AUSTIN, Texas – Moorespeed confirmed today its 2016 participation at next weekend’s season-opening Pirelli World Challenge race at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) with returning team driver Will Hardeman.
Hardeman, Moorespeed President David Moore, and the No. 19 WPD/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup team are all based in Austin and tested on their home track at COTA early last week. The productive two-day session was in preparation for the COTA Pirelli World Challenge race weekend, March 3 – 6.
“It was our first time back together as a team since last year’s finale at Laguna Seca but I could quickly tell our hard work in 2015 paid off,” Hardeman said. “The program Dave Moore and the team put me through last year was very intense and carried into my thought process all winter. I focused a lot on areas where I needed to improve, shed some of the bad habits I developed, and came back to the track much more focused mentally. The result was a test that couldn’t have gone better, really our best ever together.”
Moorespeed and Hardeman will race in the GT Cup division, an all-Porsche GT3 Cup class.
“Will and I had a very strong relationship before racing and it’s only grown since this journey started 18 months ago,” Moore said. “He’s at a much more advanced level now, which has made my job as coach much easier in some respects but harder in others. We are chasing thousandths of a second now instead of chunks, and there is certainly less chatter between us on the radio now that he has truly developed as a formidable driver.”
Moorespeed and Hardeman had originally planned to race in the 6 Hours of the Americas at COTA to start their 2016 season but quickly looked to the Pirelli World Challenge event the same weekend after the endurance race was postponed.
“Greg Gill and all the staff at PWC have really bent over backwards helping us come back, which only happened after SRO canceled the 6 Hours of America,” Moore said. “The team at PWC understands who their customers are so it’s cool to come back to a vibrant World Challenge field where the competition is as fierce as ever. When we tested with PWC last week, we ran into a lot of old friends that still remember when we were a force to be reckoned with. Maybe in due time we will give them a run in GT again, but for now one step at a time. There are some top drivers in the GT Cup class that are going to give Will a true test, both of us are looking forward to the race and feel we have as good a chance as anyone.”
The COTA event is a doubleheader with races on Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6.
Based in Austin, Texas, Moorespeed is a full-service automotive company specializing in sales, service, repairs and restoration of luxury sports cars and competition on the track in numerous North American road racing series. Founded in 1991 in Austin by brothers David and Chris Moore, Moorespeed offers comprehensive, turn-key service in which people are just as important as parts and relationships are just as vital as results. Moorespeed’s road racing programs are designed for all skill levels, and driver development, both on and off the track, is a Moorespeed specialty. Dave Moore and General Manager Price Cobb, winner of the 1990 24 Hours of Le Mans, welcome and work with every racing customer as a member of the Moorespeed family while Winslow Mankin brings the same dedication and passion in his role as Street Department Service Manager. Moorespeed is all about the passion for high-performance automobiles and the people who drive them. A commitment to personal service and performance permeates every corner of the company. Learn more at www.moorespeed.com, contact us at (512) 474-7223, and look for us on Twitter @MoorespeedTX and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoorespeedRaceEngineering.