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Moorespeed and Zach Robichon Win Again in IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup
Moorespeed and Zach Robichon Win Again in IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Round 1 of Road Atlanta Season-Ending Doubleheader 600 430 MOORESPEED

Moorespeed and Zach Robichon Win Again in IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Round 1 of Road Atlanta Season-Ending Doubleheader

Robichon and Moorespeed Score Another Pole-to-Podium P1 Result in No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup Thursday at Road Atlanta Season Finale

BRASELTON, Georgia (October 11, 2018) – Moorespeed and Zach Robichon are halfway home in meeting their goal of closing out the 2018 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama season in dominating style after a hard-earned victory Thursday in the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup.

After winning the pole in qualifying earlier on Thursday, Robichon overcame a challenging race start in that afternoon’s 45-minute sprint for the victory. The win gives Moorespeed and Robichon a solid half-dozen victories since pairing up for the final four doubleheader race weekends of the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup season just over two months ago.

“Today has been a good day,” said Moorespeed President David Moore. “We accomplished two goals. The first one was to put it on the pole, and the second goal was to win this race. It was really good, I am really proud of the guys.”

The win wasn’t without drama as polesitter Robichon was surprised by the green flag as he was leading the field to the race start.

“It was definitely an odd start,” Robichon said. “Starting from the pole, generally speaking, the green flag is given after the polesitter goes. I guess the green flag went early and the others around me saw it. I’ll admit, I wasn’t looking for the green flag. As the leader, you are the one expecting to call the shots, and that didn’t happen.”

Robichon dropped to third as the field filed into Turn 1 on the opening lap but didn’t let the race-start issues get the better of him.

“I am a little confused by the start,” Moore said. “I am going to go back and review the video on that, but we still won. Zach put his head down and made some brilliant passes and never really looked back after that. He’s not a quitter, I am really proud of his performance, and the team did a really good job with the car.”

Robichon quickly gained second place back but had to be a little more careful and calculating in catching the race leader.

“I just had to gather up, get calm and push to the front,” Robichon said. “Because we were following guys for a little bit we got a little bit of a push from the front end. When you are right up on somebody’s bumper it is going to get worse because you have aero taken off the front. It took me a little bit longer to get that lead back.”

Robichon retook the lead for good with a pass in Turn 10 with just over 28 minutes remaining. He successfully defended the top spot through a pair of late restarts and crossed the finish line with a 2.837-second margin of victory.

“Once we were up front I think the race was ours,” Robichon said. “I was very confident after the restarts that we would be able to go. I am pretty happy, it was kind of weird racing at dusk, the track was a little dusty, and it made for some brake issues. Just an inconsistent brake pedal, which is never a good feeling, but for the most part I am very happy. We will learn from today, make a few changes to the car and come back strong tomorrow.”

The IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA season-ending 45-minute sprint race is scheduled to go green at 10:10 a.m. EDT tomorrow, Friday, October 12, and can be seen live on www.IMSA.tv.

Zach Robichon Go Five-for-Five in IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Saturday in Sonoma
Moorespeed and Zach Robichon Go Five-for-Five in IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Saturday in Sonoma 600 528 MOORESPEED

Moorespeed and Zach Robichon Go Five-for-Five in IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Saturday in Sonoma

Robichon and Moorespeed Win Fifth-Straight IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Race in No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup

SONOMA, California (September 15, 2018) – Zach Robichon and Moorespeed are now five-for-five in IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama race wins after Saturday’s victory from the pole in the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup in the first 45-minute sprint of this weekend’s doubleheader at Sonoma Raceway.

Making his Sonoma debut, Robichon won the pole for this weekend’s pair of races in Saturday morning’s qualifying session and then stayed just clear of the competition in a well-managed and flag-to-flag race win that afternoon in the CAG/Moorespeed No. 19.

“Every time we go out and try to execute at a race, our goal is to peak at the right time,” said Moorespeed President David Moore. “We knew that tire deg (degradation) was going to be huge, so the main focus was to try to get an early gap, just enough so Zach could run the race line and not over stress the tire. It took a lot of discipline, you can go quicker in the first two sectors of the track, but they are hard on the tires, so we just took a measured and chip-away approach.”

