Fifty-five cars. It’s a ridiculous number for any class of racing, and with the explosion of interest in the Pirelli World Challenge series’ smaller Touring Car categories, super-size TC entry lists will become the new norm in 2017.

“We’re up against the FIA’s track limit for the maximum amount of cars we can have on course at the same time at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, and we’re facing the same thing at Lime Rock,” PWC TC class manager Jim Jordan told RACER.

“Splitting into separate races for the different TC classes at Lime Rock is what we’re looking at to deal with all the entries, and we could also end up being oversubscribed at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.”

It’s a wonderful problem for Jordan and PWC to have. This weekend’s TC season opener at Virginia International Raceway, where the ridiculous 55 will shave paint and bodywork from fenders and bumpers in pursuit of the checkered flag, will reaffirm the quality of PWC’s current offerings.

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