McLaren 12C GT3 is eligible to race in North America

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 7, 2013

The organizers of the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) have confirmed the McLaren 12C GT3 to be eligible after having a strong competitive debut season in Europe. This means that for the first time, this British-produced racer can now be a race participant in North America. During the 2012 season, the 12C GT3 got 19 victories and 19 podium finishes.

Nevertheless, it received more improvements for the 2013 season that optimized the car’s performance in the more diverse conditions seen in global championships. These upgrades include the updated bonnet and ducting, which are meant to guarantee that the 12C GT3 could still be competitive in temperatures hotter than those experienced in 2012.

The Pirelli World Challenge, which is currently on its 24th straight season, is one of the leading production car-based racing championships in North America. It’s also considered to be a support series for the IZOD IndyCar calendar. Every race is a sprint that takes 50 minutes. It is comprised of a grid visit to several of the best purpose-built tracks and street circuits throughout the US and Canada.

The series is sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing and races at North America's premier road and temporary street courses. According to McLaren Group CEO Martin Whitmarsh, McLaren has a highly renowned racing history in the U.S., leading the iconic Can-Am series with a record-high of 43 race wins and five championships from 1967 to 1971.

Taking credit for these achievements are founder Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme, his team-mate. Mark Donohue and Johnny Rutherford are responsible for the well-known Indy 500 race three times in 1972, 1974 and 1976.

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