SEBRING, Fla., March 23 - Wright Motorsports of Batavia, Ohio had three drivers in the top five in both halves of the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama doubleheader Thursday and Friday, March 15-16 at Sebring International Raceway, which was the best overall result of any team competing.
One Wright Motorsports driver - Fernando Pena - was on the podium both days. He was joined by one of his five teammates - Sean Johnston - there on Friday.
The doubleheader supported the 60th anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida, the season opener for the American Le Mans Series.
"Running six cars at an event is a challenge and other teams were watching our performance closely, but our team functioned perfectly," said John Wright, who owns the multi-series pro race team and premier Porsche tuning facility. "There wasn't a hiccup all weekend. It was really gratifying. Everyone worked extremely well together. Pat Long, who is in charge of our driver development, did a great job and we were really happy with our results. I feel we have an extremely strong team and a lot of momentum going into the next event."
Pena, of Minneapolis, finished second in both 45-minute races and led 10 laps of Friday's 17-lap race. His No. 16 Porsche is sponsored by Colours, Inc.
"We were extremely pleased with Fernando's performances," Wright said. "He led most of Friday's race and almost won it."
Johnston, of Mt. Shasta, Calif., recorded a fifth-place finish on Thursday and a third-place finish on Friday in the team's No. 10, which is sponsored by Driscoll's Berries. He also topped the first official practice session on Wednesday morning.
"This event was Sean's first IMSA GT3 race ever and his results say a ton about him too," Wright pointed out. "He really showed a lot of maturity."
Kasey Kuhlman of Cincinnati placed fourth on Thursday and fifth on Friday in the Wright Motorsports-prepared No. 15, which is sponsored by Kuhlsport and the Motorsports Country Club of Cincinnati. He set the fastest lap recorded by any driver in Friday's race with a 2:08.612 on lap 16 for an average speed of 104.687 miles per hour for the 3.74-mile, 17-turn road course. That was quicker than the fastest race lap recorded on Thursday, which gave