Alvaro Parente had very little experience racing in the United States when he joined K-PAX Racing for the Pirelli World Challenge season. SPEED SPORT Magazine told of Parente’s unlikely rise to a championship in its November issue. Here’s an excerpt from that story.

The first-year PWC GT racer had shown the talent that everyone had seen in February, producing a series-best six wins and five poles.

Parente was a basic unknown in America in February and now stands as the GT drivers’ champion in North America’s top production-based sports car series.

“When the season kicked off, I said to my guys from race one that I’m here to fight for the championship,” he admitted. “Then we found ourselves in a good position and started to win races and really getting a look at the championship. It was very good until the Utah weekend where, unfortunately, Michael Cooper took me out of the first race where I was in position two.”

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