Wright Motorsports? Drivers Finish First Through Fourth Last Friday And Win Both Classes on Saturday In IMSA GT3 Action at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
BATAVIA, Ohio, May 18 ? Many team owners never have the kind of results that John Wright of Wright Motorsports had in last Friday?s IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohoma race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, Calif.
His Batavia, Ohio-based team not only fielded the Porsche that won, but it also prepared the Porsches that finished second, third and fourth.
A single team fielding the top-four finishers in a race is not unprecedented, but it is rare.
A very informal straw poll of 30 racing experts came up with only three other times this has occurred: IndyCar?s Andretti-Green Racing in 2005 in St. Petersburg, Fla.; Team PTG in 2003 in a SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT race at Infineon Raceway; and the factory Audi team this year in a World Endurance Championship race in Spa, Belgium.
There may have been others, but it?s definitely uncommon.
Wright had another driver on the podium on Friday too, as another one of his Porsches finished second in the Gold Cup division. A sixth one was in line for a third or fourth-place finish in that class but fell to ninth at the checkered in the race, which attracted 28 entrants.
Friday?s race was the first half of a doubleheader. Wright Motorsports also finished first and second in Saturday?s race, as well as fourth and sixth overall. One of its two Gold Cup cars won that division on Saturday, and the other one was fifth in that class.
Wright isn?t the only one who will always remember Friday?s race. It marked the first victory ever for 21-year-old Sean Johnston of Mt. Shasta, Calif., who took the checkered flag in a Wright Motorsports Porsche sponsored by Driscoll?s Berries 0.792 of a second before his teammate, Madison Snow, crossed the start/finish line after 27 laps of competition. Snow, 16, of Lehi, Utah, was the BBS pole award winner and he led the first seven laps in his Universal Industrial Sales Porsche before Johnston got by him. Bryce Miller got the lead from Snow at the green but didn?t lead a lap because he went off course in Turn 6 shortly thereafter.
A little further back two other Wright Motorsports cars driven by Fernando Peña of Minneapolis and Kasey Kuhlman of Cincinnati were locked in another