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Entry List: Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Roar Before the 24

For the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, next week’s Roar Before the 24 is the beginning of a transition season for the series.  So far, it looks like it may result in a more top-heavy series.

There are 40 teams entered in the season opening Roar Before the 24.  However, 28 of those teams are Grand Sport teams in GT4-spec equipment from seven different manufacturers.  If the test session were an actual race, it would be the largest entry in the Grand Sport class since 2014.

Ford has the largest representation with seven Mustang GT4s.  Three of them are from Multimatic Motorsports.  One is a full-time entry (No. 8 for Chad McCumbee).  The other two are the NASCAR Young Gun cars.  Only veteran mentor Scott Maxwell (No. 15) and Austin Cindric (No. 22) are currently assigned cars on the list.  VOLT Racing is back with their No. 7 Mustang, but with Trent Hindman replacing Chris Hall.  KohR Motorsports has their two cars with Joey Atterbury replacing team owner Dean Martin in the No. 59.  Kyle Marcelli and Nate Stacy will share the No. 60 full-time.  Finally, the new Andrew Wojteczko Autosport (AWA) No. 80 will be shared by former Pirelli World Challenge GTS competitors Martin Barkey and Brett Sandberg.

Five of the new Mercedes-AMG GT4s are scheduled to be in attendance.  TeamTGM has one that will be shared by Guy Cosmo, the returning Ted Giovanis and newcomer Owen Trinkler.  The team is supposed to run two Mercedes-AMG GT4s full-time in 2018, but they’ve only taken delivery of one so far.  As a result, their second car for the test will be the team’s existing Porsche.  Winward Racing/HTP Motorsport has two Mercedes, while Murillo Racing has one for defending Street Tuner champs Eric Foss and Jeff Mosing.  Finally, DXDT Racing (which ran part-time in Street Tuner) has one entered.

Three new Audi R8 LMS GT4s are entered as well.  The James Sofronas-run GMG Racing is back with two new Audis.  Sofronas himself will drive the No. 14 while Cameron Lawrence will be in the No. 13.  The third Audi is entered by a new team, Carbahn Motorsports.  No drivers are listed.

There are three new BMW M4 GT4s as well.  BimmerWorld Racing’s James Clay and Tyler Cooke have moved up from Street Tuner to drive one of them.  The other two are from Classic BMW, a team with multiple entries in Pirelli World Challenge’s TC class in 2017, in partnership with Vess Energy Group.  Both cars have the same driver lineup led by 2016 Pirelli World Challenge TC champion Toby Grahovec.

In Porsche land, defending champions Rennsport One has acquired a second Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR.  Spencer Pumpelly, who drove the No. 17 Cayman in Street Tuner last season, will test the car.  Defending Grand Sport champion Dillon Machavern will drive the No. 28.  Also, Bodymotion Racing has changed their number from No. 12 to 5.  Stevan McAleer makes the move up to Grand Sport with rookie Joe Robillard.

Aston Martin is represented on the grid by two entries from Automatic Racing.  They are once again guaranteed to be the loudest cars in the series.  There are also three McLarens (C360R’s No. 76 and two entries from the Canadian Motorsport in Action squad) entered.

The only missing manufacturer that competed in 2017 is Chevrolet with their Camaro GT4.R.  That car was run in the series by the now-shuttered Stevenson Motorsports.  While the car is now available for sale to customers for the price of $259,000 plus tax, no one has entered one for the test.

UPDATE: In an entry list update, Stephen Cameron Racing’s No. 19 BMW M4 GT4 shared by Ari Balogh and Greg Liefooghe has withdrawn.  However, the number of entries remains the same with the addition of the second Classic BMW entry.

The new TCR class has only seven teams entered.  Six of them are running the Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport.  C360R and JDC-Miller MotorSports moved their squads up from Street Tuner.  Murillo Racing added a third team (No. 53) to tackle the new class.  Meanwhile, three new teams are entered.  eEuroparts.com Racing, who participated in the December test, is entered with Lee Carpentier and Kieron O’Rourke.  Another new team, RS Werkes Racing is entered with no drivers listed.  Finally, the only non-Audi team is Rumcastle LLC, which appears to be a small family operation out of Virginia that will run a Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR.  There is very little information available on the team, but one of the listed drivers, Tanner Rumberg, is a former late model racer in the PASS South Super Late Models.

2018 is the last year for the Street Tuner class.  Given the lame duck status, a depressed car count was to be expected.  For the Roar, only five cars are entered in the class, all of which are returning from 2017.

Bodymotion Racing has their Porsche Cayman (re-numbered from No. 31 to 21), while Murillo Racing’s No. 65 Porsche is back as well.  MINI Team JCW has two cars entered (Nos. 37 and 73) entered with a cast of six drivers that have all driven for the team previously.  Finally, BimmerWorld Racing has their No. 81 BMW 328i.  Replacing Balogh and Liefooghe are Nick Galante and Devin Jones.

