Event Preview: Wright Motorsports Rides Momentum into Austin Weekend of Racing

AUSTIN, Tex., (April 27, 2021) – There is no such thing as a slow weekend for Porsche customer racing team Wright Motorsports. This weekend, the Ohio-based effort heads to Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas for the next rounds of the Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS and GT America powered by AWS, where the team currently leads both championship efforts with Fred Poordad, Jan Heylen, and Charlie Luck. The SRO-sanctioned series will also see the weekend addition of IMSA’s Porsche Carrera Cup North America, in which Wright Motorsports has three entries. The four-day event will offer Wright Motorsports fans six races to watch, all available to stream live online for free as the team strives to extend their lead over the competition.

“Our drivers and entire team put in a really strong performance in our first SRO event at Sonoma Raceway,” said team owner John Wright. “It’s great to be entering rounds three and four with the points lead, and we’re all focused on taking our strong momentum all the way to the podium. It’s also great to have our Carrera Cup effort join the weekend. It’ll be a packed event, but we’re excited to get out there and on track.”

Fred Poordad and Jan Heylen had a successful season opener at Sonoma Raceway last month in the Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS. 2021 marks Poordad’s first full season competing in the Pro/Am ranks, and the gentleman racer has proven to be up for the task. Together the pair earned a first and second place finish in the Pro/Am class with the No. 20 Porsche 911 GT3 R, also securing one overall podium against full-pro lineups. This weekend, eleven cars will compete in the Pro/Am class, with sixteen total entries making up the field. The pair first raced together at Circuit of the Americas in 2020, securing two second place finishes. This weekend, they will again compete in two 90-minute races on Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2. Both races will start at 1:15PM Central and air live on YouTube.com/GTWorld. Poordad and Heylen recently participated in a productive test at the Austin circuit, slated to start the competitive weekend from strong footing.

Driver Quotes

Fred Poordad
I am looking forward to COTA as it is always a challenging track and should make for exciting racing. The GT field is impressive and everyone will be amped up and ready to perform. We hope to be strong there and if we perform to our potential, we should do well.

Jan Heylen
We scored good points at Sonoma Raceway, leaving the track leading the championship. The goal is to extend our championship lead and hopefully do so with a couple more podium finishes. The car was really good here last year, on top of a very productive test here few weeks ago, where Fred showed great pace. We’re all excited to get the weekend started with Wright Motorsports in our Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Charlie Luck’s debut in the new GT America series was nothing but impressive, in which the gentleman racer completely dominated both races from pole position to take the pair of SRO Masters class wins. The No. 45 Porsche 911 GT3 R also finished second on the overall podium in both races, due to smooth driving and consistent execution on track at Sonoma Raceway. Luck’s jump from the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car to the Porsche 911 GT3 R has proven to be a successful one, and now Luck will take his success to the flowing corners of Circuit of the Americas. Each race will run for forty minutes, with no pit stops or driver changes. Race one will air live beginning at 4:45PM Central, followed by race two at 4:05PM, and both races will also stream live on YouTube.com/GTworld.

Driver Quote

Charlie Luck
There’s a huge contrast between Sonoma Raceway and Circuit of the Americas. Going to COTA will take us into high-speed corners, which the Porsche 911 GT3 R is particularly capable of at whole other level compared to the standard GT3 Cup car. We also have the complexity of the esses, which require a perfect set up while avoiding the curbs. The track has also more normal corners in it, which are real blend of variety which is much more variable compared to Sonoma. This will be my first race in high-speed corners in this car, and I look forward to learning and getting better at that aspect of my race craft ad driving. I look forward to the weekend.

Also in its inaugural season, the Porsche Carrera Cup North America will converge on Circuit of the Americas this weekend. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and border restrictions, the IMSA-sanctioned series had to cancel its race weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and rearranged the schedule to have the one-make series join the Circuit of the Americas event this weekend. After kicking off the championship last month at Sebring International Raceway, John Goetz, Hutton McKenna and Max Root are ready to get back in action. The event will begin with a brief test at the beginning of the week before official practice sessions begin on Friday. While the series is also running a double header weekend, the one-make series will differ in that both races will be held on Sunday, May 2 at 8:00AM and 3:05PM Central and will air live on https://porschecarreracup.us.

Driver Quotes

John Goetz
I’m looking forward to another challenging event in Carrera Cup. The fact that I’ve never raced at COTA previously makes this the toughest challenge of the year for me, but I couldn’t have better support for my learning than the Wright Motorsports team, so it’s pretty exciting, and the car is pretty awesome.

Hutton McKenna
I am looking forward to racing at a familiar fast track. The Wright Motorsports team has done a great job getting the car dialed in. I’m very excited for the race weekend.

Max Root
I’m very excited to be tackling rounds three and four with Moorespeed-Wright Motorsports in the No.7 car. Looking forward to going to one of my favorite tracks, Circuit of the Americas, and feel that we’re going to run on some strong momentum from our test there. It is the home track for Moorespeed, whose shop is just down the street, and that adds a special meaning to it as well. I can’t wait to get down there and get started.

Schedule of Events | All Times U.S. Central
Friday, April 30
8:00AM – 8:25AM Porsche Carrera Cup Practice 1
8:40AM – 9:00AM Paid Bronze Test
9:00AM – 9:25AM GT America Practice 1
10:20AM – 11:05AM GT World Challenge America Practice 1
1:35PM – 2:00PM GT America Practice 2
2:55PM – 3:20PM Porsche Carrera Cup Practice 2
3:35PM – 4:20PM GT World Challenge America Practice 2

Saturday, May 1
8:50AM – 9:05AM GT World Challenge America Qualify Driver 1
9:10AM – 9:25AM GT World Challenge America Qualify Driver 2
10:10AM – 10:25AM GT America Qualifying
1:15PM – 2:45PM GT World Challenge America Race 1
4:00PM – 4:30PM Porsche Carrera Cup Qualifying
4:45PM – 5:25PM GT America Race 1

Sunday, May 2
8:00AM – 8:45AM Porsche Carrera Cup Race 1
1:15PM – 2:45PM GT World Challenge America Race 2
3:05PM – 3:50PM Porsche Carrera Cup Race 2
4:05PM – 4:45PM GT America Race 2

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, and went on to win the Pirelli World Challenge Overall, Sprint, Team and Manufacturer’s titles in 2017. The 2020 season will see the team return to IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship. For more information, visit wrightmotorsports.com



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