RealTime Racing is ready to show its cards in the Fantec GT World Challenge America season opener at Northern California’s Sonoma Raceway. The No. 43 Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 will take to the track for two 90-minute races in the Pro-Am category with drivers Erin Vogel and Michael Cooper.
RTR last raced at Sonoma in 2019 in a NSX GT3 Evo and came away with a win and a runner-up finish. The team is aiming for similar success this weekend in a field of 20 cars.
“I’m finding the Acura to be a great platform that will likely be a very strong competitor this season. It will be good to have the promoter test day to see how the competition looks and get a sense for what the weather and track conditions might be like for the weekend. I’m confident that we’ll make a strong debut for Acura and RealTime.
“Sonoma Raceway is a complex place. I have a lot of memories here from my early days of performance driving, but it’s been a very different experience to compete here. It’s shown me a whole new side to this circuit, and I look forward to this event very much.
“I think the NSX will be strong through the flowing sections like Turn Three through Turn Six and in the Esses, which both lead onto straights. It’s always good to have a strong exit onto a straightaway!”
“It was great to get some testing experience in the NSX at Sonoma. We’re just starting to get an understanding of what makes the car tick, but It’s very easy to see why the Acura has been such a successful GT3 car.
“Sonoma Raceway is one of the best tracks we visit all year. The terrain and variety of corners make it exciting to drive. I’ve been fortunate enough to win a few races over the years at Sonoma, hopefully we can have a good weekend and bring home some hardware for the team.
“Traction is always very important at Sonoma. I think this plays into our hands with the NSX. The traction control is also quite a bit more adjustable than what we [Vogel and Cooper] have dealt with in the past and that should also help us out if it’s more slippery due to the forecasted cooler temperatures.”
|SONOMA RACEWAY SCHEDULE|
|Friday, April 15|
10:55am // Practice 1
3:55pm // Practice 2
Saturday, April 16
10:00am // Qualifying 1
10:20am // Qualifying 2
2:15pm // Race 1
Sunday, April 17
1:45pm // Race 2
* all times local