Alec Udell Racing

2016 Pirelli World Challenge GT Cup Champion

Alec Udell Earns First Class Podium of 2018 at VIR During Exam Week

May 1, 2018 | Alton, Virginia | Alec Udell earned his first class podium of the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) season at the Grand Prix of Virginia on April 28. It took the resident of The Woodlands, Texas only until his fourth start in the No. 41 Loci Porsche 911 GT3 R prepared by GMG to break into the top three of the Pro/Pro class of the SprintX Championship. The Clemson University senior joined with Corey Lewis (Nazareth, Pennsylvania) to take third-place in class during Race 1 of 2 at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) on Saturday. The pairing captured fifth-place (in class) for the second, 60-minute race at the Alton, Virginia-area track on Sunday.

 

Udell’s successful VIR weekend came fell in the middle of senior-level exams at Clemson. The 2016 PWC GT Cup Champion is majoring in mechanical engineering at the prestigious college in South Carolina. It was fortunate that the PWC schedule coincided with a relatively close event geographically so that Udell could finish an extensive group presentation on robotics on Wednesday before immediately traveling to VIR. He arrived in time to take the Loci Porsche out for the first GT-SX class test session on Thursday morning. With the weight of the classes temporarily off of his shoulders, the 22 year old found speed on the 17-turn, 3.27-mile road course. However, even before the roar of the flat-six, normally aspirated Porsche engine could quiet, Udell was headed back to Clemson to return to studying and exam-taking.

 

Udell made his SprintX Championship debut at VIR a year ago, finishing with a high of fourth-place in the two races. Saturday’s third-place finish matched his GT career best in PWC. He scored a solo, overall third-place in 2017 driving a GMG-prepared Porsche 911 GT3 R at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. This is his first career SprintX class podium.

 

PWC SprintX rules dictate that for the 60-minute, two-driver format events, the qualifying driver must start Race 1 and finish Race 2. In an incredibly close timed session, Udell lapped the No. 41 to the eighth-best lap in qualifying on Saturday morning. He took the green flag and quickly moved into the top-five and ran as high as third-place before GMG called for the mandatory mid-race pit stop for four new Pirelli P-Zero tires and driver change. With Lewis, a past winner at VIR, behind the wheel, the car continued to run near the front. Taking advantage of the quick pace of the Loci-backed machine and the contact between competitors, Lewis moved the car to fourth-place overall, third-place for the Pro-Pro class, at the checkered flag.

 

The starting field for the second race of the weekend is based on the fastest lap in the first race. Therefore, Lewis took the green flag for Sunday’s Race 2 – Round 4 of the SprintX Championship – from 12th on the grid. Udell moved behind the wheel of the blue, white and orange rear-engine machine just past halfway and continued the car’s march toward the front. The Porsche Young Driver Academy graduate was in the top-six overall, fifth-place in class, when the checkered flag fell.

 

Alec Udell | “This weekend was a successful one in the Loci Porsche. Coming into VIR we could tell the Porsche's strength was over the run, not outright pace, so Corey and I knew that to finish well we had to be consistent and make no mistakes. We kept the car clean and had great pit stops, which led us to a P3 and P5 in Pro/Pro. The race came as a relief as I'm right in the middle of final projects and exams. It was nice to get my mind off of school for a bit, but now it's back to the library until next Friday!”

Alec Udell Focused on Turning Speed to Finishes in Virginia

April 24, 2018 | Alton, Virginia | Alec Udell got a late start on the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) season but the resident of The Woodlands, Texas has been fast to catch-up. In fact, entering the April 26 – 29 Grand Prix of Virginia, Udell has been among the quickest Porsche entries in the GT classes at the two event weekends that have followed. The Clemson University senior – who will be joined by Corey Lewis (Nazareth, Pennsylvania) for the first time at VIR – charged the No. 41 Loci Porsche 911 GT3 R prepared by GMG to the front of the time charts at the SprintX Championship opener at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA). Udell ran the solo event at Long Beach, California putting the Loci machine in fourth-place on the grid as the fastest Porsche. Now, coming to Alton, Virginia’s VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) for Rounds 3 and 4 of the SprintX Championship, Udell and Lewis are focused on turning that speed into a top-step performance in both of the 60-minute races.

 

 The 17-turn, 3.27-mile road course cut out of the Virginia landscape is a favorite for drivers and spectators alike. With naturally rolling hills giving a mix of elevation to the blend of fast corners, tight turns and long straights, the course benefits all of the manufacturers in the GT class. This makes for intense competition and puts a premium on driver performance. Each SprintX race is a two-driver format with a mid-race pit stop for a driver change and a new set of Pirelli tires. The stops must come in a time window set by PWC with the duration of each stop also having a minimum elapsed time from pit lane entry to pit lane exit.

 

VIR is the nearest track to Clemson University where Udell is studying mechanical engineering making it a second “home track” for the 22 year old. In 2017, Udell debuted in the PWC SprintX GT ranks here earning a strong fourth-place finish in the first of the two races. However, in Sunday’s race Udell was struck from behind and pushed off track, ending his day. The frustration gives the 2016 PWC GT Cup Champion added, but unnecessary, motivation for this weekend.

 

With regular teammate Mathieu Jaminet (France) unable to drive at VIR due to a previous commitment, veteran Lewis joins the team. While the two drivers have not shared a cockpit before, they have Loci CEO John Wise as a connection. Lewis, like Udell, raced with Wise turning the wrenches on his car before Wise developed the ideas behind LOCIsearch. The synergy between the three racers brought Lewis into the mix to co-drive with Udell in Virginia.

