Kris Wright is back to racing in the IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda series this weekend at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia, August 17-18.
The 24-year-old driver competes in the No. 30 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier JS P3 car, sponsored by iHeartRadio.
His co-driver this weekend is JDC Miller Motorsports P2 driver Stephen Simpson, a 34-year-old multi-series driver currently living in Indianapolis, Indiana. Simpson was the 2016 Prototype Challenge class winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona race in 2016.
In two practice sessions today on the scenic 3.27-mile, 17-turn road course, they were second fastest in class in both sessions. Wright had the second fastest time in Friday morning’s Practice 1 with a time of 1:43.619. Simpson handled the driving duties and had the second fastest time in the afternoon’s Practice 2 with a time of 1:43.227.
“I feel we’ve got a really good car for the race,” said Kris Wright, of Pittsburg, Penn. “It’s consistent and Stephen and I both feel good in the car. The VIR circuit is a great track and I enjoy racing here. I’m leading the points and need to continue to get maximum points for our championship run in the IMSA Prototype Challenge so it’s another important race for us.”
Wright currently leads the IMSA Prototype Challenge Series with 127 points as we go into the penultimate race of the regular IMSA series. The next closest challenger has 114 points.
Saturday’s IMSA Prototype Challenge schedule include a 15-minute qualifying session from 10:45-11:00 a.m. with the one-hour and 45-minute race scheduled at 5:55-7:40 p.m. All times are Eastern. You can follow timing and scoring at imsa.com.