Michael Christensen will celebrate his victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans like any true racer should… he will drive in another race. Following his LMGTE-Pro class victory driving the Porsche “works” car to his first Le Mans class title, the Danish Porsche factory driver will return to his full-season effort in the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) with Alegra Motorsports for the Grand Prix of Road America. The twin, 50-minute sprint races at the 4.048-mile, 14-turn circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin will provide Christensen the opportunity to further his streak of podium finishes. Following his win in the most recent PWC race at Lime Rock Park, the June 22 – 24 weekend can also further establish Christensen’s PWC GT championship aspirations in the No. 24 Alegra Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Christensen’s streak of four consecutive PWC podiums began at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) in late April and continued through to his first PWC victory at the most recent round at Lime Rock on May 28 co-driving with Spencer Pumpelly (Atlanta, Georgia).
The Le Mans-winner is currently in a heated contest for the PWC Overall GT Championship with Canadian Scott Hargrove. Hargrove opened the season with wins at St. Petersburg, Florida in the No. 96 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R and has remained a frontrunner in each of the first five single-driver format races. Both have been podium contenders in the SprintX, two-driver, 60-minute events as well. Combined, the 20 races – 10 each for Sprint and SprintX – will award the Overall Champion. Porsche factory driver Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California) won the title in 2017 with Wright Motorsports.
The Wright team returns to World Challenge for the first time in 2018 with a Porsche 911 GT3 R for Anthony Imperato (Brooklyn, New York). The IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama regular will make his PWC debut in the No. 91 car in the GT Amateur (GTA) class. The familiar Flying Lizard Motorsports colors will also make its 2018 PWC debut at Road America in the GTA class with Andy Wilzoch (Denver, Colorado) in the No. 45 Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Pfaff Motorsports brings the lone Porsche entry for the GTS Amateur (GTSA) class at the famous Wisconsin race track. Orey Fidani (Canada) has campaigned each race for the team operated by Canada’s largest Porsche dealership in the No. 13 Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR. Fidani comes to Road America in sixth-place in the GTSA Point standings following four rounds.
Practice begins on Friday, June 22 with qualifying and the first races scheduled for Saturday, June 23. GT/GTA and GTS will each have their own stand-alone 50-minute events. The grids for Sunday’s two races will be set by fastest race lap in Saturday’s features.