Audi Sport customer racing announces 2019 line-up for IMSA WeatherTech and Michelin Pilot Challenge Racing series ahead of Daytona season opener

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  • Audi GT3, GT4, and TCR racing categories represented at the Rolex 24 At Daytona race weekend
  • 12 Audi Sport customer racing vehicles fielded across the 24 hour Endurance Challenge and IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge GS/TCR classes
  • All-new Audi Sport customer racing support offered with OEM parts program and technical expertise for 2019 season

Audi of America showcases three-class race offerings at the annual ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA race weekend held from Jan. 25-27. Audi Sport customer racing will be represented in the field with eight cars competing in the Michelin Pilot Challenge support series opener on Friday Jan. 25. The 57th running of the 24 hour endurance race will feature four Audi R8 LMS GT3 race cars poised to take the top podium. The brand has won this event twice in the last five years.

Audi Sport customer racing
The 2019 racing season begins with the toughest challenge on the schedule for our Audi R8 LMS GT3 IMSA race teams. The late January event pushes the Audi Sport effort to the limit with 24 hours of racing at Daytona International Speedway. Three new IMSA teams will field the GT3 race car at the event: Starworks, Moorespeed, and WRT Speedstar. Returning to the grid for the third time is Land Motorsports who nearly took the overall win 2017, now on a mission to take the top spot.

In 2009, Audi Sport launched the customer racing program with the Audi R8 LMS GT3 race car, offering customers vehicles designed to compete in international GT3 racing. Redesigned in 2015, the Daytona-winning car continues to dominate in GT3 class having won every major endurance race around the world including at Daytona in 2016.

Audi R8 LMS GT4
The Audi R8 LMS GT4 was derived from the production R8 V10 Plus Coupe and shares 60 percent of its parts with the road car. The GT4’s performance and value make it ideal for amateur teams. The 2019 season will include four GT4 race cars fielded by returning team Carbahn Motorsports and new to the Audi Sport customer racing GT4 program, eEuroparts.com. Both teams have entered two Audi R8 LMS GT4 race cars for the Michelin Pilot Challenge GS class.

Audi RS 3 LMS TCR
In the third category, the Audi RS 3 LMS TCR race car rounds out the Audi Sport customer racing offering. The Audi RS 3 LMS has won a championship in each year of U.S. competition since its introduction in 2017. Audi will defend the manufacturer’s championship with four cars on the grid. eEuroparts.com has expanded its program to three cars in 2019 and JDC-Miller MotorSports will support one full-season TCR race car.

Audi Sport Team Support
Audi Sport customer racing continues to maximize customer team support in 2019 by expanding the engineering team, reorganizing the parts program and continuing existing sponsorships. The GT3/GT4 race engineer Shawn Ulrich has been promoted to Technical Director. Shawn will be supported by Audi Master Guild Technician, Jon Bialczak. Newly hired RS 3 LMS engineer, Mark Murray, is known throughout the paddock for his Audi Sport prototype experience and winning 24 hours of Le Mans with Champion Racing. To complement the fleet of winning vehicles on the grid, and talent in the pits, an updated parts logistics program will now be supported by parts manager Peter Stuyck from Centigrade, Inc.

Audi Tire Center and Audi Genuine Parts will continue to support race teams in the 2019 season, promoting certified Audi maintenance Genuine Parts and customization through Audi Genuine Accessories.

The driver line-up features multiple 24-hour race winners. The teams/drivers are made up as follows:

GT3 Intended Series
(NAEC, Full or Sprint)
Car Team Principal Drivers Social
R8
LMS
GT3
IMSA WeatherTech – NAEC 29 Monteplast by Land Motorsports Christian Land Christopher Mies (Germany)
Dries Vanthoor (Belgian)
Ricardo Feller (Switzerland)
Daniel Morad (Canada)
FB: landmotorsport
R8
LMS
GT3
IMSA WeatherTech – Full Season 8 Starworks Motorsport Peter Baron Parker Chase (USA)
Ryan Dalziel (Great Britain)
Ezequiel Perez Companc (Argentina)
Chris Haase (Germany)
Twitter: @starworksmotor
R8
LMS

