M1 GT Racing Prepares for Pirelli World Challenge Event at COTA
Bowlin and Pegram set to compete in PWC event this weekend
With the start of the 2016 competition season on the horizon, M1 GT Racing is primed and ready to compete in the North American based Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) and Sprint-X programs. With the first event only days away, all drivers have been confirmed for the Audi Sport customer racing (AScr) program as Walt Bowlin and Larry Pegram will be behind the wheel of the M1 GT Racing Audi R8 LMS while Guy Cosmo will provide driver coaching duties and be available as a substitute driver should the need arise at the Circuit of the Americas over the March 3-6 weekend.
“We are happy that the wheel-to-wheel competition season is finally upon us,” explained M1 GT Racing Technical Director Remi Lanteigne. “We have completed miles and miles of testing at NOLA Motorsports Park and Sebring International Raceway and all three of our drivers have become accustom to the the 2016 Audi R8 LMS. With their natural skills and speed they have each pushed one another to be at their absolute best with each and every test lap.”
Tuesday evening saw M1 GT Racing perform one of their many planned promotional events away from the track as their Audi R8 LMS was on display at the Audi South Austin dealership in Austin, Texas. Promoting the Audi brand and the Pirelli World Challenge program, the ground shaking R8 LMS was on display for dealership customers and drivers were in attendance to sign autographs for fans.
Lanteigne continued, “Not only do we look to perform on the track, we also try to support the Audi brand and our series of competition in whatever way possible. Our promotional program began last night at the Audi South Austin dealership and it was a great success.”
Joining M1 GT Racing on the partner’s side of the program, the team welcomes Tampa Bay Jaw Surgery, Surgery Centers of America, Spyder and the continued support from Audi Sport customer racing.
Tampa Bay Jaw Surgery is located in the Sunshine State and specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery. This specialized training involves working closely with other dental and medical specialties, as well as extensive training in anesthesiology and management of complex patient cases. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Walt Bowlin manages a wide variety of issues relating to the teeth, mouth and maxillofacial region. Dr. Bowlin has been providing quality care to his community for over 20 years. Tampa Bay Jaw Surgery offers personalized care in a setting where patients see the same provider at every visit.
Surgery Centers of America currently offers services in the state of Florida is set to go nationwide in the years to come. With a center already located in New Port Richey, Florida and another one set to open in Tampa later in 2016, SCOA are specialized centers that focus on oral and maxillofacial surgery – surgeries that are required to correct many diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaw and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. With the goal to cover the nation coast-to-coast with centers that share the same common goal, Surgery Centers of America is set to grow and offer centers across the United States.
Spyder is one of the world leaders in active wear. Providing clothing to the active community of men, women and kids, Spyder provides cold weather gear for skiing and snowboarding, protective gear for the world of motorsports, and multiple lines of tops, bottoms, underwear, gloves and socks for everyday needs. Famous for their cutting edge designs, quality and visually exquisite apparel, Spyder is a leader in the clothing industry not only in North America, but abroad.
Lanteigne added, “I would personally like to thank each and every one of our supporters for believing in M1 GT Racing. We have big plans for the future and will look to make these partnerships a win-win for all involved.”
Photos by: Loftography – John Loftis