Wright Motorsports Looks to Maximize Results at Road America
BATAVIA, OH (September 18, 2019) – As the SRO America season winds down, Wright Motorsports is preparing for this week’s penultimate round at Road America. The team will look right the ship and push for some points with Scott Hargrove and Patrick Long’s No. 58 Porsche 911 GT3 R along with Anthony Imperato and Matt Campbell’s No. 91 Pro/Am class Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Wright Motorsport’s strong history of results at the 4-mile, 14-turn road course gives the team a sense of confidence heading to the race weekend.
Long’s Road America history beams of success with five victories to date — three of which have been in Wright Motorsports prepared Porsche 911 GT3 Rs. While most of Hargrove’s experience at the road course comes from the open wheel ranks, he’s certainly no stranger the podium. The Porsche Selected Driver also scored a podium driving a Porsche 911 GT3 R in his 2018 SRO America championship season.
A season of mix results- highlighted with four podiums and a win in Sonoma- has Long and Hargrove tied for fifth in the Pro-class points chase. While the duo remains in championship conversation, they look to capitalize on what their Porsche 911 GT3 is capable of and finish out strong for Porsche.
The Wisconsin road course remains a special one for Imperato who earned his first podium there in a WM prepared Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. Since then, he has driven the Porsche 911 GT3 R in both IMSA competition this year and in the 2018 SRO America round, where he saw two podiums. This marks the first familiar track on the calendar for Campbell, who earned a victory driving a Porsche 911 GT3 R last month, in what was his first visit to Road America. Returning to the team for the first time since the Sonoma round, the Porsche Young Professional is set to join Imperato for the final two stops on the schedule.
At this point, Imperato stands alone, third in the Pro/Am championship, with just a 3-point gap to second and 24-point gap to the class leaders. After seven podiums in ten races, the No. 91 squad look to close the gap and aim for their first win of the season.
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The Wright Motorsports team will head out for Qualifying Saturday at 9:30AM CT / 10:30AM ET, while Round 11 is set to go green at 2:10PM CT / 3:10PM ET. Sunday’s Round 12 will be going green at 2:15PM CT / 3:15PM ET. Races and qualifying will be streamed live on gt-world-challenge-america.com, with Sunday's race to contest live on CBS Sports Network.
Patrick Long | Driver, No. 58 Wright Motorsports/ Porsche Consulting Porsche 911 GT3 R
"The Porsches have been strong the last few years at Road America. With that, we come in with the confidence that we can battle with the cars that have been filling the podium. It's always a fun part of the country to travel to and I think the weather will be opportune for some great racing. I'm looking forward to getting back on the horse and finishing out the season with some good results for the Wright Motorsports team and Porsche."
Scott Hargrove | Driver, No. 58 Wright Motorsports/ Porsche Consulting Porsche 911 GT3 R
"Road America is one of my favorite tracks on the calendar and I think it should be a strong circuit for the Porsche. The track has a lot of fun characteristics. I really enjoy the heavy braking zones, especially down into Turn 5 and Canada Corner. I think it really separates some of the cars on the grid and hopefully will favor us. Our focus is solely on maximizing results. We’re not in the top three of the championship yet, so we’re going to push flat out and see if we can claw back some points at a track that I love and should suit our car quite well.”
Anthony Imperato | Driver, No. 91 Wright Motorsports/ Henry Rifles Porsche 911 GT3 R
"I’m excited to get to Road America. It’s a track that I know well and the home track of Henry Repeating Arms so I always enjoy racing there. I’m also looking forward to team back up with Matt. There are only two rounds left in the championship so our goal is to rack up as many points as we can and push for our first victory.”
Matt Campbell | Driver, No. 91 Wright Motorsports/ Henry Rifles Porsche 911 GT3 R
“I’m looking forward to rejoining Wright Motorsports in the SRO America championship. It’s been a while since Sonoma, with Dennis [Olsen] joining the team for a couple of rounds in between. It will be nice to drive at Road America again. I had a good first experience there during the IMSA event last month and really enjoy the circuit. I expect this weekend and Vegas to be a nice, close couple of rounds and I’m looking forward to it.”
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.
About Porsche Consulting
The Porsche Consulting management consultancy was founded in 1994 in response to the successful restructuring of the Porsche sports car maker. Porsche had gained so much experience and knowledge from mastering a major crisis that it decided to make this expertise available to other companies. Four of its employees formed Porsche Consulting’s initial team. Their small office in Zuffenhausen became a worldwide consultancy—with sites in Stuttgart, Hamburg, Munich, Milan, São Paulo, Atlanta, Shanghai Berlin and Belmont (Silicon Valley). Find out more at www.porsche-consulting.com