WATKINS GLEN, NY — Wright Motorsports is prepared to jump right back into the thick of things for this weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge season closer at Watkins Glen International. Returning to GTA competition will be Anthony Imperato and the No. 91 Henry Repeating Arms Porsche 911 GT3 R.
This marks Imperato’s second Pirelli World Challenge start since July’s round at Road America, where he saw a third place finish in his series debut. A native of Brooklyn New York, Imperato is eager to build off of that success on home turf.
“I am really looking forward to racing in the Pirelli World Challenge with Wright Motorsports again; especially at my favorite track,” said Imperato. “I had a lot of fun driving the Porsche 911 GT3 R at Road America and am excited to get back to it. I think my inexperience in the car showed during our last time out, so I’m looking to better the results this time around. There’s a lot of talent in the field and the competition is tough, but this is a track I know well and I feel confident going into the weekend.”
Though new to the PWC calendar, Watkins Glen is one that Imperato and the John Wright-led team are all too familiar with. For the last three years, Imperato has been driving Wright Motorsports-prepared Porsches to success at the circuit. The Ohio-based group brings additional value to the table, having already fielded a Porsche 911 GT3 R in this year’s Six Hours of the Glen.
This week’s double header falls in the midst of a busy summer for Imperato, who will be shifting back from his regular season Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. While this is only his second event in the Porsche 911 GT3 R the New Yorker is confident that the transition will be seamless.
“The transition between the 911 GT3 Cup car and the 911 GT3 R was a little difficult the first time; but more so when getting back into the GT3 Cup car”, Imperato continued.
“You get used to the ABS, traction control, and downforce that the GT3 car provides. The speed through the corners is also higher in the 911 GT3 R and the braking is much later. I think it will be much smoother this time around after experiencing the switch last month. I can’t wait to get started!”
Rounds eight and nine of the Pirelli World Challenge championship will be streamed live on world-challenge.com/streamvideo. Race one will begin on Saturday, September 1 at 1:50PM EST and race two on Sunday, September 2 at 1:15PM. For more information, visit world-challenge.com.
About Wright Motorsports
Wright Motorsports is the premier Porsche race engineering facility in Ohio and a multi-series, international racing team known for superb car preparation, expert race strategy and driver development. Located in Batavia, Ohio near Cincinnati, it is owned and directed by John Wright, a certified Porsche factory-trained technician. As a crew chief John Wright has played a key role in winning eight driver and seven team championships in World Challenge, IMSA (ALMS) and the Grand-Am Rolex Series. Wright Motorsports won the team championship in Porsche GT3 Cup USA in 2012, 2013 and 2015. After a most successful 2017 season, the team holds the Pirelli World Challenge Overall, Sprint, Team and Manufacturer’s titles. For more information see wrightmotorsports.com and follow the team on Twitter and Facebook.
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