Ryan Eversley To Race Acura TLX GT in 2015
Shorty after the McLaren-Honda team revealed their new Formula 1 drivers, Acura Motorsports announced that frequent Touring Car race winner Ryan Eversley will be driving the #43 RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT in 2015. Teammate Peter Cunningham will continue to drive the #42 car, which made its debut this year at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
“To say I’m excited to be joining Acura Motorsports RealTime Racing and the TLX program is a massive understatement!” said Eversley. “It’s every driver’s dream to be associated with a manufacturer, and since I’ve worked alongside Honda Performance Development for the last five years, I feel like it’s a natural progression in our relationship. We have a huge undertaking ahead of us, but after testing a few weeks ago, I can’t think of a better team to handle the challenge. I’m extremely grateful to HPD for all they’ve done for me, and look forward to more success with them.”
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Eversley has five ST class victories driving a Honda Civic Si in the ContinentalTire Touring Car Championship under his belt. Now that Eversley is joining Acura Motorsports, he’ll be getting a shot at the Pirelli World Championship for the first time in his career.
“We are very excited to see a talent like Ryan move up the ladder from his Honda Touring Car program to Acura Motorsports and the Pirelli World Challenge,” said Lee Niffenegger, the senior program engineer with Honda Performance Division (HPD) for the Acura effort. “He’s been very successful racing the Honda Civic Si, while also building the necessary experience in various GT and Prototype cars. We believe HPD and our partner RealTime Racing have been making huge strides with the TLX GT during the off-season, and we fully expect to give the World Challenge GT field a strong run in 2015.”
The Acura TLX GT, developed from the production TLX by RealTime Racing and HPD, features HPD chassis and aerodynamic performance parts. The TLX GT will compete in 2015 against the Audi R8, Bentley Continental, Cadillac ATS-V.R, Dodge Viper, Ferrari 458, Lamborghini Gallardo, McLaren 12C, and Porsche 911.