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Old 12-05-2017, 05:54 PM   #1
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Aww hell....I'm tempted to drive up there to see this. PRI show sucks ***** with all the circle track and random crap booths but....man...would love to see that GT3 in person. I've been waiting a long time for this! I can't WAIT to see one of these at the races.

Any prospects on a customer for Weathertech GTD or did GM lock it down when signing for Callaway to run PWC? Are you free to run GTD still at this point?
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Aww hell....I'm tempted to drive up there to see this. PRI show sucks ***** with all the circle track and random crap booths but....man...would love to see that GT3 in person. I've been waiting a long time for this! I can't WAIT to see one of these at the races.

Any prospects on a customer for Weathertech GTD or did GM lock it down when signing for Callaway to run PWC? Are you free to run GTD still at this point?
Will have to get back after press conference on the specific questions, but yes, you should come by... And bring the Knight 2000
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Hmmmm....tempting....short notice....checked flights not bad....hmmmmm. Went to PRI in 2015, swore I'd never return but...I HAVE been trying to see this car since the beginning. I have asked about seeing it in the states, before in other threads, since it's been locked in Europe. I feel like this is everything I've asked for...lol.

Hmmmmm....is there a chair next to it so I can sit by it for a while? I may need a motivator here. If I wear my Callaway hoodie and bring a family approved golf club, do I get a bonus? PWC VIP ticket? That's dedication, let's be real. I even chilled with Reeves briefly out at Irvine C&C one year....everyone was hounding the guy. I had questions that went unanswered! If you guys have old man Oconnell, I'm just gonna be weak.....but pumped. What about Oconnell and son...now that'd be throwback to Dale and son in ALMS.

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‪Our Corvette C7 GT3-R has arrived at the Pirelli World Challenge Championships booth for tomorrow’s Performance Racing Industry trade show unveiling and driver announcement! Join us tomorrow at booth #3365, or watch the live stream on this page at 10:30AM ET.


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Waiting on PRI to approve my late registration. I attended in 2015...some reason I need "approval", so I may have to call customer service tomorrow. Won't make it tomorrow, but Friday instead it looks like.
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It's live in 5 min. on Facebook link

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Callaway Competition USA Announces Factory Pirelli World Challenge Effort

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., (December 7, 2017) - Thursday morning at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show, Callaway Competition USA unveiled the Corvette C7 GT3-R, announcing Daniel Keilwitz and Michael Cooper as the two full time drivers for the 2018 factory GT effort in the Pirelli World Challenge.

Team owner Reeves Callaway and Pirelli World Challenge President and CEO Greg Gill opened the press event alongside a matte black carbon Corvette C7 GT3-R, one of two that will be entered as full season factory efforts in the GT class. The GT3-spec homologated Corvette C7 GT3-R will compete in the GT class in both the sprint races, as well as the two driver format SprintX races. Drivers for the SprintX events will be announced at a later date.

"We are proud to have Daniel and Michael on board for our 2018 effort," said Callaway. "Both drivers have won several championships and will be excellent brand ambassadors for the Corvette C7 GT3-R's debut year of American Competition. Daniel brings with him a wealth of knowledge about our team and the car, and Michael has years of experience on the tracks we'll be competing on. Together, with the team we're assembling, this will be an excellent program to show our future customers what the Corvette C7 GT3-R is capable of."

While Daniel Keilwitz may be new to competition in the United States, the 28 year old German is no stranger to sports car racing or Callaway Competition. Keilwitz began his career in go karts in 2000, spending four years there before moving up to the German Production Car Championship in 2005. After finishing tenth in the championship, he competed in the ADAC Procar series, finishing second in the 2006 championship. In the three years to follow, he continued his driver development in the Mini Challenge, twice finishing in the top five championship results. This first of three championship titles came in 2010 when he clinched the FIA GT3 European Championship with Callaway Competition. Keilwitz joined the ADAC GT Masters series in 2011, and has risen to become the most successful driver in the series with 19 overall race wins. Together, Keilwitz and Callaway clinched the 2013 championship, and have finished in the top three in the 2014, 2016, and 2017 championship standings. In 2017, Keilwitz earned the ADAC GT Masters team title, with teammate Jules Gounon also on the effort. Although Keilwitz will be new to all the tracks on the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge calendar, his eight years of experience with Callaway Competition and two years behind the wheel of the Corvette C7 GT3-R will prove invaluable to Callaway Competition USA's North American Debut.

"I'm really looking forward to join Callaway Competition for the Pirelli World Challenge in 2018," said Keilwitz. "I have done a lot of races for them in Europe and now I'm really happy to join them also in the USA for my ninth year with the team. The car is really amazing and was performing really well in Europe against all the big manufacturers, so I'm sure that it will perform also well in USA. Of course we have to get some experience with the car on the new tracks, but we also bring a lot of experience from Europe to the USA from the past two years racing with this car. We clearly want to show that the Callaway C7 GT3-R is a great performing and winning car. I'm really proud to be part of this team."

Fresh off winning the 2017 SprintX Championship, American racer Michael Cooper joins the team, bringing with him four championship titles in six years of competition. The 28 year old began his racing career in the 2010 Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Challenge, earning two wins and three podiums in his rookie season. In 2011, he clinched the Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup championship title, and the following year, the Pirelli World Challenge rookie again wheeled his way to the top of a championship, as the 2012 TC champion. In the two years to follow, Cadillac racing twice tested with Cooper, and in 2015, made him a GM Factory driver in their Pirelli World Challenge efforts. Cooper wasted no time proving himself, earning the 2015 GTS championship title with Blackdog Speedshop, and finishing third in the 2016 GT championship with two wins and seven additional podiums representing Cadillac Racing. Cooper returned to the GT class with Cadillac Racing in 2017, finishing second in the driver championship, and earning the inaugural SprintX Championship alongside Jordan Taylor.

"I'm very proud to be joining Callaway Competition USA for their factory effort next year," said Cooper. "The Corvette C7 GT3-R has already proven itself on track in Europe, and I'm eager to start testing. The team that is being assembled by Callaway is top-notch, and will no doubt put us in contention for the championship. This will be an exciting year for the car's debut in the Pirelli World Challenge."

Introduced to competition in 2016, the Corvette C7 GT3-R, designed, manufactured and homologated on behalf of General Motors by Callaway Competition GmbH produced a successful debut and sophomore season, winning the 2017 ADAC GT Masters Series Driver and Team Championships with Jules Gounon and Daniel Keilwitz. Now available for competition in the United States, the Corvette C7 GT3-R will no doubt be a championship contender again in 2018. The season will begin March 9-11 on the streets of Saint Petersburg, Florida. For more information, visit callawaycars.com and world-challenge.com. Inquiries on a customer racing program can contact [email protected].

About Callaway Competition
Founded by Reeves Callaway in 1976, Callaway has been a performance partner of the world's biggest automotive brands, producing specialty vehicles, engineering services, and performance products. Dedicated to high-quality development, Callaway companies have spent over 30 years as an OEM supplier. Established in 1993, Callaway Competition develops, constructs, and campaigns Corvette-based race cars, celebrating a long running success in sports car racing.
Callaway enjoys a legendary record at many of the world's great race tracks: Circuit de la Sarthe, Spa, Suzuka, Paul Ricard, Nurburgring Nordschleife and GP courses, Monza, Vallelunga, Hockeheim, Daytona, Lime Rock, Road Atlanta, Sears Point, Laguna Seca, Charlotte, Texas World Speedway, Watkins Glen and Mugello.






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