BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, July 6 — With his victory and a third-place finish last weekend at Watkins Glen International, rookie Kris Wright leapt from seventh to third in the Mazda Prototype Challenge (MPC) championship in the IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda series.
Six races have been completed and eight remain in the 2017 season, including two 45-minute contests this Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP, aka Mosport) in Bowmanville, Ontario.
Unofficially Kyle Masson leads the current MPC point standings with 122 points followed by Wright's teammate, Tazio Ottis, with 84 and Wright with 75. Gary Gibson (65) and Stuart Rettie (63) round out the top five out of the 18 MPC drivers who have scored points so far this season. Eleven MPC cars and eight Le Mans Prototype 3 cars are entered in the CTMP doubleheader.
Wright, of Pittsburgh, Pa., drives the No. 7 Elan DP02 fielded by JDC MotorSports and sponsored by Hyundai Motor Corporation and PPG.
Wright's victory last Friday at Watkins Glen was his first in the series and his first professional victory, and it was a boost to his confidence. He credited the victory to being more consistent.
"The key is to make smart decisions at the right times," he elaborated. "I was more consistent than I've been in the past at Watkins Glen, just in hitting my marks. I never went too deep into a corner. The difference was that I was pretty good all around with my technique and my timing. I will try to continue to improve on those things this weekend at Mosport."
Wright has driven Pirelli World Challenge and Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge cars at CTMP in the past, but never a car as small as the one he'll drive there this weekend.
"The Prototype Challenge car is so much faster than anything else I've driven at Mosport," he said. "We're rolling a ton of speed through just about every corner. It's a lot more physical to drive. Your shoulders take a beating. Sports cars were much slower in the corners here. In the Prototype Challenge car, we don't lift except for Turns 3, 5, 9 and 10."
There are two Prototype Challenge practice sessions on Friday at 9:15 a.m. and 2:55 p.m. Qualifying is slated for 10:40 a.m. Saturday, with the races following Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.
Delayed television coverage of both races will air at 8 p.m. Eastern on July 27 on Fox Sports 2. That broadcast will also be available on YouTube 24 hours after it airs on TV.
Live video streaming and live timing and scoring are available on imsa.tv and imsa.com. The latter also has additional information, news and statistics.
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