Alec Udell Racing

2016 Pirelli World Challenge GT Cup Champion

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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Alec Udell – Looking to Bookend PWC GT Rookie Season

September 12, 2017 | Sonoma, California | Alec Udell opened the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) season with a pair of GTA class victories in the No. 17 Euroworld Motorsports by GMG Porsche 911 GT3 R. This weekend the resident of The Woodlands, Texas travels to Sonoma Raceway in California to attempt to bookend the season with two more wins in the Sprint Championship of North America’s premier sprint format GT racing series. Udell is currently seventh in the PWC GT Sprint Championship Driver point standings entering the final two races of the 10-round season. While a title in his rookie season is out of his grasp, a top-five finish is well within the Texan’s reach, a top-three season-long finish is a possibility.

 

The Clemson University mechanical engineering major is more than familiar and comfortable on the technical 2.385-mile, 12-turn track in the heart of California wine country. A year ago, Udell clinched his first PWC Championship, a GT Cup class title, with victories in both races run at Sonoma Raceway. That allowed him to forgo the final rounds and make his GT class debut at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca driving a Euroworld Motorsports-backed GMG-prepared Porsche 911 GT3 R. He finished in sixth-place in both rounds. That gave the now 21 year-old the foundations to travel to the opening rounds of the 2017 championship driving the same car. Udell showed his speed and racecraft driving to wins on both days at St. Petersburg, Florida. PWC officials then deemed Udell ready to be moved-up to full GT Pro racing where he has fought with factory drivers and international championship-winners ever since. In the most recent Sprint race run at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Udell took his first career professional podium finish.

 

Udell, who has spent his time between the Clemson campus in South Carolina, testing and racing will run his first 30-minute Sonoma practice session at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) on Friday, September 15. A second session will follow that afternoon from 3:35 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. Qualifying will be spread over 45-minutes for all classes at 10:00 a.m. the following morning on Saturday, September 16. Round 9 of the season will take the green flag at 2:15 p.m. and run 50-minutes. The final GT race of the season, Round 10, will start its 50-minute clock at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 17.

 

The races can be watched live at www.world-challenge.com and on same day broadcast on the CBS Sports Network, Sunday September 17 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

 

Alec Udell |

about Sonoma| “I'm entering this weekend with the same ferocity that I started the season with. We've had quite a great year in the Euroworld Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R and have good momentum on our side from the last Sprint round at Mid-Ohio. I cannot believe the season has come to a close so quickly. I'm excited for how the year has gone so far and look forward to this weekend. We have some exciting plans for next year… stay tuned!”

Alec Udell – Lone Star Performance On Local Stage

September 5, 2017 | Austin, Texas | Alec Udell knows how to perform under the pressure of racing’s hardest stages. Time and again, the 21 year-old senior at Clemson University has stepped up, faced the pressure and come out with accolades. It was no different this past weekend at his home track, the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas. Despite a loaded field of factory drivers and champions in North America’s premier sprint format GT racing series, the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC), the resident of The Woodlands, Texas took on the test of being a local driver. While events out of Udell’s control kept him from showing his prowess in the first two of three races, in the final event on Sunday afternoon, Udell took the challenge, and the No. 77 Calvert Dynamics Porsche 911 GT3 R, and raced a precision-guided missile from the back of the GT-X field into the top-ten overall. He and co-driver Preston Calvert (Potomac, Maryland) finished the day with their third top-five finish of the season.

 

The first race of the weekend on Friday evening was a make-up event for a rained-out race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP). The 60-minute race had its grid set by the race held at the Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada track in May and the end result was a frustrating seventh-place for the black and yellow GMG-prepared 911 GT3 R. Saturday’s race was the first official COTA round – ninth in the ten-race series – and Udell never had the chance to show himself after Calvert was struck and eliminated in Turn One of the first lap.

 

That left only Sunday’s final round to get the most for the weekend. Udell took the start from the back of the field – having never set a lap time in Saturday’s race from which the starting field is set. The mechanical engineering major attacked with meticulousness. He aggressively, but cleanly, went on a tear from 22nd spot on the grid slicing through traffic one competitor after the other until, nearing the closing of the pit window, the 2016 PWC GT Cup champion entered pit lane to hand over the rear-engine machine in second-place overall. The jump of 20-positions took just under 35-minutes. Calvert closed the race with a clean run to bring the first-year pairing to a fifth-place finish in the GTX Pro/Am class.