GT3

IMSA WeatherTech – Full Season 19 Moorespeed David Moore Will Hardeman (USA)
Alex Riberas (Spain)
Andrew Davis (USA)
Markus Winkelhock (Germany)
FB: MoorespeedRaceEngineering

Twitter: @MoorespeedTX
INSTA: moorespeed_austin

YT: user/Speedmoore1

R8

LMS

GT3

IMSA WeatherTech – Rolex 24 only 88 WRT Speedstar Audi Sport Vincent Vosse Frederic Vervisch (Belgium)
Kelvin van der Linde (South Africa)
Ian James (USA)
Roman DeAngelis (Canada)
FB: @followWRT
Twitter: @followWRT
GT4 Intended Series Car Team Principal Drivers Social
R8

LMS

GT4

Michelin Pilot Challenge 39 Carbahn Motorsports Steve Dinan Tyler McQuarrie
Jeff Westphal
FB: CarbahnAutoworks

Twitter: @SteveDinanAuto

YT: CarBahn Autoworks

R8

LMS

GT4

Michelin Pilot Challenge 93 Carbahn Motorsports Steve Dinan Mark Siegel
Tom Dyer
FB: CarbahnAutoworks

Twitter: @SteveDinanAuto

YT: CarBahn Autoworks

R8

LMS

GT4

Michelin Pilot Challenge 2 eEuroparts.com ROWE Racing Matt Moran Tyler Cooke
Kenton Koch
FB: eeuropartscom
INSTA: eeuroparts

YT: eEuropartsTV

R8

LMS

GT4

Michelin Pilot Challenge 8 eEuroparts.com ROWE Racing Matt Moran Gunnar Jeannette
Rodrigo Sales
FB: eeuropartscom

YT: eEuropartsTV

RS 3 Intended Series Car Team Principal Drivers Social
RS 3

LMS

Michelin Pilot Challenge 10 eEuroparts.com ROWE Racing Matt Moran Kieron O’Rourke
Lee Carpentier
FB: eeuropartscom, LeeCarpentier, kieron.orourke.1
INSTA: eeuroparts, lee_carpentier YT: eEuropartsTV
RS 3

LMS

Michelin Pilot Challenge 12 eEuroparts.com ROWE Racing Matt Moran Russell McDonough
Ryan Nash
FB: eeuropartscom, darrealryannash, russell.mcdonough.9
INSTA: eeuroparts, rnash21, rm4racing YT: eEuropartsTV
RS 3

LMS

Michelin Pilot Challenge 61 Roadshagger Racing by eEuroparts.com Gavin Ernstone Gavin Ernstone
Jon Morley
FB: SimplyVegasPage, cleartitleco Twitter: SimplyVegasRE
INSTA: cleartitlenv
RS 3

LMS

Michelin Pilot Challenge 54 JDC-Miller MotorSports John Church Michael Johnson
Stephen Simpson
FB: JDCMotorsports1 Twitter: @JDCMotorSports
INSTA: jdcmotorsports

Stream live at IMSATV or Tune in:

Network Start Date Day Of Week Start Time Green Duration End Time Program Name
               
NBCSN 1/24/2019 Thursday 2:00PM 01:00 3:00 PM Season Preview
NBCSN 1/24/2019 Thursday 3:00 PM 02:00 5:00 PM Rolex 24 Qualifying
NBCSN 1/26/2019 Saturday 2:00PM 2:40 PM 03:00 5:00 PM Rolex 24
NBC Sports App 1/26/2019 Saturday 5:00PM 04:00 9:00 PM Rolex 24
NBCSN 1/26/2019 Saturday 9:00 PM 06:00 3:00AM Rolex 24
NBC Sports App 1/26/2019 Saturday 3:00 AM 03:00 6:00 AM Rolex 24
NBCSN 1/27/2019 Sunday 6:00 AM 09:00 3:00PM Rolex 24

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