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Kavana Rum Launches New Award with $500,000 Up for Grabs for SRO Motorsports America Series

24 January 2019

AUSTIN, TX – Officials from Kavana Rum and SRO Motorsports America, the producers of Blancpain GT World Challenge America, announced today a new performance based award with $500,000 in prize money available for the 2019 season.

With one of the most exciting announcements in sports car racing, Kavana Rum is seeking to inspire drivers and teams in the pursuit of making motorsports history. The Kavana Cup, a $500,000 prize purse, is being offered to the world’s best sports car racing drivers. Knowing that success comes at all levels, the Kavana Cup will be the trophy of choice for those in GT3, GT4, and TC in what is sure to bring a whole new level of excitement to an already exhilarating sport.

Kavana Rum, the premium rum in the marketplace, is chaired by Josh Tolley, the founder and managing partner of Purple Monkey Garage.

“When we came on board with SRO Motorsports America for the 2019 season, we quickly realized that this is the place for the world’s best drivers, teams, and competition,” said Josh Tolley, founder of Kavana Rum. “As chairman of not only Purple Monkey Garage, but also Kavana Rum, I wanted to step up even more and provide the premier accomplishment in sports car racing, the Kavana Cup.”

Kavana Rum, through the Kavana Cup, seeks to inspire teams and drive excellence for participants competing in the SRO Motorsports America run series with this new award. The Kavana Cup will seek out a driver or driver pairing that executes at the highest level throughout the season for a sizeable year-end bonus.

“This desire to reward performance in sports car racing is going to expand beyond just the drivers as we seek to expand this program over the coming years. We intend to elevate global sports car racing for teams and drivers around the world, but equally exciting, we plan to share the love with the fans too. You can anticipate additional future announcements from our office that will continue to add value to this great sport,” continued Tolley.

“It’s truly a testament to the dedication from our first-year partner Josh Tolley and the family of companies he runs to reward the paddock with a cool and unique prize,” said Greg Gill, president and CEO of SRO Motorsports America. “Their investment in our paddock with the Kavana Cup and as our Official Business Mechanics through Purple Monkey Garage is just the first step for our partnership.”

This performance based award will feature an additional prize purse totalling $500,000 after completing a set of objectives including pole positions, fastest race laps, and weekend race win sweeps. $250,000 will go towards Blancpain GT World Challenge America competitors, $150,000 to Pirelli GT4 America national series (Sprint or SprintX), and $100,000 to TC America.

Blancpain GT World Challenge is the latest global GT series racing on three continents – America, Europe, and Asia. The North American series will feature a seven-event schedule, racing at top tier tracks across the country, kicking off at Circuit of the Americas on Mar 1st – 3rd. The series will also visit VIRginia International Raceway (Apr 26-28), Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (May 17-19), Sonoma Raceway (June 7-9), Watkins Glen International (Aug 30-Sept 1), Road America (Sept 20-22), and a Grand Finale (Oct 18-20).

Pirelli GT4 America and TC America are also set to kick-off at Circuit of the Americas with Blancpain GT World Challenge America for a weekend filled with Sports Car and Touring Car action.

More information will be revealed shortly. For series information, please visit

About Kavana Rum
Seeking a premium rum beverage and not finding one available in the marketplace Kavana Rum was born out of the pursuit to achieve. With the rum world dominated by pirates, parrots, and coconuts Kavana seeks to place premium quality rum back in its rightful place as the drink of choice for the consumer that values quality and taste.

Kavana means fullness of purpose, fullness of life, and that is exactly what Kavana Rum celebrates – life. We like to say that those who love life, love Kavana because “Success has Great Taste.”

Kavana Rum was founded by Josh Tolley – Top 100 business trainer, author, host of a nationally syndicated radio show, and chairman of Tribal Holdings, a leader in building great people and the companies they work with.

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SRO Motorsports Group – The global leader in GT racing
With more than 25 years’ experience at the forefront of a continuously evolving industry, SRO Motorsports Group is the established international leader in GT racing.

Best known for the development and implementation of the GT3 and GT4 regulations, SRO promotes and organizes championships that embrace professional and amateur competitors. Its portfolio of highly regarded series spans Europe, America and Asia, while its flagship Intercontinental GT Challenge features events on five different continents.
The 2019 season will see more than 100 races run under the SRO Motorsports Group banner, highlighted by the prestigious Total 24 Hours of Spa. In addition to promotion and organization, the company operates SRO Race Centre by MMC – a high-level technical centre at Circuit Paul Ricard – and provides the ultimate driving opportunities at world-renowned facilities through Curbstone Track Events.

SRO Motorsports Group is chaired by company founder and CEO Stephane Ratel. With offices in London, Paris, Liège, Austin, and Hong Kong, its work is facilitated by a dedicated global team of full-time and freelance staff.

Combining a passion for performance with industry-leading experience, SRO is ready to play a key role in shaping the future of international GT racing.