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Gilbert Korthoff Steps Up to GTD With Mercedes for Cosmo, Lewis

New addition to GT Daytona grid for selected races this year…

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Gilbert Korthoff Motorsports will launch its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship program next week when the Florida-based team makes its GT Daytona class debut at Watkins Glen International for the IMSA WeatherTech 240.

The No. 32 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo will be driven by Guy Cosmo and Shane Lewis.

The team, which has previous IMSA experience including winning efforts in the Prototype Challenge series, will enter selected GTD races this year ahead of a planned full-season effort in 2022.

Having taken delivery of a brand-new Mercedes Evo three weeks ago, the team has completed a pair of tests with Cosmo and Lewis, led by veteran race engineer Mike Wright.

Florida stunt man Henry Gilbert manages the operation. 

“I’m looking forward to returning to IMSA and being a part of this Gilbert Korthoff program,” said Lewis.

“I’ve got a lot of miles racing the Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo, and it is an outstanding platform so I am eager to put my experience to work.

“Henry (Gilbert) and Herb (Korthoff) are building a top-flight program, very calculated step by step to put us in a competitive position. I am also thrilled to race with Guy (Cosmo), and this first outing at the Glen should be very productive for us to continue to build on.”

Cosmo added: “I am thrilled to be continuing my relationship with Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing,” said Cosmo, who had multiple podium runs in AMG equipment in Michelin Pilot Challenge as well as SRO GT4 competition.

“We’ve had very limited running of the car so far, but the AMG GT3 is absolutely phenomenal to drive and I’m looking forward to getting to work in this finely-crafted machine.

“We are excited about the opportunity but remain very realistic about how much this program is still in its infancy and just how competitive the IMSA GTD field is.

“Shane and I have been great friends, co-workers and competitors since I first relocated to Florida in 2003 so it is very cool to be working with him again as we build this team for the future.”

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