American GT team Wright Motorsports has announced that it will return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on a partial season basis.
The group will rejoin GTD competition at Lime Rock with a Porsche 911 GT3 R for Anthony Imperato and Porsche Young Professionals, Matt Campbell and Dennis Olsen (at Road America).
“All of us at Wright Motorsports are very pleased to see Anthony join the WeatherTech Championship for a few events” said Wright Motorsports Principal, John Wright.
“Since he joined us for IMSA GT3 Cup in 2016, he’s worked very hard to get to this point and we’re excited to see him in this environment. I’m also looking forward to continuing to work with Matt and Dennis, who we’ve already had great success with in SRO America competition. As a team, we’ve always been strong at both Lime Rock and Road America, so we’re eager to get started.”
The last time the John Wright-led team took part in GTD competition was in 2018, it completed a full season with Patrick Long and Christina Nielsen. Last year, the entry saw a class victory at Road America, as well as the pole position at Lime Rock Park.
For Imperato, this is his return to the IMSA paddock after three full-season campaigns from 2016-18 with the Ohio-based team in IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge competition. Though new to endurance racing, the New York native has spent the last two years getting to know the Porsche 911 GT3 R, driving his Wright Motorsports-prepared GT3 car to the podium in SRO America, where the team has been competing in World Challenge.
“I’m really looking forward to running a few IMSA Weather Tech Championship races this season,” said Imperato. “Running in SRO America has prepared us for things like drivers changes and pit stops. The biggest difference is going to be dealing with multi-class traffic. It will be a great learning experience and great to have the consistency of driving with Matt and Dennis for these races. I feel confident we will have some good results.”
Both Campbell and Olsen made their IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship debuts this year driving GTD-class Porsches in the Rolex 24. The Porsche Young Professional drivers, who won this year’s Bathurst 12 Hour together, have found success splitting driving duties, with Imperato in this year’s SRO America championship.
“I’m very excited to extend my season with Anthony and Wright Motorsports,” said Campbell. “It will be a bit of a different setting in IMSA, but I’m really looking forward to joining Anthony for some longer races and hope to do a few more of them this year.
“I can’t wait to get back to America, especially for my first visit to Lime Rock Park. It’s such a special little track and Porsche’s had some great success there in the past, so we’ll look to do the same. Lots of exciting times coming up and I can’t wait to get back to it.”
Wright’s first race back at Lime Rock Park is scheduled for July 19-20, where Imperato and Campbell will make up the team’s pairing.
Photo courtesy of Wright Motorsports