Tooele, Utah – Ian Lacy Racing returns to the Pirelli World Challenge Series with a full season three car effort for GTS and GTS-X categories. The team will again field Ginetta G-55’s for Frank Gannett, Drew Staveley, and Steve Burns. All three drivers will debut in round one in St. Petersburg.
“I’m very excited to field three new Ginettas for our guys. Our engineer Zack Porter has been doing a lot of homework over the off season. We believe that his experience with the 2016 model combined with the upgrades to the 2018 car will put us in a good position to compete for a championship”, stated team owner Ian Lacy. “I’m very proud to be entered in a field as competitive as the PWC GTS class. We are expecting close to 30 competitors and several manufactures have introduced new GT4 cars. This year should provide some excellent racing for sportscar fans.”
ILR took delivery of the updated G-55’s in mid-January and began shakedown almost immediately. The 2018 chassis is very similar to the 2016 model. Engine and brake system upgrades contain the majority of the differences to the past G-55 GT4’s raced in PWC. “With the upgraded 2018 model, our testing and experience gained last year, and the simulation work we have done in the off season I expect the platform to be competitive right away. The PWC/SRO partnership and BOP testing should make for great parity and racing in the year to come”, says engineer Zack Porter.
Burn’s, founder of VP Racing Fuels, rejoins the series after a one season hiatus to the Trans-am series. In previous years Steve piloted another Ford powered car in the TC class, racking up several top ten finishes and some invaluable racing experience. His move up to the GTS class will see him driving the #43 VP Fuels sponsored G-55 GT4.
Frank Gannett returns to PWC action as the owner of G3 racing, and integral partner of ILR. Gannett began his driving career at Utah Motorsport Campus in 2016. He licensed with the Ford Performance Racing School at Utah Motorsports Campus and competed in the local NASA series. 2017 saw him join ILR to compete in the NASA series again, this time piloting a Ginetta to the ST1 Championship along with his first foray into professional motorsports with a partial season in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS-AM category.
Drew Staveley, a California native, moved to Utah to take a job at the Ford Performance Racing School. Staveley teamed up with Gannett to begin their PWC careers in 2017. In only his second event within the PWC championship, Drew was able to pilot his Ginetta G-55 to the 2nd step of the podium. Staveley says, “I’m so excited to continue my relationship with this team. This will be my first full season at this level of motorsport and I look forward to putting the Ginetta at the front of the field.”
The ILR transporter is packed full and “Master Racecar Transportation Specialist” Dean Bolton is racing it towards Florida. Look for two exciting GTS races next weekend on the streets of St Petersburg.