The first round of SprintX in Pirelli World Challenge GT will feature a mix of proven and fresh driver pairings, which should add to the dynamic.
After three rounds of sprint competition, the Pirelli World Challenge GT spotlight turns to SprintX, the 60-minute, two-driver format that makes its formal debut as part of the overall GT championship this weekend at Virginia International Raceway.
While World Challenge ran three rounds of SprintX competition for GT and GTS cars in 2016, it was a separate championship that had no bearing on the overall GT title. Now GT teams and drivers are competing for overall, Sprint and SprintX championships, so the SprintX rounds are just as important as the Sprint races to the serious championship contenders.
As a result – and in part due to the driver change rules that say Pro-Pro driver combinations have no minimum pit time – most teams have not taken their choice for second drivers lightly. For example, Cadillac Racing is bringing in Ricky and Jordan Taylor, winners of every IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race so far in 2017 in their WTR Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R, to join Johnny O’Connell and Michael Cooper, respectively.
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