THE WOODLANDS, TX – On the heels of capturing the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge GT Cup Championship, Texas-native Alec Udell will make his Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup debut at his home track of Circuit of The Americas (COTA) during this weekend’s Formula 1 United States Grand Prix.
Udell, a Porsche Young Driver Academy graduate, will join the winning American Porsche GT3 Cup team of Moorespeed driving the No. 70 Euroworld Motorsports/Panther Pipeline Moorespeed Porsche Supercup. The two-car Moorespeed effort will see Udell driving along side second-year team driver Will Hardeman, also making his Supercup debut, who will pilot the No. 69 WPD/Continental Auto Group Moorespeed Porsche Supercup.
Hardeman and Udell are the only U.S. drivers on the provisional entry list, and Austin-based Moorespeed is the only U.S. team that regularly competes in top-tier American GT3 Cup racing entered in the race.
“I looked at the Supercup option last year and didn’t think at the time I was prepared for it,” Udell said. “After dominating like we did in Pirelli World Challenge this year, I kind of knew that Supercup would be the next step. I really know the Cup car right now, so I figured now was the time to make it happen.”
Racing with a familiar team on a more than familiar Texas race track should help Udell in his step up to Supercup.
“I have coached a little bit for Moorespeed and of course know David Moore and that he runs a wonderful program there in Austin,” Udell said. “Being a Texas native myself, it just makes sense to partner up with him and Will. I would definitely say that on the national level, Circuit of The Americas is my home track. I have a lot time on the track so I am excited to go back out there and show the boys from Europe what I can do.”
The Mobil 1 Porsche Supercup schedule at the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix gets underway with the weekend’s only practice session on Friday, October 21, at 4 p.m.
Saturday’s schedule has a 30-minute qualifying session at 11:30 a.m. with the weekend’s first 14-lap race at 4 p.m.
Sunday’s second and final 14-lap race of the weekend goes green at 11:30 a.m.