When the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series arrived to Watkins Glen International for Round 4 of the championship, TeamTGM was looking to continue to make progress following testing at the upstate New York circuit several weeks ago. And that’s exactly what the team did through three practice sessions and a qualifying run on Thursday and Friday.
Driver and team owner Ted Giovanis quickened his lap time with every session – showing improvement each time out.
Giovanis was tabbed to qualify the No. 46 Porsche entry while Hugh Plumb put the No. 4 Porsche through its qualifying paces on Friday afternoon. Though the weather forecast called for spotty rain, the session ran under completely dry conditions.
Plumb put the No. 4 machine fourth on the grid for Saturday’s 2-hour race, which was TeamTGM’s best-ever qualifying effort. Giovanis will start the race from the outside of Row 12 after a red flag limited his running and then traffic hampered his fastest flying lap.
“We feel good about where we are, though I’m a little disappointed with where I ended up,” said Giovanis. “We keep pushing hard and we have the best guys in the business leading this effort in Brandon Perrott and Joe Varde. Driving with Guy (Cosmo) and Hugh (Plumb) has been great – they both have been around Watkins Glen so many times and they have given me some great advice. I love this track and I’m happy with the progress we have made so far.”
Cosmo, who serves as Giovanis’ coach in addition to his co-driver, is pleased with Giovanis’ performance.
“Ted (Giovanis) has just been getting faster and faster each time we go out,” said Cosmo. “He picked up time at the test a couple of weeks ago. He went faster than that in the first practice, and then faster than that in the second practice. Ted is really focused on putting together a great program here and it’s been great to see his performance gains.”
The 2-hour IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race will go green Saturday at 2:25 PM ET and can be viewed LIVE via streaming at imsa.tv.
Source. Sunday Group/Photo. Halsten Pitman