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WPD/Moorespeed Race Teams Tests at COTA
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WPD/Moorespeed Race Team Tests at Circuit of the Americas

#19 WPD/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup Team finished a very productive two day Test at their home track COTA.  The team tested both the 2016 Porsche GT3 Cup 991 that driver Will Hardeman will use to compete in the 2016 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series but also the 2014 Porsche GT3 Cup they will run together in Pirelli World Challenge

Will Hardeman enthusiastically stated “It was the best test of my life”  Our Two Day Winter Test home at COTA could not have gone better.  The team hasn’t been together since the finale at Laguna.  I needed a break.  The program Dave and the team put me through last year was super intense.  I was still a little worried I might come back at a sub par level.  This winter I thought a lot about the bad habits I’d developed and really worked on eliminating them mentally and it seemed to have paid”.  David Moore echoed Will, “I think we reached another Milestone, maybe the most important to date. Last year we saw some signs late in the season that he was getting close but today after doing two race simulations back to back and he wasn’t sweating, no red face, fresh and the fact that he decided not to use a cool suit or helmet blower just showed how far he’s come.  I know its cheesy but he’s finally become “One with the Car”.  I told him one day it would just click and everything would slow down in his mind, then he could get on with racing instead of just focusing on his driving.  I could not be more pleased.  We ran some very quick laps right out of the gate and came close to his personal best on the Pirelli Tires and shattered his PB on the Yokohama tires”.
 

The team’s next outing will be at the Promoter Test day part of the season opener for PWC race home at COTA March 3rd.

WPD Moorspeed Race Team Pirelli WC
WPD/Moorespeed Porsche Race Team enters Pirelli World Challenge race at COTA 1024 371 MOORESPEED

WPD/Moorespeed Porsche Race Team enters Pirelli World Challenge race at COTA

#19 WPD/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup Team is pleased to announce entry into the Pirelli World Challenge race at home track Circuit of the Americas.

Today was a rollercoaster ride”, according to David Moore, “I received the news at 4am this morning from SRO out of their UK offices that they were cancelling the 6 Hours of the Americas. It broke my heart to relay the news to the team who were in deep preparation working around the clock to have the best shot at a win.”

Moorespeed had a strong winning history in World Challenge over a decade ago so the decision to run Will Hardeman in the #19 WPD/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup was reached to run in the GT Cup class for the season opener of PWC at our home track Circuit of the Americas.

“I want to personally thank Greg Gill, Moore continued, Greg and the folks of Pirelli World Challenge really run a great program and know their customers. It’s been years since we competed in PWC but when the President calls you to make things right, it was a simple decision and perfect time for us to come back at home in Austin at Circuit of the Americas.”

WPD/Moorspeed Race Inaugural Blancpain
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WPD/Moorespeed Porsche Race Team to race in the inaugural Blancpain 6 Hours of the America

AUSTIN, Texas  (Jan 17, 2016) #19 WPD/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup Team is pleased to announce entry into SRO Motorsports The Blancpain 6 Hours of the America at our home track Circuit of the Americas Saturday, March 5 from 3:15 pm to 9:15 pm in conjunction with the Pirelli World Challenge

 

Lead Driver Will Hardeman is joined by Austinite Ross Garber and New Yorker Anthony Imperato who both have competed the last two seasons in Ferrari Challenge USA

 

WPD/Moorespeed Driver Will Hardeman said the “Stars Aligned and Some friends of ours built a Formula 1 track in our back Yard……”

Austin Racer Will Hardeman
With little experience, Austin racer sweeps Pirelli GT3 Cup weekend at Circuit of The Americas 630 449 MOORESPEED

With little experience, Austin racer sweeps Pirelli GT3 Cup weekend at Circuit of The Americas

Written by DAVE DOOLITTLE

It was a perfect weekend for Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA driver Will Hardeman.

The 33-year-old from Austin, Texas, swept both races in his WPD/Moorespeed Porsche 911 at Circuit of The Americas, winning the first race by almost 35 seconds and taking the second victory Sunday in rainy conditions.

What’s more impressive is that Hardeman has only been driving racecars for about seven months and was competing for the first time at Circuit of The Americas.

“The thing is I’ve been watching people race here enough, and I know the right guys to talk to that know the track, that have turned more laps than anyone and the pros that have run the fastest times,” Hardeman said Sunday afternoon.

“This is my first race at COTA but I’m from Austin, I’m no stranger to the track.”

Hardeman comes from an automotive family and continues to work full-time at Continental Automotive Group (Austin Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz of Austin, First Texas Honda, Austin Subaru, Continental Collision and WPD “Wholesale Parts Direct”.

He started to consider becoming a race driver after driving Circuit of The Americas during a charity event in April. Team principal David Moore rode a few laps with Hardeman then and was impressed with what he saw.

“David said, ‘You’re not driving the right line or anything, but I can tell you like to drive fast and there might be something here,’ ” Hardeman said of those first laps. “He kept on bugging me about it, saying, ‘We should probably look at going racing, you might have something.’ He kept on bugging me about it until finally we broke down and said, ‘OK, we’ll let’s try this.’

Once the decision was made to go racing, Hardeman bought a used 911 GT3 and went to work. Moore said he started with education, sending Hardeman to the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving outside of Phoenix. From there it moved on to track time and advice from professional racers like Darren Law and Andy Lally.