 

The No. 41 Loci Porsche will turn its first laps at VIR with two Thursday test sessions. Two official practice sessions will be run on Friday with qualifying on Saturday to set the grid for Race 1 at 1:25 p.m. EDT later than afternoon. Sunday’s 60-minute race will be grid by the fastest race lap set by each car on Saturday. Race 2 will take the green flag at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

 

Alec Udell | “I think Corey and I bring a strong pairing for Loci to VIR. I've got great experience in the Porsche and Corey has been fast in multiple disciplines of sports car racing. We'll be a strong car. The dynamic between John and Corey is similar to what brought John and myself together so I'm excited for the opportunity for all three of us to work together this weekend!”

 

 

about Alec Udell |

Alec Udell is a junior studying engineering at Clemson University. The 22 year-old from The Woodlands, Texas began his racing career in karting at age five. He went on to win the Rotax National Points Championship in 2008 and represented his country as part of Team USA in Egypt in the World Championships in 2009. By 2011, he made history by becoming, at the time, the Pirelli World Challenge’s youngest ever competitor at age 15. He has 17 career Pirelli World Challenge class wins and is the 2016 PWC GT Cup Champion. 

 

about Loci |

Loci, a Northern Virginia based company is breaking down the barriers of innovation with blockchain technology. With LOCIsearch, their powerful and proprietary tool, inventors can search, stake, and sell their ideas. 

 

John Wise, a former automotive engineer and now CEO of Loci, developed the ideas behind LOCIsearch directly from his experiences in the racing industry. Loci is working alongside traditional processes to increase opportunities for inventors and innovators across industries like racing. For more on Loci, please visit https://loci.io and on Twitter at @Loci_io.

 

 

More information on the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge can be found at www.world-challenge.com.

 

04242018

 

Alec Udell Continues to Put Pieces Together at Long Beach

April 17, 2018 | Long Beach, California | Alec Udell came into the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend looking to turn his 2018 season around. It has been one year since PWC officials declared him a “professional” driver and the resident of The Woodlands, Texas was hoping to celebrate with his first overall victory in North America’s premier sprint-format GT championship. He brought the No. 41 Loci Porsche 911 GT3 R prepared by GMG to the Long Beach, California street circuit and showed immediate speed. Unfortunately, a mid-race incident and penalty would relegate the Clemson University senior to seventh-place in the GT class at the end of the 50-minute race on Sunday, April 15.

 

The 2016 PWC GT Cup Champion started fourth on the grid for the race, the highest of the Porsche GT cars, and got off to a rocket start nearly moving into the lead entering turn one but settled into a battle for third, fourth and fifth on the track racing with fellow Porsche 911 GT3 R drivers Scott Hargrove, who came into the weekend as the points leader, and Porsche factory driver Michael Christensen. While in the nip-and-tuck battle to hold back Hargrove, Udell came up on lapped traffic of a slower class car. He charged out of the corner side-by-side with the GTS class entry of Mike Sullivan. Believing himself clear of Sullivan, he turned back to the left to take the preferred racing line. However, he was not entirely in front of the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR and made slight contact with the other car. While Udell was able to continue, Sullivan spun and made contact with the wall. He was unhurt. For Udell, PWC race officials called for a one-minute stop and hold penalty to be served. The Texan served his sentence and returned to the track. While no longer in contention for the race win Udell looked to set the fastest race lap with the Loci Porsche. For a time, Udell held the spot for fastest lap but lost it late in the going.

 

The next round of the Pirelli World Challenge will see Udell return to the wheel of the No. 41 Loci Porsche 911 GT3 R prepared by GMG at VIRginia International Raceway, April 27 -29. Rounds Three and Four of the SprintX Championship will be run at the Alton, Virginia-area track. The twin, 60-minute races will see Udell back sharing the Loci car with Porsche Young Professional Mathieu Jaminet (France).  

 

Alec Udell | “I did two-thirds of my job in the race at Long Beach. The GMG team gave me a good car in the Loci Porsche and I was quick in it, but didn't keep it completely out of trouble. I am obviously disappointed for the team, for Loci and for myself but I also want to apologize to Mike [Sullivan]. That was my fault and I am thankful that he is OK. Now we look forward and get ready for VIR. We have the speed with the Loci number 41 and I will do my whole job there.”

 

about Alec Udell |

Alec Udell is a junior studying engineering at Clemson University. The 22 year-old from The Woodlands, Texas began his racing career in karting at age five. He went on to win the Rotax National Points Championship in 2008 and represented his country as part of Team USA in Egypt in the World Championships in 2009. By 2011, he made history by becoming, at the time, the Pirelli World Challenge’s youngest ever competitor at age 15. He has 17 career Pirelli World Challenge class wins and is the 2016 PWC GT Cup Champion. 

 

about Loci |

Loci, a Northern Virginia based company is breaking down the barriers of innovation with blockchain technology. With LOCIsearch, their powerful and proprietary tool, inventors can search, stake, and sell their ideas. 

John Wise, a former automotive engineer and now CEO of Loci, developed the ideas behind LOCIsearch directly from his experiences in the racing industry. Loci is working alongside traditional processes to increase opportunities for inventors and innovators across industries like racing. For more on Loci, please visit https://loci.io and on Twitter at @Loci_io.

More information on the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge can be found at www.world-challenge.com.

 

04172018

 

Alec Udell to Celebrate One-Year Anniversary of Professional Driving at Long Beach

April 9, 2018 | Long Beach, California | Alec Udell is celebrating a career milestone this weekend at the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) Grand Prix of Long Beach. It was here in California one year ago that the resident of The Woodlands, Texas made his first appearance at the peak of North America’s premier sprint format GT racing series as a driver in the Pro category of the GT class. On Sunday, April 15, with a full season of experience racing against the very best GT drivers in the world, the Clemson University senior will fight for the overall victory in the 50-minute race driving the No. 41 Loci Porsche 911 GT3 R prepared by GMG.

