Wright Motorsports' Drivers Build on Solid Strengths In IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

BRASELTON, Ga., Oct. 3 — All five Wright Motorsports drivers finished in the top 10 in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series in 2016, and two finished in the top three in the final point standings following the last doubleheader of the season last Thursday and Friday at Road Atlanta.

With two fifth-place finishes in both 45-minute races on Road Atlanta's 2.54-mile, 12-turn road course, Andrew Longe of Naples, Fla. placed third in the Platinum championship with his Trianon #47. He was just three points out of second place after 16 races.

Rookie McKay Snow of Lehi, Utah finished fourth on Thursday and eighth on Friday with his UIS #63 and placed sixth in the Platinum drivers championship for the year.

Another rookie, Anthony Imperato of Brooklyn, N.Y., finished 15th in class on Thursday and seventh on Friday to end up ninth overall for the year with his Henry Repeating Rifles #91.

Fred Poordad of San Antonio, Texas was the innocent victim of a crash in Turn 4 on the first lap of Thursday's race that ended his season prematurely, but he still finished second in the Masters category for drivers over 45 with his AXA Financial Advisors #20.

The Batavia, Ohio-based team's driver in the Gold Cup class, Philip Bloom of New York City, finished on the podium both days with his #11, which is sponsored by Tradewind Aviation and the Philip Bloom Gallery. He was second on Thursday and third on Friday and finished third in the Gold Cup championship. He also earned the Yokohama Hard Charger award for his efforts in the last race of the season. He was also very strong in the first race, leading 23 of the 27 laps.

Wright Motorsports was the only team to finish in the top three of every class in which it competed — Platinum, Platinum Masters, and Gold. Wright Motorsports also won the Cool Down award for efficiency and consistency by entering all five of its cars at every event during the season.

The Road Atlanta races will be televised Oct. 15-16 on Sinclair Broadcast Group affiliates in major United States markets.

The 2017 season begins March 15-18 at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla.

For more information on Wright Motorsports see WrightMotorsports.com and follow it on Facebook and Twitter. For more information on the series, see imsa.com.

Post-race quotes follow:

Andrew Longe, Naples, Fla.: "This season was one that I never wanted to end, and crossing the finish line for the last time this year was emotional. The Wright Motorsports team and I have developed an incredible bond as a team, partnership and race-winning package over the season and I have learned many life lessons on and off the track that I will use for the rest of my life and racing career. Going into the off-season I feel we have one of the most competitive, race-winning packages in the paddock, and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for the Wright Motorsports team and I."

Anthony Imperato, Brooklyn, N.Y.: "This season was a tough one for me. I wanted to perform better than I did, but it's a tough field up front. Putting results aside, I learned so much from working with Wright Motorsports. The team is awesome. I feel I am a much better driver than I was at the beginning of the season, and that's all due to working with this team. I look forward to the 2017 season. We are going to work hard in the off-season and come back strong."

Fred Poordad, San Antonio, Texas: "I had a great season with Wright Motorsports. I had an unfortunate ending to the season in Race 1 in Atlanta, but we were in the championship hunt in Masters Platinum right up to that point. As they say, 'That's racing!'

"I cannot thank John Wright, Bob Viglione, Jan Heylen, my car chief Doug Beaulieu and the whole team enough for their guidance, support and friendship. I leave the season a better driver and hope to be back competing for more podiums."