In the team’s second major 2019 program announcement in the last three weeks, Moorespeed’s David Moore confirmed today that 16-year-old SKUSA S2 Pro Tour Karting National Champion Riley Dickinson has signed with Moorespeed for a full-season campaign in next year’s IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Platinum Cup championship.
A resident of New Braunfels, Tcx., Dickinson has been one of the top karting competitors in Texas and beyond in recent years and is generally regarded as one of the Lone Star State’s brightest prospects for future success in his move up to race cars.
“I could not be more excited to kick off the 2019 season with Moorespeed in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama,” Dickinson said.
“Even though the season opener is still months away, my primary focus right now is all Porsche GT3 Cup related.
“I have an increased level of confidence driving the 911 Cup car after our first test, which went extremely well. I felt quickly at home and comfortable in the car. I also feel the team and I clicked really well that day. With that being said, there is still a lot of work to be done.”
Dickinson tested with Moorespeed for the first time this past August on the MSR Houston road course.
“Riley’s first time in a proper race car was in the No. 19 Moorespeed Porsche two days after the Virginia International Raceway weekend,” Moore said.
“He impressed us not just by his driving but his demeanor. He was comfortable and quick right out of the box. Needless to say, the team is highly motivated to help Riley achieve his goal to be a successful professional sports car racer and look forward to 2019.”
Dickinson’s arrival follows Moorespeed’s mid-September announcement that the Austin, Texas-based team has signed longtime team driver Will Hardeman for a 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona campaign in a Porsche 911 GT3 R.
The move to GTD in 2019 comes after Hardeman’s successful ascension through Moorespeed’s driver development program the last four years.