 

By virtue of his age and his status as a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering at Clemson, Udell was considered a “gentleman” or “amateur” driver until April 2017. However, his resume was already arguing against that point. Udell has been racing since he was five years old, first in competitive go-karting. He progressed through the ranks representing the United States in the 2009 Karting World Championship in Egypt. At the age of 15 he became, at that time, the youngest driver to ever start a PWC race. In 2016, he earned his first PWC championship in the GT Cup class. In 2017, he moved up to the highest ranks of World Challenge earning two victories on the St. Petersburg, Florida street circuit in the GTA class. With those two victories, series officials granted Udell “Pro” status starting with the next race, the GP of Long Beach, and his amateur GTA status was dropped. Udell finished in seventh-place at the conclusion of the race against factory drivers and past champions.

 

One year later and the Texan is back to challenge for his first GT class victory in the Loci Porsche. He got a late start on the season missing the traditional opening rounds at St. Pete but joined with Porsche Young Professional driver Mathieu Jaminet (France) in the SprintX rounds at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas earning himself the Hard Charger Award – of which he was the season-long recipient in 2017. He earned his first Professional podium last year at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with a third-place finish.

 

Long Beach’s temporary circuit is the oldest street course race in the United States and presents unique obstacles for the drivers. Udell will need to thread his blue, white and orange Loci Porsche through the narrow confines of cement walls and changing track surfaces as quickly as he can. Adding to the difficulty will be the limited track time accessible to the 19 drivers entered. The first practice comes at 3:30 p.m. PDT offering 60-minutes to learn the track and tune the car. At 8:45 a.m. Saturday morning, the drivers will have only 20-minutes to fine-tune and prepare for the 25-minute qualifying session at 9:20 a.m. The next time Udell will see the track from inside the cockpit of the No. 41 Loci machine will be when the green flag falls for the 50-minute feature at 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning.  

 

 

Alec Udell | “I’m a big fan of street courses and Long Beach is one of North America’s most famous events, so I am excited to be back at the Long Beach Grand Prix. I’m looking for a strong run in our Loci Porsche this weekend. We had good pace at COTA and I feel like we will be able to continue that momentum into this weekend.”

Alec Udell Back On Track at COTA – All-Nighters Rewarded with Fast Loci Porsche

March 27, 2018 | Austin, Texas | As a senior in mechanical engineering at Clemson University, Alec Udell knows a thing or two about all-nighters to prepare for major exams. However, the week leading into the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) SprintX season-opening races at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) left the 21 year-old facing a whole new kind of test and a series of late-nights to prove he was preparing hard for the challenge. While the resident of The Woodlands, Texas didn’t get the final scores at the Grand Prix of Texas that he and teammate Mathieu Jaminet (France) had hoped for, the performance shown in the No. 41 Loci Porsche 911 GT3 R prepared by GMG proved the team’s potential for 2018.

 

Two weeks ago, Udell was working on his remaining classes at Clemson and on opportunities for the remainder of the 2018 race season. The 2016 Pirelli World Challenge GT Cup Champion had a substantial full-season effort signed before an accident in testing by a co-driver ended the project before it got started. Once the youngest driver ever to start a PWC race, Udell was not done trying to find solutions to the latest problem facing his professional driving career. Working with GMG owner James Sofronas, the pairing put together a marketing and technical partnership with one-time GMG mechanic and current CEO of Loci, John Wise. With the financial support needed now in hand, Udell joined GMG personnel to pull the damaged Porsche from under its cover and begin repairing and rebuilding the rear-engine GT3-spec machine.

 

It was “all hands on deck”, including the young driver, to strip, replace parts and repair the chassis of the car, return the 4.0-liter flat-six powerplant and paddle-shift controlled gearbox to the 911. A string of late-night efforts brought the familiar roar of the Porsche back to life while the carbon fiber and Kevlar bodywork was draped in the Loci white, blue and orange corporate colors and light bulb icon logo. The car left the Houston-area shop late on Wednesday with Udell and the remaining crewmembers following it to Austin where it missed only one test session on Thursday. By the second test that afternoon, the Loci Porsche was turning lap times among the fastest of the GT SX class cars.

 

With the thrash behind them, Udell qualified the car in ninth-place on the grid for Saturday’s first of two, 60-minute races. Renowned for his prowess on the rolling starts of North America’s premier sprint-format GT car race series, Udell took the green flag and charged up COTA’s front straightaway deep inside the top-five before Turn One, earning the Optima Battery Best Start Award. The Texan wowed his home state crowd by running as high as second-place in his 30-minute stint behind the wheel. He entered the pit lane to hand the No. 41 Loci machine over to Jaminet in fourth-position overall. The Frenchman, a Porsche Young Professional driver, left the pit lane holding the position but as he returned to the racing surface, a competitor came across the track and struck the Porsche’s right-front corner. Jaminet parked the car and the team was unclassified for the day despite the stellar effort by all involved.

 

The Loci crew went to work repairing the right front fender, bumper and suspension that just days before they had installed. The car made the grid for Sunday’s race where Jaminet would run the first stint, Udell the second half of the race. As soon as the car left for the grid it was apparent something was wrong as Jaminet struggled to turn the machine. Previously unrecognized internal damage to the power steering unit was the cause. The 24 year-old Porsche driver kept the car in the top-ten before handing it over to Udell to take to the checkered flag. After a grueling 30-minutes workout without power assistance to turn the large front tires, Udell crossed under the checkered flag in seventh-place of the Pro-Pro class, tenth-place overall, still on the lead lap.

