UDELL STEPS UP TO THE NEXT RUNG OF THE LADDER
MONTEREY, CA (October 6, 2016) - Having clinched the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge GT Cup championship during the race series’ penultimate weekend in Sonoma, Alec Udell is looking to get a head start on his 2017 plans by stepping up to the GT-class for the season finale race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Alec’s championship GT Cup season has been impressive with 12 victories and 8 pole positions in the GMG Racing No. 17 Euroworld Motorsports/Panther Pipeline/Amsource Capital Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. For the 20-year-old Clemson University mechanical engineering student, moving into the GT driver ranks is exactly the opportunity the Pirelli World Challenge series offers.
“The Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series has become the leading sportscar sprint series in the country, attracting top names from across the GT grid in terms of both teams and drivers,” stated Udell. “The past two seasons in GT Cup with GMG Racing have offered me an amazing level of growth - not just in driving skill and maturity, but lessons in overcoming adversity. Last season was not at all what we had hoped it would be - it was heartbreaking to be taken out of championship contention so early in the season. However, we were able to build upon our three wins in 2015 and carry that momentum forward into 2016.”
“The ability to move up through the PWC classes has created an incredible environment for up-and-coming drivers like myself. At 15, I was the youngest licensed driver to ever start a PWC race and now, just five years later, I’m the Pirelli World Challenge Porsche GT Cup Champion and have the chance to race in the top class. It’s pretty incredible.” enthused Udell.
WC Vision President and CEO Greg Gill noted, "Alec and his team performed at a Championship level for the entire season. They started on the path last year and persevered despite some incredible setbacks. Alec's career trajectory from GTS into GT Cup shows the opportunity for drivers and teams to build their racing careers and businesses in a ladder system within the Pirelli World Challenge."
Looking ahead to this weekend, Udell said, “It’s an honor to pilot the No. 14 GMG Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R for this weekend’s finale spirit race and to partner with Brent Holden for the finale SprintX race. Every weekend my crew chief Neville and the entire team have given me a great car and I expect no less at Laguna Seca. Stepping up to the GT-class for the final race of the season is incredible and I’m grateful for the faith that James, Brent and the team have in me. I couldn’t be happier and I look forward to closing out the season on a high note in Monterey.”
Official practice begins this Friday, October 7. The Pirelli World Challenge GT class series finale will run on Sunday, October 9 at 11:00 a.m. ET. The race from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will be televised on the CBS Sports Network Sunday, October 16 at 3:00 p.m. ET.