Pirelli World Challenge announces new TCA class for 2014

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On Monday, WC Vision officially confirmed a new TCA class for the upcoming 25th anniversary season of the Pirelli World Challenge.

Cost effectiveness and a easier entry into professional racing are the aims for the TCA class, whose performance modifications will be limited to: Stock sealed motors, stock transmissions, limited suspension modifications, StopTech front brakes and stock bodywork with no composites. Examples of eligible cars include the Honda Civic Si, Mazda MX-5, Ford Focus, and Scion FR-S.

Additionally, entrants in the TCB class will have their entry fees reduced by 13 percent in 2014 and have their class rules remain stable with the addition of rewards weights to further balance competition. TC class rules will also remain stable this coming year.

The TC, TCA, and TCB categories will also use a new, longer-lasting Pirelli P Zero tire that is projected to wear over two race weekends instead of a single weekend.

Teams have the option of taking part in a “P Zero Dollars” program that enables them to earn $200 P Zero Dollars per weekend ($1,400 total) toward the purchase of new tires if they prepay for a full season.

Teams that prepay for a block of four races under the program will earn $100 per weekend, and teams that prepay on a race-to-race basis will earn $50 per weekend.

“We pride ourselves on listening to our teams and implementing solutions to address their feedback,” said PWC director of competition Geoff Carter in a statement. “It wasn’t surprising to hear that the cost of racing, especially for some of our TC and TCB competitors, is a barrier to running in the series. So we look at ways to reduce costs where we can.”

The PWC’s silver anniversary season gets started March 28-30, 2014 with the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Florida).

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)