 

Loci, GMG and Udell will team together for the next round of the PWC GT Championship on the city street course of Long Beach, California. The Grand Prix of Long Beach, to be held April 13 – 15, is a Sprint Championship round meaning Udell will pilot the No. 41 solo in the 50-minute race. In 2017, Long Beach was the site of the Texan’s first GT Pro Class race in PWC. He had opened the year with back-to-back GT Am (Amateur) class wins in the GMG Porsche 911 GT3 R. The success mandated an immediate move to the Pro class by PWC race officials.

 

LOCIsearch (https://loci.io) is designed to reform the inventing process through simplifying the process and making it efficient, thereby increasing the possibility of new inventions, innovations and inspiring the next big idea. John Wise, a former automotive engineer and now CEO of Loci, developed the ideas behind LOCIsearch directly from his experiences in the automotive and racing industries. Loci is working alongside traditional processes to increase opportunities for inventors and innovators across industries like racing.

 

The main patent “System and method for fuzzy concept mapping, voting ontology crowd sourcing and technology prediction” has guided LOCIsearch product development from the beginning. The ideas covered in this patent have been researched and developed since 2008 by the Washington, D.C.-based company.

 

Udell has 17 class victories in PWC including two GTA class wins driving a 911 GT3 R last season. He captured his first career overall PWC podium at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and three top-five finishes in the SprintX Championship in 2017. At the season’s conclusion, Udell was awarded the “Hard Charger” Award for the most positioned gained throughout the year.

 

Alec Udell |

About COTA| “From my view, the weekend results don't show the great success we achieved this week. Getting the car on track was a feat in itself. For that, again, I have to thank the crews from Loci, M Performance, HKG, GMG and Mystery Wrapz. The car went from being in pieces to being a functioning race car in less than five days which is crazy. Our pace in the number 41 Loci Porsche 911 GT3 R was very fast, but some bad luck that followed us through the whole week kept us from meeting the expectations set for the weekend. I'm happy with the overall performance of Mathieu and myself, we've got a strong car in the Loci Porsche, so I'm looking forward to taking on Long Beach!"

 

about Alec Udell |

Alec Udell is a junior studying engineering at Clemson University. The 21 year-old from The Woodlands, Texas began his racing career in karting at age five. He went on to win the Rotax National Points Championship in 2008 and represented his country as part of Team USA in Egypt in the World Championships in 2009. By 2011, he made history by becoming, at the time, the Pirelli World Challenge’s youngest ever competitor at age 15. He has 17 career Pirelli World Challenge class wins and is the 2016 PWC GT Cup Champion. 

 

about Loci |

Loci, a Northern Virginia based company is breaking down the barriers of innovation with blockchain technology. With LOCIsearch, their powerful and proprietary tool, inventors can search, stake, and sell their ideas. 

 

John Wise, a former automotive engineer and now CEO of Loci, developed the ideas behind LOCIsearch directly from his experiences in the racing industry. Loci is working alongside traditional processes to increase opportunities for inventors and innovators across industries like racing. For more on Loci, please visit https://loci.io and on Twitter at @Loci_io.

More information on the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge can be found at www.world-challenge.com.

03272018

Alec Udell Returns to Home Track with New Porsche and New Partner Loci

March 21, 2018 | Austin, Texas | Alec Udell, the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) GT Cup Champion, returns to the PWC this weekend for a pair of races at his home track, the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), with new partner Loci. Udell, who lives in The Woodlands, Texas, will race the No. 41 Loci Porsche 911 GT3 R prepared by GMG in the first two rounds of the 2018 PWC SprintX Championship. The 21 year-old Clemson University senior will co-drive with Porsche Young Professional Mathieu Jaminet of France for both of the 60-minute events that constitute the Grand Prix of Texas to be held on March 24 – 25.

 

The weekend returns Udell to the cockpit of a Porsche racecar with new marketing and technical partner Loci. LOCIsearch (https://loci.io) is designed to reform the inventing process through simplifying the process and making it efficient, thereby increasing the possibility of new inventions, innovations and inspiring the next big idea. John Wise, a former automotive engineer and now CEO of Loci, developed the ideas behind LOCIsearch directly from his experiences in the automotive and racing industries. Loci is working alongside traditional processes to increase opportunities for inventors and innovators across industries like racing. In fact, the combination previously worked together in Udell’s 2016 PWC Championship-winning season when Wise was working on the Udell-driven Porsche.

 

The main patent “System and method for fuzzy concept mapping, voting ontology crowd sourcing and technology prediction” has guided LOCIsearch product development from the beginning. The ideas covered in this patent have been researched and developed since 2008 by the Washington, D.C.-based company.

 

Udell and Jaminet will compete in the Pro-Pro class of the GT SX category. Neither has raced together previously but at similar ages and backgrounds, the pairing is expected to gel quickly. While this is Udell’s first race of the season, he has been heavily involved in coaching, including multiple days at COTA. Additionally, he maintains a full class load as a senior in mechanical engineering at Clemson.

 

Udell has 17 class victories in PWC including two GTA class wins driving a 911 GT3 R last season. He also captured his first career overall PWC podium at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and three top-five finishes in the SprintX Championship in 2017. At the season’s conclusion, Udell was awarded the “Hard Charger” Award for the most positioned gained throughout the year.

 

SprintX, a championship within a championship for North America’s premier sprint format GT racing series, mandates two, 60-minute races per weekend, each requiring a pit stop with a driver change. Rounds 1 and 2 of 10 are scheduled for the 3.4-mile, 20-turn circuit near the Austin International Airport. Testing is set for Thursday, March 22 with official practice getting underway on Friday morning at 10:45 a.m. CT. A second session will be held later that day at 3:55 p.m. Qualifying is slated for 10:15 a.m. Saturday, March 24 followed by Race 1 from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. that afternoon. The grid for Sunday’s Race 2 will be based on the fastest race lap for each car in Race 1. The 60-minute second race will take the green flag at 2:10 p.m.

