Thursday, March 24, 2011
Nissan Named Official Safety Car...
The Press Release is below:
Topeka, KS - WC Vision announced today that Nissan will be providing the Official Pirelli World Challenge Safety Car for all 2011 series races. Starting with the Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg presented by Pirelli event March 25-27, a specially-equipped Nissan 350Z will provide on track safety support and chase the Sports Car Wars field from the two standings starts of Rounds 1 and 2.
The Nissan 350Z Safety Car will be the first vehicle on scene during any first lap incidents, and will also respond to stalled vehicles on the starting grid. The Safety Car will also support the field for additional laps if conditions are accessible.
The car will be outfitted with the latest in-car video data system from RaceKeeper, to help capture action for the Pirelli World Challenge broadcasts on VERSUS. As part of being the official Safety Car to the series, Nissan will have its Safety Car displayed prominently at each Pirelli World Challenge event.
"World Challenge is a great venue for Nissan to showcase our innovative products, like the NISMO 370Z,” said Ron Stukenberg, Senior Manager, Nissan Motorsports. “We are excited to be part of this emerging racing series."
“We want to thank Nissan for their support of the 2011 Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series,” said Scott Bove, Director of Operations, WC Vision. “This partnership will allow Nissan to display a variety of products at the track throughout the year and provides the series with a vehicle to offer first response support to our drivers on the track. We look forward to Nissan’s involvement as a marketing partner.”
Entering its 22nd consecutive season, the Pirelli World Challenge is North America's top production car-based racing championship. Divided into three separate categories (World Challenge GT, World Challenge GTS, and World Challenge Touring Car), each race features a thrilling standing start, adrenaline filled door-to-door action and world-class drivers. The Pirelli World Challenge features cars from the world's most popular manufacturers – race-prepped versions of the cars driven on the streets. Sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing, the series races at North America's premier road and temporary street courses. For more information on the series, visit http://www.world-challenge.com/.