Alec Udell Returns to Pirelli World Challenge in Alabama
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (April 24, 2015)- Following a disappointing Grand Prix of St. Petersburg that left Pirelli World Challenge standout 19-year-old Alec Udell stranded for the last two rounds of competition, the No. 17 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 991 will once again return to action at this weekend’s MOMO Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park presented by Porsche.
“It’s great to be back to competition this weekend,” stated Udell. “It’s been a very challenging few weeks having to miss the last two rounds, but this is the challenge that racing presents and hopefully the worst is behind us. I couldn’t be more appreciative of everyone at GMG, M Performance, Porsche Motorsport North America, Motorsports Development Group and the fantastic supportive circle around me that have helped get us back to action. Our last ‘real’ race in Austin showed just what we’re capable of, and I’m confident there’s more in store in Alabama.”
Competing in the all-new Pirelli World Challenge GT Cup, a class made up entirely of Porsche 911 GT3 Cup machinery, the young Clemson University student was off to a strong start during the season’s opening rounds at Circuit of The Americas, in Austin, Texas. Competing with the renowned Global Motorsports Group (GMG) and taking double podium finishes, Udell was right at home in the class. With years of experience in the GTS category of the series, Alec knew his experience at most of the tracks would make him an instant championship contender.
Unfortunately, the season took a dramatic twist of fate at the following round in St. Petersburg, Florida, where Udell would be caught in an unavoidable incident at the start, before he’d even had a chance to cross the start/finish line. With an errant Lamborghini pinning his car into the track’s inside retaining wall, the damage to the No. 17 was so extensive that they were not only forced to miss the next day’s race, but the most recent Grand Prix of Long Beach entirely.
With the car needing to be thoroughly rebuilt, Udell’s absence in the last two rounds has undoubtedly put a dent in his championship hopes, yet the Texan remains upbeat and committed to success.
“We’re very fortunate to have the partners that we do, but with the expenses required we’re digging as deep as we can to keep our program going,” continued Alec. “I’m doing everything I can to pitch in, flying back from school twice to help take the car apart and put it back together, and I’m sure the effort will pay off.”
The first official practice for today’s MOMO Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park presented by Porsche begins at 10:45 AM CDT, with Race One taking place at 11:20 AM CDT on Saturday. Race Two will take place less than 24 hours later, with the events scheduled to start at 10:55 AM CDT. Live race coverage can be found atworld-challengetv.com, as well as continued reports throughout the weekend on the Alec Udell Racing Facebook and Instagram accounts.