 

The COTA weekend brought to conclusion the PWC SprintX Championship – the final two events of the season and the Sprint Championship will come on September 16 – 17 at Sonoma Raceway in California. Udell and Calvert had strong finishes throughout the SprintX season but fell short of a podium in the Pro/Am class. Udell personally earned two PWC Sprint Championship GTA race victories at St, Petersburg, Florida as well as his first GT Pro class podium, a third-place, at Mid-Ohio.

 

The races can be watched at www.world-challenge.com and on tape delayed broadcast on the CBS Sports Network, Sunday September 10 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

 

Alec Udell |

about COTA| “COTA was one of those weekends where nothing seemed to go our way. However, third time was the charm! Sunday's race showed what Preston and I were capable of all weekend, we had a great result.”

 

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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Alec Udell – The Eyes of Texas Are Upon Him

August 29, 2017 | Austin, Texas | Alec Udell returns to his home track, the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), August 25 – 27 and there is no time better for the driver of the No. 77 Calvert Dynamics Porsche 911 GT3 R to be in front of family and friends. With Hurricane Harvey overwhelming the area in recent days, North America’s premier sprint format GT racing series offers an excellent opportunity to celebrate the strength of Texas. Udell, a native son of the Lone Star State from The Woodlands, will race in front of the “eyes of Texas” in the final three rounds of the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) SprintX Championship with Pro/Am class co-driver Preston Calvert (Potomac, Maryland) at the Austin-area race track. 

 

Entering the three, 60-minute races, Udell has been on a hot streak. He earned his first professional class podium in the Sprint Championship round at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and followed that with a two fifth-place finishes with Calvert in the most recent SprintX races at the Utah Motorsports Campus earlier this month. He then tested a new Porsche 911 GT3 R in California before flying across country to Clemson, South Carolina where he started his senior year at the University last week. He will wrap his PWC season with the final two Sprint Championship rounds at Sonoma Raceway in California on September 15 – 17.

 

Like most of the tracks on the PWC schedule, Udell has his name in the COTA record books. In 2016, the Clemson University Mechanical Engineering Major earned victory in Race 1 of the GT Cup Championship driving a GMG-prepared Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. The following day he finished in second-place. To bookend the year, Udell joined Moorespeed Racing from Austin to campaign the Porsche Supercup Series. The one-make championship travels with the Formula One circus and sets the international standard for Porsche “Cup” series. Against the world’s best, Udell fought to an impressive eleventh-place finish in the first of two races of the weekend. To prove the Texan’s prowess, he charged to seventh-place in the second race. That kind of success is almost unprecedented in a series dominated by specialists.

 

Udell and Calvert will have a unique weekend with three events versus the standard two in Austin. Testing begins on Thursday, August 31 with official practice underway at 9:30 a.m. Central Time on Friday, September 1. The makeup SprintX, Round 4, from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening. The grid for that event was set in May. Qualifying for Race 1 at COTA will be Saturday at 11:45 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. with the 60-minute race starting at 4:00 p.m. Race 2, the final round of the 2017 SprintX season, will take the green flag at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

 

Adding the possible wildcards for the COTA weekend is the weather itself. With some reports predicting rain totals from “Harvey” – now a tropical storm – up to 30 inches, massive flooding has hit Southeastern Texas. The Circuit of the Americas area has been particularly hard hit. While the intense winds have subsided, flooding is expected to continue. Udell’s hometown in the suburbs of Houston is also facing serious flooding. Houston was near the epicenter of the Hurricane when it hit the coast of Texas with evacuations ongoing.

 

The races can be watched live at www.world-challenge.com and on tape delayed broadcast on the CBS Sports Network, Sunday September 10 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

 

Alec Udell |

about COTA| “Going to COTA is something I always look forward to. I have a lot of laps on the track and I love the city of Austin. Preston got to test there over the summer so I feel we're ready for another strong race in the Calvert Dynamics Porsche!” 

about the Hurricane Harvey | “Hurricane Harvey has had a profound impact on my home city of Houston. We've seen hard storms before and I know the community will come together to support those who need help. I pray for safety for all of us affected by the storm.”

