Kristofer (Kris) Cole Wright
Born: July 17, 1994
Hometown: Wexford, Pennsylvania
Kris Wright is an up-and-coming American racing driver who has experience in a sports car Prototype series (IMSA Prototype Challenge), two sports car sedan series (IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and Pirelli World Challenge), and even two formula-car series (USF2000 and Pro Mazda) in the Mazda Road to Indy development program.
In addition to showcasing his versatility in these vastly different types of race cars, Wright has experience on virtually all of the most famous road courses in the United States, including Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y.; Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla.; Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga.; the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, Calif. He has also driven on the road courses of the two most-famous oval tracks in the United States: the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Daytona International Speedway.
In 2017 Wright’s primary focus was the IMSA Prototype Challenge series, where he finished second in the Mazda Prototype Challenge class. Showcasing his consistency, he had six second-place finishes in that series, and he scored his first professional racing victory in June in a Prototype Challenge race that supported the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen.
He made his first formula-car start in the USF2000 series at the beginning of 2017, but by June he had already advanced to the next level on the Mazda Road to Indy program, Pro Mazda. Once again he was a quick learner, posting four top-10 finishes and one top-five finish.
Wright competed in both a Porsche Cayman and a Kia Forte Koup race car in previous seasons, posting several top-five finishes and getting immense experience as he climbs the racing ladder.
IMSA Prototype Challenge Series: Finished second in the Mazda Prototype Challenge (MPC) class driving for JDC MotorSports; earned eight podium finishes, including one victory at Watkins Glen, N.Y., as a rookie. The additional podium finishes included six second-place finishes (Sebring, Lime Rock, twice on the street course at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, and twice at Road Atlanta) and one third (the second race at Watkins Glen). He had four more top-10 finishes, and he was only out of the top 10 once in the 13-race season.
Pro Mazda Series: Advanced to the Pro Mazda series in June with JDC MotorSports and competed at Road America, Mid-Ohio and Watkins Glen. Recorded five top-10 finishes, including a fifth at Watkins Glen.
USF2000 Series: Made his formula-car debut at St. Petersburg, Fla., with John Cummiskey Racing; also did the events at Barber Motorsports Park and on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May before advancing to the next step on the Mazda Road to Indy ladder, Pro Mazda.
IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Street Tuner class: Competed in all 10 events except for the season finale at Road Atlanta in a Porsche Cayman with co-driver Andy Lee. His best finish was sixth at Sebring, Fla.
Pirelli World Challenge, TCA class: Competed in 10 of the 12 rounds (all except the season finale doubleheader at Laguna) in a Kinetic Motorsport Kia Forte Koup and placed eighth overall in the championship. His best finishes were four fifth-place finishes at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, both races at Lime Rock Park, and at Utah Motorsports Campus.
Pirelli World Challenge, TCA class: Finished fifth in the championship in his rookie season driving a Kinetic Motorsports Kia Forte Koup. Finished on the podium (third) at Utah Motorsports Campus, and had four fourth-place finishes at Utah, Mid-Ohio, and twice at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School (2009-2013)
IMG Academy (Golf) (2013-2014)
Robert Morris University (2014-2015, Division 1 athlete, golf)
Personal: Competitive golf in state tournaments; sporting clays shooting.
The Prototype Challenge and Pro Mazda Team: JDC MotorSports
JDC MotorSports has a history of winning championships. Founded in 1994 by John Church, the Minneapolis-based team established itself as one of the leading junior open-wheel teams in North America, winning nearly 20 championships in IndyCar's Mazda Road to Indy series. Following its open-wheel success, JDC MotorSports expanded its operations into various IMSA sports car series. Success followed there too, including a victory in the most prestigious endurance sports car race in North America, the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, in 2016. The primary goal of JDC MotorSports is to groom champions, and it has the expertise and the personnel in place to achieve that goal. The team has identified Kris Wright as a very bright rising star, and it's committed to fielding competitive cars that will take him to victory and provide the most exposure possible for his sponsors.