IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSC) regulars KohR Motorsports announced on Wednesday (Feb. 28) that they will field an entry in Pirelli World Challenge’s GTS class starting with the season opener at St. Petersburg. 16-year old Nate Stacy, pictured above roasting his tires at Daytona, will drive the No. 52 Ford Mustang GT4. Sponsorship will be provided by RacerInk, an Alpharetta, Ga.-based outfit that produces apparel for race teams.
Even though Stacy is full-time in the CTSC, he actually has two full years of experience in the series. It also won’t be his first go-around in the class with KohR Motorsports. In 2016, Stacy raced a Ford Mustang BOSS 302 for the team, then under the name of Roush Performance Road Racing. As a 14-year old, Stacy finished second in points to ANSA Motorsports’ Brett Sandberg on the strength of a victory in the first race at Sonoma Raceway. He also finished on the podium eight other times in 19 races.
Last season, he drove the No. 14 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR for Flying Lizard Motorsports. He finished fifth in GTS points with two third-place finishes (Lime Rock Race No. 1 and Utah Motorsports Campus Race No. 2) as his best runs of the year. He finished only five points behind teammate Rodrigo Baptista despite Baptista winning four races and finishing on the podium six times.
Given the team’s full-time two-car entry in the CTSC, Stacy’s effort will be a part-time schedule. This is despite the fact that there are no conflict weekends between the two series.
However, running both series would result in eight back-to-back weekends between the series (St. Petersburg-Sebring, Sebring-COTA, VIR-Mid-Ohio, Road America-Watkins Glen, CTMP-Portland, Portland-Lime Rock, Road America-Utah and Utah-VIR). While both Pirelli World Challenge’s GTS class and the CTSC’s Grand Sport class are GT4-spec, there are some changes that would need to be made between races.