Among the GT teams selected to form the grid for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GB Autosport are one of the dozen teams to bring a Porsche GT America into the GTD class of the new series.
While the team name too is new the squad is built on solid foundations with experienced Porsche me already in position as team manager and team director.
The latter post will be taken up by Bob Faieta. As well as director Faieta will also drive the team’s car at selected races. In 2013 he drove for Dempsey Del Piero Racing in the American Le Mans Series, having raced in the GTC class in 2012 for both Competition Motorsports and Green Hornet Racing.
GB Autosport’s new team manager was also part of the Green Hornet setup in 2012 for a season that yielded seven pole positions and four podium finishes. The man in question – Cole Scrogham – was previously a team owner, winning eight titles before he stepped away from racing before returning as a consultant at Green Hornet Racing.
For 2013 Scrogham was part of the BAR1 Motorsports team in the LMPC class of the ALMS, helping them in a season that ended with three consecutive victories that left them just a point short of winning the class title.
“This is a unique opportunity in motorsports,” said Scrogham of his role as he prepares for the new challenge with GB Autosport. “Having won multiple championships with G&W Motorsports and Synergy Racing, I understand what it takes to be competitive at such a high level and this team has it. The people we have assembled are exceptional and we are anxious to compete against the best teams in GT racing.”
“We are extremely pleased to have our entry accepted for the TUDOR Championship,” said Faieta. “The GTD class will be incredibly competitive, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to compete as a full-season entry with the Porsche GT America. There is a lot of work to be done before Daytona, but this group has a lot of experience working with Porsche and we are committed to being successful. Our singular focus this year is on achieving podium finishes and consistent results.”
The Porsche experience in the team continues with chief engineer Mario Prezel, who brings 15 years of running Porsche entries with poles wins and championships across Carrera Cup, Supercup and endurance competition with the machines.
Aside from the news that Faieta will drive in some races during 2014, the identity of the teams’ drivers remains unknown.