Moorespeed and Robichon have teamed up for the final four IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA doubleheader race weekends of the year, a pairing that remains perfect with five of eight races now in the books through Saturday.

“We knew coming in Sonoma was probably going to be our hardest weekend,” Robichon said. “Right from the green flag, I was thinking about the tires. I knew at the beginning I could push harder, but right from the word go the backend was sliding a little bit. I knew if I pushed I was going to hurt the tires, but I was pretty comfortable with where I was at.”

Last month, Robichon won both races from the pole in his debut in the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup at Road America and joined the Moorespeed team in backing it up with another weekend sweep two weeks later at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR).

Road America, VIR and this weekend at Sonoma are all first-time tracks for Robichon, a French-Canadian driver from Ottawa who recently clinched the 2018 IMSA Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama Platinum Cup Championship.

“The two guys behind us today drove well and had lap times right there with us, so getting a gap on the first lap and then just managing that was huge,” Moore said. “Zach did a great job of managing the car and the tire deg.”

Robichon is filling in at Moorespeed for regular team driver Will Hardeman, who drove the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup to victory at Sebring last March and is joining the team this weekend at Sonoma.

Sunday’s second and final 45-minute sprint for Sonoma is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. PDT and will be streamed live on IMSA.tv.

Rounds 13 and 14 on the 2018 schedule, the Sonoma races are the next-to-last weekend of the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA season before next month’s season finale at Road Atlanta at the Motul Petit Le Mans.

Noteworthy

– Moorespeed’s longtime Crew Chief Robin Hayes is enjoying the recent run of success he and his teammates have worked so hard to achieve. “I have been working hard and waiting for this for a while,” Hayes said. “Zach makes me look good. Porsche and other people have come to us and said, ‘we knew you had a good car, but we didn’t know how good it was,’ and Zach has allowed us to show it. He has let us show exactly what our potential is, what we can do.”

Zach Robichon Makes Sonoma Raceway Debut
Zach Robichon Makes Sonoma Raceway Debut This Weekend in No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup 600 400 MOORESPEED

Zach Robichon Makes Sonoma Raceway Debut This Weekend in No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup

– Robichon and Moorespeed Looking for More Victories in IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Doubleheader Race Weekend at Sonoma
 
SONOMA, California (September 14, 2018) – Continuing their mission of driver development and maximizing race wins in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, Zach Robichon and Moorespeed will be looking for another victorious weekend in the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup in a pair of 45-minute races this Saturday and Sunday at Sonoma Raceway.
 
Rounds 13 and 14 on the 2018 schedule, the Sonoma races are the penultimate weekend of the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA season ahead of next month’s season finale at Road Atlanta at the Motul Petit Le Mans.
 
Moorespeed and Robichon have teamed up for the final four IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA doubleheader race weekends of the year, and it has been a perfect pairing halfway through the schedule.
 
Last month, Robichon won both races from the pole in his debut in the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup at Road America and joined the Moorespeed team in backing it up with another weekend sweep two weeks later at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR).
 
“We are rolling into this race probably in the same place we were at VIR,” said Moorespeed President David Moore. “We are on a mission to get on the top step of the podium again, it is another track Zach hasn’t been to, but we have done some preparation. You can always do more, both of our schedules have been pretty crazy, but we are ready for the challenge.”
 
Road America, VIR and this weekend at Sonoma are all first-time tracks for Robichon, a French-Canadian driver from Ottawa who recently clinched the IMSA Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama series championship back home.
 
“I am proud of what we achieved in the Canadian series this year but that doesn’t mean anything this weekend,” Robichon said. “Whether it is this weekend, or the last two weekends with Moorespeed that we have done, I am always completely focused on the job at hand. We are back at it on a new track for me, it’s now all about Sonoma and the next three days.”
 
Robichon proved to be a quick study in his Road America and VIR debuts.
 

 
“I have a really high level of confidence in Zach’s ability to learn a new track quickly,” Moore said. “The main thing we have at Sonoma, that we didn’t at our first two races, is that we are here with IndyCar. So, the way our Yokohama tires will perform is a little bit different depending on how the other rubber is laid down. The track is going to keep changing so we need to stay ahead of the changes.”
 
