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IPC Champ Wright Set for LMP2 Debut With Performance Tech

IPC champion Kris Wright secures LMP2 drive with Performance Tech for Rolex 24…

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Newly crowned IMSA Prototype Challenge champion Kris Wright will make his WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut in next month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, having been confirmed in Performance Tech Motorsports’ Oreca 07 Gibson.

The 24-year-old, who didn’t finish off the podium in IPC competition this year in an Extreme Speed Motorsports-entered Ligier JS P3 Nissan, is the first announced driver in Performance Tech’s LMP2 entry.

In addition to IPC duties, Wright also took part in selected Pro Mazda races this year.

“I’m really excited to have the opportunity to drive in the LMP2 car at the Rolex 24,” said Wright.

“The longest race I’ve done so far is two hours and 45 minutes, so I know I’m going to have a very unique experience with a 24-hour race.

“It’s a different mindset to race in endurance racing so I’m training to be better prepared.”

Wright is coming off a test in a LMP2 car in Estoril, in what driver coach Nic Jonsson has called a “good preview” for him for the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic.

“This is a great opportunity for Kris,” said Jonsson. “It will be a new experience for him to drive in an endurance race but he’s ready for it.”

The remainder of Performance Tech’s lineup has yet to be announced although is likely to include Kyle Masson and James French, who shared driving duties for the majority of the 2018 season.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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