Change made after consulting with PWC drivers and teams
ALTON, Va. – WC Vision, producers of the Pirelli World Challenge, announced today a change in the pit stop minimum for the Pro-Pro division in the SprintX class in the two 60-minute, two-driver, single pit stop races this weekend at VIRginia International Raceway.
Originally, there was to be no minimum time for the Pro-Pro division in the driver changes on the pit stops.
However, after consulting with PWC SprintX drivers and team principals, the Pirelli World Challenge officials made the decision to add a 30-second pit stop minimum to the Pro-Pro category for safety conditions during the 25- to 35-minute mark pit stop window during the one-hour events.
The 60-second minimum pit stop regulations for the Pro-Am and Am-Am classes will remain in effect during the SprintX races.
“When we had the meeting at Long Beach with the team owners regarding the elimination of the tire change for the SprintX races this year, there was a subsequent concern among the drivers that a safety issue could occur with the driver changes and no minimum pit stop time,” said Greg Gill, CEO and president of WC Vision. “Members of our PWC staff met with the SprintX driver and team owners regarding adding a 30-second minimum for the Pro-Pro pit stops. They were all in agreement. We appreciate our drivers and teams working with us for the safety of the SprintX competition.”
Thirty-six two-driver teams entered the 2017 SprintX season opener at VIR this weekend with 13 Pro-Pro squads set to compete in the 60-minute races on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT and Sunday at 1:15 p.m. EDT.
Practice begins Friday morning at VIR for the 110 overall entries in the Pirelli World Challenge Nissan Grand Prix of VIR with the SprintX, GTS and Touring Car doubleheader weekend.