Moorespeed Expands 2019 GT Daytona Program to Full WeatherTech Championship Season with Audi
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Moorespeed and longtime team driver Will Hardeman have expanded their previously announced 2019 GT Daytona (GTD) program to a full-season IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship campaign in a new relationship with Audi Sport customer racing that will see Hardeman and Alex Riberas co-drive the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Audi R8 LMS GT3.

The full-season pairing of Hardeman and Riberas will be joined by Andrew Davis for the four Michelin Endurance Cup events, with the trio to be joined by Markus Winkelhock for next month’s season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.

“Moorespeed announced our IMSA GTD plans with Will Hardeman and the Continental Automotive Group (CAG) back in September, and that path ultimately led us to Audi Sport customer racing,” Moorespeed President David Moore said. “Audi’s on-track program with the Audi R8 LMS speaks for itself with success around the world, and everyone at Audi Sport customer racing has been a pleasure to deal with in what has been a tight timeframe the last few weeks. We are looking forward to a long and successful relationship.”

Moorespeed took delivery of its new 2019 Audi R8 LMS at its Austin, Texas headquarters just last week and is participating in today's Michelin tire test at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). Hardeman, Riberas and Davis will share the driving, with Winkelhock scheduled to join the team for the Roar Before the Rolex 24 pre-race test at DIS in early January. 

“Only 30 days have passed between making the move to Audi and taking delivery of the new R8,” Moore said. “We only finalized our driver lineup this past week, but here we are at Daytona testing tires with Michelin.”

Moorespeed’s originally announced plans called for participation in the debuting 2019 IMSA GTD Sprint Cup Season with Porsche. The move to Audi in part played a role in allowing the team to expand to the full-season IMSA WeatherTech Championship campaign, but Porsche remains a fixture in Moorespeed’s 2019 racing plans. 

“The move to Audi Sport in the new 2019 Audi R8 LMS GT3 to compete in the GTD class, instead of the Porsche Sprint Cup program we announced back in September, was a big decision for our company that wasn’t taken lightly. We want to thank Porsche for all of their support, but we will continue to be part of that family as well. Next year, with new team driver Riley Dickinson, will be Moorespeed’s sixth-consecutive season of fielding a team in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA by Yokohama series, which we will run concurrently with our Audi GTD program.”

Moore also announced several key team additions to work with Moorespeed’s longtime Crew Chief Robin Hayes and other established crew members on the GTD program. John Horton has joined as Engineer, Jürgen Zürn joins as Chief Strategist and Data Engineer and Sean Onan will be the Car Chief.

“It has always been our goal to put together a package to run the full season, and Audi Sport customer racing helped us tremendously to make this a reality,” Moore said. “We really need to thank the folks at Audi Sport USA, Bernd Goeres, Tristan Herbert and Shawn Ulrich, who have not only worked hard to make this happen but who have also made us feel like family from the start.”