Wright Motorsports announced Wednesday (June 17) that Trent Hindman will return to the No. 16 Porsche full-time for the remainder of the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. He will replace Ryan Hardwick in the 1st Phorm-sponsored entry alongside Patrick Long.
Hindman is very happy with the news, but more than willing to give thanks to those that have helped him along the way.
The move now means that Hindman is racing full-time in three different IMSA series. In addition to his Wright Motorsports responsibilities, he is full-time in both Michelin Pilot Challenge and Prototype Challenge for Archangel Motorsports alongside Alan Brynjolfsson.
Hindman was originally drafted into the team after Hardwick crashed in the opening Michelin Pilot Challenge practice session of the season at Daytona in January, suffering a concussion in the process.
The crash was the second big crash of the month for Hardwick. He had won the pole for the Motul Pole Award 100 that was held during the ROAR Before the 24 weekend, then wiped out the car that the team was planning to race in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Hindman joined the team with Long, Jan Heylen and Maxwell Root for the Rolex 24 and was instantly quick. The team finished fourth in Daytona, then followed that up with a second-place finish in the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring in March. Hardwick returned to the team for Mid-Ohio last month, finishing 12th in class after running into mechanical woes.
Hardwick will still be involved with the team going forward. He will limit his duties to driving in Michelin Pilot Challenge. After the team’s Porsche Cayman GT4 MR was rebuilt following Hardwick’s Daytona crash, they have been right at the front. Root drove in place of Hardwick in Sebring and put the Porsche on the overall pole. Root and Heylen then teamed up to finish second overall in the Alan Jay Automotive Network 120.
In Mid-Ohio, Hardwick returned to the seat and promptly put the car on the overall pole as well.
In the race, Hardwick led early, but pit strategy put them down the order. Heylen was able to race all the way back up to second overall by the finish. Despite missing Daytona, the team is currently seventh in Grand Sport team points entering the first of two races at Watkins Glen.
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