Building on the series’ big 10th anniversary season last year, the 2017 Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA championship will kick off next week at Thunderhill Raceway with a double-header event to open the season.
Series organizer Competent Motorsport is pleased to announce that Steven Costello has been named Series Director for the all-Porsche, multi-class championship. The role is a new one for Costello, who has experience in nearly all aspects of motorsport through a varied career that has included Formula 1, IndyCar, NASCAR, IMSA, Pikes Peak, and Vintage racing programs.
Costello cut his teeth in the sport as a racer in Formula Ford when the category was at its peak for competitiveness, learning both as a driver and a mechanic and setting himself on the path for a career in motorsports.
“I effectively grew up restoring cars, and was always into European style road racing,” said Costello, who is also an avid downhill skier. “I had good mentors as a young driver, who showed me how to mechanic correctly and then I worked at Essex Racing, which was effectively a finishing school for me.”
Costello will be tasked with operational management of the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA race events, with a strong focus on having a smooth-running paddock that fosters both competition and camaraderie.
“This is a new departure for me, but it is one that I am very much looking forward to,” said Costello, who was also part of winning efforts at Le Mans as well as Daytona 24 with Porsche and Jaguar. “We want to continue to build the professionalism and presence that this series has, and to make these weekends as easy as we can for the competitors. There is a lot of opportunity for growth with the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA, particularly with our Silver class and the Porsche Cayman GT4.”
Also joining the series for the 2017 season is Randy Buck, a long established driver coach and instructor, who will focus on the on-track activity during the 16-race championship. With driver development a key value of the series, Buck’s background is an ideal fit for the role.
“Last year when the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA series raced at Sonoma Raceway, I came out to see it first hand and I was impressed by how well the weekend was run and by the passion that the drivers all had,” said Buck. “Having operated race series for years, and with my background as an instructor and coach, this is a great opportunity for me to bring both of those backgrounds to the series. Steven (Costello) and I have spent a lot of time on the phone preparing and we are all looking forward to getting going at Thunderhill.”
“We are thrilled to have Steven (Costello) and Randy (Buck) joining us this year,” said Competent Motorsport President Greg Franz. “They are both very high caliber operators and will add a lot to our events and to the experience of our participants. As a series and as a company, we’ve grown significantly so we are focusing our resources to support that growth with talented professionals in key positions like this. It is exciting for us and has already been well-received news in our paddock!”
All of the drivers in the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA championship will also continue to benefit from the services of Craig Stanton, who provides driver coaching to all of the drivers competing in the series.
The 2017 Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA championship kicks off at Thunderhill Raceway April 14-16.
2017 Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA Schedule
April 14-16 Thunderhill Raceway Park Willows, California
May 19-21 Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, California
June 2-4 Utah Motorsports Campus Salt Lake City, Utah
July 28-30 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, California
August 10-13 Utah Motorsports Campus Salt Lake City, Utah
September 1-3 Circuit of the Americas Austin, Texas
September 22-24 Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
October 13-15 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, California
Source. Sunday Group