Pirelli World Challenge is one of the fastest growing series right now, and they’ve got their second race of the season coming up this weekend at St. Petersburg. So, who’s racing there, besides the already famous dudes like Eversley and Estré? We sat down with a few drivers to ask how they got into PWC at their season opener. The Old Hats PWC is certainly the media darling this year with the explosive growth that’s occurred in part from the upheaval from merging the American Le Mans Series with Grand-Am and in part from PWC’s embracing of the international GT3 spec—but let’s not forget that it’s been around since 1990. Nick Esayian is right there with Realtime Acura owner/driver Peter Cunningham as one of the longtime names in World Challenge. In fact, Cunningham was Esayian’s first driving coach back in 1989. Esayian credited the economy’s bounce-back and World Challenge’s easy point of entry for young racers as part of the reason for its recent growth. Like Randy Pobst, Nick Esayian started out doing autocross. Esayian’s first pro race was the Neon Challenge. Remember that series? It was a spec series for the Dodge Neon, of all things. Forget the Neon’s… Read full this story
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