Wright Motorsports returns to IMSA

Wright Motorsports returns to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2020.

The North American Porsche team returns to the GTD category with a Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Patrick Long and Ryan Hardwick will share the car for the full season, but they will need at least one more driver at the endurance rounds, counting towards the Michelin Endurance Cup, with the Daytona 24 Hours, Sebring 12 Hours, Watkins Glen 6 Hours and Petit Le Mans 10 Hours on the schedule.

Wright Motorsports raced in the big IMSA series in 2018, where Patrick Long and Christina Nielsen were behind the wheel. That season didn’t really go to plan, with just one Pole Position and a single race win. Nielsen was only told very late in 2018, that there wouldn’t be a programme in 2019, so she had to change her plans and picking a lot of different championships all over the world instead.

Wright Motorsports Porsche #58
Photo Courtesy of IMSA / Richard Dole

Patrick Long is amongst the most winning drivers still active in sportscars. That has resulted in 27 wins so far, since he made his debut in the early 2000s, with primarily racing in GT, but also two seasons in the RS Spyder LMP2 car.

Ryan Hardwick made his debut in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2019, where he raced for Paul Miller Racing in a Lamborghini. Apparently there were some disagreement between Lamborghini and the main sponsor of Hardwick, so he signed with Wright Motorsports just around the season finale.

The team will race with #16 for the new season.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship starts on 25-26 January 2020, with some testing being run three weeks earlier.

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