Growth continues in IMSA’s Pro-Am GT Daytona class with the confirmation of Moorespeed’s shift to a full-time effort with Alex Riberas and Will Hardeman in No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Audi R8 LMS GT3.
The Texas-based outfit will welcome Audi’s Markus Winkelhock to the program for January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, along with Andrew Davis, who will return for the three additional Michelin Endurance Cup races.
“Moorespeed announced our IMSA GTD plans with Will Hardeman and the Continental Automotive Group (CAG) back in September, and that path ultimately led us to Audi Sport customer racing,” David Moore said. “Audi’s on-track program with the Audi R8 LMS speaks for itself with success around the world, and everyone at Audi Sport customer racing has been a pleasure to deal with in what has been a tight timeframe the last few weeks.
“We are looking forward to a long and successful relationship. Only 30 days have passed between making the move to Audi and taking delivery of the new R8. We only finalized our driver lineup this past week, but here we are at Daytona testing tires with Michelin.”
Moore also confirmed the Porsche GT3 Cup stalwart will maintain its presence in the spec series while expanding the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship program with Audi, rather than Porsche.
“The move to Audi Sport in the new 2019 Audi R8 LMS GT3 to compete in the GTD class, instead of the [GTD] Sprint Cup program [with a Porsche 911 GT3 R] we announced back in September, was a big decision for our company that wasn’t taken lightly,” he said. “We want to thank Porsche for all of their support, but we will continue to be part of that family as well. Next year, with new team driver Riley Dickinson, will be Moorespeed’s sixth consecutive season of fielding a team in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA by Yokohama series, which we will run concurrently with our Audi GTD program.”