Damien Faulkner, Patrick Huisman and Bob Faieta will race for GB Autosport at the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The trio will open the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Series campaign in GB Autosport’s #81 Porsche America GT, a number synonymous with Porsche and team manager Cole Scrogham‘s past successes.
Faulkner, who has signed a two-year deal with the team, has a long history with Porsche, including taking victory at the 2011 Sebring 12 Hours in a Porsche 911 and taking his Porsche to the top of the American Le Mans Series in 2012.
“I’m delighted to have joined GB Autosport for the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship,” said Faulkner. “It’s great to sign a two-year deal that ties me to this series. This is where I want to be. I believe GB Autosport is serious about their aspirations and being the fastest Porsche will be right up there on the ‘to-do-list’. It will be interesting competing with a number of manufacturers during the course of the season and we’re hoping, with the team we have, to compete up there with the best.
“Having raced in the United States in Indy Lights as far back as 2001, I now have a number of years behind me in ALMS and GRAND-AM,” he continued. “America is my favourite place to compete for a number of reasons so I am really looking forward to getting started.”
Joining Faulkner at Daytona will be experienced Porsche drivers, Huisman and Faieta, the former winning four Porsche Supercup titles between 1997 and 2000, as well as winning the 1999 24 Hours of Le Mans and 12 Hours of Sebring in a Porsche 911, while Faieta has won multiple Porsche GT3 Cup Championships.
“I’ve worked with Cole Scrogham, Mario [Prezel, Chief Engineer],Bob and Damien before and we all understand what it takes to be successful so I feel confident that we will be able to do a good job,” offered Huisman. “I will support the team with my experience in terms of setting up the car in a way where all the drivers and team will benefit. For sure the new series will be competitive, but the same goes for most of the categories worldwide so in that way we know what to expect. I believe we have a very well balanced package so my goal is an outright victory with GB Autosport. Daytona is the only 24-hour race that I haven’t won, so I think it is about time!”