Robichon arrived at Sonoma for the first time on Thursday and saw similarities in its terrain and elevation changes to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Road Atlanta.
 
“I did a decent amount of preparation on the simulator,” Robichon said. “It gives you the first impression of those hills and the elevation changes, which is something that is going to play into this weekend. We will have to get on top of the setup for this track, it has lots of hills but it’s not intimidating.”
 
Robichon is filling in at the wheel of the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup for regular team driver Will Hardeman who ran competitively last year with Moorespeed at Sonoma.
 
“We have good data from last season, and good notes to start off with on chassis setup for Sonoma,” Moore said.
 
Live Timing & Scoring from all on-track sessions, beginning with today’s practice rounds, is available on IMSA.com.
 
Saturday’s first IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup race is scheduled to start at 1:15 p.m. PDT with the weekend’s second and final 45-minute sprint set to go green on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. PDTSunday’s race will be streamed live on IMSA.tv.

Zach Robichon and Moorespeed Win Sunday Victory at VIR
Zach Robichon and Moorespeed Persevere to Stay Perfect in IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA With Hard-Earned Sunday Victory at VIR 600 400 MOORESPEED

Zach Robichon and Moorespeed Persevere to Stay Perfect in IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA With Hard-Earned Sunday Victory at VIR

Robichon and Moorespeed Score Second-Straight GT3 Cup Challenge USA Weekend Sweep in No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup
 
DANVILLE, Virginia (August 19, 2018) – Zach Robichon and Moorespeed stayed perfect on the season with their fourth IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama race win together in as many races Sunday at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR), but the path to today’s checkered flag was far from easy.
 
In their previous three victories – a doubleheader sweep at Road America two weeks ago and Saturday at VIR – Robichon and Moorespeed were never challenged in flag-to-flag romps to the checkered flag from the pole.
 
Robichon started from the pole again for Sunday’s second and final 45-minute race of the weekend but it soon became apparent he and the Moorespeed team were going to have to dig a little deeper to earn their fourth victory.
 
Robichon led the race’s opening lap only to drop to second place a lap later when he was passed for the lead for the first time since he started driving the CAG/Moorespeed No. 19.
 
“I made it hard on myself,” Robichon said. “The first two laps I didn’t push hard enough. I got passed, he made a great move, but then I could see his tire pressures were probably higher than ours because a few laps later you could see his rear was flat while ours was still rolling over. I knew he wasn’t going to last the whole race.”
 
Robichon kept the pressure on and retook the lead with a charging pass down VIR’s front straight into Turn 1 with just under 20 minutes remaining.
 
Back up front, Robichon appeared ready to check out on the competition but another challenge soon emerged.
 

 
“We have always known that Zach has a special talent,” said Moorespeed President David Moore. “We kind of went wrong with the car at the start of the race. We thought the track was going to be different. We went one way and the track went the other. We weren’t terribly concerned about the early pass as we knew the car would come in for us in the last half of the race, but then we had the traffic. It always plays a part here and unfortunately, we got caught up in it.”
 
Weaving his way through lapped traffic, Robichon encountered a slower competitor in a damaged car in the main racing line. Robichon quickly darted to the right side of the track to avoid contact, but the slight trip off course ripped the No. 19’s front splitter off.
 
“I was more aggressive today with the traffic because the lead gap I had wasn’t nearly what it was yesterday,” Robichon said. “I thought the lapped car saw me because he went a little bit of a weird way out of the first turn of the esses. I went right, but he obviously didn’t see me, and I had to drop to the grass and hit the curb on the exit. The front splitter came off and it makes for a lot of work. Through the esses and the high-speed corners it’s a handful, and even on the front straight that slight bend becomes a corner.”
 
Robichon powered on in the jittery Porsche for the race’s final 10 minutes and skillfully managed to hold off a fast-closing competitor for the hard-earned victory.
 
“It made it interesting,” Moore said. “For the last nine or 10 laps of the race, you could see Zach adjust at every corner the attitude of the car to get it to do what it wouldn’t do. He changed the driving to fit the situation on the car and was just in a class by himself. One day Zach is going to be a really good endurance racer because things happen and you have to be able to manage the equipment. He did a hell of a job today.”
 

