BATAVIA, Ohio – Wright Motorsports has confirmed the expansion of their GT Daytona program for the sprint portion of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
Beginning with next week’s event at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the group will field a second Porsche 911 GT3 R entry for Wright Motorsports regular Michael Schein and German Porsche ace Wolf Henzler.
“I know I’m speaking for my entire team when I say that we’re all very pleased to see Mike make his transition into the IMSA WeatherTech Championship. He’s worked very hard to get to this point and we’re all excited to see him race in this environment,” said Wright Motorsports Principal John Wright.
“I’m looking forward to bringing on a second car, which will enhance our engineering efforts during race weekends. I’m also looking forward to working with Wolf for the first time. He will be a great asset to the team and a good mentor for Mike with all of his endurance experience.”
The No. 16 Porsche 911 GT3 R will run alongside the full-season No. 58 Porsche 911 GT3 R entry of Patrick Long and Christina Nielsen for the remaining events – excluding the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup rounds at Watkins Glen Int’l and Road Atlanta.
Schein will be entering his sixth consecutive season with the Batavia Ohio-based group. Though new to endurance racing, the New York native has spent the last two years getting to know the Porsche 911 GT3 R, having taken two runner-up championships in the Pirelli World Challenge. This marks his return to the IMSA paddock after a three year run from 2013 to 2015 in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge USA in a Wright Motorsports prepared Porsche.
Henzler has seen the podium at nearly every stop on the IMSA calendar. An owner of multiple championships, the German has also seen victories at prestigious events such as the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 24 Hours of Spa and Petit Le Mans. Having set the benchmark as one Porsche’s longest standing works drivers, Henzler has earned a new role this year as the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Junior Program Driver Coach.