Continental Tire Challenge at Laguna


Strategic Wealth Racing Looking for Redemption in California

Monterey, Calif. (27 April 2016) – Even though there was a month-long break between IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge events, Strategic Wealth Racing kept plenty busy as it now heads to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to stage the third round of competition.

The team’s sophomore IMSA season started with a bang as they scored their best result of fifth place at Daytona International Speedway. Strategic Wealth Racing pilots Matt Dicken and Corey Lewis prepare to combine their strength again in the  No. 36 Strategic Wealth Designers Porsche Cayman as they head to the fabled 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend.

In Round 2 of competition at Sebring International Raceway, tricky and ever-changing conditions halted the team’s forward progress as they accepted an 18th place result. However, the Goldcrest Motorsports-prepared team quickly put the disappointing Sebring race result behind them as they took part in a Porsche Club of America Club Racing event at Road Atlanta the first weekend in April.

The quick 11 turns of the Mazda Raceway circuit presents a unique challenge to competitors, but one that the Goldcrest Motorsports-prepared Porsche is prepared for as this will mark the team’s third outing at the track known for its iconic Corkscrew turn.

“We are looking forward to getting to Laguna,” said Dicken. “These long breaks at the beginning of the season are both good and bad. I hate being away from the race track and the team this long. But the break from Sebring to Laguna gave us an opportunity to work on a few things with the car. We will be rolling out with a new motor that we just did a quick shakedown with at Road Atlanta this week. Laguna is a track I have very little time on but it is a blast to drive so I always look forward to going there. Last year we were hit by another car early in the race which caused a good amount of suspension damage that put us several laps down. So we are looking forward to having a better race this year where we can compete all the way to the finish. The Mazdas are always tough to beat on their home track so we are hoping to be the top Cayman in the ST class.”

“I think Mazda Raceway is one of the toughest tracks that we go to on the IMSA schedule,” said Lewis. “It’s always so difficult to set up the car here. The California sun beating down on the track and then all the dust and sand being knocked on the track. The track is constantly challenging you as a driver. But I love it. As a driver you need to be precise on your driving line. I’ve been spending a lot of time on the simulator in preparation for this race. Finding that perfect line through the Corkscrew, can make or break a lap time there! We had a challenging race at Sebring, but we’re ready to come back strong!”

It will be a quick event for the team as they have just two practices to make adjustments on their Porsche ahead of qualifying at 1:15 PM (ET) on Friday April 29th.

The 2.5-hour race will go green on Saturday April 30th at 1:25 PM (ET) and will be broadcast on May 8 at 8:00 AM (ET) on FOX Sports 1.