Potomac, MD – Preston Calvert and Alec Udell will join together for a full season effort in the Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Championship for 2017. The two will come together with Calvert Dynamics in partnership with GMG Racing for an assault on the Pro/Am category of the Championship in the No. 77 Porsche 911 GT3-R. The SprintX category features 60-minute races with driver changes and pitstops.
Calvert is coming off a strong 2016, which saw his sophomore season in pro competition, moving from GT Cup up to GTA and also SprintX, highlighted by a double victory at Utah Motorsports Campus in August in the Calvert Dynamics/Phoenix Performance Porsche 911 GT3-R.
Now, Calvert is partnering with the 21-year-old Udell for the full season SprintX program, which accounts for five race weekends and 10 races, with events at Virginia International Raceway, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Lime Rock Park, Utah Motorsports Campus and Circuit of the Americas.
Along with Calvert’s pro schedule, he will also continue to run in Porsche Club of America and SCCA competition with Phoenix Performance, targeting a strong result at the National Championship Runoffs being hosted later this year at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Also back with Calvert Dynamics are driver coach Andrew Davis and Porsche engineering ace Stefan Pfeiffer.
“The Calvert Dynamics team had some hard-won success last year in the first year of the SprintX race format of Pirelli World Challenge,” said Calvert, previewing his 2017 season. “Those first two professional race wins at Utah Motorsports Campus were the highlight of my brief racing career so far, and have encouraged me to continue racing in the SprintX format with Pirelli World Challenge. Alec Udell approached me about running the full SprintX series for 2017, and it seems like a great fit. He is a very fast, cerebral young race driver, who was very generous with his performance data and advice to me when we were competitors together in the GT Cup class. I hope to continue to improve my own ability to drive the GT3-R, and with luck, Alec and I will be able to have some success in the Pro-Am category of SprintX.”
Added Udell: “I’m very happy to say I’m partnered with a great friend and consistent and strong driver, Preston Calvert, for SprintX. We have been running against each other for two years in the GT Cup category, and I’m excited to build on the successes he had in the Sprint-X series last year! It’s a bit of a different dynamic with trading the car off, but a very cool one. For each driver it’s an all out sprint for their 30-minutes, but you’ve got to be smart and keep the car clean to pass off to your co-driver. Bridging the gap between a full endurance race and a sprint race, I think it’s a wonderful platform.”
For the Calvert Dynamics program, part of the news is aligning with California-based GMG Racing for the 2017 effort.
“I am grateful to James Sofronas and GMG for their offer to help me campaign my car this season,” Calvert noted. “GMG is a world-class GT racing organization, with a proven track record of success and excellence. GMG will take over the handling of my GT3-R as of the VIR SprintX weekend, and will manage it for the rest of the events. I am fortunate that Stefan Pfeiffer and Andrew Davis will continue to offer their support to Alec and me as our race engineer and driver coach, respectively, during the SprintX events. Phoenix Performance, Joe Aquilante, Andrew Aquilante and Kurt Rezzetano have been fantastic partners in both Club and Pro racing with me the past three years, but the SprintX race schedule did not permit them to support my car for the 2017 series, conflicting with their other prior commitments. I will continue to race in SCCA Club racing, PCA Club racing and Trans-Am with Phoenix during the 2017 year.”
The Pirelli World Challenge SprintX season starts at VIR, April 28-30.