GMG Racing has announced that it will enter three cars, in three categories, for October’s Interncontinental GT Challenge California Eight Hours at Laguna Seca.
“It’s exciting to be one of the first entrants in such a burgeoning championship,” stated GMG team owner James Sofronas. “The IGTC is the next logical progression for the cars and teams in the Pirelli World Challenge, and I applaud everyone for recognizing the opportunity and organizing an event with such huge potential. Looking at our lineup, not only should we be contenders everywhere we go, but it’s a great testament to the quality of our operation as well as the depth of our driver development.”
The event marks the first time the IGTC has ever visited the United States. As part of the four-race, international championship, it will feature teams and drivers from around the world, pitting some of the best from the Pirelli World Challenge against a tremendous international roster of teams and drivers.
Running in three categories, GMG will enter two Porsche 911 GT3 R’s in both the GT3 Pro/Pro and Pro-Am divisions, as well as one of their Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR’s in the GT4 Pro-Am category.
The Pro/Pro entry will feature an incredible blend of youth and experience, with GMG development graduate Alec Udell teaming with veteran Porsche factory driver Wolf Henzler. In the Pro/Am division, Preston Calvert will bolster his chances with sportscar veteran Andrew Davis, as well as promising young talent Michael Lewis. In the GT4 Pro/Am category, emerging development driver Carter Yeung will also be joined with veteran experience in the form of Andy Lee.
“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity,” stated Udell. “The IGTC has really had a lot of momentum in the last year, and to show up with a driver of Wolf’s caliber as my teammate leaves a lot to strive for. The Porsche should be a strong car at Laguna Seca, and between GMG’s preparation and the experience of someone like Wolf, I’m confident we’ll have a great package for the race. This will be one of the most high profile races of my career, and I’m committed to deliver.”
“I’m extremely fortunate to have such a strong group of talented drivers to surround myself with,” added Calvert. “Andrew has been an excellent coach for me through the years, and I’m looking forward to sharing a seat with him. He’s the perfect endurance driver, fast but never takes unnecessary risk, and you know you’ll have a great car handed back to you. Michael delivered some of the best moments of my career last year, and I’m excited to see him back in the seat with us. I’m of course looking forward to doing my part, and I think if we can stay clean it could be a great event.”
“This is an event I was really excited to take on,” concluded Yeung. “We’ve been looking at the IGTC as a halo event to our season ever since we heard about it, and can’t believe it’s only a few weeks away. I’m excited to begin, and with a teammate like Andy know I’ll have plenty of data to compliment the tremendous support from GMG.”