Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR confirmed for Roy Block, Tim Lewis Jr.; Compass Racing involved…

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Alfa Romeo looks set to be represented in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge competition, with a new two-car TCR effort planned for next year.

Both cars took part in this week’s Michelin On-Track Opportunity at Daytona International Speedway ahead of next month’s four-hour Pilot Challenge season-opener on the Florida high banks.

Florida-based KMW Motorsports with TMR Engineering will continue the relationship they began last year with Compass Racing, with the cars being based out of its Boca Raton facility.

“Louis [Milone] and I really enjoyed working together over the past season running two of our Audi RS 3 LMS TCR cars, and we’re excited to launch the Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR officially in the coming weeks,” said Compass Racing team principal Karl Thomson.

Longtime Pilot Challenge driver Roy Block and Tim Lewis Jr. have been confirmed in one of the entries under the KMW/TMR banner, with the lineup in the second Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR still to-be-determined by Compass.

“We’re excited to have Roy back for another season,” said TMR owner and lead engineer Louis Milone. “He and Tim have been testing a bunch over the past month or so and have a really great relationship. We’re expecting them to do really well.”

The two cars combined to complete more than 300 miles over the single-day of running, with on-site support from constructor Romeo Ferraris, which Thomson said showcased the strength and reliability of the Italian brand.

Although not yet listed as an official IMSA partner, Alfa Romeo is set to become the fifth different TCR manufacturer set to take part in Pilot Challenge next year, joining Audi, Volkswagen, Honda and Hyundai in the ever-expanding class.

More than a dozen full-season entries are expected, doubling the number of cars that contested the series in 2018.