In 2010, the World Challenge Championship kicked off at St. Petersburg, Florida in March as a support event for IndyCar. In previous years, the series shared race weekends with the American Le Mans Series but in 2010 World Challenge began sharing more events with IndyCar. The season ended mid-September at Miller Motorsports Park. In all, there were a total of twelve races at eight different venues (Streets of St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Mosport, Watkins Glen, Toronto, Mid-Ohio, Virginia International Raceway and Miller Motorsports Park).

World Challenge officials introduced a new class in 2010 – Grand Touring Sport. The additional category resulted in changes to the rules for Touring Cars. The three classes were:

  • Grand Touring (GT) – This group included the series quickest cars: Porsche 911 GT3, Chevrolet Corvette, Dodge Viper, Nissan GT-R and Volvo S60. The preparation rules remained unchanged from the previous year for these vehicles.
  • Grand Touring Sport (GTS) – These were many of the cars that competed in last year’s Touring Car class (Acura TSX, Honda Civic, BMW 325i and Mazda 6). Competitors from the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge were also able to participate using the Ford Mustang FR500S.
  • Touring Car (TC) – Touring Cars were not allowed many of the modifications permitted by the 2009 rules. The preparation of the vehicles was more closely aligned with Grand-Am Cup and the Sports Car Club of America’s Improved Touring classes. Makes competing in the category included the Scion tC, Mazda RX-8, Honda Civic, Mazda Speed 3, Volkswagen Jetta and Golf.

    2010 also marked the end of races for each class. This season, all classes competed in the same contest – 1996 was the last time that all categories competed together.

    The Acura Sports Car Challenge of Toronto was round seven of the 2010 World Challenge series. Drivers would compete on the eleven-turn 1.755–mile street course at Toronto’s Exhibition Place for fifty-minutes.

  • Twenty-six World Challenge competitors sit on the starting grid for the Acura Sports Car Challenge of Toronto. Sharing the front row are the K-Pax Racing Volvos of the Grand Touring point’s leader and pole-sitter, Randy Pobst and his teammate, Andy Pilgrim. Immediately behind them are the Porsches of the third and fourth fast qualifiers, Patrick Lindsay and James Sofronas.
    Driving the No. 6 K-Pax Racing Volvo S60, Randy Pobst earned his sixth Grand Touring pole position of the 2010 season. In doing so, Pobst beat the lap record; he set the last time the series visited the circuit in 2007. Pobst led the field into corner one and would never relinquish first place despite pressure from the Porsche of James Sofronas. This was Pobst’s third victory of the season and extended his points lead over, Andy Pilgrim.
    Nick Wittmer’s experience with the Toronto circuit paid off as he put the No. 93 Honda Racing/RealTime Honda Civic Si on the Touring Car pole. Wittmer led the race from the start and went unchallenged to win by a comfortable margin of 6.053-seconds. He was also competing in the Canadian Touring Car series, driving another Honda, and took the victory in that event as well.
    The Global Motorsports Group team leader, James Sofronas qualified the GMG Porsche 911 GT3 fourth quickest in the Grand Touring category. By the end of the first lap, Sofronas had moved into second place. As the contest progressed, he got faster and challenged the Volvo of the race leader, Randy Pobst. Sofronas was able to narrow the gap but took the runner-up position - just 0.821-seconds behind Pobst.
    The 2010 World Challenge Grand Touring podium at Toronto. In the center is K-PAX Racing’s Randy Pobst who earned his third victory of the year and padded his points lead. To Pobst’s right is James Sofronas who captured the runner-up position in the GMG Porsche 911 GT3. And, completing the podium is Pobst’s teammate, Andy Pilgrim.
    At Toronto, Peter Cunningham broke a tie with Pierre Kleinubing for the series most pole positions. Cunningham established a new record of thirty-seven World Challenge poles. The Grand Touring Sport competitor led flag-to-flag for the fourth win of the season in the RealTime Racing Acura TSX. This victory extended not only his points but also his series record for the most number of wins –thirty-six victories.
    Eric Meyer qualified on the front row of the Touring Car class at Watkins Glen and did it again at Toronto. Driving the No. 32 Mazda RX-8, Meyer was over half a second slower than the pole-sitter, Nick Wittmer. Early in the race, he was pressured by Robert Stout and Brett Sandberg but an incident between the two gave him some breathing room. Stout charged back but Meyer held on for the runner-up spot.
    Qualifying second in Grand Touring and 0.087-seconds slower than his teammate, Randy Pobst was the driver of the No. 8 K-Pax Volvo S60, Andy Pilgrim. Pilgrim got a better start than his teammate but allowed Pobst to lead the field into corner one. He was challenged and passed by James Sofronas on the first lap. Pilgrim would drop to fifth place but fought back and grabbed the final spot on the class podium.
    Local resident, Ernie Jakubowski made his series debut at Watkins Glen where he finished on the podium. In qualifying at Toronto, he piloted the Fuchs/Forgeline Porsche Cayman S to the third quickest time in the Grand Touring Sport category. During the race, Jakubowski and Nick Esayian made contact causing Jakubowski to spin. Despite the incident, he was able to finish second in class.
    Touring Car point’s leader, Robert Stout drove the TRD/Lucas Oil sponsored Scion tC. Stout topped the class timing charts during practice but was third quickest in qualifying. He was running third in class when he was hit by the Acura TSX of Brett Sandberg. The incident dropped Stout back to seventh place but a caution allowed him to catch the field. Some aggressive driving earned him the final spot on the podium.
    The round seven Grand Touring Sport podium at Toronto. In the center is Peter Cunningham who scored his fourth victory of 2010 and extended the all-time World Challenge win record to thirty-six. Grabbing the runner-up position was Canadian, Ernie Jakubowski. The final spot on the podium is occupied by third-place finisher and Peter Cunningham’s teammate, Nick Esayian.

    FINISHCLASSCLASSDRIVERCARLAPSRETIREMENTS
    11GTRandy PobstVolvo S6033-
    24GTJames SofronasPorsche 911 GT333-
    32GTAndy PilgrimVolvo S6033-
    43GTPatrick LindseyPorsche 911 GT333-
    55GTDino CrescentiniPorsche 911 GT333-
    67GTKuno WittmerDodge Viper33-
    76GTRob MorganPorsche 911 GT333-
    88GTJeff CourtneyDodge Viper33-
    912GTJason DaskalosDodge Viper33-
    109GTTony GaplesChevrolet Corvette33-
    1113GTCharles MorganPorsche 911 GT333-
    1210GTFred RobertsDodge Viper32-
    1314GTSPeter CunninghamAcura TSX32-
    1417TCNick WittmerHonda Civic Si31-
    1518TCEric MeyerMazda RX-831-
    1619TCRobert StoutScion tC31-
    1723TCMichael PettifordVolkswagen Jetta GLI31-
    1816GTSErnie JakubowskiPorsche Cayman S31-
    1925TCShea HolbrookHonda Civic Si31-
    2026TCRobb HollandVolkswagen GTI31-
    2124TCDon IstookVolkswagen GTI31-
    2215GTSNick EsayianAcura TSX30-
    2322TCDan GardnerHonda Civic Si28-
    2411GTWilliam ZieglerPorsche 911 GT327Suspension
    2521TCGreg ShafferVolkswagen Jetta GLI7Accident
    2620TCBrett SandbergAcura TSX5Accident

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