St. Petersburg, Fla. — History will be made in St. Petersburg this weekend, as TCR cars will take to a street circuit for the first time in the United States, as part of Rounds 3 and 4 for the SRO Motorsports America-run championship.
The global-spec platform will race in a pair of 40-minute sprint races, alongside invitational entries from TCA, marking TC America’s return to the 14 turn, 1.8-mile street circuit for the first time since 2016.
TC America, as well as Pirelli GT4 America Sprint competitors, will race alongside the NTT IndyCar Series at the popular event, which is celebrating its 15th year.
FCP Euro Look to Capitalize on Strong Start to Season
With Circuit of The Americas winner Mason Filippi not entered this weekend, FCP Euro’s Michael Hurczyn and Nate Vincent will be looking to build on their double podium finishes in the season-opener and take over the overall points lead.
Hurczyn and Vincent are tied for second in the drivers’ championship with 33 points apiece, in their Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR entries, which have made the shift to sequential gearboxes this year.
They will face off against Risi Competizione’s James Walker Jr., who made his touring car debut last weekend in the Houston-based team’s new Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR.
Six-Way Fight for TCR Cup Honors
TCR Cup, reserved for cars with DSG gearboxes, will be an all-Audi RS 3 LMS TCR affair in Florida, led by Alphasonic Motorsport’s Alain Lauziere, who swept the weekend at COTA.
Lauziere holds a 14-point lead over Bryan Putt in the #15 eEuroparts.com ROWE Racing Audi, with Nelson Chan in third.
McCann Racing will again field Audis for Christian Cole and Michael McCann Jr., while Eddie Killean is back in the #37 TWOth Autosport entry.
RS Werks, meanwhile, is set for their first TCR start of the season with the #11 Audi for Jay Salinsky, who will also compete for TCR Cup honors.
TCA Invites Set for St. Petersburg Outing
In addition to a complete TCR field, selected TCA entries will also take part in the action this weekend, competing on a non-points basis.
It will include the #74 Copeland Mazda Global MX-5 Cup car of Tyler Maxson, who is coming off a third place class finish in Race 1 at COTA last weekend.
Practice begins on Friday, March 8, with a pair of 35-minute sessions, followed by qualifying on Saturday and the first of the two 40-minute races set to get underway at 5:25 p.m. EDT. Race 2 is scheduled for Sunday at 4:40 p.m. EDT.
Both races will be streamed live on World-Challenge.com.