Following their first full season of professional competition, Green Hornet Racing has embarked on an all-new challenge for 2013: the Pirelli World Challenge Series. After a stout 2012 season in the American Le Mans Series, a season which included winning in only their second race, as well as capturing a series-high five pole positions, the team has decided to take on a new project with the American debut of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3.
As part of the AMG Customer Sport family, Green Hornet will be one of two teams entering the new GT3-spec machine, signifying the first factory endorsed entry in to the North American scene in several decades.
Competing for the first time in the Pirelli World Challenge Series, lead driver Peter LeSaffre will step away from his endurance racing roots to compete in the thrilling sprint-race format that the series features, including standing starts and zero pit stops.
2012 (American Le Mans Series):
-Winners, 2012 Grand Prix of Long Beach
-Five Pole Positions in 2012
2011 (American Le Mans Series):
-3rd Place, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
-First Year of Professional Competition, Five Races Entered
ABOUT PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE SERIES
The Pirelli World Challenge is a North American auto racing series that is sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). Founded in 1985, it consists of four classes: Grand Touring, touring car, a "GTS" class since 2010, and a "touring car B-spec" since 2012. The series holds races at several IndyCar Series, American Le Mans Series, and the North American V8 Supercars event weekends.
Each season consists of around 10 rounds. Each round uses a standing start, as opposed to a rolling start as seen in other sports car racing series. Each race has a 50 minute time limit. Rewards weight is added to successful cars based on finishing position at the previous round. Maximum rewards weight is 200 pounds (91 kg) for GT and 150 pounds (68 kg) for GTS and TC.
Grand Touring (GT) includes a variety of production displacements with no maximum. Forced induction is permitted, and is used to equalize individual models. Sedans, coupes, roadsters, and two-seaters are permitted. The cars can be rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Class horsepower range is 425 - 525 bhp. (317-391 kW). A majority of the vehicles used in this class are comparable to those used in the American Le Mans Series GT classes. FIA GT3 class cars are now approved starting in 2013, with the Audi R8 LMS, Mercedes-Benz SLS, and BMW Z4 GT3's approved for 2013.