 

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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Alec Udell Earns Twin Top-Five Class Finishes in Utah

August 14, 2017 | Tooele, Utah | Alec Udell earned two fifth-place finishes in the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) SprintX Championship rounds at the Utah Motorsports Campus (UMC) on August 12 – 13. The resident of The Woodlands, Texas teamed with Preston Calvert (Potomac, Maryland) to bring home the top-five finishes in the Pro/Am class of the 60-minute, two-driver format races in Tooele, Utah. The success in the No. 77 Calvert Dynamics Porsche 911 GT3 R continues the Clemson University-student’s string of strong finishes in PWC. Udell earned his first professional podium, a third-place, at the most recent PWC Sprint Championship round at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course at the end of July.  

 

The 3.048-mile track near Salt Lake City has been a popular one for both Udell and Calvert. Each walked away with first-place trophies in 2016 so as Calvert qualified the black and yellow rear-engine Porsche in ninth-place, hopes were high for Saturday’s Race 1, Round 7 of the ten-race championship. Udell, a rising senior majoring in engineering with a minor in economics at Clemson, took over driving duties approximately mid-way through the one-hour race and went on a charge bringing the 911 GT3 R up to fifth-place in class at the checkered flag.

 

PWC rules state that the “Amateur/Am” driver must qualify the car and run the first stint of the first race. This then allows the “Pro’s” lap time in Race 1 to set the grid for Race 2 where the Professional, Udell in the case of the No. 77, starts Race 2. Udell’s best race lap landed the No. 77 third on the Pro/Am grid. The Porsche Young Driver Academy graduate launched through the field make strong start, a hallmark of the 21 year-old’s style. He held near the front of the pack until turning the Porsche over the Calvert for the final stint. Unfortunately, shortly after the hand-over an incident on course spun and stopped the No. 77 on course. Calvert was able to restart the car and race to the checkered flag. For the second day, the GMG-prepared car crossed under the checkered flag, fifth-place in class.

 

The SprintX Championship now travels to its final three rounds at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, September 1 – 3. Living near Houston, the Austin, Texas-area facility is Udell’s home track. With three races there instead of the usual two rounds – the third round is a make-up date for a rain-canceled race earlier in the summer – Udell has the opportunity to make a big leap in the SprintX and overall PWC GT Driver standings in front of family and friends.   

 

Round 8 of the SprintX Championship from UMC can be seen on tape delayed broadcast on the CBS Sports Network, Sunday August 20 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

 

Alec Udell |

about Utah| “I'm very happy with our performance this weekend. Preston drove very well in both races and we came out with two top-five finishes. I was able to dice it with the front-runners in Race 2 and show what we're capable of. Can't wait for COTA in September!"

Alec Udell Combines with Another Utah Winner for PWC SprintX Rounds

August 8, 2017 | Tooele, Utah | Alec Udell knows how to wheel a Porsche around the 14-turn, 3.048-mile Utah Motorsports Campus (UMC). The resident of The Woodlands, Texas set the GT Cup qualifying record here last year and stood on the top-step of the podium in his last appearance at the track near Salt Lake City. For Rounds 7 and 8 of the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) SprintX Championship here this weekend, Udell will combine with another UMC winner, Preston Calvert (Potomac, Maryland), in the No. 77 Calvert Dynamics Porsche 911 GT3 R. The two are looking for their first series’ victory together in the black and yellow Porsche. They have raced the entire SprintX season in the GMG-prepared GT car with a best finish to-date of fourth-place.

 

The SprintX Championship is a ten-race season spread across five race weekends. The 60-minute races mandate a driver change and have produced some of the most exciting GT racing in North America. The competition is so intense that Udell – who is coming off his first-ever professional podium finish with a third-place in the PWC Sprint Series, Race Two at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on July 30 – and Calvert will go head-to-head with factory drivers from Porsche, McLaren and General Motors. Calvert won both SprintX races at Utah in 2016.

 

After 13 races in the combined PWC GT Driver Championship, the Clemson University rising senior is currently ranked in tenth-place. The champion will be crowned following the series’ final Sprint round at Sonoma Raceway, September 15 – 17. The final two rounds of the SprintX Championship will come on September 1 – 3 at Udell’s home track, the Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas.  Points for both, as well as this weekend, are counted toward the overall championship of 20 races.

 

Udell currently has two PWC GT Amateur (GTA) class wins to his credit for 2017. Those victories came in Rounds 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, Florida. Following the performances, PWC officials moved him to the all-professional GT category for the 50-minute races. Once fighting with the drivers that make their living driving racecars, Udell – who is a mechanical engineering major at Clemson – proved his worth immediately. It only took him four races to return to the podium, finishing in third-place at Mid-Ohio driving the No. 17 Euroworld Motorsports prepared by GMG Porsche 911 GT3 R.

