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).

Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test

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The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.

Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.

Helio Castroneves was back in an IndyCar on Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo: IndyCar

Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.

Results are below.