born | November 29, 1995, The Woodlands, Texas, USA
current residence | The Woodlands, Texas, USA
marital status | Single
helmet | “Clemson” orange with stars on a blue field
web | www.alecudellracing.com twitter | @AlecUdell
instagram | udellalec facebook | alecudellracing
unique note | A documentary on Udell’s early racing career was produced to highlight his rise to become the youngest driver, up to that time, to race in the Pirelli World Challenge. “One Hundred and Fifty at Fifteen” is available on Amazon for streaming.
personal approach | Alec Udell: “I learned at a young age that to be able to do what I loved, I had to teach myself about attending to my responsibilities, which involved lots of time management and communication skills.”
major accomplishments | Pirelli World Challenge GT Cup class Champion (2016), Porsche Young Driver Academy Graduate (2015), Team USA Representative in Rotax Grand Finals in Egypt (2009)
education | Graduate, Clemson University, BS, Mechanical Engineering (2018)
2019 program | MDM Motorsport BMW M4 GT4, SRO GT4 European Series KohR Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge with DJ Randall GMG Audi R8 GT4, SRO GT4 America with Jason Bell
2019 | Alec Udell enters the 2019 breaking new ground. He will be the first American to run a full-season of the SRO GT4 European Series, a challenge he will face with MDM Motorsport in a BMW M4 GT4. He joined Jason Bell in the GMG Audi R8 GT4 in the SRO GT4 America season-opening round at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) earning a second-place finish in the SprintX Pro-Am class of Race 1. Udell followed that with an IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series appearance sharing the No. 58 KohR Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4 with DJ Randall to an 11th-place finish at Sebring International Raceway.
2018 | Raced the No. 41 Loci Porsche 911 GT3 R prepared by GMG in three Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) SprintX races with a season-high third-place GTX Pro-Pro class finish at VIRginia International Raceway. Also ran at COTA and Long Beach. Earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University in December.
2017 | Made the step-up the PWC GT classes in convincing fashion claiming GTA (Grand Touring Amateur) class victories in the Sprint Championship’s first two rounds at St. Petersburg. The 21 year-old and the No. 17 GMG Euroworld Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R were moved up to the GT category for the five-weekend, 10-race, “sprint” schedule. For the 60-minute, PWC SprintX calendar (five-weekends, 10-races) he shared the GMG-prepared No. 77 Calvert Dynamics Porsche 911 GT3 R with Preston Calvert (Potomac, Maryland). He earned a third-place finish, his first GT class podium at Mid-Ohio and was given the season-long “Hard Charger” Award for the most positioned gained throughout the year and was 15th in the Overall Driver Standings. He closed his year sharing the 911 GT3 R with Porsche factory drivers Wolf Henzler and Sven Müller in the California 8 Hour at Laguna Seca. He continued a full course-load at Clemson University where he is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
2016 | Won the PWC GT Cup class championship in the No. 17 GMG Euroworld Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. Competed in 18 of 19 races winning 12, second-place six times, six pole positions, nine fastest race laps and six track records. Made PWC SprintX debut at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca finishing sixth in both GT rounds in a Porsche 911 GT3 R. Competed in Porsche Supercup events at Circuit of the Americas with Moorespeed finishing in 11th-place in the first race and seventh-place in the second.
2015 | Took three wins, one pole position and 13 podiums in a limited 14-race PWC GT Cup schedule driving the No. 17 GMG Euroworld Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. Was one of only four drivers in North America invited to the Porsche Young Driver Academy hosted by Porsche Cars North America and Porsche Motorsport North America.
2014 | As a high school senior, raced to two PWC podium finishes and eight top-fives driving the Watson Racing/MDG BOSS 302S Ford. Debuted in the IMSA SportsCar Championship driving the Muehlner Motorsports America Porsche 911 GT America in the GT Daytona class race at the Circuit of the Americas. Tested for Risi Competizione in the Ferrari 458 Italia. Started at Clemson University in the Mechanical Engineering program.
2013 | Campaigned the Watson Racing/MDG BOSS 302S Ford in the PWC GTS class earning one podium, one fastest race lap and seven top-five finishes. Made additional appearances winning in the NASA Pro American Iron National Championship and the Lime Rock round of GRAND AM driving the BOSS 302S.
2012 | Champion of the NASA Texas Region Spec Miata series with the Motorsports Development Group team. Pirelli World Challenge GTS class racing the Motorsports Development Group BOSS 302R to a podium, five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes.
2011 | At age 15, made history by becoming the youngest driver in PWC history, to that time, to compete in the series with a start at the St. Petersburg street circuit. Ran a partial season placing the Momentum Racing Camaro in top-five of the grid six times including a pole position at Mid-Ohio.
early career |
Began racing at age five in karting. He would go on to earn the 2008 Rotax National Championship. In 2009, by virtue of his strong performance and as the Rotax National Podium winner, Udell was selected to represent his country on Team USA at the Grand Finals in Egypt. He helped Team USA finish second in the country rankings. He concluded his karting career in 2010 earning a double class championship in the Rock Island Grand Prix.
beyond the windscreen |
Following in his racing hero’s footsteps, Udell earned an engineering degree like Mark Donohue. The 23-year-old graduated from Clemson University in South Carolina in December 2018. When not in the cockpit or the classroom, Udell has an avid love of music, which has seen him perform in multiple musicals, an A Cappella group and to play guitar. Despite his young age, he also takes helping less experienced drivers, both older and younger, very seriously. He is a driving instructor for both young karting drivers and auto racing. Udell is a principal and part of the design team of the state-of-the-art at the Houston Karting Complex in Conroe, Texas.