AUSTIN, Texas – Moorespeed on Wednesday confirmed its participation in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, as well as next weekend’s season-opening Pirelli World Challenge race at Circuit of The Americas with returning team driver Will Hardeman.
Hardeman, Moorespeed President David Moore, and the No. 19 WPD/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup team are all based in Austin and tested on their home track at COTA early last week. The productive two-day session was in preparation for both the COTA Pirelli World Challenge race weekend, March 3-6, and the season-opening IMSA GT3 Cup rounds at Sebring Int’l Raceway, March 16-18.
“It was our first time back together as a team since last year’s finale at Laguna Seca but I could quickly tell our hard work in 2015 paid off,” Hardeman said. “The program Dave Moore and the team put me through last year was very intense and carried into my thought process all winter. I focused a lot on areas where I needed to improve, shed some of the bad habits I developed, and came back to the track much more focused mentally. The result was a test that couldn’t have gone better, really our best ever together.”
Moorespeed and Hardeman will race together for a second-consecutive full season in IMSA GT3 Cup’s top-tier Platinum division. Their Pirelli World Challenge debut will be in the GT Cup division, an all-Porsche GT3 Cup class similar in format to IMSA GT3 Cup.
“Will and I had a very strong relationship before racing and it’s only grown since this journey started 18 months ago,” Moore said. “He’s at a much more advanced level now, which has made my job as coach much easier in some respects but harder in others. We are chasing thousandths of a second now instead of chunks, and there is certainly less chatter between us on the radio now that he has truly developed as a formidable driver.”
Moorespeed and Hardeman had originally planned to race in the 6 Hours of the Americas at COTA to start their season but quickly looked to the Pirelli World Challenge event the same weekend after the endurance race was postponed.