HOUSTON, Texas – Alec Udell does a great job at managing his time, whether it is in the class room at Clemson University or behind the wheel of his No. 17 GMG Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup sports car.
Udell, who started racing karts at age five, has been doing the same for some 16 years as an honor roll student and winning racer.
“I’m taking 14 units in mechanical engineering at Clemson but I still was able to race the Porsche,” said Udell, who was one of the youngest drivers to win a pole position at age 15 in the Pirelli World Challenge.
Udell’s racing side was a winning one this year as he dominated the GT Cup division with 12 victories and six runner-up finishes in taking the GT Cup championship.
“I always go with a two-year plan or goal in my racing career,” explained The Woodland, Texas, college junior. “In 2015, it was my rookie year in GT Cup and we scored three wins. But it was a learning season with the GMG crew. I gained a lot of experience last year and I was ready to fight for the GT Cup championship this year.”
It proved to be a fight early in the season for Udell and Sloan Urry as the two GT Cup drivers each scored three victories in the first six events. But Udell caught fire in the middle of the campaign with six wins in the next eight 50-minute sprint contests.
“It’s just been an incredible year,” said Udell, 21. “I couldn’t be more appreciative of everyone on the GMG team. Neville (Agass), James (Sofronas), John (Wise) and all the guys gave me a great car at every race and, of course, this was all made possible by the efforts of James and everyone at the team who’ve been amazing.
“We knew we had a real shot at the championship this year,” he continued, “but to walk away with twelve wins was beyond what we could have hoped for. I want to thank all of my sponsors Euroworld Motorsports, Amcourse Capital and Panther Pipeline for their great support too.”
The championship run for Udell continues his family’s long racing tradition which traces back to the early Indy cars with his great, great grandfather competing. His grandfather and father were SCCA racers for many years as well.
“You can say I grew up in a racing family dating back to my great, great grandfather,” said Udell. “In fact, my grandfather is the one who gave me a go-kart at age five and I was able to advance up the ranks and take the national karting championship in 2008. With great support from my parents (Kim and Bob) and my driving coach Stuart Robinson, I was able to move into the cars at a young age and develop my skills.”