TUSC: Muscle Milk Pickett Racing confirms Prototype Challenge program

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American Le Mans Series stalwarts Muscle Milk Pickett Racing will be sticking around the sports car ranks as part of the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. But with their P1 cars not eligible for the new TUSC, they’re going to do things a bit differently.

The team will field a full-time Prototype Challenge program, which will mark its second foray into the class after a part-time run alongside its P1 program in 2012. Its first outing with the ORECA FLM09 will come this weekend during a test session at Sebring International Raceway in Florida.

“Entering a PC car made a lot of sense to us on many different levels,” team owner Greg Pickett said in a statement. “We know this car and we’ve had success with it in the past and we’re looking forward to more of that. It will once again be a very competitive season in the PC ranks and we’re happy to be able to be a part of it.

“This gives us a chance to get an up close and personal look at some up and coming talent. These are big, powerful, fun to drive cars and they require the kind of engineering set-up support and race strategy we have shown to be so successful with over the last couple of years in P1.”

More details on the team’s 2014 plans, including its driver lineup, will be announced at a later date.

As this past season played out, the team explored venturing into other series such as the IndyCar Series. In that series’ event this past August at Sonoma Raceway, Pickett directly provided support to a second Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing entry for one of his drivers, Lucas Luhr (although the entry was not one from Muscle Milk Pickett Racing).

But in the end, Pickett felt that, in his words, “our heart is in sports car racing.”

“This is only one piece of the puzzle that has fallen into place for us,” he said. “All I can say is that we’re very excited about the future at Muscle Milk Pickett Racing.”

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Continental Tire named exclusive provider for Red Bull Global Rallycross series

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Red Bull Global Rallycross will have new rubber going forward in the 2018 season.

Continental Tire the Americas on Tuesday announced a multi-year partnership with GRC starting with the upcoming racing season.

Continental Tire will be the exclusive tire provider for Supercars, GRC Lites and Polaris RZR this season. Electric vehicles will be added to the mix starting in 2019.

“Continental Tire is an industry leader in technical tire development,” Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne said in a media release. “Their experience in developing tires that work in both pavement and non-pavement situations, as well as their ability to develop race tires for a wide variety of vehicles, tracks and circumstances make them the ideal partner.

“As the official tire supplier for the Red Bull GRC series, they will bring a new level of excellence and high performance to the events.”

This will be Continental Tire’s first foray into Red Bull GRC competition. The season opener is set for May 19-20 in Louisville, Kentucky.

GRC, Supercar and GRC Lites cars will use one compound while a second compound/tire will be developed for the Polaris RZR side-by-side class.

“We’re thrilled to add Global Rallycross to our motorsports portfolio,” said John DeSalle, president of Continental Tire Motorsports. “We’re looking forward to providing a tire that will give the fans the great racing they expect while also making it fun for the drivers.

“This series is action-packed and we can’t wait to get on track!”

The 2018 GRC season will be composed of 12 events across eight events and will be televised on NBC.