|CRP Racing World Challenge Nissan GT-R|
CRP Racing is planning on fielding two rear wheel drive Nissan GT-R's in World Challenge GT this year. The past two years, another team tried to run the cars all wheel drive, but didn't meet much success. Mike Skeen is going to be driving the #2 GT-R. The first race of the year is at St. Petersburg, Florida March 23-25th. Looking forward to seeing how the cars can do in this configuration.
Harrisburg, NC (March 16, 2012) – CRP Racing has signed World Challenge GT driver Jason Daskalos to pilot the No. 12 Hawk Performance/Nissan GT-R for the 2012 Pirelli World Challenge GT season. Daskalos, of Albuquerque, NM, is a veteran World Challenge driver with 5 podium victories (two 1st place wins) and numerous Top 5 and Top 10 finishes. Daskalos has been racing competitively since 2006 where he took Rookie of the Year and National Champion in the Viper Racing League, before moving up to World Challenge. “I am extremely excited to be back for a full season of World Challenge,” says Daskalos. “I am proud to be working with CRP Racing, Hawk Performance and driving the new Nissan GT-R and look forward to a successful winning season.”
CRP Racing owner, Nick Short, believes Daskalos is the perfect fit to complete the team. “We’re thrilled to have Jason on the CRP Racing team, he has a winning track record in World Challenge. He’s fast and a proven winner and can get out there and get the job done,” says Short. “I think the driver pairing we have chosen, along with the sponsorship of Hawk Performance Products and the new partnership with Nissan, provides CRP Racing with a winning combination.”
Mike Skeen, driver of the #2 Hawk Performance/Nissan GT-R agrees. “It will be great having Jason as a part of the CRP Racing family this season. The first time I met Jason was actually when discussing some on-track contact following last year’s Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, but we ended up becoming friends because of it. He is a formidable competitor and proven race winner, so I have no doubt he will be a great asset in getting our Hawk Performance/Nissan GT-Rs to the top step of the podium.”
Daskalos joins CRP Racing as they begin their inaugural season running the Hawk Performance/Nissan GT-Rs. Both CRP Racing and Nissan are excited to be entering a new era with the Nissan GT-Rs in World Challenge. “Nissan is looking forward to partnering with CRP Racing to campaign the Nissan GT-Rs in the 2012 Pirelli World Challenge GT class,” said Ron Stukenberg, Senior Mgr., Motorsports Marketing Communications at Nissan. “Both CRP Racing and the Nissan GT-R have a long history of winning races and we anticipate that success will carry over to the Pirelli World Challenge series.”
Sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing and managed by WC Vision, the World Challenge Championship will offer three categories this year – GT, GTS and Touring Car. The series will feature 12 races at eight different venues, beginning with the doubleheader weekend at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg March 23-25.