The 2017 Pirelli World Challenge season is the twenty-eighth consecutive year for the championship. There are eleven race weekends. The Touring Car category title chase kicks-off in April at Virginia International Raceway. This event is followed by races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Lime Rock Park and the Utah Motorsport Complex. The penultimate rounds are held a Circuit of the Americas with the finale taking place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in mid-October.

As in the previous year, there were three Touring categories:

  • Touring Car (TC) – This class is for smaller sedans and sports cars which are allowed some performance modifications. These front or rear-wheel-drive vehicles may be powered by turbocharged or normally aspirated engines. Examples of vehicles competing in this category include: Honda Accord, Mazda MX-5, Porsche Boxster, BMW235iR and Audi RS 3 LMS.
  • Touring Car A (TCA) – Many of the cars competing in this class are the same as those found in Touring Car. What sets them apart is the minimum amount of modifications that can be made – most changes are to improve the safety of the vehicles. Using turbocharged or normally aspirated powerplants, these cars produce between 160 and 185-horsepower.
  • Touring Car B (TCB) - The slowest of all the World Challenge categories is based on the Sports Car Club of America’s B-Spec class. Examples of vehicles competing in this category include: Chevrolet Sonic, Honda Fit, Kia Rio, Mazda 2 and Mini Cooper. The horsepower range is 100 to 110.

    The opening rounds of the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car season took place during the Nissan Grand Prix of VIR weekend. Fifty-three cars competed in the two forty-minute races around Virginia International Raceway’s seventeen-turn 3.270-mile road course.

  • The 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car B podium for round two. Standing on the top of the rostrum is race winner and driver of the Indian Summer Racing Mini Cooper, Travis Washay. To Washay’s right is the runner-up, Jake Pipal. Completing the podium is Saturday’s TCB victor and third place finisher, Canaan O’Connell.
    Former Pirelli World Challenge champion, Johnny O’Connell’s son, Canaan made a couple of starts in 2016 driving the Touring Car B Tech Sport Racing prepared Chevrolet Sonic. Canaan returned to the same team for the 2017 season and made his presence felt with a victory on Saturday and third place finish on Sunday.
    In round one, second fastest Touring Car qualifier, Paul Holton was not feeling well. Despite being sick, Holton, driving a new Audi RS 3 LMS was able to pass the pole-sitter, Greg Liefooghie, and win by a margin of 0.878-seconds. On Sunday, the positions were reversed and the Compass 360 driver had to settle for the runner-up position.
    The Touring Car A grid sits in pit lane for the season’s first race. On the pole is No. 74 Mazda MX-5 Cup prepared by S.A.C. Racing and driven by Matthew Fassnacht. Sharing the front row with Fassnacht is another Mazda entry which is raced by MX-5 Cup competitor, Dean Copeland. A total of fifteen TCA cars started round one.
    Canadian Touring Car veteran, Nick Wittmer teamed up with fellow Canadian, Samantha Tan for 2017. In the first race, Wittmer qualified the No. 91 BMW235iR seventh. He made a great start and moved up the race order to finish third. Starting fifth on Sunday, Wittmer moved into the lead but with 10-minutes remaining, he was clipped by a slower car and did not finish.
    Most of Greg Liefooghe’s experience is obtained competing in the IMSA Continental series driving BimmerWorld prepared BMWs. As a result, it was an easy transition to the Pirelli World Challenge series and the new BMW235iR. It showed in his performance, as Liefooghe captured a second place in Touring Car on Saturday and scored a victory on Sunday.
    Matthew Fassnacht was one of six drivers to leave Virginia International Raceway with two wins (the other drivers were Nico Jamin in GTS, Aristotle Balogh / Greg Liefooghe in SprintX GTS and Yuki Harata / Allesandro Bressan in SprintX Cup). Driving the S.A.C. Racing prepared Mazda MX-5 in the TCA category, he also earned the pole position for both races and set a new lap record.
    The No. 23 Mazda MX-5 was prepared by Tech Sport Racing and driven by Eric Powell. Powell, competing in Touring Car A - qualified thirty-ninth overall and eighth in class for round one. During the contest, he moved up the race order and captured the last spot on the podium. In race two, Powell started third in TCA and finished fifth.
    Californian, Jake Pipal made his journey from the west coast worthwhile. Pipal was the fastest Touring Car B competitor in the first qualifying session. Driving the No. 9 Honda Fit, he was passed by teammates, Canaan O’Connell and P.J. Groenke in race one and finished third. In the weekend’s second event, he captured the runner-up position.
    2016 Touring Car A champion, Elivan Goulart returned to defend his title. Goulart was back with S.A.C. Racing driving the No. 70 Mazda MX-5. His qualifying effort earned him the fourth starting position for the weekend’s first race but he was able to finish second in class. Goulart’s started round two in second and was fourth at the checkered flag after being passed by Dean Copeland and Brian Henderson.
    Mini Cooper driver, Travis Washay qualified fourth in the very competitive TCB class. In race one, Washay finished fifth after he was passed by his teammate, Taylor Handwerk. The following day he started second last in TCB but made good progress during the contest. When the class leader, Canaan O’Connell, got blocked, Washay moved into first and took the win.
    When Sunday’s race leader, Nick Wittmer, retired Cody Ellsworth driving the RacerInk Motorsports Porsche Cayman inherited the final spot on the podium. The previous day, Ellsworth started third but encountered problems and finished twenty-fourth in the Touring Car category and forty-fourth overall.
    Dean Copeland put his Mazda MX-5 Cup series experience to good use by qualifying second in Touring Car A for the season’s first race. Unfortunately for Copeland, he finished forty-second overall and thirteenth in class driving the Copeland Motorsports Mazda Global MX-5 Cup car. In round two, Copeland redeemed himself by finishing second in TCA and twenty-third overall.
    A veteran of Canadian and American B-Spec competition, P.J. Groenke joined Tech Sport Racing in 2016. Groenke was the early leader in the season’s opening round but was eventually passed by his teammate, Canaan O’Connell and finished second. In Sunday’s race, Groenke was fifth in TCB at the checkered flag.
    Sunday’s overall and Touring Car podium. In the center is the victor and driver of the Stephen Cameron Racing BMW235iR, Greg Liefooghe. To Liefooghe’s right is round one winner and runner-up, Paul Holton. Rounding out the rostrum is Cody Ellsworth who drove the RacerInk Motorsports Porsche Cayman.

