Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG are competing in North America’s premier endurance racing series for the first time.
The German automaker has announced that it has teamed up with the successful Riley Motorsports team to campaign a pair of Mercedes-AMG GT3 race cars in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. One of the team’s cars will run with extended AMG assistance as “AMG-Team Riley Motorsports,” while the second race car will run as WeatherTech Racing, with sponsorship from the series’ title sponsor. In addition, the AMG Customer Sports team SunEnergy 1 Racing will also campaign a Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the same series.
Based on the Mercedes-AMG GT S road car, the GT3 race cars are competing in the IMSA GT Daytona (GTD) class, which features vehicles built in accordance with international GT3 regulations.
The 2017 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship consists of 12 events taking place between January and October 2017. Notable races during the series include the Rolex 24 at Daytona (January 26-29), the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring (March 15-18) and Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta (October 5-7).
“We are thrilled to see the three-pointed star compete in North America’s premier endurance racing series in 2017,” said Dietmar Exler, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. “Our Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car has already proven itself in worldwide competition and should quickly become a fan favorite. We are very excited about our prospects for the 2017 racing season.”
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