Laguna local and 2017 Lotus Cup USA Champion Nicolai Elghanayan begins the Pirelli World Challenge GTS season with a pair of KTM Xbow GT4s purchased by Marco Polo Motorsports, the Elghanayan family-owned company. The last three seasons Elghanayan has successfully competed in the Lotus Cup USA series, rising from the 2015 series most improved driver to dominating the 2016 and 2017 series championships. 2017 also saw SCCA race experience gained with five victories and his PWC touring class debut at the season finale at Laguna Seca.
Pirelli World Challenge GTS will be a significant year for the Elghanayan organization, both in racing and personal achievement, as Elghanayan will be graduating from USC architecture school while actively campaigning in the 2018 season.
Marco Polo Motorsports was started in the 80’s as a self-funded independent race organization. As the 2017 season ended in Lotus Cup USA with a championship for Nicolai, his father Jeff Elghanayan set his sights for the Pirelli World Challenge 2018 season. “I am excited to step up in class from Lotus Cup USA and into PWC, I know exactly what I am getting into. It is the chance of a lifetime, and a commitment from my parents has certainly been a motivating factor,” Elghanayan said in a statement.