LAKEVILLE, Conn., July 23 — Kris Wright started second and ran in that position the entire way to post his fourth class podium finish to date in the IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda series Saturday at Lime Rock Park.
Driving JDC MotorSports' white No. 7 Elan DP02 sponsored by PPG, the young driver from Pittsburgh, Pa. qualified second in the Mazda Prototype Challenge (MPC) class on Saturday morning with a time of 50.835 and an average speed of 104.384 miles per hour for the 1.474-mile, seven-turn road course. He couldn't quite catch the class point leader, Kyle Masson, but he ran comfortably in second place for the entire 45-minute race on Saturday afternoon. He was a whopping 61.088 seconds ahead of the third-place driver in the MPC class, his teammate, Tazio Ottis, at the checkered flag.
Although the track was very slippery due to high heat and a two-hour Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge race that preceded it, Wright did a good job to manage his tires and stay on track. His best lap during the race was a 51.973 (102.099 mph), which he set just five laps before the end of the 50-lap race.
Usually there are two races per weekend for this series, but there was only one race this weekend. It will air on Fox Sports 2 Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. Eastern. The broadcast will also be available on YouTube 24 hours after it is shown on television.
Following Lime Rock, Wright is third in the unofficial MPC point standings. Masson leads with 185, Ottis is second with 117, and Wright is third with 105.
Saturday's race was the first one for the series at this particular track since 2011. The 13-race series' next event is a doubleheader Aug. 11-Aug. 13 at a track that will be new to Wright, as it will be staged on the street course at Trois-Rivières, Quebec. The season finale is another doubleheader Oct. 4-7 at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga.
Before that event Wright has a tripleheader on his schedule though, as he's slated to compete in three races for the Pro Mazda series presented by Cooper Tires at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio July 29-30.
More information is available on Wright's Web site at KrisWrightMotorsports.com. Fans can also follow him on Facebook at Kris Wright Racing. The series' Web site is at imsa.com.
Wright's post-event quote follows:
"It was rather an uneventful race for me, but that was good because the track was really slick. It heated up and the tires went off compared to qualifying Saturday morning. There were a lot of people who were fighting their cars just to not spin out. With the heat and the humidity and the long green-flag run, the pace was tough.
“I was happy to be able to drive a clean race and be consistent. Part of our strategy was to save the tires for the end of race, which made my pace a little slower but when I wasn’t saving tires I was running same pace or faster than Kyle. It paid off in the end with a good pace and a solid second place finish after some challenges earlier in the weekend.
"Thanks to JDC MotorSports. They did a good job getting the car back together after an incident I had in the first practice session.
"My next IMSA Prototype Challenge race is at Trois-Rivières in Canada and I've never been there, so I'm excited to see what that track is all about.
“I also really excited about the Pro Mazda tripleheader at Mid-Ohio. It's going to be a good and long week with a lot of guests and three races, but it's all a great experience for me as a driver."
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