ALTON, Va., August 18 — Kris Wright, the IMSA Prototype Challenge points leader extended his lead with his second victory of the season today in the penultimate Prototype Challenge race of the 2018 season at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Va.
Driving the No. 30 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier JS P3, sponsored by iHeartRadio, Wright and co-driver Stephen Simmons, led nearly all of the one hour 45-minute, 47-lap race. Having collected the pole earlier today, Wright started the race in an enviable position. His also turned the fastest lap of the race with a time of 1:45.216 on lap 7.
With variable weather conditions fluctuating between rain and dry and two full course cautions, the Wright/Simmons duo did the job they came to do, win the race and collect the maximum points towards Wright’s year-end championship points quest.
Wright now leads the IMSA Prototype Challenge by a comfortable margin with 162 points after finishing on the podium in all of the five races so far this season. He has victories at VIR and Barber Motorsports Park, a second-place finish at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and third places finishes at Daytona and Sebring. The final race of the season will be held at Road Atlanta on Friday, October 12.
Wright, who turned 24 years old last month, is also competing in other series this season, including the Pro Mazda Series and the German Porsche Cup.
Kris Wright post-race quote:
“The start of the race was okay. I used the downforce the Ligier has over the Norma and was able to keep it out front and pulled away.
Rain started about five or six laps in and steadily creeped up. We pitted for rain tires first and it was the right decision. A shout out is deserved to the team for making the call. I wasn’t real sure where I was in the race order because I caught some traffic but the guys told me I was fine so I should just keep trying to pass cars, which I did. Eventually I learned I was about 30 seconds in the lead when we pitted for driver change.
We were really happy to have Stephen [Simmons] co-drive with me. He is nearly a household name in the WeatherTech Series, one of the best guys out there. It was good to have someone with his experience and I learned quite a bit.
It was also awesome having people from iHeartRadio to come out to the track this weekend. They’ve been great a great sponsor this year. I also want to thank ESM. They nailed it again so thanks to everyone on team.”