Wright Motorsports has expanded into a two-car Porsche 911 GT3 R effort between entries in Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS and GT America powered by AWS, with Fred Poordad stepping up to the GTWC America Pro-Am ranks.
The 2020 Am class champion will team up with Jan Heylen in the No. 20 Porsche for SRO America’s headline series, which kicks off at Sonoma next month.
Poordad and Max Root swept the Am class last year, earning nine podiums and seven wins together.
“Following an interesting 2020 season with so many national and international distractions, as well as many eventful race weekends, the season ended on a positive note for the No. 20 Wright Motorsports Entry, winning the Am Championship,” said Poordad.
“After what seemed like a short off season, which I spent resting and rehabilitating some nagging injuries, I am excited to enter the No. 20 car in the Pro/Am group, driving alongside Jan Heylen.
“I look forward to the hard work and challenges, as the 2021 season promises to be a competitive one in GT world challenge.”
Heylen raced alongside Poordad in the No. 20 Porsche three times in the 2020 GTWC America season, subbing for Root on one occasion while also teaming with the duo at the Indianapolis 8 Hour.
“It’s great to be back in SRO America,” said Heylen. “I love the SprintX formation and the hard battles that come along with it. I’m excited to be back in the car with Fred after a strong end of the season last year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“I believe we have a strong package with Fred, Wright Motorsport, and Porsche that will put us in a position to fight for the championship. Pre-season testing has been very promising, and I can’t wait to get to Sonoma to get the season started.”
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Charlie Luck, meanwhile, will step up to the single-driver sprint GT America series after multiple seasons in IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA.
“I’ve been fortunate to finish second in the points in two of the three years I was in the Platinum class, and I was ready for the next challenge,” he said.
“The last thing you want to do is change classes, then only have three or four people to compete against. GT America was really appealing to me in that there would be Bronze and Masters Bronze drivers.”
Team owner John Wright added: “I’m proud of both Fred and Charlie for wanting to challenge themselves and continue their driver development with us. This will be an exciting season, and I can’t wait to get it started.”