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Entry List: Michelin GT Challenge at VIR

While Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams are relaxing before the 12 week grind to Homestead, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returns to VIRginia International Raceway for the final GT-only round of the season.  25 cars between the GT Le Mans and GT Daytona classes.

In GT Le Mans, the biggest change of note is the return of Risi Competizione to the paddock with Giancarlo Fisichella and Toni Vilander back behind the wheel of the No. 62 Ferrari.  The team has not raced in the series since Circuit of the Americas back in May.  The team’s crash at Le Mans did not cause the break.  Instead, Risi Competizione wanted to regroup.

GT Daytona has one driver change of note.  Patrick Long is back in the No. 28 Alegra Motorsports Porsche, replacing Michael de Quesada.  Long has one previous start in the No. 28 in 2017.  That was Lime Rock, where Long partnered with full-time racer Daniel Morad to finish third in class.

The other changes that came into effect at Road America will remain in effect.  As a result, Robert Alon will continue to drive the No. 14 Lexus with Sage Karam while Jack Hawksworth teams with Scott Pruett in the No. 15.  Also of note, WeatherTech Racing will once again use a Porsche 911 GT3 R instead of their Mercedes.  The reasoning is due to absolutely no changes being made to benefit the Mercedes in the latest Balance of Performance adjustments.

Finally, Lone Star Racing is once again entered with their No. 80 Mercedes for Dan Knox and Mike Skeen.  The team was entered at Road America, but did not race due to overheating issues.

Entry List: Michelin GT Challenge at VIR

GT Le Mans3 - Corvette RacingAntonio Garcia
Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
GT Le Mans4 - Corvette RacingOliver Gavin
Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
GT Daytona14 - 3GT RacingRobert Alon
Sage Karam
Lexus RCF GT3
GT Daytona15 - 3GT RacingJack Hawksworth
Scott Pruett
Lexus RCF GT3
GT Daytona16 - Change RacingCorey Lewis
Jeroen Mul
Lamborghini Huracan GT3
GT Le Mans24 - BMW Team RLLJohn Edwards
Martin Tomczyk
GT Le Mans 25 - BMW Team RLLBill Auberlen
Alexander Sims
GT Daytona28 - Alegra MotorsportsPatrick Long
Daniel Morad
Porsche 911 GT3 R
GT Daytona33 - Riley MotorsportsJeroen Bleekemolen
Ben Keating
Mercedes-AMG GT3
GT Daytona48 - Paul Miller RacingBryan Sellers
Madison Snow
Lamborghini Huracan GT3
GT Daytona50 - WeatherTech RacingGunnar Jeannette
Cooper MacNeil
Porsche 911 GT3 R
GT Daytona54 - CORE autosportJon Bennett
Colin Braun
Porsche 911 GT3 R
GT Daytona57 - Stevenson MotorsportsLawson Aschenbach
Andrew Davis
Audi R8 LMS GT3
GT Le Mans62 - Risi CompetizioneGiancarlo Fisichella
Toni Vilander
Ferrari 488 GTE
GT Daytona63 - Scuderia CorsaAlessandro Balzan
Christina Nielsen
Ferrari 488 GT3
GT Le Mans66 - Ford Chip Ganassi RacingJoey Hand
Dirk Müller
Ford GT
GT Le Mans67 - Ford Chip Ganassi RacingRyan Briscoe
Richard Westbrook
Ford GT
GT Daytona73 - Park Place MotorsportsJörg Bergmeister
Patrick Lindsey
Porsche 911 GT3 R
GT Daytona75 - SunEnergy1 RacingKenny Habul
Tristan Vautier
Mercedes-AMG GT3
GT Daytona80 - Lone Star RacingDan Knox
Mike Skeen
Mercedes-AMG GT3
GT Daytona86 - Michael Shank Racing with Curb-AgajanianOswaldo Negri Jr.
Jeff Segal
Acura NSX GT3
GT Daytona93 - Michael Shank Racing with Curb-AgajanianAndy Lally
Katherine Legge
Acura NSX GT3
GT Daytona96 - Turner MotorsportJens Klingmann
Jesse Krohn
GT Le Mans911 - Porsche GT TeamPatrick Pilet
Dirk Werner
Porsche 911 RSR
GT Le Mans912 - Porsche GT TeamGianmaria Bruni
Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 911 RSR

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Phil Allaway has three primary roles at Frontstretch. He's the manager of the site's FREE e-mail newsletter that publishes Monday-Friday and occasionally on weekends. He keeps TV broadcasters honest with weekly editions of Couch Potato Tuesday and serves as the site's Sports Car racing editor.

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