Applications are now being accepted by the International Motorsports Association (IMSA) for the IMSA Hurley Haywood GT3 Cup Scholarship, supported by Porsche and Yokohama.
If you're between the ages 16 and 25, and have no previous full-time Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama experience, then you're eligible to earn the scholarship. Successful candidates must have a strong desire to compete in the series, outstanding previous race results and proven on-track potential in junior racing categories and the ability to build a compelling business plan for securing the remaining funding needed to compete in a full season of the IMSA-sanctioned Single-Make Series.
Last season’s scholarship recipient, and FLATSIXES.com contributor, Jake Eidson, made the most of his support by securing the 2017 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Platinum Cup Championship. Eidson was part of long-standing GT3 Cup championship team, Kelly-Moss Road and Race and wrapped up the title at Sonoma Raceway in September, at the penultimate round of the season.
What the Winner of the 2018 Hurley Haywood GT3 Cup Scholarship Receives
The 2018 Scholarship recipient will receive these rewards with a combined value in excess of $80,000:
- Full-season Premium Entry into the 2018 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama
- Parts credit from Porsche Motorsport North America
- One set of Yokohama tires for each 2018 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama event
- Tool credit from Sonic Tools
- Complete OMP driver suit and other accessories
- Promotional consideration by RACER Magazine
About the Hurley Haywood GT3 Cup Scholarship
The scholarship is named after legendary Porsche racecar driver Hurley Haywood, one of the most accomplished sports car endurance racers in history. He earned five overall victories at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, three victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and two wins at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring – all in Porsches - during his remarkable driving career, which spanned five decades.
Haywood also was a mainstay of the illustrious Brumos Porsche team as a driver and a leader for more than four decades. He currently serves as the chief driving instructor at the Porsche Sport Driving School at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.
Besides Eidson, previous IMSA Scholarship recipients were Victor Gomez IV (2016), Elliott Skeer (2015) and Michael Lewis (2014), all of whom remain active in North American sports car racing.