WEXFORD, Pa., Sept. 1 — Kris Wright, the young gun racing driver in the International Motors Sports Association (IMSA) Prototype Challenge (PC) series, has set his sights on the 2018 points championship.
After achieving the pole and race victory in the most recent and penultimate race at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) on August 18, Wright is in an excellent position to capture the championship at the finale round at Road Atlanta on October 12.
He leads the championship with 162 points with the next closest competitor with a tally of 139, 23 points away. Wright only must finish 8th or higher to claim the championship honors. So far this season the 24-year-old has yet to finish off the podium. He has two victories (VIR and Barber), one second place finish (Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport) and two thirds (Daytona and Sebring) in the six-race series.
“It’s pretty exciting for me to be in this position in my first year in IMSA Prototype Challenge,” said Wright of the greater Pittsburgh area. “It’s a challenging series and I’m happy to have taken quickly to these cars and had so much success in this series as I’m still pretty young in my racing career. The series is very competitive, and I’ve learned a lot over the course of the season. I still have one more race to finish to in order to win the championship but if I can do it will be a proud accomplishment for me.”
Wright drives the No. 30 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier JS P3 Prototype Challenge car, sponsored by iHeartRadio, MasterTech and PPG. A co-driver is required in the series’ rules and Wright has had a few teammates different throughout the season. His teammate for the finale will be announced at a later date.
The IMSA Prototype Challenge series race finale will be at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., October 10-12 with the following schedule:
Wed., Oct. 10, Practice 1 from 4:30-5:00 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 11, Practice 2 from 10:10-10:55 a.m.; Qualifying from 2:40-2:55 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 12, Race from 8:00-9:45 a.m. All times are Eastern. The race can be viewed live via IMSA.tv and timing and scoring is live on IMSA.com.
To catch al the race action from Wright’s recent victory at VIR, tune into the FS2 on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 8:00 p.m. ET for the television broadcast. The Road Atlanta race finale will air on FS2 on Thurs., Nov. 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Wright has also competed in other racing series this season, including the Pro Mazda Series and the German Porsche Cup.