KMW Motorsports and partner company TMR Engineering, both Boca Raton Florida based operations, have joined forces to bring the Alfa Romeo Gulietta TCR RF to North American endurance racing, in the International Motorsports Association (IMSA) Michelin Pilot Cup series for 2019. With a pair of beautiful Gulietta’s in the stable, both, now with thousands of miles of testing completed, and all of the proper documentation in place, the team which will be branded as “KMW Motorsports with TMR Engineering” is poised and ready to launch.
The #5 entry will be piloted by the pairing of Roy Block, and Tim Lewis Jr. Roy Block a multi season competitor in the IMSA series with several podiums, as well as a victory in 2017, is a perfect fit with his co-driver for 2019. Tim Lewis Jr., although the name may not ring a bell, is not new to professional sportscar racing either. Lewis Jr. last competed in 2008 in the Pontiac GXP’s by the renowned Pratt and Miller GM team, scoring a win at Lime Rock Park that season. After a break from racing to start a family Lewis Jr. is hot to stand on the podium alongside his co-driver Block. The #7 entry, is fully prepared, tested, and awaiting final driver pairing.
“We are super excited to have Tim and Roy representing our team in 2019” quoted team principle Louis Milone. “This is a historic season for so many reasons. To start with 2019 marks IMSA’s 50th anniversary, but to match that it also puts a stamp on 30 years of business partnership for Kevin Wheeler (owner of KMW Motorsports) and myself. Add to that the fact that we are bringing the Italian Manufacturer Alfa Romeo to professional endurance racing in America, I cannot imagine a more exciting season than the one ahead of us. We also have to thank good friend and partner Tim Munday of BAM Motorsports for starting the ball rolling on this project that was a year in the making. Munday will be with us throughout the season as a technical partner”
Both Roy Block and Tim Lewis Jr. have put in over 1000km of testing each in the pair of Gulietta’s built by the world recognized Romeo Ferraris S.r.l of Milan, Italy. The cars have shown their strength at Road Atlanta, Sebring, Palm Beach International, and most recently Daytona International Speedway. “Everyone who drives these Alfa Romeo’s has one first comment: They are very easy to drive at maximum pressure with confidence” quoted Wheeler, who has had his own skilled hands behind the wheel of both cars. “It is fair to say that not many TCR teams have completed so many miles on the new Michelin tires for 2019. That should certainly allow us to hit the ground running when the transporter doors open in a few weeks”
Currently the #5 Block/Lewis car is entered as a full season “premier” entry in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Cup, so it will be seen across North America including Canada for the 10 race championship season. The season starts on January 4 with the highly anticipated ROAR before the Rolex 24. The ROAR is IMSA’s official test comprised of 3 grueling days of on track testing and tuning prior to the season opener on January 24th back in Daytona Beach.