Braselton, Ga., October 12, 2018 — Kris Wright, the IMSA Prototype Challenge (PC) Champion, claimed the championship title today during the final Prototype Challenge race of the 2018 season at Road Atlanta.
Wright, alongside co-driver and coach Nic Jonsson, drove a clean, consistent race in the No. 30 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier JS P3, sponsored by iHeartRadio, MasterTech and Pineapple Payment, after qualifying second on Thursday afternoon. Coming into the race as the series points leader, the goal was to drive a clean, smart race and finish as well as possible while capturing the championship. His mission was accomplished in the one hour, 45-minute race under beautiful, sunny skies at the 2.54-mile, 12-turn north Georgia road course. 65 laps
Kris’ driving coach and mentor, Nic Jonsson, was tagged as his co-driver for the finale of the seven-race IMSA Prototype Challenge series.
Kris started from the second position on the grid and settled in to the top three or four positions throughout his stint and over the course of two caution periods. The team pitted on Lap 32 for Jonsson to take over the driving for the balance of the race and through another two cautions.
Kris Wright quotes:
On the race…
“The start of the race really started back in the trailer. I looked at the grid sheet and saw three Normas in the front. I was in between all three of them, I knew that they were going to get by me sooner or later. I let them go and just tried to tuck in behind the third one and just run my race.
“My stint was a little challenging in that the sun was blinding on the front straight. It was very difficult to see anything from Turn 12 to Turn 1. It made for a tough race.”
On winning the championship…
“This was the best second place I’ve ever had. We’re really happy to have won the PC Championship. The only thing that could have happened to mess it up for us was if we didn’t finish the race, and we wanted to make sure that didn’t happen. It was really stressful because inevitably the one thing that shouldn’t happen, can happen, so we took it easy out there and finished the race.
“It’s been a great season and I couldn’t have won this championship without the support of my parents, Nic and my sponsors, iHeartRadio, PPG and MasterTech.”
Nic Jonsson quotes:
“We decided together that I would run the race as the insurance policy, if you want to call it that. Kris has been doing a phenomenal job all year and put himself in the position to win the championship and the only thing we had to do here today was make sure we put down some good lap times and bring it home. We ended up being on P2, which is great, and congratulations to Kris and the whole team for doing a superb job all year.
“It was well deserved because it’s the fourth year we’ve worked together now, and we have strategically worked towards this with different classes and field training that we do. For me it was really fun to drive the last race and help him claim the championship. Also, I’ve been training, coaching, and managing him over the past four years, so it feels very special.”
Today’s finale marks the end of a busy 2018 racing season for Kris Wright. He’s reviewing plans for 2019 and announcements will be made in the future. The year-end IMSA Prototype Challenge banquet was held shortly after Friday’s race where Kris was awarded the season championship trophy.
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