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Entry List: Michelin GT Challenge at VIR

While Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams are relaxing before the 12 week grind to Homestead, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returns to VIRginia International Raceway for the final GT-only round of the season.  25 cars between the GT Le Mans and GT Daytona classes.

In GT Le Mans, the biggest change of note is the return of Risi Competizione to the paddock with Giancarlo Fisichella and Toni Vilander back behind the wheel of the No. 62 Ferrari.  The team has not raced in the series since Circuit of the Americas back in May.  The team’s crash at Le Mans did not cause the break.  Instead, Risi Competizione wanted to regroup.

GT Daytona has one driver change of note.  Patrick Long is back in the No. 28 Alegra Motorsports Porsche, replacing Michael de Quesada.  Long has one previous start in the No. 28 in 2017.  That was Lime Rock, where Long partnered with full-time racer Daniel Morad to finish third in class.

The other changes that came into effect at Road America will remain in effect.  As a result, Robert Alon will continue to drive the No. 14 Lexus with Sage Karam while Jack Hawksworth teams with Scott Pruett in the No. 15.  Also of note, WeatherTech Racing will once again use a Porsche 911 GT3 R instead of their Mercedes.  The reasoning is due to absolutely no changes being made to benefit the Mercedes in the latest Balance of Performance adjustments.

Finally, Lone Star Racing is once again entered with their No. 80 Mercedes for Dan Knox and Mike Skeen.  The team was entered at Road America, but did not race due to overheating issues.

Entry List: Michelin GT Challenge at VIR

Class Team Drivers Car
GT Le Mans 3 - Corvette Racing Antonio Garcia
Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
GT Le Mans 4 - Corvette Racing Oliver Gavin
Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
GT Daytona 14 - 3GT Racing Robert Alon
Sage Karam
Lexus RCF GT3
GT Daytona 15 - 3GT Racing Jack Hawksworth
Scott Pruett
Lexus RCF GT3
GT Daytona 16 - Change Racing Corey Lewis
Jeroen Mul
Lamborghini Huracan GT3
GT Le Mans 24 - BMW Team RLL John Edwards
Martin Tomczyk
BMW M6 GTLM
GT Le Mans 25 - BMW Team RLL Bill Auberlen
Alexander Sims
BMW M6 GTLM
GT Daytona 28 - Alegra Motorsports Patrick Long
Daniel Morad
Porsche 911 GT3 R
GT Daytona 33 - Riley Motorsports Jeroen Bleekemolen
Ben Keating
Mercedes-AMG GT3
GT Daytona 48 - Paul Miller Racing Bryan Sellers
Madison Snow
Lamborghini Huracan GT3
GT Daytona 50 - WeatherTech Racing Gunnar Jeannette
Cooper MacNeil
Porsche 911 GT3 R
GT Daytona 54 - CORE autosport Jon Bennett
Colin Braun
Porsche 911 GT3 R
GT Daytona 57 - Stevenson Motorsports Lawson Aschenbach
Andrew Davis
Audi R8 LMS GT3
GT Le Mans 62 - Risi Competizione Giancarlo Fisichella
Toni Vilander
Ferrari 488 GTE
GT Daytona 63 - Scuderia Corsa Alessandro Balzan
Christina Nielsen
Ferrari 488 GT3
GT Le Mans 66 - Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Joey Hand
Dirk Müller
Ford GT
GT Le Mans 67 - Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ryan Briscoe
Richard Westbrook
Ford GT
GT Daytona 73 - Park Place Motorsports Jörg Bergmeister
Patrick Lindsey
Porsche 911 GT3 R
GT Daytona 75 - SunEnergy1 Racing Kenny Habul
Tristan Vautier
Mercedes-AMG GT3
GT Daytona 80 - Lone Star Racing Dan Knox
Mike Skeen
Mercedes-AMG GT3
GT Daytona 86 - Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Oswaldo Negri Jr.
Jeff Segal
Acura NSX GT3
GT Daytona 93 - Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Andy Lally
Katherine Legge
Acura NSX GT3
GT Daytona 96 - Turner Motorsport Jens Klingmann
Jesse Krohn
BMW M6 GT3
GT Le Mans 911 - Porsche GT Team Patrick Pilet
Dirk Werner
Porsche 911 RSR
GT Le Mans 912 - Porsche GT Team Gianmaria Bruni
Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 911 RSR

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Phil Allaway has three primary roles at Frontstretch. He's the manager of the site's FREE e-mail newsletter that publishes Monday-Friday and occasionally on weekends. He keeps TV broadcasters honest with weekly editions of Couch Potato Tuesday and serves as the site's Sports Car racing editor.

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