GT racing event plans stop in China

Ma Yue

Visitors learn about the career of American racing driver Steve Saleen at the Saleen Shanghai Experience Center.

The “arrive and drive” GT racing event, the Saleen Cup, plans to race in China in 2020 with the aim of popularizing American motorsport culture in the Chinese market.

Organized by American sports car manufacturer Saleen, the inaugural Saleen Cup Series held a total of eight races at four iconic tracks in North America from July to October this year. All 20 cars have been prepared and maintained by Saleen, giving the drivers an equal platform to show off their skills.

The series included two distinct categories of young riders (up to age 28) and Pro-Am riders (29 and older). The top-ranked driver in each class was awarded a paid spot in Saleen’s GT4 entry for the entire 2020 season.

“Racing is not just about speed and competition, but the pursuit of extreme quality,” said former American racing driver Steve Saleen, founder of Saleen. The 70-year-old was in Shanghai this weekend for the opening of the Saleen Shanghai Experience Center, located at the Roosevelt Club on the Bund.

Saleen entered China in 2017, building a manufacturing center in Nantong in neighboring Jiangsu province. Visitors to the Saleen Shanghai Experience Center will be enlightened about Saleen’s professional career, the Saleen team and Saleen cars.

GT racing event plans stop in China

Former American racing driver Steve Saleen talks to local media and motor racing fans in Shanghai.

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