BATAVIA, Ohio – The final details for Wright Motorsports’ No. 16 Porsche 911 GT3 R entry for the Rolex 24 at Daytona have been secured, as the team prepares to begin its 20th year of professional competition in sports car racing.
Anthony Imperato and Klaus Bachler will join Ryan Hardwick and Patrick Long in the 1st Phorm Porsche in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener, taking place Jan. 23-26.
“We’ve put together an incredible lineup to kick off the 2020 season,” said team owner John Wright. “I’m thrilled to have Anthony and Klaus back behind the wheel. They’re perfect additions to what we know is a strong effort. We’ve been incredibly productive with off season testing, and we’re ready to get 2020 started.”
As previously announced in October, Anthony Imperato is returning to the team for his fifth consecutive year, kicking off the new season with the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Continuing his relationships with Porsche and Wright Motorsports, the young racer has climbed the motorsport ranks of the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge and SRO America Championship, to return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GTD class.
The remainder of Imperato’s race season plans with primary sponsor Henry Repeating Arms will be announced at a later date.
A former Porsche Junior driver, Klaus Bachler will bring with him a strong Porsche racing resume, returning to the team for the first time since his 2013 outing with Melanie and Madison Snow, Marco Seefried and Sascha Maassen.
The young Austrian is no stranger to endurance racing, having also competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times, and earned two podiums and eleven top five finishes in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The No. 16 Porsche will debut its 2020 livery in less than two weeks at the Roar Before the 24, the first official all-series test in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Building on the team’s 2019 livery, the main body of the car will be 1st Phorm blue, with sweeping white lines flowing with the car’s body to the black rear.