– SuperKarts National Champion from Texas Joins Moorespeed Driver Development Program
– Additional Plans Call for Masters or Gold Teammate for Dickinson in IMSA Porsche GT3
AUSTIN, Texas (October 3, 2018) – In the team’s second major 2019 program announcement in the last three weeks, Moorespeed’s David Moore confirmed today that 16-year-old SKUSA S2 Pro Tour Karting National Champion Riley Dickinson has signed with Moorespeed for a full-season campaign in next year’s IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Platinum Cup Championship.
A resident of New Braunfels, Texas, Dickinson has been one of the top karting competitors in Texas and beyond in recent years and is generally regarded as one of the Lone Star State’s brightest prospects for future success in his move up to race cars.
“I could not be more excited to kick off the 2019 season with Moorespeed in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama,” Dickinson said. “Even though the season opener is still months away, my primary focus right now is all Porsche GT3 Cup related. I have an increased level of confidence driving the 911 Cup car after our first test, which went extremely well. I felt quickly at home and comfortable in the car. I also feel the team and I clicked really well that day. With that being said, there is still a lot of work to be done.”
Dickinson tested with Moorespeed for the first time this past August on the MSR Houston road course.
“Riley’s first time in a proper race car was in the No. 19 Moorespeed Porsche two days after the VIRginia International Raceway weekend,” Moore said. “He impressed us not just by his driving but his demeanor. He was comfortable and quick right out of the box. Needless to say, the team is highly motivated to help Riley achieve his goal to be a successful professional sports car racer and look forward to 2019.”
Dickinson’s arrival follows Moorespeed’s mid-September announcement that the Austin, Texas-based team has signed longtime team driver Will Hardeman for a 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona (GTD) campaign in a Porsche 911 GT3 R.
The move to GTD in 2019 comes after Hardeman’s successful ascension through Moorespeed’s driver development program the last four years, a process the team is now ready to tackle with Dickinson.
In 2017, Dickinson captured the SuperKarts USA Pro Tour S2 National Championship, winning half of the season’s races and scoring two more podium showings and a fourth-place finish to top a competitive field of 43 drivers.
SuperKarts USA – SKUSA for short – is the leader in national competition for North America in the karting world, with the SKUSA Pro Tour the organization’s flagship national program. The best in the country, and many times the best in the world, come to compete at the highest level of kart racing in North America through the SKUSA Pro Tour.
The S2 category of the SKUSA Pro Tour, in which Dickinson captured the 2017 title, is one of the most competitive classes. It is strictly a shifter kart field, with the karts having six gears as opposed to a single speed kart.
“I’m extremely confident that my experiences racing karts have prepared me for what’s to come, especially after seeing how it translates to the Cup car,” Dickinson said. “There have been so many invaluable things that I have picked up from karts that I know at some point I will be able to pull them out of my ‘toolbox’ and apply in certain situations.”
In addition to signing Dickinson for the 2019 Platinum Cup season, Moorespeed is actively pursuing a Platinum Cup Masters or Gold class competitor to run alongside and assist in the development of its new teenage race car driver.
“Next year’s plans are almost complete,” Moore said. “The driver pairing for our GTD program has yet to be announced, and we are still interviewing for one more driver either in Masters or Gold to team with Riley. We’d like someone quick, a contender, but also someone wanting to help mentor a really fine young man. There are a few interested, one in particular is a good friend. If the planets align right, it would be really cool and a lot of fun.”
Moorespeed is currently in its best season of competition to date in IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA. Hardeman won during the season-opening event weekend at Sebring International Raceway in March before recently crowned IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Canada Champion Zacharie Robichon took over the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup for the year’s final four USA-series race weekends.
Moorespeed and Robichon swept their first two doubleheaders together at Road America and VIR in August and picked up a fifth-straight race win at Sonoma Raceway. Next up for the team is the season-ending doubleheader during Petit Le Mans weekend at Road Atlanta, October 11 – 12.