Running is all about reacting quickly and making the right moves quickly. SRO Motorsports America’s latest move is to bring world-class GT and touring car racing to NOLA Motorsports Park, a premier racing venue located just a short drive from downtown New Orleans, May 20-22. This race was not part of the original SRO 2022 race schedule, but circumstances in recent years have forced many events to adapt quickly, often changing dates and locations.
This will be the first ever race weekend for Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS at NOLA. The action-packed race weekend will also feature Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America, Pirelli GT4 America and TC America powered by Skip Barber. A mega mix of over 100 high-speed machines from top GT and touring car builders will compete in New Orleans.
Fans will have full access to the paddock and a variety of activities to get up close with the race cars and drivers, including autograph sessions, grid walking and podium celebrations. This supercar weekend features the best of Acura, Aston Martin, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes-AMG, Porsche, and more.
“We appreciate NOLA being able to step in to maintain our schedule at such short notice. We are also thrilled to bring professional sports car racing back to the main facilities at NOLA Motorsports Park, and we look forward to bringing the New -Orléans racing fans are ready to participate in this high-speed experience,” said Greg Gill, president and CEO of SRO Motorsports America.
“Having renovated our facilities with several upgrades, NOLA Motorsports Park is more than ready to welcome fans back to our world-class FIA Grade 2 race course,” said NOLA Motorsports Park General Manager, David Pace. “Getting the opportunity to host the SRO series in three short weeks will be an incredible challenge and we thank Greg Gill and his team for trusting us to make this happen.”
Jack Baldwin, SRO Pirelli GT4 America series manager, and former racer said, “I love the NOLA track. I think it will suit our competitors very well. It is a technical track with fast and flowing sections. When you put it all together, it’s quite fun to drive.
Feedback from drivers to the new site has been positive:
Jordan Pepper, Fanatec GT World Challenge (Lamborghini #1 K-PAX Racing): “I watched some IndyCar and GT racing around NOLA to really understand what to expect. It’s important that we execute everything – even the smallest details – perfectly.Andrea [Caldarelli] and I’m both excited for the new challenge of a new track. I expect a good tight race from the track and its layout. I also look forward to the vibe of New Orleans.
Kenton Koch, Pirelli GT4 America (#15 BSPort Aston Martin): “NOLA is actually the first place I worked with my teammate Bryan Putt. going back to enjoy the track and the great food!”
Derek DeBoer, Pirelli GT4 America (Porsche #66 The Racers Group): “Part of racing is adapting to change, but also enjoying great places around the world. I’m excited to be entering NOLA Motorsports Park for the first time and also looking forward to seeing the intervals where we can enjoy the great city of New Orleans!
NOLA AUTOMOTIVE FLEET: NOLA is a world-class race course that meets all FIA Grade 2 specifications. The 2.75-mile road course features 16 turns and a 5,800-foot straight. It will be the first-ever series of international-level racing cars for the track. NOLA previously hosted an IndyCar weekend in 2015. The track, built in 2011, has undergone major upgrades since 2019.
Friday May 20 | 8:00 a.m. – 5:40 p.m.
Saturday May 21 | 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Saturday May 21 | 11:20 a.m. – 5:20 p.m.
Sunday May 22 | 8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
GREATEST VALUE FOR FANS: Ticket prices start at just $10 for Friday tickets and a three-day pass is $50. Children 12 and under and parking are free. Tickets can be purchased in lineor at the door.
NO PASS NEEDED: Each general admission ticket includes access to the paddock to get up close with the cars, drivers and teams. This is a friendly paddock with the ultimate accessibility to all the action.
VIP CAR CORRAL: Do you have a sports car? The NOLA Car Corral offers an exclusive experience to join other car enthusiasts in an all-brand environment with premium parking with your sports car. Includes a parade ride on Saturday or Sunday, exclusive roadside parking near the paddock, and more. Includes a general admission weekend.
GO-KART: In addition to the race track, NOLA is home to “The Fastest Go-Kart Track in the South”. The go-kart track will be open to customers arriving and driving all weekend.
MORE THAN THREE DECADES OF LEGACY: The multiple series run by the SRO Motorsports America umbrella can trace their origins to the GT & Touring Car Championships started in the 1980s. Many fans remember the series under the former names SPEED World Challenge and Pirelli World Challenge. Pirelli has been the exclusive tire supplier for the series since 2011.
VARIETY WITH GT AND TC RACING: NOLA Motorsports Park will be a sports car paradise. Learn more about the SRO Motorsports America Championships in action, plus our special guest Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America. Each has its own website with additional information.
TO FOLLOW: All races are streamed live and archived for on-demand viewing on www.youtube.com/gtworld or www.twitch.tv/sromotorsports. The SRO America Championships also air on CBS Sports.
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