Hardwick had a five-year plan to get into the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and especially the Rolex 24 At Daytona. But a confluence of events in November, when Hardwick won the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Am World Championship at the Vallelunga and newly crowned GT Daytona class champion Madison Snow announced his decision to step away from sports car racing, accelerated that plan, sportscar365.com
The unexpected departure of Snow kicked open the door and accelerated Hardwick's track into IMSA. At the same time he gives credit to Super Trofeo for advancing his career so rapidly. "There was a vacancy on the Paul Miller team and they needed a Silver driver with Madison leaving," Hardwick said. "With me getting those wins in the Lamborghini, I was in their good graces and a driver they were wanting to develop. It really was an accumulation of all of that coming together."