Touring Cars Return to Watkins Glen with 30-Car TC America Grid

Touring Cars Return to Watkins Glen with 30-Car TC America Grid
  • Powell, Honda lead TC Championship heading into The Glen
  • Ruud, BMW in Command of TCX With Near Perfect Season
  • TCA Championship Battle heating up between Bacon and Fartuch
  • Entry List - PDF Link
  • Event Schedule - PDF Link

WATKINS GLEN, NY - After a one-year hiatus, TC America Powered by Skip Barber returns to the twists and turns of Watkins Glen International, the scenic and historic 3.37 mile, 11-turn road course in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York. Three classes totaling thirty entries will make up the grid for Rounds 9 and 10 of the championship.

Fifteen cars across six manufacturers are entered for the TC category. Eric Powell’s championship advantage expanded to over 20 points at Road America, and he is set to continue his defense in the #92 Honda Civic Type-R for Skip Barber Racing School at Watkins Glen. His closest rival, the #9 Honda Civic Type-R of Kevin Boehm for DXDT Racing, aims to close the gap with just three rounds remaining on the calendar. 

Skip Barber Racing School expands their effort to six cars for Rounds 9 and 10, with Powell, Lindsay Brewer in her #29 Honda Civic Type-R, Ken Fukuda in his #28 Honda Civic Type-R, and new entries in the Honda Civic Si in TCA. LA Honda World will campaign two Honda Civic Type-Rs, the #37 of Mike LaMarra and the #73 of Mat Pombo.

A duo of Hyundai Veloster Ns, the #78 of Jeff Ricca and #88 of Kurt Washeim will do battle for GenRacer. Mazda is back in the TC category with the addition of the #70 of Joey Jordan for FTG at Watkins Glen, while the #21 Nissan 370Z driven by Rob Hines represents Nissan. The #60 Mini Cooper driven by Derek Jones returns with MINI JCW in the TC class. 

Four BMW M240iRs are set to race as well, with the #06 and #09 of Mathew Ibrahim and Kris Valdez for DRS & Garagistic, and the #51 and #52 of Austen Smith and Tom Capizzi for Auto Technic Racing all representing the Bavarian marque. Smith sits third in the standings just three points behind Boehm. 

The TCX class will feature four BMW M2 CS Cup cars at Watkins Glen, including championship leader Jacob Ruud in the #81 Classic BMW entry. Ruud has won all but one round this year, but seeks victory again at Watkins Glen after he was defeated at Road America by Stephen Cugliari. 

The #5 BMW M2 CS Cup driven by Roy Block for KMW Motorsports with TMR Engineering returns, along with the #30 of Steve Streimer, driving for Hard Motorsport. Block and Streimer are separated by just two points in a heated battle for second in the driver’s points heading into the two rounds at Watkins Glen. One new entry caps off the TCX grid - the #38 BMW M2 CS Cup of Joseph Catania for RigidSpeed.

The TCA category will feature six Honda Civic Si, including three from Skip Barber Racing School: the current championship runner-up Carter Fartuch in his #16, the #2 of Colin Harrison, and the #20 of Mike Stillwagon. The #780 Honda Civic Si of Sally McNulty rides a wave of success into Watkins Glen after a fourth-place finish at Road America in Round 8 - her best finish of the season.

Two Hyundai Velosters are entered for Watkins Glen, the championship leading #18 of Caleb Bacon, and the #33 of Luke Rumburg, both for Forbush Performance. Two Toyota 86s, the #22 of Jesse Love and the #25 of PJ Groenke, will race for TechSport Racing. 

The #62 Mini Cooper and driver Clayton Williams enter Watkins Glen with momentum after a third-place finish at Road America. The #77 Honda Civic Si of Mario Biundo for LA Honda World Racing is back for Rounds 9 and 10, as well as the #99 Honda Civic Si of Jose Blanco for VGMC Racing.

Rounds 9 and 10 of the TC America Powered by Skip Barber championship from Watkins Glen International are available to watch live and free on SRO’s GT World YouTube channel.

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