BOSTON (June 21, 2017) – Following three event weekends in the new “SprintX” format, Black Swan Racing and the Pirelli World Challenge will return to the core of the series during this weekend’s double-header at Road America, reverting to the traditional single-driver “sprint” format. Arriving at the historic track in Wisconsin’s resort city of Elkhart Lake, Tim Pappas will take to the wheel of his No. 54 Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the series’ GTA class.
"Returning to Road America is always something we look forward to,” stated Black Swan Racing driver and team owner Tim Pappas. “The long straights, hills, and high-speed corners require a little bit of everything, and we have that with the Mercedes-AMG GT3. The car's torque should really pay dividends up the long hills, and the downforce suits us really well in the long corners. It's always tough to say how you think you're going to perform, there's always changes in BoP and the unique characteristics of each car, but we're confident we can run well. We've taken a few hits in the championship during the first few sprint rounds, so in a way it makes the focus easier for us, we just have to try to win."
Taking to the 4-mile, 14-turn Road America course, the longest of the 2017 season, both driver and team will need to maximize peak performance out of all aspects of the car. With Road America featuring heavy uphill portions, extremely fast corners, connected by some of the longest straightaways in North America, the requirements of the 62-year old track are unlike any other.
A favorite of everyone, Black Swan Racing has had success at the storied venue. In 2010 and 2011, the team took consecutive class victories in the former American Le Mans series, followed by a Pirelli World Challenge class victory in 2014, driving the previous generation Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS GT3. Similarly the layout will most reflect the famed VIRginia International Raceway, where Black Swan celebrated victory earlier this year.
Official practice begins this Thursday, June 22, with a double-header of races in conjunction with the Verizon IndyCar Series on Saturday and Sunday. Race One will take place on Saturday, June 24 at 5:30PM ET, with Race Two on Sunday, June 25 at 10:55AM ET. All races will be streamed live at www.world-challenge.com/streamvideo/