 

Alec Udell |

about the SprintX race at COTA| “This weekend would not have been possible without the hard work from all our supporters. I have to especially thank David Haicjek, Jon Soto and Carlos Sanchez from M Performance in Houston, Nev Agass and Mike Zaric with GMG as well as Alan from Mystery Wraps. Their tireless work on the Loci Porsche to get it prepped in a seemingly impossible amount of time is extremely appreciated. Because of them we will be able to get Mathieu and myself out on the track for the first Sprint X weekend at my home circuit. I cannot express how thankful I am to have such a dedicated group of people from several organizations working together to accomplish this feat.”

 

about teaming with Loci | “Motorsports is about innovation, ideas and speed. That is exactly what Loci has brought to the patent industry. As an engineering student, I am naturally drawn to invention and the most efficient way to do something. As a racer, I am constantly seeing the quick way we attack and solve a problem in the sport. As an automotive engineering and motorsports guy, John Wise created Loci with those exact principles. Loci allows engineers, developers and inventors of all types create and protect their ideas in a quick and cost effective way. This is a perfect fit for putting them in front of their potential clientele and vice versa here in the World Challenge paddock. Not only does it make sense in this way, but I’m especially excited to be able to work with John again as he was a part of my championship-winning season in 2016. We’ve been a great team together in the past as a mechanic/driver dynamic so I’m excited to see what the future holds! I am looking forward to my first chance to represent Loci here at my home event.”

 

John Wise, CEO, Loci | “Alec’s an impressive guy who is a hell of a driver. He represents the people we're focused on collaborating with because he's an aspiring engineer and innovator."

 

about Alec Udell |

Alec Udell is a junior studying engineering at Clemson University. The 21 year-old from The Woodlands, Texas began his racing career in karting at age five. He went on to win the Rotax National Points Championship in 2008 and represented his country as part of Team USA in Egypt in the World Championships in 2009. By 2011, he made history by becoming, at the time, the Pirelli World Challenge’s youngest ever competitor at age 15. He has 17 career Pirelli World Challenge class wins and is the 2016 PWC GT Cup Champion. 

 

about Loci |

Loci, a Northern Virginia based company is breaking down the barriers of innovation with blockchain technology. With LOCIsearch, their powerful and proprietary tool, inventors can search, stake, and sell their ideas. 

 

John Wise, a former automotive engineer and now CEO of Loci, developed the ideas behind LOCIsearch directly from his experiences in the racing industry. Loci is working alongside traditional processes to increase opportunities for inventors and innovators across industries like racing. For more on Loci, please visit https://loci.io and on Twitter at @Loci_io.

Alec Udell – Engineering A Professional Driver

November 27, 2017 | The Woodlands, Texas | Alec Udell balanced his senior year at Clemson University and a full season racing in the Pirelli World Challenge GT class with the engineering precision for which he has gained a reputation. The mechanical engineering student from The Woodlands, Texas received top grades both in class and in the car. Driving the No. 17 Euroworld Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R by GMG, Udell – who turns 22-years-old on November 29 – won the first two races of the year and was moved into the professional class where he went on to take a podium finish and multiple top-ten finishes. He concluded the season with the longest GT race of his career to-date and the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) “Hard Charger of the Year” Award.

 

Udell had tested the waters of the PWC GT3-specification GT classes at the season-ending race of 2016. Last year, entering the final round of the season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (MRLS), the Texan had already secured his first PWC title, in the GT Cup class, and rather than enter the one-make Porsche class again, he joined with GMG to race in the SprintX race in the team’s new Porsche 911 GT3 R finishing in sixth-place in both races. Buoyed by that success as well as the GT Cup title, Udell moved into 2017 with an announced full-season program racing the No. 17 Euroworld Motorsports Porsche in the PWC Sprint Championship and co-driving the No. 77 Calvert Dynamics 911 GT3 R with Preston Calvert (Potomac, Maryland) in the PWC SprintX Championship. Each 10-race season consisted of five event weekends with two races per track.

 

Before the championship attack could begin, Udell joined with Carter Yeung (Bradbury, California) and Andy Lee (Manhattan Beach, California) sharing the No. 88 GMG Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR in the four-hour Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at Daytona International Speedway. The trio finished in 12th-place overall on the classic American road course/oval track.

 

The warm-up now behind him, Udell put his full focus on the 911 GT3 R. The PWC season opened on a street course in St. Petersburg, Florida. Being a student, Udell is not a full-time race car driver therefore PWC officials placed him in the GT Amateur (GTA) class to open the year. After racing to the class victory in both 50-minute single driver format races, the Series immediately moved him up to full professional status for the remainder of the year. This meant the young driver would be facing competition from factory and international championship-winning drivers with far more seat time on their resumes. Udell did not back down from the test. In Round Three of the PWC GT Championship – another street race, this time in Long Beach, California – he piloted the blue and Clemson-orange Porsche to seventh-overall; an impressive debut among the highest level of competition.

 

Just as the competitors were getting settled in the Sprint format, the SprintX season opened at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) with the first two of ten 60-minute, two-driver races. Joining amateur Calvert, Udell was the Pro in the Pro-Am style races. The pairing raced well capturing a fourth-place finish in the first race. However, in race two, the No. 77 was forced off-track causing significant damage to the black and yellow Calvert-owned 911. Fortunately, it was nearly a month before Rounds Three and Four of the SprintX season would be held on the dauntingly quick Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) round course in Bowmanville, Ontario. Working together, GMG and Phoenix Performance made the repairs and Udell/Calvert arrived ready to continue their championship aspirations together. A seventh-place result in class was enough to shake out the cobwebs in Race 1 on Saturday. Weather denied the field from taking the green flag on Sunday and the 60-minute Round 4 would be rescheduled for the end of the season at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas. Lime Rock Park was the third SprintX weekend and the No. 77 took seventh and eighth-place, respectively, in the two races held on the short Connecticut road course.