Entry List: 2018 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Roar Before the 24

Class Team Drivers Car
Grand Sport 09 - Automatic Racing Ramin Abdolvahabi
Brandon Kidd
Aston Martin Vantage GT4
Grand Sport 3 - Winward Racing/HTP Motorsport Craig Lyons
Kris Wilson
Mercedes-AMG GT4
Grand Sport 4 - TeamTGM Guy Cosmo
Ted Giovanis
Hugh Plumb
Mercedes-AMG GT4
Grand Sport 5 - Bodymotion Racing Stevan McAleer
Joe Robillard
Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR
Grand Sport 7 - VOLT Racing Alan Brynjolfsson
Trent Hindman
Ford Mustang GT4
Grand Sport 8 - Multimatic Motorsports Patrick Gallagher
Chad McCumbee
Ford Mustang GT4
TCR 10 - eEuroparts.com Racing Lee Carpentier
Kieron O'Rourke
Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport
TCR 11 - RS Werkes Racing Don Istook Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport
Grand Sport 13 - GMG Racing Daren Jorgensen
Cameron Lawrence
Rick Parfitt Jr.
Audi R8 LMS GT4
Grand Sport 14 - GMG Racing Andrew Davis
George Kurtz
James Sofronas
Audi R8 LMS GT4
Grand Sport 15 - Multimatic Motorsports Cole Custer
Ty Majeski
Scott Maxwell
Ford Mustang GT4
Grand Sport 18 - Rennsport One Spencer Pumpelly Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR
Grand Sport 19 - Stephen Cameron Racing Ari Balogh
Greg Liefooghe
BMW M4 GT4
Street Tuner 21 - Bodymotion Racing Mike Bavaro
Max Faulkner
Stevan McAleer
Porsche Cayman
Grand Sport 22 - Multimatic Motorsports Chase Briscoe
Austin Cindric
Ford Mustang GT4
Grand Sport 26 - Classic BMW/Vess Energy Group Toby Grahovec
Jason Hart
Mike Vess
BMW M4 GT4
Grand Sport 28 - Rennsport One Dillon Machavern Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR
TCR 31 - Rumcastle LLC Jon Miller
Luke Rumberg
Tanner Rumberg
Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
Grand Sport 33 - Winward Racing/HTP Motorsport Damien Faulkner
Bryce Ward
Russell Ward
Mercedes-AMG GT4
Street Tuner 37 - MINI JCW Team Derek Jones
Nate Norenberg
Mat Pombo
MINI JCW
Grand Sport 38 - BGB Motorsports James Cox
David Murry
Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR
Grand Sport 39 - Carbahn Motorsports Mark Siegal
Jeff Westphal
Audi R8 LMS GT4
Grand Sport 46 - TeamTGM Guy Cosmo
Ted Giovanis
Owen Trinkler
Mercedes-AMG GT4
TCR 53 - Murillo Racing Matthew Fassnacht
Justin Piscitell
Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport
TCR 54 - JDC-Miller MotorSports Michael Johnson
Stephen Simpson
Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport
Grand Sport 56 - Murillo Racing Eric Foss
Jeff Mosing
Mercedes-AMG GT4
Grand Sport 59 - KohR Motorsports Joey Atterbury
Jack Roush Jr.
Ford Mustang GT4
Grand Sport 60 - KohR Motorsports Kyle Marcelli
Nate Stacy
Ford Mustang GT4
Grand Sport 63 - DXDT Racing David Askew
Aaron Povoledo
Mercedes-AMG GT4
Street Tuner 65 - Murillo Racing Brent Mosing
Tim Probert
Porsche Cayman
Grand Sport 68 - Motorsport in Action Rod Randall
Kenny Wilden
McLaren 570S GT4
Grand Sport 69 - Motorsport in Action Corey Fergus
Jesse Lazare
McLaren 570S GT4
Grand Sport 72 - Classic BMW/Vess Energy Group Toby Grahovec
Jason Hart
Mike Vess
BMW M4 GT4
Street Tuner 73 - MINI JCW Team Mike LaMarra
Mark Pombo
Jared Salinsky
MINI JCW
TCR 74 - C360R Rodrigo Sales
Kuno Wittmer
Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport
TCR 75 - C360R Roy Block
Pierre Kleinubing
Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport
Grand Sport 76 - C360R Paul Holton
Matt Plumb
McLaren 570S GT4
Grand Sport 80 - Andrew Wojteczko Autosport (AWA) Martin Barkey
Brett Sandberg
Ford Mustang GT4
Street Tuner 81 - BimmerWorld Racing Nick Galante
Devin Jones
BMW 328i
Grand Sport 82 - BimmerWorld Racing James Clay
Tyler Cooke
BMW M4 GT4
Grand Sport 99 - Automatic Racing Al Carter
Steven Phillips
Tanner Whitten
Aston Martin Vantage GT4

Unlike in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, attendance at the Roar Before the 24 is not mandatory in order to race in the BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona.  Expect to see a few more teams, especially in the Street Tuner class, entered for the race.  For instance, many of the teams running Mazda MX-5s (Ex: Freedom Autosport) choose to skip the test.

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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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