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Team TGM Surprises Team Owner in 100th Race Celebration

Ted Gionvanis set for 100th start in Michelin Pilot Challenge competition at Watkins Glen…

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Team TGM pulled a surprise on team owner Ted Giovanis on Friday as the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge veteran prepared to celebrate his 100th race start in the series.

On Friday afternoon at the team’s hauler, Giovanis returned to find his team adorned with celebratory shirts, a 100th race banner hanging from the liftgate, and stickers on hand to give to the fans.

Giovanis made his debut in the series in 2013 at Daytona International Speedway.

Fast forward to this year and Giovanis is still running strong – scoring a podium at Daytona this year aboard the team’s new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport.

“Even though I greatly appreciate all the team did for me today to celebrate my 100th IMSA race, it’s business as usual because we need to focus on stats, set up and top speeds,” said Giovanis.

“I’ll go into this race, do the best I can, keep the car clean and the hand it over to Owen.

“I’m getting back into the swing of things and I think we will be fine tomorrow.

“There were some handling issues this morning but the team went to work on it and it seems great this afternoon. Now I just need to focus on certain corners and continuing to put n the best laps possible.”

For Saturday’s Tiago Downs Casino Resort 120, Giovanis will again pair with Owen Trinkler aboard the team’s No. 64 entry.

Hugh Plumb – who will start in the 5th row after Friday’s qualifying – will continue his partnership with his brother Matt Plumb in the No. 46 Porsche.

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