 

Late June brought the beautiful Road America course and the Sprint championship. This meant Udell was back in the No. 17 and driving solo. He took seventh-place overall in both rounds.

 

The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has long been a favorite for Udell and he showed why in late July. In Race 1, on Saturday, he had a strong start but would finish in eighth-place. On Sunday – Round 7 of the 10 races – another masterful start gained him several positions when the green flag fell. He fought throughout the 50-minute race against factory drivers like Patrick Long of Porsche and captured his first career podium finish – third-place – in a Pro class. In addition, as he did several times throughout the season, Udell was awarded the “Hard Charger Award”. This recognizes the driver with the most positions gained during an event. Udell’s impressive ability to balance aggressiveness and defensiveness on the starts became a major tool in the rookie driver’s toolbox.

 

When World Challenge traveled to the Utah Motorsports Campus in August, it did so for the penultimate weekend of the SprintX title chase. Udell and Calvert had shown competitive speed but incidents of one kind or another had kept the combination from their full performance potential. The desert gave up some of its riches with the No. 77 scoring a second top-five finish of the year in Pro-Am on both Saturday and Sunday.

 

The final SprintX weekend of the year was a triple at Udell’s home track in Austin. A race on Friday evening was scheduled to make-up for the rained-out round in Canada. While events out of Udell’s control kept him from showing his prowess in the first two of the three races, in the final event on Sunday afternoon he took the challenge, and the No. 77 Calvert Dynamics Porsche 911 GT3 R, and charged with a precise determination from 23rd in the field up to third-place overall before handing the Porsche to Calvert. He and co-driver Calvert finished the day with their third top-five finish of the season.

 

The final PWC race of the season came at Sonoma Raceway and would close the Sprint Championship. He wrapped his first professional season with a top-ten performance. In Race 1, contact ended his race early but, in the final race of the year, Udell charged to a top-ten overall driving the No. 17 Euroworld Motorsports Porsche.

 

At the season-ending banquet, Udell was acknowledged by PWC officials as the competitor that he is. The rookie in a field of veterans was given the 2017 PWC GT “Hard Charger of the Year” award. The recognition for the most positions gained throughout the race season was an apt reward for the driver who races with both his head and his heart.

 

One remaining hill awaited Udell. The Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC) brought its unique eight-hour race format for GT3 and GT4 cars to MRLS in October. Udell was given the opportunity to join Porsche factory drivers Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Sven Müller (Germany) in the No. 17 Hybrid Kinetic Group Porsche 911 GT3 R prepared by GMG. The trio earned a hard-fought sixth-place finish in the Pro-Pro class. The eight-hour race was the longest of Udell’s racing career and the first time in a race greater than one-hour driving the GT3-spec Porsche.

 

Within two-days, Udell was back sitting in classes in Clemson, South Carolina.

 

2018 plans will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

Alec Udell |

about 2017| “I think this season is a good one to hang my helmet on. We had an overall GT podium, two GTA wins and we were only out of the top-ten once. Many good things happened in my first full year of Pirelli World Challenge GT3 racing. Reflecting back to my goals, I achieved all but one of them [winning a race overall]. However that’s what keeps bringing me back, the desire to be better. The competition has pushed me to a level above my previous performance, and I know this is just the tip of the iceberg.

 

We worked so well together with Euroworld Motorsports, GMG, Hybrid Kinetic Group and Porsche as well as with Preston. I am really proud of everything that came together and I want to thank everyone involved. I’m looking forward to racing with the world class drivers again next year. We’ll see y’all on the track.”

 

about Alec Udell |

Alec Udell is a junior studying engineering at Clemson University. The 21 year-old from The Woodlands, Texas began his racing career in karting at age five. He went on to win the Rotax National Points Championship in 2008 and represented his country as part of Team USA in Egypt in the World Championships in 2009. By 2011, he made history by becoming, at the time, the Pirelli World Challenge’s youngest ever competitor at age 15. He has 15 career Pirelli World Challenge GT Cup class wins entering the season and is the 2016 PWC GT Cup Champion. 

 

about Hybrid Kinetic Group |

Hybrid Kinetic Group is a company invested in clean renewable energy, battery technology, nanotechnology and complete hybrid systems. They use motorsport as a proving ground for the various forms of technology they develop.

 

about Euroworld Motorsports |

2017 is the third season Udell partners with Euroworld Motorsports (www.euroworldmotorsports.com). Euroworld is the country’s only certified automotive carbon fiber repair facility. Based in Houston, they are one of Texas’s leading European auto repair and performance facility.

 

More information on the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge can be found at www.world-challenge.com. For more on the Intercontinental GT Challenge, visit www.intercontinentalgtchallenge.com .

 

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Alec Udell – Closes 2017 on International Stage with Top-Six Finish

October 19, 2017 | Monterey, California | Alec Udell closed the 2017 race season on an international stage of competitors at the Mazda Raceway California 8 Hours sanctioned by the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC). The Woodlands, Texas-resident, joined by Porsche factory drivers Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Sven Müller (Germany), piloted the No. 17 Hybrid Kinetic Group Porsche 911 GT3 R prepared by GMG to a sixth-place finish in the Pro-Pro class at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The eight-hour race was the longest of the 21-one-year-old’s racing career and the first time in a race greater than one-hour driving the GT3-spec Porsche.

