SRO Motorsports America took Circuit Of The Americas by storm selling over 10,000 tickets to the three-day spectacle. The record-breaking sales were pulled in part to the dramatic racing and many other activities.
Off track, many communities were invited and hosted including Dell’s Children’s Hospital, Kinetic Kids and Imagine A Way. The kids had the opportunity to enjoy a suite along the front stretch as well as meet drivers and see the cars and teams of SRO America up close. The over 500 VIP guests indulged in high-class servings, unparalleled views, and inspired entertainment with Fanatec sim-racing rigs on site.
Also located in the Turn 1 suite was Ash Vandelay, host of the SRO Motorsports Twitch show. Vandelay hosted the show live from the Turn 1 COTA x SRO news desk. Over a half million fans joined the conversation and watched the races Saturday and Sunday. An additional 2,000 fans joined the conversation across SRO Motorsports' social platforms. For those who missed all the action the YouTube page, GT World, provides the live streams in full to re-watch.
The 150-car corral participants filled the sprawling COTA footprint alongside the 140 cars racing as part of the weekend. A festival of speed in its own right, the weekend hosted 19 manufacturers as part of the car count. The crescendo came Sunday, May 21 as cowboys, horses and mariachi welcomed fans and the Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS to the final grid walk.
The competition on track certainly put on a show for visitors with first-time wins and weekend sweeps taking place over the course of Saturday and Sunday. In the Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS series two hometown teams put on a show.
The No. 19 Esses Racing with Mercedes Banz of Austin Mercedes-AMG GT3 took pole before giving way to the No. 04 CorwdStrike by Riley Mercedes-AMG GT winning Race One in the PRO-AM Class. The No. 28 RS1 Porsche 911 GT3 R took the Race One win in the PRO Class. Race Two wins went to the No. 93 Racers Edge Motorsports Acura NSX GT3 and the No. 120 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Driver George Kurtz in the No. 04 Mercedes-AMG would go on to win Race One in the GT America powered by AWS SRO3 Class. The GT4 Class win went to the No. 50 Chouest Poveledo Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 of Ross Chouest. THe No. 27 CRP Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Jason Daskalos kept Mercedes on top the podium in Race Two. Elias Sabo in the No. 8 Flying Lizard Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 got the job done for Aston Martin in the GT4 Class Race Two.
In the Pirelli GT4 America series, Race One saw big wins for BMW. The No. 51 Auto Technic Racing BMW M4 GT4 and No. 438 STR38 Motorsports BMW M4 GT4 won in the Silver and Am classes respectively. The No. 68 Smooge Racing Toyota GR Supra GT4 took the top step in the PRO-AM Class. In Race Two the No. 999 Hanley Motorsports Toyota GR Supra GT4 won in the Silver Class, The No. 2 Flying Lizard Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 won overall and in the PRO-AM Class and the No. 36 BimmerWorld BMW M4 GT4 won the AM Class.
The TC America powered by Skip Barber series continued to showcase fierce racing regardless of track surface conditions. In Race One The No. 26 Rigid Speed Company BMW M2 CS won the TCX Class and overall. The No. 22 TechSport Racing Subaru BRZ put on a show to pull of a TCA Class win. In the TC Class Clayton Williams in the No. 60 MINI JCW Team Mini JCW Pro TC would sweep the weekend.
Race Two wins in the TCX and TC classes went to the No. 44 Rooster Hall Racing BMW M2 CS of Collin Garrett and No. 77 Skip Barber Racing School Honda Civic Si FE1 of William Lambros.
The SRO Motorsports America series gather again at VIRginia International Raceway from Friday, June 16 through Sunday, June 18. The weekend hosts back-to-back races for five series including the Toyota GR Cup North America. Tickets are now on sale. Fans can join in daily or for the duration of the three-day event. Camping options are also available. Children under 12 have free entry with a ticketed adult.