Through the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge season, following Cadillac’s departure from the series, Callaway Competition will enter two examples of its C7 Corvette GT3-R in a factory-led onslaught. The company had previously said it would leave it up to privateer teams to campaign the car in PWC or the IMSA SportsCar Championship as they see fit, but reversed course, announcing the factory racing team last month.
Now, we’ve learned that reigning SprintX GT champion Michael Cooper, who drove Cadillac Racing’s No. 8 Cadillac ATS-V.R last season, will be one of Callaway Competition’s two full-time drivers. Piloting the other car full-time through the 2018 PWC season will be Daniel Keilwitz, who comes from the German ADAC GT Masters series. He’s the series’ all-time wins leader with 19 victories since his 2011 debut, and was the 2013 GT Masters champion by points, driving for Callaway. He has two years’ experience behind the wheel of the Callaway Corvette GT3-R already.
“We are proud to have Daniel and Michael on board for our 2018 effort,” says team owner Reeves Callaway. “Both drivers have won several championships and will be excellent brand ambassadors for the Corvette C7 GT3-R’s debut year of American Competition. Daniel brings with him a wealth of knowledge about our team and the car, and Michael has years of experience on the tracks we’ll be competing on.
“Together, with the team we’re assembling, this will be an excellent program to show our future customers what the Corvette C7 GT3-R is capable of.”