Callaway is proud to announce that Whelen Engineering Inc. will be the primary sponsor for the first of the new Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R’s. Beginning in 2016, the Callaway Competition-built racer will compete with the world’s fastest GT cars in a variety of racing series worldwide.
Founded in 1952, Whelen Engineering designs and manufactures premium quality audio and visual warning equipment for the Automotive, Aviation, and Mass Notification industries. With facilities in Connecticut and New Hampshire, Whelen products are designed, manufactured, and assembled in the USA.
Sonny Whelen elaborates on the Callaway-Whelen association: “I’m very excited about working with the Callaway team in Europe next year. They have produced an amazing Corvette that will be a perfect way to promote the Whelen brand. Our objective is to penetrate deeper into European markets with our all-American made emergency lighting and siren products. We believe that Callaway’s presence in motorsports along with their commitment to quality and success will be an excellent fit and help us to expand our sales efforts in the European marketplace.”
Distinguished racers Eric Curran and Boris Said are set to pilot the first Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R. Boris has driven for the Callaway team since the 1990’s, and Eric is a prominent racer with an impressive winning record. Among their other achievements, Boris has captured pole position at Le Mans in a Callaway Corvette and Eric recently celebrated major victories at Detroit and Road America in the IMSA Tudor Prototype Series in a Whelen Corvette.
Curran looks forward to 2016: “It’s really exciting to be entering into yet another program with Whelen Engineering. Sonny Whelen has been a close friend, sponsor, and teammate of mine for nine years, so to be venturing into a new program combined with Callaway Cars is a really big deal. All the guys at Callaway have been good friends for over 15 years and I’ve done a lot of work with the Callaway Car Company. Boris and I have been teammates for many years in the Whelen Engineering GT Corvette. It’s exciting to be teammates with Boris again and to combine all these things made in America.”
Boris adds, “I’m excited to be back in a Corvette with Whelen and Eric. We had many great years together in the past and to do it all over again with my good friends at Callaway is the perfect fit. I’ve always said that Corvette teams should all have American drivers and an American sponsor. This is how it should be. This Whelen Callaway GT3 Corvette is the coolest looking race car I’ve ever seen and we get to drive it!”
The Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R was unveiled on October 3 at a packed presentation during the ADAC GT Masters Season Finale at the legendary Hockenheimring in Germany. The new car replaces Callaway’s Z06.R GT3, one of the most successful cars in the history of ADAC GT Masters with 23 victories.
Reeves Callaway stated, “We look forward to fielding this worthy effort: A quintessential American Brand. With American Drivers. Fueled by an American Company’s sponsorship. In a premier European series and settings… we could not be more proud.”