The announcement was made during the Pirelli World Challenge Competitor meeting at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show in Indianapolis.
Originally announced events were Radical supporting races at Pirelli World Challenge “headliner” weekends at Circuit of the Americas (March 23-25), Virginia International Raceway (April 27-29) and Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (May 18-20).
Last week, two additional weekends were secured with Utah Motorsports Campus (Aug. 10-12) and Watkins Glen International (Aug. 31-Sept. 2) joining the first three dates. One more weekend will be announced in the near future for the Radical North American championship with the Pirelli World Challenge weekends.
The partnership with PWC means the Radical series will now be sanctioned by USAC, giving North American Radical drivers access to FIA licensing and the opportunity to compete internationally, via Radical’s one-make championships in Australia, Europe, the Middle-East and the United Kingdom.
The popularity of Radical’s North American series has warranted an expansion from five to six rounds in 2018. This season’s championship attracted 45 competitors from across the United States as well as drivers from Canada, Brazil, England and Norway.
Jesse Menczer (One Motorsport) won the Masters (SR8) class championship. Richard Thomas (Wisko Racing) won his second consecutive 1500 title after a year-long battle with Ethan Stone (One Motorsport). Antoine Comeau won the 1340 class championship, even though a broken wrist kept him from participating in the final round.
About Radical Sportscars: The British manufacturer and constructor of racing cars was founded in January 1997 by amateur drivers and engineers Mick Hyde and Phil Abbott, who built open cockpit sportscars which could be registered for road use and run on a track without modification. Radical produce a mix of purpose built race cars as well as road legal sports cars in varying specifications. The most popular racecar produced to date is the radical SR3 with the V6 RXC being their most numerous road legal sport car. For more information on Radical Sportscars, please visit www.radicalsportscars.com.
About Pirelli World Challenge: Pirelli World Challenge (www.world-challenge.com) is North America’s premier GT Production-based sports car sprint series and now enters its 29th consecutive season. The exciting series featured 26 different auto makes with 44 separate models in 2017. Pirelli World Challenge exhibits one of the most competitive racing series in the world with incredible wheel-to-wheel action between exotic cars such as Chevrolet Corvette, Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren, Nissan, Audi, Bentley, Acura, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz and Aston-Martin. Over 100 cars will be action with seven different categories in 2018 including GT, GTA, GT Cup, GTS, TCR, TC and TCA. In 2018, PWC will host 10 weekends in North America including the season opener in the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., March 9-11. In addition to the on-track competition, racing fans and car enthusiasts can gain a close-up view of the most exotic racing sedans in the world in the “world class” paddock area. There is something for every racing fan.