The always formidable MINI JCW Team returns to help defend the Manufacturer’s Championship secured for MINI last season. Their two-car Mini Cooper COTA effort will have Tomas Mejia in the #60 machine, while Mark Pombo will be in the #61 entry.
Another strong TCA team to watch in Austin will be Copeland Motorsports who will grid the new #57 Hyundai Veloster Turbo for driver Tyler Gonzalez. Also fielding a pair of Hyundai Veloster Turbo at COTA is new team CB Racing with Caleb Bacon in the #18 machine and Matt Forbush entered to drive the team’s #33 entry.
Kevin Boehm, a four-time SCCA National Champion with more than a decade of racing experience including touring car starts at the professional level will pilot the #9 AWS, Crowdstrike supported Boehm Racing Honda Civic Si. With cars entered in both TCR and TC, VGMC will also field a two-car TCA Honda Civic Si effort with Juan Diego Hernandez in the #59 car, and Jonathan Newcombe in the #178 machine. Looking to put Mazda on the top step at COTA is Jose DaSilva who will drive the #07 Ives Motorsports Mazda Global MX5 Cup.
On-track action begins at 11:40 am Central Friday, March 6 with a combined TCR/TC/TCA practice session. The first TC America race of the weekend is scheduled to go green Saturday, March 7th at 3:25pm local time, while Sunday's Round 2 race will start at 11:15 am Central. All races will be streamed live on TCAmerica.us/live, with race highlights on CBS Sports Network.
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