The Pirelli World Challenge will have two new entrants for the 2013 season in the form of the Rimicci Corse squad, which will run a Fiat 500 Abarth in Touring Car, and Ken Stout Racing, which will enter a Scion FR-S in GTS.
Rimicci, whose car driven by Anthony Rimicci was assembled in just over four months from stock to race spec, made their unveiling at a press event Wednesday night at the Los Angeles Brewing Company in downtown L.A. The younger Rimicci has been a historic racer and will debut the car in this year's 25 Hours of Thunderhill in December with three co-drivers.
Rimicci and his father run Santo's Italian Car Service in Northridge, Calif. Known for its service and preparation of Alfa Romeos and Fiats, SICS has built and prepared several of the fastest vintage racing Alfa Romeos in the country. The car has support from King Electronics, formerly of Cleveland but now headquartered in Southern California. Additionally, the team plans a second car with a driver to be named later.
While Rimicci's racing resumé includes several seasons of competition in the Alfa Romeo Owners Club, Vintage Auto Racing Association, Historic Motor Sports Association and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, this will be his first foray into professional competition.
“I'm going pro racing in a Fiat – what could go wrong?” he joked. “We've built a brand-new car, a new team, for a series we've never done before, on tracks I've never driven. While most people look at us like we are crazy, the response we've gotten from the car has been pretty incredible. All the ladies say ‘it's so cute!' We know we have a big job ahead of us to be competitive in Touring Car but it's going to be really fun to give it a shot.”
The Scion, by contrast, is listed with the same No. 57 as Rimicci's Fiat so that may be altered prior to the first race of 2013. Robert Stout will drive the FR-S; he's a Scion factory driver and the 2010 PWC Touring Car champion. KSR partners with Lucas Oil Products.
Robert Stout has GT, GS and ST class experience in Grand-Am, with a second-place qualifying effort his best and five top-10s and one top-five finish in 10 GS races.
His 2010 PWC season in a Scion tC netted not only the driver's title but the Rookie-of-the-Year and Sunoco Hard Charger awards with five wins, nine podiums, and 11 top-fives in 12 starts.
“This is what we have been working for over the past seven years,” he said. “To get picked up by Scion is a very special honor.”