As the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship continues at Sebring International Raceway this weekend, TeamTGM drivers Ted Giovanis and Guy Cosmo are eager to return to racing at the historic 3.74-mile road course.
Having tested at the track following the IMSA season-opener at Daytona, TeamTGM is well-prepared to take on the notoriously bumpy circuit as the series stages its first two-hour event of the year.
The Sebring circuit is known for its tight and high speed corners paired with the bumps and cracks of an old World War II airfield tarmac. Now in its second season utilizing the Porsche platform, TeamTGM is confident of a positive result heading into Round 2 of the 2017 championship.
“The TeamTGM crew has been hard at work since Daytona in order to prepare for and execute all of our testing events and then prepare for race week,” said Cosmo. “TeamTGM has been very busy since January! We are ready and I think we are going to be very strong, but of course I often feel that way going into Sebring as it’s one of my favorite race tracks. I’m sure the competition will only get stronger as the season continues on but we are getting stronger every week as well. I can’t wait for this race, it’s going to be exciting!”
TeamTGM knows what it takes to run well at the rigorous 3.74-mile Sebring circuit. Giovanis finished second after a dramatic last lap battle in 2015 in which his co-driver David Murry defended remarkably through some hard fought racing to take the runner-up finish at the checkered flag. Cosmo has also stood on the Sebring podium after dominating the 2012 12 Hours of Sebring to take victory in the LMP1 category.
The Atlanta-based TeamTGM squad aims to put those experiences to good use when the green flag waves for the 17-car GS field on Friday.
The group looks to rebound at Sebring after the four-hour endurance race at Daytona two months ago did not reflect the potential of the TGM team. Giovanis was caught up in an unavoidable incident in which a car spun and came to a stop just ahead of him. Contact between the two cars caused significant damage to the TGM machine and the squad was forced to retire early.
“Since Daytona the team has been testing our cars at several events including Sebring,” offered Giovanis. “Through that testing, we understand what the Porsche CS and MR cars want for a track like Sebring. We will be racing the CS (the 46 car) at Sebring. I personally enjoy the Sebring circuit – I had my best Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge result there in 2015 when I finished second. Guy (Cosmo) has taught me a lot about the idiosyncrasies of the track and I feel even more confident there now. We expect to do well. Guy (Cosmo) has a lot of great experience at Sebring and knows the track very well.”
The Visit Sebring 120 event weekend will feature qualifying on Friday, March 17th at 8:45 AM EST. The two-hour race will go green Friday afternoon at 3:40 PM ET.
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