Moorespeed and Continental Auto Group will return to the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series for the final four race weekends of the season that will see top Canadian driver Zach Robichon fill in for Will Hardeman at the wheel of the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup car.
The partnership pairs up one of the fastest Porsche GT3 Cup drivers in North America with a Moorespeed team that was amid a breakout season with fourth-year team driver Hardeman earlier in 2018.
After earning their first race win together to open the season at Sebring in March, Hardeman stepped out of the car for personal reasons just prior to last month’s most recent rounds at Watkins Glen International.
Hardeman remains “100 percent focused” on the recent and unexpected family obligation, but he has fully committed both his personal support and the support of CAG to Moorespeed’s continuation in IMSA GT3 Cup USA with Robichon.
“I’m truly looking forward to the opportunity to be at the wheel of the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup car,” Robichon said.
“Some tough circumstances have forced Will out of the car for now. This is not the way I want to step in, but David Moore reached out and we were able to make a deal to go racing. My goal will be to keep the No. 19 where it belongs, fighting at the front.”
Hardeman and the Moorespeed team most recently saw Robichon at the March Sebring race, which was a dual-event weekend for the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA and Canadian series.
In Friday’s second and final race, Robichon won overall and took Canadian series honors and was closely followed across the finish line by Hardeman, who won his first USA series race.”
“We are looking forward to Zach carrying the torch for not only Will but the entire Moorespeed team in continuing to compete for podiums,” said Moorespeed President David Moore.
“Will and I shared a ride with Zach back to the paddock after the drivers meeting at Sebring this year and we actually talked about those two guys finishing on the top step that weekend. Then they both did it, we just had a feeling.
“It is unfortunate circumstances that have brought us together, but we will make the best of it.