Every young racer has been told it’s a good idea to have a fallback plan. Alec Udell knows that, and the degree in mechanical engineering (with a minor in economics) he’s currently pursuing at Clemson University might just come in handy in a career in motorsports if the driving thing doesn’t work out. Rest assured, though, the 21-year-old senior from The Woodlands, Texas, really has no intent on using it as a fallback; rather, it’s part of his grand plan.

Udell drives the No. 17 Euroworld Motorsports/GMG Racing Porsche 911 GT3R in Pirelli World Challenge Sprint competition (it switches to Calvert Dynamics livery for SprintX where he co-drives with Preston Calvert in the Pro/Am category) and plans to make racing his career, preferably as a factory driver. The engineering and economics serve to bolster his talents as a racer, talents that have been proven with the 2016 GT Cup championship. After being moved from GTA to GT following the opening rounds at Saint Petersburg, he sits seventh in the Sprint standings – appropriate since he’s finished seventh in the last three of five Sprint races.

Moving from the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car last year to the GT3 R in 2017 has helped him adapt to the higher level of competition quickly.

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