Callaway Cars, which had previously ruled out a factory racing effort in the US with its Corvette C7 GT3-R, just recently announced that it intends to campaign two of the cars in the Pirelli World Challenge in 2018 after all. The C7 GT3-R was previously barred from racing in the series due to a non-compete clause that gave the Cadillac ATS-V.R exclusive rights, but Cadillac’s decision to withdraw after the end of the 2017 season has paved the way for the Corvette-based race car to campaign.
Even still, Callaway said only last month that it would not campaign any cars itself, instead leaving it to privateer teams.
“Joining the Pirelli World Challenge has been a long‐term objective for Callaway Competition,” says company founder Reeves Callaway. “Now the field is a roll‐call of the most capable sports cars from every country. To do well here, you must beat the best in the world. What better way to showcase our iconic American car?”
Callaway Cars has only green-lit the factory Pirelli World Challenge racing program for the 2018 season; for 2019 and beyond, the company will withdraw, allowing private teams to step in and campaign the Corvette C7 GT3-R where they see fit – including in the IMSA SportsCar Championship.
The Callaway Competition team C7 GT3-R will be unveiled December 7th at the Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis, and both full-season PWC drivers will be announced at the same event.
“We’re incredibly proud to bring the Corvette C7 GT3‐R to competition on American soil,” Callaway says. “It is going to be a very competitive season, and we are looking forward to getting started.”