Pirelli World Challenge: Road America Preview
The Pirelli World Challenge has headed up to one of the most famous and challenging road courses in North America. Road America at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin is a four mile, fourteen turn road course. This will be rounds 11-13 for the GT/GTA Series; rounds 10-11 for the GT Cup; rounds 9-10 for the GTS Series and rounds 7-9 for the TC/TCA/TCB Series.
It’s been an exciting year in the Pirelli World Challenge, especially in the GT class. Beretta and Estre have been in a dog fight all season. Both drivers have three wins and the championship is really between these two as they’ve distanced themselves from O’Connell in third. You have to expect both of these drivers to be on top of their game. Beretta started the year off strong but in the last 4 rounds Estre has outpaced him. I’m going with the man on the hot streak and that’s Estre. If he finishes ahead of Beretta for both rounds, he will put some serious pressure on him. I love the fact that it’s Ferrari and McLaren battling it out. McLaren has the lead in the manufacturer points. Which driver and which manufacturer do you think will win out in the GT class?
Henrique Cisneros has almost a 100 point lead in the GTA class. Can anyone catch him or put up a challenge? Colin Thompson has over a 300 point lead in the GT Cup. That’s what you call dominating your challengers. Kurt Rezzetano has grown his lead to almost 100 points in the GTS class. Dean Martin better have a good weekend or Kurt’s in the driver’s seat.
In the TC class, three drivers have separated themselves from the rest of the field. Corey Fergus is your points leader, along with Cody Ellsworth and Adam Poland. Ellsworth started the season off by winning the first two races, while Fergus has won the last two races. It seems like the Porsche Cayman’s have an advantage as Poland in a Mazda hasn’t won a race but has finished consistently in the top 5. Places 4th-6th are also in a tight battle with Ernie Francis, Jason Cherry and Cory Friedman riding each other’s bumpers. Fergus is your hot man but if the Series made competitive balance adjustments, we could see a new winner come through. Keep your eyes on Ernie Francis and Jason Cherry.
In the TCA class, Jason Wolfe has a 70 point lead and third place Paul Holton is running a limited schedule. I would expect Wolfe to win again this weekend but if Holton is racing, he is my pick to win.
In the TCB class, Johan Schwartz has sealed the championship up. He had over a 200 point lead but the real battle is 3rd through 6th place. There is only 60 points separating these positions so I look for there to be some leap frogging this weekend. PJ Groenke has struggled to some extent but has shown in previous years that he can win races and make a run for the championship.
Don’t forget you can catch all the action live here. It should be a fun weekend and with the beautiful backdrop of Road America, an unforgettable weekend. I’d enjoy hearing from you on who you think will take home the win in each series. Tweet me: @Open_Wheels @davindycar or comment on our Facebook page.