 
Moorespeed and Robichon have teamed up for the final four IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA doubleheader race weekends of the year and remain undefeated in the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup with half of the scheduled race weekends now in the record books.
 
Next up for Robichon and Moorespeed in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama is the doubleheader race weekend at Sonoma Raceway, September 14 – 16.
 
Noteworthy
 
– Moore wasn’t surprised Robichon drove masterfully and held on for the Sunday VIR win even without the front splitter on the CAG/Moorespeed No. 19. “The first time I ever met Zach was three years ago at Road Atlanta where he lost the front splitter, I think on the first or second lap, and he still finished third on the podium at a blistering pace,” Moore said. “I went up to him after that race and told him I was impressed. That was how we met.”
 
– While Robichon heads home to Canada to close out the IMSA Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama season next weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), Moorespeed is going straight to work on its 2019 Porsche GT3 Cup driver development program. “We are testing a young man for next season next Wednesday back in Texas,” Moore said. “It’s a one-day test at MSR Houston and then we will get the car back in the shop in Austin and start preparing for Sonoma.”

Zach Robichon and Moorespeed Roll to Third-Straight IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Victory
Zach Robichon and Moorespeed Roll to Third-Straight IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Victory Saturday at VIR 600 400 MOORESPEED

Zach Robichon and Moorespeed Roll to Third-Straight IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Victory Saturday at VIR

Another Flag-to-Flag Sweep from the Pole for Robichon and No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup Team

DANVILLE, Virginia (August 18, 2018) – Zach Robichon and Moorespeed rolled to their third-straight IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama race win Saturday at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) in another flag-to-flag victory from the pole in the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup.

The convincing win was the third-straight victory for Robichon and Moorespeed in as many races after sweeping both rounds of the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup weekend at Road America two weeks ago.

“From the word go the Moorespeed Porsche was very good,” Robichon said. “The track was a little unique in the different rubber compounds that some of the cars in other series had laid down. It took some getting used to in the first few laps but right when our tire was starting to get better it seemed like everybody else had their tires start to fall off. Right when we got to the peak, tires came into play, and the car was just really good for the last 30 minutes.”

Moorespeed and Robichon have teamed up for the final four IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA doubleheader race weekends of the year and so far, are undefeated in the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup.

“I feel really good but I feel fortunate too because so many people were going off,” said Moorespeed President David Moore. “Zach just drove a really smart race again, and from the start in clean air, he just built and maintained a gap. It was just a really well-run race by Zach for sure. I don’t think he put a foot wrong anywhere, very consistent, and the team did a good job giving him the car. It all came together, we had some little struggles on the Thursday test day, but our execution plan is to peak in qualifying and hold it. That’s what we were able to do today.”

While Robichon has yet to be challenged while leading an IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA race in his three race starts with Moorespeed, he did encounter lapped traffic for the first time at the wheel of the No. 19 in Saturday’s race.

“Traffic is traffic,” Robichon said. “A lot of tracks, you can easily get out of the way, or you can easily be aware of what’s going on around you, but at this track, that’s not the case. There’s a lot of combination corners, one into the next, and if you get caught up behind a car going into one of those sequences there is nothing you can do. It’s up to me to get by them, but I was playing it pretty safe.”

Sunday’s second and final 45-minute race of the weekend is scheduled to go green at 9:15 a.m. EDT and can be viewed live on IMSA.tv.

“We might make a couple changes to the car,” Robichon said. “Just little minute things, tire pressures and what not, because you can always get better. There are always improvements you can make but for the most part, the car has been great all weekend.”

Zach Robichon Makes VIRginia International Raceway Debut
Zach Robichon Makes VIRginia International Raceway Debut This Weekend in No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup 600 456 MOORESPEED

Zach Robichon Makes VIRginia International Raceway Debut This Weekend in No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup

Robichon and Moorespeed Set for More Success in Second Race Weekend Together After Double-Win Debut Two Weeks Ago at Road America

 

DANVILLE, Virginia (August 17, 2018) – Ready to pick up right where they left off after a dominating, double-win debut together two weeks ago at Road America, Zach Robichon and Moorespeed put in a pair of productive practice sessions Friday in the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup on the opening day of official competition for this weekend’s IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama doubleheader at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR).
 
