Wright Motorsports will field a brand-new Porsche 911 GT3 R for Michael Schein to drive in the Pirelli World Challenge GTA class this year.
Schein, of New York City, recorded three podium finishes in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series in 2015 for Wright Motorsports.
The Batavia, Ohio-based team has won the team championship in that series’ top class in three of the last four seasons, including last year.
The 2016 season marks Schein’s third year with Wright Motorsports and his rookie season in Pirelli World Challenge.
“It will be a big step up from the 991 Cup car I have been driving, and I’m really excited to do some testing with the car in February,” Schein said. “Traction control and more importantly ABS will be welcome upgrades, not to mention a whole lot more downforce.
“Running the past two years with Wright Motorsports has been a great learning experience and a whole lot of fun,” he added. “I’m eagerly waiting to get back to work with the team. I hope to be able to run towards the front of the pack in the GTA class.”
“We are excited for Mike and excited to help him make this transition,” said team owner John Wright.
“We have established a great working relationship, and the chemistry in the team could not be better! The new Porsche GT3 R appears to have a lot of potential, and we are excited to work on this project.
“We are also exploring options to add a second car to the team, either in the GT or Cup classes, to make this a two-car effort.”