The 2023 ARC Touring Car Cup Grid is here, & it is stacked!
Our 2022 Touring Car Cup order set the draft, but in spite of that, we'll be showing off the grid in order of our most recent Gran Turismo 7 constructors championship order, the ARC Endurance Championship.
SLP Team 44 Racing
SimLeaguePro Team 44 Racing kicks off our 2023 ARC Touring Car Cup grid. AEC Champion AJ Knickle teams up once again with Matt Puleo, despite concerns that Matt Puleo would not be returning to the team after AEC.
LA7 Racing is back in TotalEnergies Peugeots for a second consecutive season, this time in the form of the RCZ. Their roster remains the same for Touring Cars, with Conor Hannick who posted 2 wins in Endurance, & Luke Allen who racked up podiums & a P2 driver's championship finish. This team will be one to watch.
Toothless Tandem Racing
Toothless Tandem Racing joined ARC at the start of the 2023 ARC Endurance Championship season, surprising everyone with their consistency & dedication to the craft. Marcus Snow & Justin Miller return to the TTR stable in Touring Cars.
Ferda Boyce Racing
Billy Targee & Alex Fox return to Ferda Boyce Racing in the ARC Touring Car Championship, hoping to crack open some results Ferda Boyce. This roster remains unchanged, aside from a brand new title sponsor.
FR Bono Racing
FR Bono Racing has an incredibly stacked lineup for ATCC, bringing Alexander Brown in the 13 & Ridwan Hamza in the 14. If both of these drivers can keep their consistency in check, & manage to show up, this Petronas Audi team may be the one to beat.
Champ Racing Inc.
Dylan Bahm finds himself with new teammate Zack Saunders this season, the latter having replaced Bor Yoshi. Saunders is an incredibly quick driver, while Dylan Bahm, 33-time ARC winner, is the defending ATCC Champion.
Divebomb Auto Advanced Racing
After the closure of Rum Runners Racing's ARC operations, Stephane Robichaud moves to Auto Advanced Racing to partner Steve Koontz, in the CoinValues.com Volkswagen. Robichaud is coming off P5 in the AEC standings, while Koontz posted P13 with only half a season under his belt. This team will be strong.
Windy City Simsport
Windy City Simsport is back, with Jamal Stallings in the 43 partnering an old friend- Keenan Kimber. Kimber will drive the number 34 RCZ sponsored by Dubby Energy, a welcome addition to the WCS stable after the unexpected departure of Ayden Connell. Kimber has 5 career ARC victories, while Stallings has 6.
Big Loaf Racing
One of the newest ARC teams, Big Loaf Racing, sees Ryan Philips return to the stable in the #7 Red Bull Suzuki, while Ayden Connell moves from Windy City Simsport to partner him. Connell will drive the 77, not pictured.
Nuclear Fusion Racing
Unexpectedly, Nuclear Fusion Racing makes a return to ARC, prioritizing driver development. Team owner Ryker Lommel will pilot the #71 Crunchyroll Suzuki, coaching Jonathan Giacheri, a sort-of-rookie in ARC, to gain speed. While not expected to be a championship contender, this team will look amazing on track & brings a mixture of experience & excitement.
Trevor Graham took the season off last season, skipping the AEC season. He returns in his iconic #91 in 2023's ATCC season, the ARC winner alone in terms of Clunk Squad's signed drivers for 2023. The Casey's Audi #99 driver is yet to be announced.
East Coast Racing
East Coast Racing has been on a run of rough results in 2023 so far, but hope to turn it around in ATCC with new signing Chris Matakanski in the #24 Valvoline Renault. Matakanski is a 1-time ARC winner, from way back in 2017. Adam Pelc, double digit ARC winner will return to the #5. Expect a third driver to be announced as a reserve.
Bee Sting Racing
After a tumultuous season, Old Dominion Racing has sold their team slot assets to Bee Sting Racing, a partner of FR Racing. The driver of the #11 is expected to be George Orfano, a now-veteran of ARC. The #12 is yet to be announced.
Kieran Kevern returns to ARC in the #54 Volkswagen Scirocco, bidding his entry in the ARC Touring Car Cup for 2023. New sign-up & rookie Alex Bonacorda will partner him. This team could well be exciting & one to watch.
Jake Scarbrough Racing
The #6 & #15 Jake Scarbrough Racing Volkswagens will be draped in the American flag in the 2023 ATCC, with rookie & youngest ARC driver at 12 years, Josh Bowditch piloting the 6, while ARC veteran & winner Fidel Fabian will pilot the 16.
Turn 1 Autosport
Turn 1 Autosport returns to ATCC competition for the first time since season 4, 2020, on Project CARS 2, with Gabe Cazzolla in the #18 & Matthew Stotts in the #20 Lucas Oil Volkswagens. Both made limited starts in AEC, but will be attempting the full ATCC schedule.
What is your favourite livery? Who do you think the #1 contender is? You will find out soon, as our schedule has been announced!
Race 1 is April 16th at the Sainte-Croix B Circuit, for the ATCC Race of France!