Laguna Beach, California — After a stellar start to the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) season just over two weeks ago in Austin, Texas, Michael Lewis and the EFFORT Racing team will work to continue their momentum as they compete on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, this weekend. Michael will drive the No. 41 EFFORT Racing/Curb-Agajanian Porsche 911 GT3 R in Race #3 and Race #4 on the 14-turn, 1.8-mile temporary street course, which will run in conjunction with the opening round of the Verizon IndyCar Series.
“St. Petersburg will be a fun and challenging event, as it is the first street course circuit for the year,” explained Michael Lewis. “With the track being laid out within normal city streets, there will be more surface changes and bumps than would normally be found on a permanent circuit. My teammate, Ryan Dalziel, has competed well at this track in the past, so it will be good to see his lines during the two practice sessions. In general, it will be fun to go racing again in the our fast Porsche GT3 R!”
So far, the Pirelli World Challenge segment of the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg accounts for a total of 43 race cars on the track at the same time in GT, GTA and GT Cup categories. Michael competes in the GTA class, which has 18 cars entered.
After his two GTA class wins during the last event at the Circuit of The Americas, Michael has a 36-point championship lead over the driver in second place.
Following is this weekend’s race schedule for the Pirelli World Challenge GT, GTA, and GT Cup combined classes:
Thursday, March 26
Practice 1: 3 p.m. ET – 4 p.m. ET // Practice 2: 5:30 p.m. ET – 6 p.m. ET
Friday, March 27
Qualifying: 5:45 p.m. ET – 6:15 p.m. ET
Saturday, March 28
Race 1: 11:10 a.m. ET – 12:10 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 29
Race 2: 10:45 a.m. ET – 11:45 a.m. ET
For those attending the event, be sure to visit the PWC paddock on Saturday, March 28, from 1 p.m. ET to 2 p.m. ET for the driver autograph session, featuring Michael and his EFFORT Racing teammate Ryan Dalziel. The races will be broadcast live on the Internet at www.world-challengetv.com.
A television broadcast of Race #3 and Race #4 is scheduled to air on the CBS Sports Network on April 5, starting at 5 p.m. ET.
Be sure to follow EFFORT Racing’s social media channels for constant updates throughout the weekend:
EFFORT Racing Twitter: @EffortRacing
EFFORT Racing Instagram: @EffortRacing
EFFORT Racing Facebook Page: /EffortRacing