Team TGM has declared plans to make its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut in the Rolex 24 at Daytona running a GT Daytona-class Porsche 911 GT3 R.
The Florida-based squad, which has title-winning experience in Michelin Pilot Challenge, will receive support from Wright Motorsports for its first outing in IMSA’s headline series.
TGM had already announced its return to the Pilot Challenge grid last month after it sat out the 2020 season for reasons related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Team owner Ted Giovanis, whose JKTG Foundation has been engaged in COVID-19 vaccine research, said that a Rolex 24 entry has been on his radar “for many years”.
“I think the time is right, the team is right, to step up to the challenge,” he commented.
“I’ve raced many Porsches over my career and still do, so it’s a car that I am very familiar with and can trust to perform for the team in America’s longest professional sports car endurance race.
“Simply put, there is no denying Porsche’s success and reliability in sports car racing.”
Drivers have yet to be named for the single-car Rolex 24 effort, which has not been announced as a full-season entry.
The Daytona event in January now presents a ‘double-duty’ scenario for TGM, which will also be involved in the Pilot Challenge season opener with its Chevrolet Camaro GT4.Rs.
“We’ve crossed the first major hurdle and taken delivery of the race car, now quite a few parts are coming together quickly as we continue to prepare,” said Giovanis.
“We will be solidifying driver line-ups, liveries, partners, etc. and have a lot to tell in the weeks to come.
“But for now, we are very excited to be able to announce Team TGM’s participation in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
“John [Wright, owner of Wright Motorsports] has been closely affiliated with Porsche for many years and his wealth of experience and knowledge in all things Porsche is invaluable.
“He and his team will be a huge help for us as we make the step into the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship for Daytona.”