Wright Motorsports Set for Weather Tech Championship Return
BATAVIA, OH (July 9, 2019) – Wright Motorsports has confirmed a return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on a partial season basis. The group will rejoin GTD competition with the No. 91 Henry Repeating Arms Porsche 911 GT3 R for Anthony Imperato (Brooklyn, New York), who will be joined by Porsche Young Professionals, Matt Campbell (Australia) at Lime Rock Park and Dennis Olsen (Norway) at Road America.
“All of us at Wright Motorsports are very pleased to see Anthony join the WeatherTech Championship for a few events” said Wright Motorsports Principal, John Wright. “Since he joined us for IMSA GT3 Cup in 2016, he’s worked very hard to get to this point and we’re excited to see him in this environment. I’m also looking forward to continuing to work with Matt and Dennis, who we’ve already had great success with in SRO America competition. As a team, we’ve always been strong at both Lime Rock and Road America, so we’re eager to get started.”
The last time the John Wright-led team took part in GTD competition was in 2018, when they contested the full season with Patrick Long and Christina Nielsen. Last year, the entry saw a class victory at Road America, as well as the pole position at Lime Rock Park. They look to carry out that success as they head to both of those tracks with the Henry Repeating Arms Porsche 911 GT3 R.
This marks Imperato’s return to IMSA after a three-year run [2016,2017,2018] with the Ohio-based team in IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge competition. Though new to endurance racing, the New York native has spent the last two years getting to know the Porsche 911 GT3 R, driving his Wright Motorsports-prepared GT3 car to the podium in SRO America.
Both Campbell and Olsen made their IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship debuts this year driving GTD-class Porsches in the Rolex 24. The Porsche Young Professional drivers, who won this year's Bathurst 12 Hour together, have found success splitting driving duties, with Imperato in this year's SRO America championship.
The group’s first order of business will be July 19-20 at Lime Rock Park. The 2-hour, 40-minute North East Grand Prix will feature a GT-only field as Imperato and Campbell prepare to take on all-new competition.
Anthony Imperato | Driver, No. 91 Henry Repeating Arms Porsche 911 GT3 R - "I’m really looking forward to running a few IMSA Weather Tech Championship races this season. Running in SRO America has prepared us for things like drivers changes and pit stops. The biggest difference is going to be dealing with GTLM and Prototype traffic (at Road America). It will be a great learning experience and great to have the consistency of driving with Matt and Dennis for these races. I feel confident we will have some good results."
Matt Campbell | Driver, No. 91 Henry Repeating Arms Porsche 911 GT3 R - "I’m very excited to extend my season with Anthony and Wright Motorsports. It will be a bit of a different setting in IMSA, but I’m really looking forward to joining Anthony for some longer races and hope to do a few more of them this year. I can’t wait to get back to America, especially for my first visit to Lime Rock Park. It’s such a special little track and Porsche’s had some great success there in the past, so we’ll look to do the same. Lots of exciting times coming up and I can’t wait to get back to it.”
Dennis Olsen | Driver, No. 91 Henry Repeating Arms Porsche 911 GT3 R - "I’m looking forward to the challenge with Anthony. IMSA will be a great step up in the game for him in terms of competition and I’m excited to be a part of it. It should be a great experience for Anthony and I know the Wright Motorsports team will put us in a position to be more than capable of competing for some strong results. Road America is a new track for me, so it will take a bit of learning myself, but I’m very excited to get things started.”
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, 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. After a most successful 2017 season, the team holds the Pirelli World Challenge Overall, Sprint, Team and Manufacturer’s titles. For the 2019 season, the group is campaigning two Porsche 911 GT3 Rs in SRO America – a PRO entry for Patrick Long and Scott Hargrove and a PRO/AM entry for Anthony Imperato, Dennis Olsen and Matt Campbell
About Henry Repeating Arms
Henry Repeating Arms is the leading lever action manufacturer and one of the top-five long gun manufacturers in the USA. Their goal is to manufacture a line of classic, well-crafted firearms that every enthusiast can afford. The passion, expertise, and dedication of our employees embody the company’s motto, which is “Made in America Or Not Made At All”. Rest assured, when you read the roll-mark on the barrel of a Henry it’s going to say “Made in the USA.” Learn more about them at www.henryusa.com.