Wright Motorsports GT3 Cup Drivers Join Forces at COTA 24H
AUSTIN, TX (November 15, 2018) – Coming off a most successful IMSA season, Wright Motorsports has entered the No. 91 Wright Motorsports/Henry Repeating Arms Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in this weekend’s Hankook 24H of COTA. The potent driver lineup will feature IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge regulars Anthony Imperato, McKay Snow and Fred Poordad joining forces with Belgian Porsche ace, Jan Heylen.
The Hankook 24H of COTA will mark Wright Motorsport’s series debut in the four-stop 24H Series. In addition to the bulk of international competition, the group will be joined by a number of the same teams and drivers whom they competed against during the 2018 IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge season.
Though new to endurance racing, Anthony Imperato will enter the event surrounded by all things familiar. Climbing back behind the wheel of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car that he’s had much success in over the last two IMSA seasons, the New Yorker is prepared to take on a track that he knows all too well.
No stranger to Wright Motorsports is McKay Snow, who returns to the team after a one year hiatus from racing. The now 20-year old is prepared to enter what will be his third 24H Series race—having competed in the 2017 COTA 24H and Dubai 24H.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Fred Poordad will feel right at home at the Austin-based road course. With heaps of momentum to carry over from the IMSA season, the longtime Wright Motorsports driver is eager to take on what will be his first 24-hour race on home turf.
Completing the lineup will be sports car racing veteran, Jan Heylen. Heylen holds a longstanding relationship with the Ohio-based team not only as a driver, but as the coach for their IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge program. Originating from a strong open-wheel background, the Belgian carries much success driving Wright Motorsports prepared Porsches in the endurance format.
Wright Motorsports will take the stage for the Hankook 24H of COTA Saturday, November 17 at 9:00am CT. The race will run for 15-hours before taking a mandatory “intervention break” at 11:00PM CT, to accommodate local noise regulations. The event will then resume at 8:00AM CT on Sunday morning. Full coverage of the event to it’s entirety can be found at www.24hseries.com.
McKay Snow | Driver, No. 91 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car – “It’s going to be good to see the team again. It’s been a while since I’ve driven so I’m excited to get back behind back the wheel. This will be my third race in the 24H Series. There are a lot of small procedures during the pitstops that are really unique compared to a lot of the other series, so I think having that experience will help myself as well as my teammates.”
Anthony Imperato | Driver, No. 91 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car – “I’m really looking forward to my first 24-hour race with Wright Motorsports at Circuit of the Americas. It will be a good experience to join some of my teammates from the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge season for a much different style of racing. I really like our chances for a result and I’m excited to get started.”
Jan Heylen | Driver, No. 91 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car – “This will be a really fun event. I think we’re set up for a good race with this group of drivers and obviously the experience that Wright Motorsports brings to the table. This will be the first time they have me in the car instead of just coaching them, so it’ll be a bit of a different weekend for everyone. It will be a great way for them to gain experience with long distance racing. I’m looking forward to it.”
Fred Poordad | Driver, No. 91 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car – “I’m super excited to join my teammates at Wright Motorsports and to be competing in the Hankook 24H of COTA. Many of our drivers are mainly sprint racers so entering an endurance race is going to be a new challenge. I am looking forward to driving with my teammates and tapping into the experience of Wright Motorsports to have a strong performance at this 24-hour race.”
About Wright Motorsports
Wright Motorsports is the premier Porsche race engineering facility in Ohio and a multi-series, international racing team known for superb car preparation, expert race strategy and driver development. Located in Batavia, Ohio near Cincinnati, it is owned and directed by John Wright, a certified Porsche factory-trained technician. As a crew chief John Wright has played a key role in winning eight driver and seven team championships in World Challenge, IMSA (ALMS) and the Grand-Am Rolex Series. Wright Motorsports won the team championship in Porsche GT3 Cup USA in 2012, 2013 and 2015. In 2017, the team secured the Pirelli World Challenge Overall, Sprint, Team and Manufacturer's titles. Earning a win and additional podium on the season, the group most recently campaigned a Porsche 911 GT3 R in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship for Patrick Long and Christina Nielsen. For more information see wrightmotorsports.com and follow the team on Twitter and Facebook.