The competition in the World Challenge GT Championship heated up dramatically today when TruSpeed Motorsports announced that it will field three Porsche GT3 Cup cars in all 12 races this year. Rob Morgan of Ladera Ranch, Calif., and Patrick Lindsey from Santa Barbara, Calif., will drive 2008 Porsches while Charles Morgan, who hails from Dallas, Texas, will drive a 2010 model.
TruSpeed, the premier source for air-cooled Porsches in the United States, is the sponsor of Rob Morgan's car, while Charles Morgan's car will promote PrivacyStar, an application for Blackberries that provides users with a comprehensive privacy solution for unwanted calls. Patrick Lindsey's car will be sponsored by TruSpeed, Horton Autosport and Sloan Securities.
TruSpeed has been an important team in professional sports car racing for more than 30 years. The Morgans have owned two NASCAR teams and they each have class victories in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Rob Morgan's name is also familiar to SCCA Trans-Am and NASCAR Camping World [formerly Craftsman] Truck Series fans. In IMSA GT, Charles Morgan is ranked third in the all-time driver point standings, and he has two class victories at the 12 Hours of Sebring, too. He and his son also won Grand-Am's AGT team championship in 2002.
Patrick Lindsey is moving into the World Challenge GT series from its sister division, Touring Car. He ran a full season in Touring Car in 2008 and had four Touring Car starts in 2009, recording two top-five finishes and two top 10s in a Mazda prepared by Horton Motorsports. He also ran in seven NASA American Iron series races in 2009, scoring two victories and four podium finishes.
TruSpeed competed in a handful of World Challenge races last year before making the decision to field a multi-car team in the series in 2010.
"We liked the series and the format, and with some changes and adjustments, we're looking forward to the new season," said Rob Morgan. "Last year Toyo tires were new to us, so now we have learned how to adjust and make the most of them. We're also going with a new Penske shock package that we think will help us.
“We will also benefit from data sharing by bringing Patrick into the mix. Patrick and I are racing to win; our goal is to be in the top three in the point standings at the end of the year."
Lindsey was guardedly optimistic. "This will be my first time in a Porsche and my first time in GT so we have some obstacles to overcome, but we do expect to do very well,” Lindsey said. “It's a very talented group, and I think we're going to work well together. The collaboration between Horton Autosport and TruSpeed will yield some good results."
The series consists of 12 races at eight venues. The team is especially looking forward to the Long Beach Grand Prix, April 16-18, since it's near its home base.
"The TruSpeed transporter will be featured inside the Convention Center, and we'll have a big display," Morgan said.
Sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing, the 12-race 2010 World Challenge Championship begins March 26-28 with a doubleheader race weekend at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.