 

The races can be watched live at www.world-challenge.com and on tape delayed broadcast on the CBS Sports Network, Sunday August 20 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

 

Alec Udell |

about Utah| “"For UMC, Preston and I get to jump back into the SprintX format together. We've both come a long way this season, especially since last sharing the car at Lime Rock. I think we are well prepared and have a shot to run in the top-three this weekend in Pro-Am category. I'm looking forward to getting to Utah and racing the Calvert Dynamics-GMG Porsche with Preston.”

 

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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Alec Udell Earns First Professional Podium at Mid-Ohio

July 31, 2017 | Lexington, Ohio | Alec Udell earned his first career professional race podium over the weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The 21 year-old proved why he is one of motorsports’ most talked about young drivers by not only finishing third-overall in the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) Sprint Championship race on Sunday, July 30, but by also earning the VP Racing Fuels Hard Charger and Best Start Awards in the No. 17 Euroworld Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R prepared by GMG.

 

The Clemson University rising senior was gridded tenth in the starting field for Sunday’s Round 7 of the PWC Sprint Championship – he raced to an eighth-place finish in Saturday’s 50-minute feature (Round 6). However, the Porsche Young Driver Academy graduate wasted no time rushing to the front in the second of two races. His initial start was spectacular gaining several positions in the early portions of the lap on the 2.258-mile track. When the dust had settled ten-minutes into the timed event, the Clemson orange-highlighted GMG blue Porsche was in third-position overall and pressing Porsche factory driver Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California) for second-place. The initial start warranted PWC officials to declare the 2016 PWC GT Cup Champion the “Best Start” of the race. The fight and capture of the additional positions resulted in the “Hard Charger” Award.

 

Mid-Ohio has been a favorite for Udell. In 2011, as the PWC’s youngest driver to compete, up to that time, the Mechanical Engineering major and Economics minor, won the class pole position at age 15. He took pole position, fastest race lap and victory in both the GT Cup rounds at “Mid-O” in 2016. Despite all the accolades bestowed upon him, Sunday’s performance still turned heads in the GT road racing paddock. The success came not as a result of pit strategy – there are no stops in the 50-minute races – or because of attrition of mistakes by others – only one car that qualified in front of Udell suffered an issue. The success came with racecraft by the former karting champion. He pressured and was in return pressured by some of the world’s best sports car racers and stood his ground. Since being moved into the all-pro GT category – having won the first two rounds of the GT Amateur (GTA) season at St. Petersburg, Florida – Udell has shown he belongs among the elite professionals. Each successive race weekend he has moved closer to the fulltime factory drivers including childhood hero Patrick Long.

 

Udell will now move back into the PWC SprintX Championship with co-driver Preston Calvert (Potomac, Maryland). The pairing will share the No. 77 Calvert Dynamics Porsche 911 GT3 R in the final four rounds, two event weekends, of the two-driver, 60-minute format races. He will next race at Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah on August 11 – 13. He will close the GT season at Sonoma Raceway in the Euroworld Motorsports machine, September 15 – 17.

 

Alec Udell |

about Mid-Ohio| “I've raced a lot here in the past so it's good to have an understanding of the start. The middle lane opened up and I was able to get a good run down and a good draft into turn four. I was fortunate enough that the door was open and as a racing driver you have to go for every gap you see and try to not make too much of a mess there.

 

I had a lot of pressure from the Ferrari of Kyle Marcelli behind me nearly the whole race. He seemed to have a very strong car so I knew I could make no mistakes. He drove a perfect race, but with clean air ahead of me I had the advantage and stood my ground to the finish.

 

As a competitor you always want more but being realistic about it, I don’t think there is anything I would do differently about the weekend. The GMG guys did an amazing job with our Euroworld Motorsports Porsche. That just left me to go out there and do all I could to make the most out of it. Sharing the podium with the guys who raced until the last half lap last year for the GT title, I think we can say we did that.”

 

about racing with factory drivers and veterans | “Ever since I was a little kid I've always wanted to make it in racing and looked up to Patrick (Long) as a kid. And he's been a true role model that I wanted to be when I grew up so when I go racing with these guys toe-to-toe, it's something that I can look back on and say to myself that I think I've done pretty well in racing.

 

 

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.

 

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

 

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