Austin, Texas (12 September 2016) – With the curtains about to close on the team’s sophomore season of IMSA competition, Strategic Wealth Racing heads to Texas for the penultimate round of IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge action at the Circuit of the Americas this week. Drivers Matt Dicken and Corey Lewis look forward to tackling the sweeping 20 turns of the F1-grade circuit in their shared No. 36 Strategic Wealth Designers Porsche Cayman (race streaming live at www.imsa.tv at 1:40 PM EDT on Friday).
For the Goldcrest Motorsports-prepared team, the 2016 season marks a continuance of the learning curve as they now return to each circuit ready to build on the data with race laps and experience under the collective hood accumulated last year at each track on the calendar.
Last year’s edition of the Lone Star event saw Dicken and Lewis combine for a nearly perfect race as they tallied their third consecutive top-10 finish around the 3.4-mile track. With a strong result at the track under his belt, Dicken knows how much of a challenge the undulating circuit can provide.
“COTA is a tough track,” supplied Dicken. “I like Austin and the surrounding area and it’s a beautiful track. We have some guests coming to the race so it’s a great place to entertain. But the actual track is tough. It’s very, very technical and obviously it is designed for high downforce and we have zero downforce, so it’s a struggle! It is a lot of fun, but it’s a tough track to drive well. Just like at VIR you might also have heat to deal with. So we will pick up right where we left off. The car was rock solid at VIR and hopefully it will stay dry at COTA and we can get the result in Texas that we were looking for in the last round at VIR!”
Lewis also carries fond memories to Circuit of the Americas as he clinched the Pro Am Championship in Lamborghini Super Trofeo competition during the doubleheader race weekend at the track last year.
“We did well last year at COTA with a top-10 finish,” remembered Lewis. “It is one of my favorite tracks, I think. It has a lot of fast, flowing corners and Matt (Dicken) put in an awesome drive there last year as well. So I’m looking forward to getting there and unloading quick and getting back to our top-10 form.”
The team will have just two quick practices ahead of qualifying on Thursday at 1:35 PM local (2:35 PM ETLIVE on IMSA TV) to tune the No. 36 Porsche Cayman to the sweeping circuit.
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