 

While the Pirelli World Challenge season closed last month with the Udell being named the season’s “Hard Charger Award” winner, the Clemson University senior could not pass up the opportunity to take on one of the biggest racing challenges of his young professional career. The IGTC brought drivers and cars from not only North America but from around the globe. The perfect stage to test his mettle against some of the world’s best GT drivers.

 

With Hybrid Kinetic Group joining longtime partner Euroworld Motorsports and veteran sports car racing operation GMG, Udell put together a full professional effort in car preparation and driver expertise. It was the Porsche Young Driver Academy graduate’s first time to co-drive with a “works” driver. Udell qualified the rear-engined, 500-horsepower Porsche eighth overall for Sunday’s race – an event two-times longer than any Udell had competed in before. Joined by the two Germans, the trio charged toward the front, running as high as third-place overall in the race at one point. They would ultimately settle for sixth in their class at the checkered flag.

 

While not the finish the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge GT Cup Champion has become accustom to, the experience proved fruitful. Time with the veteran Porsche factory ace Henzler and first-year factory pilot Müller gave Udell valuable insight into the workings of factory driver approaches, sharing a car over long races and overcoming adversity.

 

2018 plans will be announced in the coming weeks for the Udell.

 

Alec Udell |

about the California 8 Hour| “The eight-hour event was not as successful as I was shooting for. However, for my first major GT3 endurance race, I'm satisfied with the result. A lot can go wrong in eight hours. We had no penalties, no pit stop errors and a very consistent car, however our strategy banked on a couple late yellows that we didn't get. We gained valuable information for the upcoming season on how the Porsche performs over a stint, as well as some things to execute better going forward in the endurance races. Hybrid Kinetic Group, GMG and Euroworld Motorsports put forth a lot of effort in order for this event to go off without any hitches and, for the most part, we made it happen. A sixth-place in Pro-Pro is a respectable finish. We just wanted a bit more, but hey that's what keeps you coming back to race!"

 

 

about Alec Udell |

Alec Udell is a junior studying engineering at Clemson University. The 21 year-old from The Woodlands, Texas began his racing career in karting at age five. He went on to win the Rotax National Points Championship in 2008 and represented his country as part of Team USA in Egypt in the World Championships in 2009. By 2011, he made history by becoming, at the time, the Pirelli World Challenge’s youngest ever competitor at age 15. He has 15 career Pirelli World Challenge GT Cup class wins entering the season and is the 2016 PWC GT Cup Champion. 

 

about Hybrid Kinetic Group |

Hybrid Kinetic Group is a company invested in clean renewable energy, battery technology, nanotechnology and complete hybrid systems. They use motorsport as a proving ground for the various forms of technology they develop.

 

about Euroworld Motorsports |

2017 is the third season Udell partners with Euroworld Motorsports (www.euroworldmotorsports.com). Euroworld is the country’s only certified automotive carbon fiber repair facility. Based in Houston, they are one of Texas’s leading European auto repair and performance facility.

 

More information on the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge can be found at www.world-challenge.com. For more on the Intercontinental GT Challenge, visit www.intercontinentalgtchallenge.com .

 

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Alec Udell – Porsche Endurance Run in Monterey

October 10, 2017 | Monterey, California | Alec Udell closed his regular Pirelli World Challenge season at Sonoma Raceway in September but the resident of The Woodlands, Texas couldn’t wait until 2018 to get behind the wheel of the No. 17 Hybrid Kinetic Group Porsche 911 GT3 R prepared by GMG. The 21-year-old driver will take advantage of the inaugural Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC) event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (MRLS) on October 15 to join Porsche factory drivers Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Sven Müller (Germany) for the Mazda Raceway California 8 Hours. The race in Monterey, California will be Udell’s second endurance event of the season; he opened the year with a four-hour enduro at Daytona International Speedway.

 

Udell is the 2017 PWC Hard Charger Award winner for the GT class, the 2016 PWC GT Cup Champion, a Porsche Young Driver Academy graduate, won two GTA class races in this 911 GT3 R before moving into the Pro category where he captured an overall podium finish at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Following that impressive first season as a professional driver in the No. 17 Euroworld Motorsports Porsche, Hybrid Kinetic Group has joined Udell as a primary partner for his 2017 finale at MRLS.

 

The third of four rounds of the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC), the California 8 Hours is a unique, stand-alone event in North America. The IGTC uses the SRO-crafted GT3 and GT4 class specifications for its cars. Therefore, any homologated GT3 or GT4 can participate in the event. The objective of each round is to draw national teams to compete in endurance events on iconic racetracks in their home country under the GT3/GT4 banner. In conjunction with the Pirelli World Challenge, the IGTC chose this weekend in Monterey to showcase the concept for the first time in the United States.

 

Udell is in one of four Porsche 911 GT3 Rs in the 20-car field. His co-drivers are two of five Porsche “works” drivers entered. Udell is the only non-works driver paired with the Porsche factory pilots, a testimony to the Clemson University senior’s skill and potential.

 

The 2.238-mile, 11-turn track on the Monterey Peninsula is an apt place for Udell to make his first major GT3-spec endurance race start. The facility, famous for the legendary “Corkscrew” turn that drops the driver three-stories from crest to the bottom of the hill, is where, in 2016, the Mechanical Engineering major first raced Porsche’s rear-engine GT3-spec car, the 911 GT3 R. He finished in sixth-place in both rounds held during the weekend.

 

A test session for the IGTC will run on Thursday, October 12, 2:20 – 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time. A 90-minute and 60-minute practice session will run on Friday at 11:00 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. respectively. A 45-minute qualifying session will set the grid on Saturday, October 14 at 10:45 a.m. The 15-minute “Super Pole” session will finalize the top-spot at 1:40 p.m. later that day. The Mazda Raceway California 8 Hour will take the green flag at 9:30 a.m. PT/ 12:30 p.m. ET.