Hardeman’s first experience at Circuit of the Americas was in August, and it was clear he had a lot to learn. “The first time we were at COTA I think Andy and I made him crash because we were pushing him so hard,” Moore said. “I came off the track and tapped the wall,” Hardeman said. “That was my first experience with COTA.”

The coming months saw more track time and race experience, including competing in Historic Racing Series races in Daytona and Sebring in November and December, scoring victories and podiums along the way. “Frankly he had a lot more competition that weekend than he did this weekend,” Moore said of the Daytona event. “There were a lot of pro teams that were there getting ready for the 24 Hours of Daytona.”

In between, Hardeman was testing at tracks around the United States, getting more and more comfortable with pushing the car beyond his comfort zone.

“Part of this whole education is the lingo of how to communicate back and forth between the driver and the engineers on what the car’s doing,” Moore said. “We did a test back in December at MSR Houston for two days and that’s all we did: We would make a change, Will would go into the car and then we had Darren Law go into the car right behind him. But they wouldn’t talk to each other — they would write notes on what the car did and then we would compare notes: Sway bars, wings, ride height, all those types of changes.

“That was probably the turning point in his driving abilities,” Moore said. “To be able to convey what the car was doing and understand that you just don’t get in a car and drive fast.”

Hardeman said this weekend was the first time he truly felt comfortable in a racecar, even under wet conditions Sunday.

“What’s funny is my lap times back then in August were what I was running in the rain today, and I thought I was fast and out of control at a 2-and-a-half minute lap back in August,” Hardeman said. “I just focused on learning the wet lines, staying in the marbles and really avoiding the paint at all costs. The way I was driving it was a little bit smoother in the rain and conservative, but it was still good enough to take home a win, and that’s all that counts.”

Hardeman will be racing this season in IMSA’s Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA, starting in Sebring from March 18 to 20.

“I have a lot to learn and a lot of work to do, but I’m coming in with good momentum and a positive attitude,” Hardeman said. “IMSA is kind of the end of the road. If I can dominate there, we’ll see where it goes when we get there.”

Check out Dave Doolittle’s Blogs at Circuit of the Americas http://circuitoftheamericas.com/blog

Will Hardeman #19
Hardeman & #19 WPD/Moorespeed Qualify P1 again and win Race # 2 in the rain soaked Circuit of the Americas on Sunday 630 408 MOORESPEED

Hardeman & #19 WPD/Moorespeed Qualify P1 again and win Race # 2 in the rain soaked Circuit of the Americas on Sunday

Will Hardeman capped off a perfect weekend for the hometown crowd at COTA by taking the Pole in both qualifying sessions on Saturday and Sunday and then leading from start to finish in both races for the double header victory.

Sunday the WPD/Moorespeed team arrived to COTA in a rainstorm. Morning practice was cancelled by officials. Qualifying for Race 2 was very wet.

Hardeman who had never driven in the rain before used the first half of qualifying to get the feel of the car. When Moorespeed’s David Moore told him “Its time to get with the program” he delivered instantly again qualifying P1.

Will went on to victory with a margin of over 10 seconds to the second and third place cars of IMSA regulars.

The team heads to Sebring with great momentum for the IMSA GT3 Cup season held in conjunction with the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Watch Race #2 on YouTube
compliments of Competent Motorsports

Will Hardeman First Pole Position Ever
Hardeman & #19 WPD/Moorespeed Race Team Dominate Race #1 at Circuit of Americas 630 333 MOORESPEED

Hardeman & #19 WPD/Moorespeed Race Team Dominate Race #1 at Circuit of Americas

Will Hardeman started the #19 WPD/Moorespeed GT3 Cup Porsche from the pole, his first pole position ever.

In a radio interview after qualifying with Speed City announcer Les Kiser, the rookie driver revealed his plan for Race #1 was to get through turn one first and lay down qualifying laps to try to build a gap and go for the win.

17 laps later he took the checkered flag P1 with a 34-second gap to second place following that plan to the letter.

Watch Race #1 on YouTube

compliments of Competent Motorsports

Price Cobb with Will Hardeman
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Will Hardeman takes the pole in the #19 WPD/Moorespeed Porsche at COTA

On Saturday morning, WPD/Moorespeed’s Will Hardeman set a blistering 2:12.093 at the Circuit of Americas race track in Austin Texas on his 3rd lap of the 30-minute session to take the pole position in Qualifying #1 for the season opener of the Pirelli GT3 Trophy cup series

Car Chief Robin Hayes pulled him in to save his tires for the race.

The team nervously sat in pit lane the next 25 minutes for a challenger. But nobody was able to match rookie driver Will Hardeman’s pace as he took the pole for Race #1 by 1.6 seconds over 2nd place.

U.S. Vintage Racing National Championship
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SVRA at COTA

U.S. Vintage Racing National Championship

We would like to extend a personal invitation to visit our Moorespeed Paddock/Lounge at the SVRA races this weekend Oct 25-27th. We are located in Paddock B and our transporter is along the fence right at the entry of the outside of turn 13 which is a great vantage point for viewing turns 12, 13, 14 and 15.

Look for Price Cobb or David Moore at the transporter and either would be glad to show you around. We have complete hospitality setup with hors d’oeuvres and beer/wine.

Hope to see you out there. If you did not know, there are 520 entries for the weekend.

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