    11TCPaul HoltonC360R / Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport5
    22TCGreg LiefoogheStephen Cameron Racing / BMW M235iR5
    33TCNick WittmerST Racing / BMW M235iR5
    44TCAnthony GeraciS.A.C. Racing / Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport5
    55TCRodrigo SalesStephen Cameron Racing / BMW M235iR5
    66TCAristotle BaloghStephen Cameron Racing / BMW M235iR5
    77TCKarl WittmerHonda Ste-Rose Racing / Honda Accord5
    88TCJason CoupalBERG Racing / Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport5
    99TCRobert NimkoffAutoTechnic Racing / BMW M235iR5
    1010TCStefan SajicZima Motorsports / BMW M235iR5
    1111TCCameron MaugeriKRUGSPEED / Lotus Exige5
    1212TCAnthony MagagnoliRooster Hall Racing / BMW M235iR5
    1313TCJustin RaphaelClassic BMW / BMW M235iR5
    1414TCHenry SchmittStephen Cameron Racing / BMW M235iR5
    1515TCChris OhmachtClassic BMW / BMW M235iR5
    1616TCMason FilippiWinding Road Team TFB / BMW M235iR5
    1717TCToby GrahovecClassic BMW / BMW M235iR5
    1818TCRandy HaleHale Motorsports / Mazda MX-55
    1919TCDennis Hanratty JRKRUGSPEED / Lotus Exige5
    2020TCShea HolbrookShea Racing / Honda Accord5
    2121TCSamantha TanST Racing / BMW M235iR5
    2222TCTony RiveraBrass Monkey Racing / Nissan 370Z5
    2323TCGino CariniClassic BMW / BMW M235iR5
    241TCAMatthew FassnachtS.A.C. Racing / Mazda MX-55
    252TCAElivan GoulartS.A.C. Racing / Mazda MX-55
    263TCAEric PowellTech Sport Racing / Mazda MX-55
    274TCASpencer PattersonPatterson Racing / Mazda MX-55
    285TCASarah MontgomeryShea Racing / Honda Civic Si5
    296TCABrian HendersonCopeland Motorsports / Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Car5
    307TCAMichael JohnsonTech Sport Racing / Mazda MX-55
    318TCAPaul WhitingPWR / Honda Civic Si5
    329TCATom O'GormanShea Racing / Honda Civic Si5
    3310TCAGlory FernandezGlory Racing / Honda Civic Si5
    3411TCADaniel MoenS.A.C. Racing / Mazda MX-55
    3512TCAKevin AndersonTech Sport Racing / Scion FR-S5
    361TCBCanaan O'ConnellTech Sport Racing / Chevrolet Sonic4
    372TCBP.J. GroenkeTech Sport Racing / Chevrolet Sonic4
    383TCBJake PipalJake Pipal Racing / Honda Fit4
    394TCBTaylor HandwerkIndian Summer Racing / Mini Cooper4
    405TCBTravis WashayIndian Summer Racing / Mini Cooper4
    416TCBJasper DrenglerDrengler Racing / Honda Fit4
    4213TCADean CopelandCopeland Motorsports / Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Car3
    437TCBTed SahleyBelieveland Motorsport / Mazda 23
    4424TCCody EllsworthRacerInk Motorsports / Porsche Cayman2
    4514TCAJeff SextonWinding Road Team TFB / Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Car2
    NC-TCAJason ConnoleRossini Racing Products / Mazda MX 51
    NC-TCJason FichterShea Racing / Honda Accord0
    NC-TCJohn AllenBERG Racing / Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport0
    NC-TCChetan PuranikZima Motorsports / BMW M235iR0
    NC-TCJoshua ForanTeam HMA / Honda Accord0
    NC-TCJohn WeisbergBERG Racing / Mazda MX-50
    NC-TCSteve KholiParallax Racing / Honda Accord0
    NC-TCAndrew RainsRains Racing / Honda Accord Coupe0

