WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 20, 2023) – With the 24 Hours of Le Mans complete, all focus in North American sports car racing once again returns to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as the series and its competitors look ahead to the second half of the 2023 season. Wright Motorsports heads to Watkins Glen International this weekend, running four cars between the WeatherTech and Deluxe Porsche Carrera Cup North America championships. Piloted by Alan Brynjolfsson, Trent Hindman, and Max Root, the No. 77 VOLT Lighting Porsche team resumes their championship endeavors in the IMSA WeatherTech GTD class.
“We learned a lot about the new Porsche in the first half of the IMSA WeatherTech season,” said Team Owner John Wright. “Alan and Trent have done a great job stepping up from Michelin Pilot Challenge into the highly competitive IMSA GTD class, and each race adds more knowledge and insight into our bank to put towards the next events. Wright always shines in the endurance races, and we’re looking forward to kicking off the second half of the season.”
Round Five of Eleven in the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech championship, the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen marks the beginning of the second half of the North American sports car racing season. The race is the third of four endurance races in the calendar, with a run time of six hours. With a best finish of sixth place to date this year, the No. 77 VOLT Lighting squad stand ready to face the competitive weekend.
The Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen will feature 57 entries competing across five classes, each entry striving for victory within their own classes, as well as overall. The VOLT Porsche is competing in the GTD class, which boasts the largest field, with 20 entries slated to compete.
The Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen has a rich history that dates back to its inaugural race in 1968. Over the years, it has become one of the most highly anticipated endurance races on the North American motorsports calendar. The race itself lasts for six hours, demanding a combination of speed, strategy, and endurance from the teams and drivers. The track is known for its challenging 3.4-mile road course, with high-speed sections, sweeping turns, and elevation changes. Throughout the race, teams must manage tire wear, fuel consumption, driver changes, and pit stop strategies to optimize their performance and maintain a competitive edge. The Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen provides an exciting and unpredictable racing experience, with various twists and turns as teams navigate the challenges posed by traffic and changing weather conditions.
The race will begin on Sunday, June 25 at 10:40 AM ET, airing live on Peacock. IMSARadio.com will offer live and comprehensive coverage of all WeatherTech sessions. For schedule information, visit imsa.com.
Watkins Glen kicks off our busy season—with races coming every few weeks for the summer. And what a great way to do it—high speed track, a six-hour endurance race, and 57 car field! Let’s go get it!
We’ve had a long break since our last IMSA WeatherTech round at Laguna Seca in the beginning of May. It’s been time well spent between physical and mental preparation for one of our most difficult races of the year, generally speaking. Watkins can either be freezing cold with rain or unbelievably hot, but no matter what the conditions we encounter end up becoming, I think Alan, Max, me, and our Wright Motorsports/VOLT Racing team are as prepared as we’ve ever been.
I’m really excited to get back to Watkins Glen and compete this weekend. I’ve had some great success in the cup series, having claimed pole position and some great podium finishes here. This is the place I love to drive, with the combo of high-speed load and tire management through the race distance. We’ve been progressing with the car very nicely and sorting through our new tool book. I’m excited to implement all of the things that the guys on the No. 177 and No. 16 cars have learned, and get the weekend rolling with Alan, Trent, and the entire team.
Deluxe Porsche Carrera Cup North America
After a brief break, the Porsche Carrera Cup series resumes this weekend with the fourth of eight race weekends. Round four’s doubleheaders will run in support of the IMSA WeatherTech series, with Wright drivers John Goetz and Varun Choksey looking to add to the team’s three acquired podiums of the championship to date.
Race one will take place on Friday, June 24 from 1:25 PM to 2:05 PM, followed by race two on Saturday, June 25 from 12:20 PM to 1:00 PM.