World Challenge: Ryan Eversley joins Acura, RealTime Racing

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Acura Motorsports team RealTime Racing will field a second Acura TLX GT for driver Ryan Eversley in the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge championship.

The 30-year-old Georgia resident will drive the No. 43 RealTime Acura alongside team owner/driver and seven-time PWC champion Peter Cunningham in the No. 42.

Eversley has been a fixture in IMSA’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge division, where he’s coming off a three-win 2014 campaign for Compass360 Racing (Honda Civic Si). He also finished second in the CTSCC’s Street Tuner class standings in the 2011 and 2013 seasons.

“To say I’m excited to be joining Acura Motorsports RealTime Racing and the TLX program is a massive understatement,” Eversley said in a release. “It’s every driver’s dream to be associated with a manufacturer, and since I’ve worked alongside Honda Performance Development for the last five years, I feel like it’s a natural progression in our relationship.

“We have a huge undertaking ahead of us, but after testing a few weeks ago, I can’t think of a better team to handle the challenge. I’m extremely grateful to HPD for all they’ve done for me, and look forward to more success with them.”

Eversley later tweeted:

As for Cunningham, he’s looking forward to getting the new TLX prepared for a full-season run in 2015 after the car made a partial debut this past year.

“The Pirelli World Challenge has a lot of strong competitors in GT, but the TLX is the only all-wheel-drive car in the category,” he said in his own thoughts. “For our four-door sedan to be racing head-to-head with the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini, among others, is pretty cool.

“After our two initial outings in 2014, we’ve already learned a great deal and we will continue to improve the car during the off-season. When the 2015 season begins, we’ll be ready to go, and we’re already looking forward to the first race, at the Circuit of the Americas, in March.”