    11TCGreg LiefoogheStephen Cameron Racing / BMW M235iR14
    22TCPaul HoltonC360R / Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport14
    33TCCody EllsworthRacerInk Motorsports / Porsche Cayman14
    44TCAnthony GeraciS.A.C. Racing / Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport14
    55TCStefan SajicZima Motorsports / BMW M235iR14
    66TCRobert NimkoffAutoTechnic Racing / BMW M235iR14
    77TCAristotle BaloghStephen Cameron Racing / BMW M235iR14
    88TCCameron MaugeriKRUGSPEED / Lotus Exige14
    99TCRodrigo SalesStephen Cameron Racing / BMW M235iR14
    1010TCJason CoupalBERG Racing / Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport14
    1111TCChris OhmachtClassic BMW / BMW M235iR14
    1212TCAnthony MagagnoliRooster Hall Racing / BMW M235iR14
    1313TCHenry SchmittStephen Cameron Racing / BMW M235iR14
    1414TCMason FilippiWinding Road Team TFB / BMW M235iR14
    1515TCToby GrahovecClassic BMW / BMW M235iR14
    1616TCShea HolbrookShea Racing / Honda Accord14
    1717TCKarl WittmerHonda Ste-Rose Racing / Honda Accord14
    1818TCJoshua ForanTeam HMA / Honda Accord14
    1919TCGino CariniClassic BMW / BMW M235iR14
    2020TCDennis Hanratty JRKRUGSPEED / Lotus Exige14
    2121TCSamantha TanST Racing / BMW M235iR14
    221TCAMatthew FassnachtS.A.C. Racing / Mazda MX-514
    232TCADean CopelandCopeland Motorsports / Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Car14
    243TCABrian HendersonCopeland Motorsports / Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Car14
    254TCAElivan GoulartS.A.C. Racing / Mazda MX-514
    265TCAEric PowellTech Sport Racing / Mazda MX-514
    276TCAPaul WhitingPWR / Honda Civic Si14
    287TCASpencer PattersonPatterson Racing / Mazda MX-514
    298TCAJason ConnoleRossini Racing Products / Mazda MX 514
    309TCAJeff SextonWinding Road Team TFB / Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Car14
    3110TCASarah MontgomeryShea Racing / Honda Civic Si14
    3211TCATom O'GormanShea Racing / Honda Civic Si14
    3322TCAndrew RainsRains Racing / Honda Accord Coupe14
    3412TCAGlory FernandezGlory Racing / Honda Civic Si13
    3513TCAKevin AndersonTech Sport Racing / Scion FR-S13
    3614TCADaniel MoenS.A.C. Racing / Mazda MX-513
    371TCBTravis WashayIndian Summer Racing / Mini Cooper13
    382TCBJake PipalJake Pipal Racing / Honda Fit13
    393TCBCanaan O'ConnellTech Sport Racing / Chevrolet Sonic13
    404TCBTaylor HandwerkIndian Summer Racing / Mini Cooper13
    415TCBP.J. GroenkeTech Sport Racing / Chevrolet Sonic13
    4223TCJustin RaphaelClassic BMW / BMW M235iR13
    436TCBJasper DrenglerDrengler Racing / Honda Fit13
    447TCBTed SahleyBelieveland Motorsport / Mazda 213
    4524TCSteve KholiParallax Racing / Honda Accord12
    4625TCNick WittmerST Racing / BMW M235iR11
    4726TCChetan PuranikZima Motorsports / BMW M235iR11
    4827TCTony RiveraBrass Monkey Racing / Nissan 370Z10
    4928TCJohn AllenBERG Racing / Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport10
    5029TCRandy HaleHale Motorsports / Mazda MX-58
    5115TCAMichael JohnsonTech Sport Racing / Mazda MX-58
    NC-TCJohn WeisbergBERG Racing / Mazda MX-53
    NC-TCJeff RiccaGenRacer / Genesis Coupe0

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