With just one more race remaining on the 2017 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge calendar, there is no better place to close out the season than at Road Atlanta – TeamTGM’s home track. The team operates out of a race shop near the undulating 2.54-mile circuit which will play host to the season-finale FOX Factory 120 event on Friday afternoon (LIVE on IMSA.tv at 1:50 PM ET) as part of the 20th anniversary Motul Petit Le Mans weekend.
Joining forces in the No. 4 Camp Boggy Creek / JKTG Foundation Porsche Cayman GT4 MR will once again be Hugh Plumb and Guy Cosmo, who have teamed together ever since an injury at Mosport forced team owner and driver Ted Giovanis out of the car for the season. The squad looks to improve upon last year’s run to sixth at the track when Cosmo and Giovanis combined for the team’s best Road Atlanta finish.
Plumb, who most recently competed at the track in the Rum Bum Racing Porsche in 2015, looks forward to returning to competition this weekend with the TeamTGM organization.
“Heading to Road Atlanta for our final race of the season is bittersweet to me,” said Plumb. “First off because it’s our last race, and secondly because I have never been more proud of our TGM guys and those that make up this team as we enter our last race of the year. This team has faced adversity but now, maybe more than ever, our team culture is strong. No matter what the race results are, this team has done an unbelievable amount of growing and learning this year. We continue to be on top of the charts in practice, qualifying, and during the race. We are a team that is prepared to win and in this sport so many pieces have to come together to achieve victory. Thanks to our team owner Ted Giovanis and to Kristina Giovanis, all of these pieces are in place and we’re looking to finish out the season on a high note at the team’s home track.”
Cosmo has multiple starts at the circuit in the Petit Le Mans and has raced to a podium finish three times in the classic endurance event. He looks to utilize that experience in Friday’s two-hour race.
“We’ve been so strong and competitive all season long, in every session on track, but boy have we had terrible luck,” offered Cosmo. “It’s been one of the most interesting and challenging seasons I’ve ever had. But it’s the final race of the year and we get to pull out all the stops and just go for it. After a truly great performance by our team in the previous event at Laguna, we are ready to go for the win.”
Giovanis anticipates a big weekend of racing, with several friends and fans on hand for the season-finale event in TeamTGM’s home race.
“We’re looking forward to closing out the year on a high note,” offered Giovanis. “Road Atlanta is a truly great venue that puts on some of the best racing all year long. We’ll have plenty of home town fans cheering us on so it should be a good weekend. We tested at the track recently and we’ve showed that we have strong pace all year long. Hopefully all those pieces of the puzzle fall into place for us this weekend!”
The Road Atlanta event kicks off with a promoter test day on Wednesday and will be followed by official practice on Thursday ahead of practice, qualifying and the race on Friday.
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