An impressive 43-car TC America field featuring machinery from 10 of the world's leading OEM manufacturers piloted by a diverse mix of both up-and-coming racers and former series champions will be in action August 30 to September 1 at Watkins Glen International. Presented by CrowdStrike the weekend will showcase two 40-minute TC contests and two identically timed TCR/TCA races at the renowned 11-turn, 3.4-mile road course.
Hurczyn and Putt lead Overall TCR Field Heading to Upstate New York
FCP Euro team driver Michael Hurczyn continued his dominant TCR class performance at Portland in July winning Round 10 of the 2019 season and growing his lead in the driver’s championship points standings to 44. In the 10 races leading into the Watkins Glen weekend, Hurczyn, driver of the #71 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR has not finished outside of the top 3. Hurczyn’s teammate Nate Vincent has also had a very good season to date and comes into the weekend second in the driver’s standings – he will drive the #72 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR. The FCP Euro team’s efforts have positioned VW at the top of the manufacturer’s championship standings.
James Walker comes into the weekend tied for third with Mason Filippi in the driver’s championship standings. Walker will drive the #34 Risi Competizione Alfa Romeo Giulietta, while Filippi will pilot the #12 Copeland Motorsports Hyundai Veloster N.
Also entered in the TCR class are Michael McCann Jr. in the #3 McCann Racing Audi Sport RS3 LMS, and the #99 VGMC Racing Honda Civic Type-R for Victor Gonzalez.
In TCR Cup, Bryan Putt has essentially driven away from the field amassing six wins in the 10 races to date – good for a 61-point lead atop the driver’s championship standings. He will pilot the #15 eEuroparts.com ROWE Racing Audi Sport RS3 LMS (DSG). With six races remaining in the season, McCann Racing’s Christian Cole will need to win over Putt to keep his chances alive for a championship in 2019. He will drive the #27 Audi Sport RS3 LMS (DSG).
Completing the TCR Cup field entered for Watkins Glen are Stephen Vajda in the #18 EXR Team by Premat Audi Sport RS3 LMS (DSG), Eddie Killeen in the #37 TWOth Autosport Audi Sport RS3 LMS (DSG), and teammate Travis Hill in the #41 TWOth Autosport Audi Sport RS3 LMS (DSG).
TC Protagonists Schwartz and Grahovec set to Duel Again at The Glen
The two main protagonists in the TC class driver’s championship dueled at Portland International Raceway and Rooster Hall Racing’s Johan Schwartz, driver of the #80 BMW M240iR Cup came out on top winning both races over Classic BMW driver Toby Grahovec in the #26 BMW M240iR Cup. Schwartz now holds a 41-point lead entering the Watkins Glen weekend, but don’t count out the former 2016 TC Driver’s Champion Grahovec who is looking for his first win of the season and will most surely battle Schwartz again for the top step at Watkins Glen.
Schwartz’ teammate Steve Streimer is set to pilot the #81 Rooster Hall Racing BMW M240iR Cup – he sits fifth in the standings entering the weekend. Rooster Hall Racing also has the #84 BMW M240iR Cup entered for Richard Zulman. Grahovec’s Classic BMW teammate Jacob Ruud will pilot the #810 BMW M240iR Cup.
Auto Technic Racing’s Robert Nimkoff enters the weekend third in the driver’s standings and will look to spoil the party for Schwartz and Grahovec. He’ll pilot the #20 BMW M240iR Cup. Auto Technic Racing also brings their #52 BMW M240iR Cup for Tom Capizzi, who sits 8th in the driver’s standings and the #21 BMW M240iR Cup for Mark Brummond.
Cameron Evans comes into the weekend fourth in the driver’s standings and will drive the #82 Copart / BimmerWorld Racing BMW M240iR Cup. He will team with Chandler Hull who will race the #94 BMW M240iR Cup – Hull sits sixth in the standings.
Rearden Racing’s Paul Terry is entered to run the #33 Nissan 370z, while Jeff Ricca is set to drive the #78 GenRacer Hyundai Genesis Coupe – the two drivers round out the two remaining spots in the top 10 in the driver’s championship standings entering the weekend.
Completing the 15-car TC field is the Dynamic Racing Solutions #06 BMW M235iR Cup for Hanna Zellers, the Dynamic Racing Solutions #09 BMW M240iR Cup for Greg Nitzkowski, and the #23 TechSport Racing Nissan 370z for Joseph Federl.
Wittmer Leads Maxson and Pombo in TCA
In TCA, Canadian Nick Wittmer heads to Watkins Glen holding an 18-point lead in the driver’s championship standings. After opening the season with four straight wins, the driver of the #91 TechSport Racing Subaru BRZ tS won Round 7 but had a DNF in Round 5 to go along with two finishes off of the podium in Rounds 6 and 8. That allowed Tyler Maxson who won Rounds 5 and 6 in the #74 Copeland Motorsports Mazda Global MX5 Cup ND.2 to close the gap on the leader.
TechSport Racing is also set to bring the #22 Subaru BRZ tS for Damon Surzyshyn, the #24 machine for Robert Crocker, the #44 machine for P.J. Groenke, and the #95 entry for Ben Bettenhausen.
MINI JCW’s Mark Pombo comes into the weekend third in the driver’s standings and will drive the #59 MINI Cooper JCW. The team has entered four cars for the weekend including the #60 MINI Cooper JCW for Nate Norenberg (Norenberg sits fifth in the driver’s championship standings), the #61 machine for Luis Perocarpi and the #62 car for Tomas Mejia.
X-Factor Racing brings four Honda Civic Si for team principle and driver Chris Haldeman in the #69 machine, Taylor Hagler in the #77 car, Cole Ciraulo in the #25 car and Stephen Jeu in the #02 car. Haldeman sits fourth, while Hagler and Ciraulo sit sixth and seventh respectively.
Rounding out the 16-car TCA field is the Ives Motorsports #07 Mazda Global MX5 Cup ND.1 for Jose DaSilva and the #TEAMSALLY #780 Honda Civic Si for Sally McNulty.
Over 100 cars across SRO’s three series – Blancpain GT World Challenge America, Pirelli GT4 America and TC America – will be competing over the weekend. On-track action for TC America begins Friday August 30 with the first TC practice session of the weekend at 8:50 am EST, followed by the first TCR/TCA practice session at 10:40 am EST. The first TC race of the weekend is scheduled to go green Saturday, August 31 at 1:10 pm EST, while the first TCR/TCA race is scheduled to start later that day at 4:55 pm EST. All races will be streamed live on TCAmerica.us. CBS Sports Network coverage for TC America races at Watkins Glen airs September 11 at 7 pm EDT. Check your local listings for additional broadcast time and channel information.
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