Nissan GT-R to Compete in 2015 Pirelli World Challenge
The Nissan GT-R GT3 will finally have a presence in U.S. motorsports.
The Japanese automaker has announced a partnership with Always Evolving (AE), the same company that was associated with Paul Walker and Roger Rodas. The team will campaign a pair of GT-R GT3 race cars this season with 2011 Nissan GT Academy Champion Bryan Heitkotter piloting the number-05 car while IndyCar, Prototype and GT Racer James Davison will campaign the number-33 car.
The two cars will be co-sponsored by Replay XD and NISMO while featuring logos from the GT Academy. AE will utilize AIM Motorsport for much of the car preparation and on-track support during the season, the same company that won the 2012 IMSA GTD team, driver and manufacturer championships in addition to the 2013 manufacturer title while campaigning a Ferrari.
Always Evolving Racing was founded in 2013 by Erik Davis and Roger Rodas and after Rodas’ tragic death, Davis elected to continue the company in his friend’s honor.
“Nissan couldn”t be happier to have Always Evolving and AIM as Nissan’s partners to campaign the first GT3 spec GT-Rs in the U.S. in Pirelli World Challenge,” said Rick Kulach, Nissan North America Motorsports Manager. “This partnership is a great opportunity to showcase Bryan’s talents alongside James, who is a rising star in motorsports. It’s exciting to have a GT Academy champion in a great car racing at this level.”
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