Thursday, January 10, 2019 - Updated: 3:49 pm
Kris Wright a Central Catholic High School graduate is cementing himself as a "bright rising star" in the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Prototype Challenge (PC) series. He claimed the 2018 points championship in the IMSA series LMP3 series by winning the final race of the 2018 season at Road Atlanta.
Wright has announced that he will drive in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) class for the Rolex 24 At Daytona race later this month. It will be the fourth time that Wright has raced at the famed Daytona International Speedway in Florida, but it will mark his first endurance race.
Wright finished third in a IMSA Prototype Challenge race at Daytona in 2018, and he competed there in 2016 and 2017 as part of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. His LMP3 results in 2018 included third place finishes at Daytona Roar and Sebring, and a victory at Barber Motorsports Park. In 10 Pro Mazda races last year, he finished in the Top 10 six times.
In addition to racing at Daytona and Sebring, he has also raced at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Watkins Glen International in New York and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California.
Wright has been interested in racing since his junior high days when a friend introduced him to GoCarts. His dad raced in the 70s and early 80, but Kris said that he never pushed him into the sport. Wright noted that when he first asked his father about racing, he told his that he would help him get into it if he could earn a Division 1 scholarship in golf.
Following his graduation from Central Catholic in 2013, Kris played golf at IMG Academy in Florida, before earning a scholarship to Robert Morris University the following year.
Wright pointed out that while he has played many sports, he has always been drawn to racing, adding, "It's such a different sport." While he travels all over the world, he has made Wexford the base of his Kris Wright Motorsports. He is currently studying for his pilot's license so that he can easier access to race venues. He has also secured a number of notable sponsors such as iHeartRadio, MasterTech and PPG.
Among Wright's role models is the late Ayrton Senna, a devout Catholic who is generally regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time.
Wright is looking forward to gaining experience and moving up the racing ladder. "I want to be the best I can be, whatever that is," he said.
More information can be found on Wright's Web site at KrisWrightMotorsports.com. He can also be followed on Facebook at Kris Wright Racing, and on Instagram. Prototype Challenge information can be found at imsa.com.