DXDT Racing can look forward to an exciting race weekend at Road America for the next rounds of the AWS-based Fanatec GT World Challenge. Dubbed “America’s National Park of Speed,” Road America’s long straights and twisty turns have no shortage of thrills and promises to deliver thrilling action next weekend, August 19-21.
Twenty cars are set to compete in the weekend’s GT World Challenge America series holiday events, with the Pro/Am class making up more than half the field. DXDT Racing will kick off the weekend with racing fans in downtown Elkhart Lake on Thursday, August 18th at the Siebkens Resort. From 5:00pm to 8:00pm, the official Welcome Party will feature a parade of all the race cars that took place over the weekend, a driver autograph session, outdoor food and drinks, and live music for fans to admire all the cars on display. The event will be free and open to the public.
After recently completing two days of private testing at the 4.048-mile track, DXDT Racing’s #63 usalco Mercedes AMG GT3 and #08 Qelo Mercedes AMG GT3 are ready to compete in back-to-back races on Saturday and Sunday in Rounds 9 and 10 of the 14-lap championship. Drivers David Askew, Dirk Mueller, Scott Smithson and Brian Sellers may have to deal with the mixed weather conditions that are often the norm for the road course in Wisconsin. Although the weekend schedule shows sunny skies and clear conditions for practice on Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s race days have a 50% chance of rain on both days.
Each two-driver Mercedes AMG GT3 will compete in a pair of 90-minute races. Askew and Smithson, both amateur drivers, will take the green flag for the first race on Saturday at 2:15 p.m. central, then hand over driving duties to their professional drivers who will finish the race. Müller and Sellers will start the second race on Sunday afternoon at 13:15 Chinese time and, like their co-drivers the day before, will pass halfway to allow their teammates to finish the event. Both races will be streamed live on YouTube.com/GTWorld.
David Askew | #63 Mercedes AMG GT3
Road America is a favorite. This is one of the “Big Tracks”. Everything about it is big: big speed, big turns, big straights, “The Kink”, it has it all! Another great aspect is the fans. The track really has a “car guy/girl culture” and the fans always come. I really enjoy interacting with the fans who stop by the tent. I always try to get a little kid in the car, you never know who will get the bug and become the next Lewis Hamilton. Let’s not forget about the “hunter with a brat”. You can’t get a brat on an egg sandwich anywhere else. You can tell I love this track!
Dirk Muller | #63 Mercedes AMG GT3
I’m really looking forward to racing at Road America this weekend. Road America is one of my favorite race tracks in North America and possibly the world. It has all the challenges you need: fast and slow turns, technical turns and some elevation changes. You really need to plug in the car here for a good setup. I’m very happy with where we are as a team right now. We make huge improvements with each test, day after day. We are doing a good job of making the team stronger every day we work together. I’m very pleased that we had some good test days here at Road America last week. When we finished, we looked very strong and will continue to build. We are thinking about a podium this weekend and to have both cars on the podium would be great. As always, I’m very happy to be here and I’m looking forward to it.
Scott Smithson | #08 Mercedes AMG GT3
Road America is one of my favorite tracks on the calendar. we had a good test and we want to get a good result. Hopefully we can turn things around and finish the season strong.
Brian Sellers | #08 Mercedes AMG GT3
Road America is an amazing racetrack with a lot of history. I love the city and I love racing. Historically Mercedes has been a great car for this track and hopefully we can turn that into a result.
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