PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Kris Wright will be headed across the “pond” regularly soon as he has joined England’s Fortec Motorsports for the British Racing Drivers Championship (BRDC) Formula 3 series for 2019.
The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania resident will be making his debut in European single-seaters with the Daventry, England-based Fortec Motorsports. Owned by Richard Dutton, Fortec specialized in single seater racing, including the British Formula 3 Championship, Formula Renault 3.5 Series and several junior formula categories in the UK and Europe.
Kris Wright, the 2018 IMSA Prototype Challenge series LMP3 class champion and recent podium finisher in January’s Rolex 24 At Daytona race is ready for his next challenge.
“I did two separate tests of two days each last October and the end of November. I thought the car was very similar to the Pro Mazda car I raced in 2017,” said the 24-year-old Wright. “I found the Fortec guys to be great. I’ve never raced with a team or done testing where I’ve only made a single minor change request to the car. The Fortec cars are very much on point, so I’m looking forward to working with them all season.”
The versatile racer has experience in a variety of racing cars, including Prototype and sports cars, single seaters and production cars. Series include IMSA Prototype P2 and P3 classes, Pro Mazda Championship, Continental Tire SportsCar Championship, World Challenge, USF2000 and the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany. He won the IMSA Prototype Challenge Championship title last year driving an LMP3 Ligier JS P3.
“The competition is why I’m going racing in the BRDC,” added Wright. “The competition and knowledge behind everything is so deep over there. When I was testing, I learned that 18 or 21 Formula 1 drivers came through F3. Marcus Ericson’s brother will be one of my competitors this year along with Pastor Maldonado’s nephew. They have really good baseline driver data that was set by some really top drivers. For example, at a test I was able to view Josef Newgarden’s data from when he was a Fortec driver. There are a lot of great drivers who are currently racing in the series and have come up through it or the international F3, creating many champions along the way.
“I’m not quite sure what I want my racing future path to be right now, and regardless if I wanted to do IndyCar, IMSA Dpi, LMP2 or P3, it’s the best thing for me right now. We’ll see whatever presents itself down the road. Right now, I want to work hard at F3 and see what happens.”
“I’m excited that Kris has this opportunity with the Fortec Motorsports team,” said his driving coach and racer Nic Jonsson. “Richard (Dutton) runs a good operation and proving ground to work with drivers in well-prepared and winning cars. The BRDC F3 series is a great single-seater series and Kris will learn some new tracks as he continues to advance his racing career with more experience and good, side-by-side racing.”
“We are delighted to have Kris as part of the Fortec BRDC British F3 team for 2019,” said Russell Dixon, Fortec Motorsports BRDC British F3 Team Manager. “He did a few test days at the end of last year and immediately felt comfortable in the car and with the team. He showed good pace and a strong desire to learn and improve so we are looking forward to a successful year."
The BRDC series competes on eight weekends at six different circuit in England and Belgium for a 24-race schedule. The first race is scheduled April 20-22 at Oulton Park in Little Budworth, Tarpoley, Cheshire, England; May 18-19 at Snetterton 300 in Norwich, Norfolk, England; June 8-9 at Silverstone in Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England; June 22-23at Donington Park in North West Leicestershire, England; July 20-21 at Spa-Francorchamps in Stavelot, Belgium; August 3-4 at Brands Hatch in West Kingsdown, Kent, England; August 17-18 return to Silverstone and September 14-15 for the finale at Donington Park again.
As the BRDC season doesn’t commence until late April, Wright has been using the extra time to train three days a week in his Pittsburgh hometown with sports therapists and strength trainers with the Allegheny Health Network, and with other professional athletes.
Additionally, over the past 18 months Wright has been taking private flying lessons. Although he’s accrued the needed flight hours, studying the coursework has become a priority over the winter break. He’s due to take his private pilot license exam for a single engine aircraft this month in a Cessna 206, the plane in which he’s logged most of his flight hours, and hoping to earn his pilot certification prior to his first British race.
Additional information is available on Wright's Web site at KrisWrightMotorsports.com. Fans can also follow him on Facebook at Kris Wright Racing.
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