SEBRING, Fla., March 29, 2017 — Kris Wright, a racing driver from Pittsburgh, Pa., took a podium finish recently at the historic Sebring International Raceway. Wright, making his inaugural debut in the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Prototype Challenge Round 1, finished second.
This up-and-coming 22-year-old qualified second on the grid and battled hard to stay in front of the 25-car, two class field in the 45-minute race around the challenging 3.74-mile, 17-turn Central Florida circuit.
Wright drives the No. 7 JDC Motorsports’ Élan DP02 entry, sponsored by PPG and MasterTech. Now in his third year of sports car racing, the former Robert Morris University student, is also competing in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.
“Sebring was the inaugural season race in the Prototype Challenge and to come away with a podium finish is a fantastic way to start off the year,” said Wright. “I’ve been doing a fair amount of testing and raced St. Pete in a USF2000 car the weekend before. I’m glad to say my commitment is paying off and I’m very pleased with the results. Now we just hope to keep up our momentum as the season moves along.”
Wright has international sports car racing driver Niclas (Nic) Jonsson serving as his driving coach and racing mentor. In addition to teaching Kris about race craft, Nic also has Wright with a personal trainer and nutrition advisor. A former D1 golfer who was recruited by the IMG Academy for golf, Kris has put his eye-hand coordination to good use.
The next race for Kris will be at the beautiful Barber Motorsports Park road course, April 20-23, outside of Birmingham, Ala. This will be a double doubleheader race weekend as Wright will be competing in two races in both the USF2000 Series and the IMSA Prototype Challenge for a total of four races on that busy motorsport weekend, which also includes IndyCar and IndyLights competition.
“I’m really excited about this next race weekend at Barber Motorsports Park,” said Kris Wright. “It’s not often you get a chance to compete in four races on any given event weekend. I may be the only one doing so at Barber and it will give me a lot of seat time.
Kris has sports car racing experience in two very competitive series. He drove a Porsche Cayman in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series and competed in a TCA class Kia in the Pirelli World Challenge series, both last year.
Wright will be racing all over North America, with races at the following circuits with the IMSA PC class: Birmingham, Ala., Watkins Glen, N.Y., Bowmansville, Ontario, Canada, Lakeville, Conn., Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada, and Braselton, Ga. He will also race at the following circuits in the USF2000 series, including some doubleheader weekends: Birmingham, Ala., Indianapolis, Ind., Elkhart Lake, Wisc., Newton, Iowa, Toronto, Canada, Lexington, Ohio and Watkins Glen, N.Y.
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