 

The race can be watched live on the CBS Sports Network, Sunday October 15 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET and again, for the checkered flag, at 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The full event can be seen on MotorTrendOnDemand.com and the portions not aired on CBS Sports Network, can be viewed internationally at IntercontinentalGTChallenge.com .

 

Alec Udell |

about the California 8 Hour| “I'm excited to be sharing the car with two very talented and experienced Porsche works drivers. Sven and I raced each other last year at Porsche Supercup at COTA, while Wolf and I have been racing in the Pirelli World Challenge SprintX series this year. I've had the opportunity to go toe to toe with them both, now being able to share a seat and work collectively for an overall win is an exciting opportunity. We know the competition will be tough, even though it is an eight-hour event, we've got to push hard while keeping the car clean. We are looking forward to a great result."

about Hybrid Kinetic Group| “Bringing in Hybrid Kinetic Group to join our established partnership with Euroworld Motorsports is equally as exciting. To be associated with such a forward thinking organization blends together my love of racing and my Clemson engineering education. This is one of those deals where it fits on every level and the potential benefit for Hybrid Kinetic and for the race team is very strong.”

 

about Alec Udell |

Alec Udell is a junior studying engineering at Clemson University. The 21 year-old from The Woodlands, Texas began his racing career in karting at age five. He went on to win the Rotax National Points Championship in 2008 and represented his country as part of Team USA in Egypt in the World Championships in 2009. By 2011, he made history by becoming, at the time, the Pirelli World Challenge’s youngest ever competitor at age 15. He has 15 career Pirelli World Challenge GT Cup class wins entering the season and is the 2016 PWC GT Cup Champion. 

 

about Hybrid Kinetic Group |

Hybrid Kinetic Group is a company invested in clean renewable energy, battery technology, nanotechnology and complete hybrid systems. They use motorsport as a proving ground for the various forms of technology they develop.

 

about Euroworld Motorsports |

2017 is the third season Udell partners with Euroworld Motorsports (www.euroworldmotorsports.com). Euroworld is the country’s only certified automotive carbon fiber repair facility. Based in Houston, they are one of Texas’s leading European auto repair and performance facility.

 

More information on the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge can be found at www.world-challenge.com. For more on the Intercontinental GT Challenge, visit www.intercontinentalgtchallenge.com .

 

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Alec Udell – Closes PWC Season with Top-Ten at Sonoma

September 19, 2017 | Sonoma, California | Alec Udell closed his first professional season in the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) with a top-ten performance in the final round of the Sprint Championship at Sonoma Raceway. Rounds 9 and 10 of the GT season, run September 16 and 17, saw the resident of The Woodlands, Texas overcome adversity in Race 1 to take a top-ten overall finish in Race 2 driving the No. 17 Euroworld Motorsports by GMG Porsche 911 GT3 R at the track set in the hills of California “Wine Country”.

 

The Clemson University senior qualified for Saturday’s 50-minute race in the eighth-position. However, the No. 17 was not officially classified in the season’s ninth-race when an incident damaged the steering arm on the Porsche. The Clemson blue and orange Porsche was retired from the race.

 

The GMG team made full repairs on the rear-engined machine for Sunday’s midday final event. As the grid for the second race is set based on the best lap time turned in Race 1, and with no time entered, Udell was forced to start 18th. The starting position did not temper Udell’s desire to perform. With the green flag, the mechanical engineering major began to attack the 2.385-mile, 12-turn track with the precision that has branded his career. He was able to cut through the field making-up nine positions to finish ninth overall to close his first season in the GT class of the PWC. The performance earned Udell the “Hard Charger Award” for the race. That added to his tally of the award, which recognizes the most positions gained in a race. As a result, the 21-year-old was acknowledged at Sunday’s season-end awards banquet as the season’s “Hard Charger”. In total, Udell scored two GTA class wins and a GT Pro class podium in 2017.

 

While Sonoma was the end to Udell’s PWC season, the young Texan has one more significant GT3 race remaining on his 2017 calendar. Udell will team with Porsche factory driver Wolf Henzler (Germany) in the Euroworld Motorsports machine in an eight-hour race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on October 15. The race is the North American round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC) and will be held at the Monterey, California track. It is a fitting location for Udell to race his first endurance-style event in the 911 GT3 R as it was the first place he raced the car in PWC a year-ago. GMG, who will enter the car in the Pro class, announced the effort on September 14.

 

Alec Udell |

about Sonoma| “Sonoma was a challenging weekend for the Euroworld Porsche. We showed great pace in the practices but had some contact Saturday that we couldn't come back from. The guys at GMG worked extremely hard to get the car all dialed in for Sunday's race, which went a lot better. All in all, it wasn't the weekend I had hoped for to close out a strong season. Luckily, we've got one more race left at Laguna Seca in three weeks. I'm looking forward to showing what we've got in an endurance effort.”

 

about Alec Udell |

Alec Udell is a junior studying engineering at Clemson University. The 21 year-old from The Woodlands, Texas began his racing career in karting at age five. He went on to win the Rotax National Points Championship in 2008 and represented his country as part of Team USA in Egypt in the World Championships in 2009. By 2011, he made history by becoming, at the time, the Pirelli World Challenge’s youngest ever competitor at age 15. He has 15 career Pirelli World Challenge GT Cup class wins entering the season and is the 2016 PWC GT Cup Champion. 

 

about Euroworld Motorsports |

2017 is the third season Udell partners with Euroworld Motorsports (www.euroworldmotorsports.com). Euroworld is the country’s only certified automotive carbon fiber repair facility. Based in Houston, they are one of Texas’s leading European auto repair and performance facility.

 

More information on the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge can be found at www.world-challenge.com .

 

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