Moorespeed and Robichon have teamed up for the final four IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA race weekends of the year in the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup.
 
The first three events on the schedule – Road America, this weekend at VIR and September’s doubleheader at Sonoma Raceway – are all first-time tracks for Robichon, a French-Canadian driver from Ottawa.
 
“This is one of those tracks that everybody loves,” Robichon said. “I have talked to a lot of people that have said VIR is their favorite track, a bit like Road America, and right off the bat, you can understand why. It has a lot of really cool places, it doesn’t have quite the same speed, not as many fast corners like we have at Road America, so the driving is a little bit different.”
 
Robichon’s first-ever laps on the 3.27-mile VIR road course were turned in yesterday’s unofficial test session in the CAG/Moorespeed No. 19.
 
“We had some issues on Thursday, but I think we learned from it,” said Moorespeed President David Moore. “I would rather have things not go right on a practice day than during race day. I feel pretty good that it happened to us when it did. We turned a negative into a positive and are moving forward.”
 
Robichon happily added the final four IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA weekends to his 2018 racing lineup while dominating the sister IMSA Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama series back home. He has won an incredible nine of 10 races in the Canadian championship – including four doubleheader weekend sweeps – going into the series finale at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) next weekend.
 

 
“Most people who are active in racing and have my best interests at heart have been very supportive of adding some Porsche GT3 Cup USA races to my schedule,” Robichon said. “I am a big believer in that every time you are in a car you are going to learn something. Having the opportunity to do the final four GT3 Cup USA races with Moorespeed I think will make me better in the Canadian series. Every lap is new knowledge you can use.”
 
Moore is confident in Robichon’s ability to quickly learn a new race track, particularly VIR.
 
“Zach is still learning the track, but he took to it like I thought he would,” Moore said. “It’s a driver’s track and he is a driver, so we’re approaching in a way where he is making some refinements here and there. I feel pretty comfortable about the progress we have made so far.”
 
Robichon, in turn, gives credit to Moorespeed for getting him quickly up to speed in his first visits to U.S. race tracks.
 
“Having a good team around me like Moorespeed to help me learn these tracks has been really important for me,” Robichon said. “We will just keep doing what we have been doing and we’ll get back to the front. So far at VIR, the car has been really good. I have gotten up to pace relatively quickly, we are getting comfortable with the track, there are still a couple little things that I want to change, but the first impressions are great.
 
Saturday’s IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA schedule at VIR begins with a 15-minute qualifying session at 8 a.m. EDT to determine the grid for the weekend’s first 45-minute race later that day from 11:20 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. EDT.
 
Sunday’s second and final race of the weekend is scheduled to go green at 9:15 a.m. EDT. Both the Saturday and Sunday races can be viewed live on IMSA.tv.
 

 
Noteworthy
 
– Robichon has no reservations about taking on additional races with the Canadian title imminent. “I don’t think it’s a bad thing,” Robichon said. “Of course, some things could happen, but that’s racing. I mean, I could fall off my bike tomorrow too. If you are living your life trying to protect certain things, then you are not really living your life. So, for me, every weekend we are going out, having fun and learning some things. The more racing the better.”

Zach Robichon Charges to Repeat Road America IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Victory Sunday in No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup 600 400 MOORESPEED

Zach Robichon Charges to Repeat Road America IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Victory Sunday in No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup

Robichon Dominates in Debut Weekend With Moorespeed With Flag-to-Flag Sweeps from the Pole in Both Road America IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Races

ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin (August 5, 2018) – Zach Robichon charged to his second-consecutive IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama race win Sunday at Road America, capping a dominating performance in his debut race weekend in the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup that saw him post flag-to-flag sweeps from the pole in both today’s and Saturday’s 45-minute sprint races.
As he did in Saturday’s opening round of the Road America doubleheader, Robichon took the lead from the pole at the start of Sunday’s race and was never challenged. He crossed the finish line more than 15 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, a convincing margin-of-victory Robichon steadily built throughout the race.
“This weekend really showcased the talent of the Moorespeed team,” Robichon said. “They showed up and put a driver that has never been here in their car, and from the second session on we were virtually the fastest car on track. I’d like to take credit it for it but have to give credit where it’s due. The team made it so easy, the car was so easy to drive, and I was comfortable from the get-go. I was really glad to be able to show what they can do, and I had a lot of fun doing it.”
Robichon’s second flag-to-flag win Sunday was Moorespeed’s fourth-straight pole-to-checkered race sweep at Road America. Last year on the four-mile road course, then Moorespeed driver Corey Fergus swept both weekend races from the pole.
“The team really did a great job and Zach really drove a smart race,” said Moorespeed President David Moore. “The plan that he had came to fruition, sometimes everything comes together, and this time it did again. We went two-in-a-row again at Road America and it’s really cool.”
The perfect weekend was a successful return to IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge competition for Continental Automotive Group (CAG) and Moorespeed, who are running the year’s final four race weekends with Robichon after missing late June’s doubleheader at Watkins Glen.
The new partnership pairs up one of the fastest Porsche GT3 Cup drivers in North America with a Moorespeed team that was amid a breakout and winning season with fourth-year team driver Will Hardeman earlier in 2018.
Hardeman stepped out of the CAG/Moorespeed No. 19 for personal family reasons earlier this summer but Robichon was recently signed to the team and responded with the dominating weekend in his Road America debut.
“I am really happy with the result,” Robichon said. “We just kept the momentum going, kept our head down and pushed ahead. Really happy with the weekend, and we are going to use this going into the next races.”
Robichon also set the fastest race lap in Sunday’s sprint with a top time of 2:12.504 (109.979 mph) on Lap 5.
“We made a very small adjustment on the car,” Moore said. “It gave us a little more consistency, just tightened it up a little bit, and you could see the lap times were super consistent. We knew if we could get through Turn 1 and Turn 2 Zach would be in clean air up front while everybody else was fighting. We knew we could get some time if we kept our nose clean, took one corner at a time, and worked on just the basics. Zach just put his head down and didn’t really make a mistake the whole race and weekend. It was a complete package today. I am really proud of the team.”
Next up for Moorespeed and Robichon is the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama is the doubleheader weekend at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR), August 17 – 19.
“The next two tracks I’ll go to with Moorespeed I have never been to,” Robichon said. “I had never been to Road America either, and everything went well, but that doesn’t mean that’s going to happen next time. We are starting at scratch for the next one, this weekend’s now done, we will put it aside and focus on the next one.”
In addition to VIR in two weeks, Moorespeed and Robichon will participate in the season-ending events at Sonoma Raceway, September 14 – 16, and Road Atlanta, October 10 – 13.
Noteworthy
– The only thing better for Moore than another Road America sweep might be to see Hardeman and Robichon co-drive to a win in an IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona (GTD) car. Moore is working hard on making that vision a reality in the near future. “We really missed our buddy Will today, but we are looking ahead,” Moore said. “Will is still a driver and much more on our team, and we are really behind Zach. We hope to do whatever we can to help Zach get into the Porsche family on a permanent basis and at the next level. That’s our goal with Zach, to really help his career, and he showed this weekend what he is capable of doing.”
– Moore’s memorable race this weekend at Road America came 30 years after he began his professional motorsports career on the four-mile Elkhart Lake track in August of 1988. “This weekend was special for me personally,” Moore said. “It’s 30 years to the same week that I started my professional motorsports career here at Road America. Lots of good times and wins here, some heartaches too, but this weekend was extra special. The mystique of this place, the people, the town, it’s just old school and a great track that is fun to drive. It’s a really cool place.”
IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA Road America
Robichon Wins from Pole Saturday in IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA Road America Debut in No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup 600 400 MOORESPEED

Robichon Wins from Pole Saturday in IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA Road America Debut in No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup

Flag-to-Flag Win from The Pole Moorespeed’s Third-Straight Porsche GT3 Cup Sweep at Road America

ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin (August 4, 2018) – Zach Robichon made the most of his debut at both Road America and with Moorespeed on Saturday, winning the opening IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama 45-minute sprint of the weekend in a flag-to-flag romp from the pole in the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup.
The victory marked a successful return to IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge competition for the Continental Auto Group (CAG) and Moorespeed, which is running the year’s final four race weekends with Robichon after missing late June’s doubleheader at Watkins Glen.
The new partnership pairs up one of the fastest Porsche GT3 Cup drivers in North America with a Moorespeed team that was amid a breakout and winning season with fourth-year team driver Will Hardeman earlier in 2018.
Hardeman stepped out of the CAG/Moorespeed No. 19 for personal reasons earlier this summer but Robichon was recently brought in to fill the seat and responded with today’s dominating debut victory.
“It’s very rewarding,” said Moorespeed President David Moore. “Everything came together from day one when we flew Zach down to our Austin race shop to meet with me, work together and get on our simulator. We bonded right away, just got on the same page, and the whole team has always been that way. It was hard to not be at Watkins Glen with Will Hardeman, but we did the deal for Zach to fill his shoes and run out the season. It has been a nice shot in the arm bringing Zach in, but it was a team effort to get the win today.”
After winning the pole in Friday’s qualifying session, Robichon took control of Saturday’s race from the drop of the green flag. He led every race lap, steadily pulled away from the competition throughout the 45-minute sprint and then successfully defended his lead in a near-perfect restart after a full-course caution with just five minutes remaining.
“It was a tough race out there,” Robichon said. “It definitely wasn’t as easy as it might have looked. It was hot out there, this is a new track for me, and it is a high-degradation track for the tires. At the end of the race the tires were starting to hurt a little bit. We were pushing the whole lap trying to build that gap. At the same time, I had it in the back of my mind to keep some tires underneath me in case there was a restart, and that came to fruition.”
Robichon’s lead of more than 10 seconds was erased with the late caution, but he masterfully managed the field behind him in the uphill run to the start/finish line on the restart. He kept the No. 19 just in front of the competition in the race’s closing minutes and then had the victory sealed when a two-car on-track incident minutes later ended the race under caution.
Robichon’s flag-to-flag victory is Moorespeed’s third-straight pole-to-checkered sweep at Road America. Last year on the 4-mile road course, then Moorespeed driver Corey Fergus swept both weekend’s races from the pole.
A native of Ottawa, Canada, Robichon is leading the 2018 IMSA Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama championship with a season-high seven race wins in eight rounds this year. He has a cautiously comfortable lead in the GT3 Cup Canada point standings and, with just two race weekends remaining, was able to add the final four GT3 Cup USA races to his schedule.
“The guys from Moorespeed put together a fantastic car,” Robichon said. “It was the class of the field, all I had to do was push the buttons and turn right and left. They put the car together, and the credit goes to them because I wouldn’t be here without them.”
Robichon was perfect in both the main race start and the late restart just minutes from the finish.
“You can rehearse starts a thousand times and it is never going to go the way you plan,” Robichon said. “With experience, you can sort of guess and try to follow a plan, and if there was a plan that could be executed, both of those starts were perfect. I can’t say I predicted they were going to go like that, but I had an idea of where I was going to be strong. I really focused on getting good acceleration to keep them behind me.”
Sunday’s final IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA 45-minute race at Road America is scheduled to go green at 9:40 a.m. CDT and can be viewed live at www.IMSA.tv.
“One more tomorrow,” Robichon said. “We’ll make a few changes and go out and do it again.”
Noteworthy
– Hardeman cut short his 2018 driving schedule to 100% focus on unexpected personal issues within his family, but he is still very much a part of the CAG/Moorespeed team. “Will contacted me three or four times yesterday and each day I have given him a 30-minute debrief over the phone,” Moore said. “He is still a big part of the team and came over when Zach came to town and worked with us on the simulator. Even yesterday, while Zach was qualifying, Will did a qualifying sim back home. He’s a competitor, we miss him, and continue to wish the family the best, but I think today was a good way to say ‘thank you’ and take a win for Will and the family.”
– Following the Road America weekend, Moorespeed and Robichon will next compete in IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA Rounds 11 and 12 at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR), August 17 – 19, Rounds 13 and 14 at Sonoma Raceway, September 14 – 16, and the season-ending pair of races at Road Atlanta, October 10 – 13.
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