The 2018 Pirelli World Challenge is officially underway, with last weekend seeing the season’s inaugural event transpire in St. Petersburg, Florida, and already, the outlook for Chevrolet and Callaway Cars is optimistic. German driver Daniel Keilwitz, making his US racing debut in the No. 26 Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R, brought his car across the line in second in the second race of the weekend’s double-header.
“We are very pleased we had a chance to demonstrate the championship performance of the Corvette here in North America,” Team Owner Reeves Callaway said after the weekend’s races. “I’m happy to see the front running performance from Europe continued for the North American debut. We had two really good tough races, and Daniel was able to show his skills against a very talented field of drivers.”
Keilwitz performed nearly as well in the weekend’s first race, finishing fourth after battling his way up from eighth following a close call on Turn 1. He set the fastest lap of the race in Rd. 2 after making a pass into second, and was on pace to win when a red flag caused the race to finish early.
The next event on the Pirelli World Challenge calendar is at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas from March 23rd through the 25th. There, Rounds 1 and 2 of the SprintX championship will be held, meaning Keiwitz will split time behind the wheel with another driver, to be announced shortly.