Denver, CO – WC Vision today announced the penalties and fines from Sunday’s GT/GTA, and GT Cup Round 5 ‘Roar by the Shore’ presented by Replay XD on the Streets of Long Beach. Fines collected from the penalties are earmarked for charities.
“Since the completion of Sunday’s race, Pirelli World Challenge’s Competition Board has worked around the clock to review incidents from the Round 5 race,” said Scott Bove, President and CEO, WC Vision. “The series will not tolerate behavior such as was exhibited at our Long Beach race. There is no one more disappointed in the on track product we delivered than I am. We can do better and commit to our partners, teams, drivers and fans and that we will. I appreciate the support from the drivers that have emailed me privately accepting responsibility for their actions and already paid their fines. The drivers that are not accepting responsibility for their on track behavior and for the poor product they delivered will either change their behavior or not race with us. It is that simple. We have unfortunately posted a record number of penalties, fines and probation notices with the hope that the clear message is received by our competitors that the series will enforce the standards of on track behavior required to compete in PWC. Racing is a very dangerous sport, passing under yellow, avoidable contact and unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated.”
“It’s unfortunate that the No. 05 Always Evolving GT3 GT-R was involved in an incident at the Long Beach Grand Prix that resulted in significant damage to the Bentley team,” said Erik Davis, owner of Always Evolving Motorsports and Erik Davis, Non-executive Chairman Always Evolving. “Given the recent incidents in the first three events, it is necessary for the series to take action for drivers that make poor decisions on track. We at AE are fully supportive of the series executives in their decision to apply strong penalties for driver misconduct on track. Unfortunately our team will be one of the cars that will receive such penalties; however, we are fully supportive of the decision being made.”
“I am proud to say that I’ve personally been involved with the Pirelli World Challenge for over two decades, and when GMG was formed in 2001, our affiliation with the series has played an instrumental part of our success,” said James Sofronas, Co-Owner, Global Motorsports Group. “I couldn’t be more proud to see the series grow the way it has in recent years, and while we certainly don’t always agree with every decision made, we continue to understand and support WC Vision’s process and efforts to create a product that is professional, engaging for the fans, and accountable to its entrants.”
According to Jim Haughey Team Principle of KPax Racing: “While I don’t necessarily agree with all the conclusions on the penalties, I am pleased the series is bringing out the hammer. The on track behavior of the competitors at Long Beach was out of control.”
The Series will donate the fines to be collected to the following charities and foundations: The Road Racing Drivers Club, Safe is Fast campaign, http://www.rrdc.org/; The Special Operations Warrior Foundation, http://www.specialops.org/; and The SCCA Foundation, http://www.sccafoundation.com/.
GT/GTA, GT Cup and GTS teams and drivers now head to Barber Motorsports Park, April 24-26 and the MOMO Grand Prix at Barber presented by Porsche, part of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama weekend. Watch Round 5 from Long Beach on CBS Sports Network Sunday, April 26, 3:30 p.m. Eastern.