DAYTONA, FL (Tuesday, January 23, 2024) – Team TGM heads into this weekend’s opening round of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Championship full of confidence after showing an impressive turn of speed at the Roar before the 24 test.
The three-day Daytona International Speedway test session included five test sessions where the two Team TGM Aston Martin Vantage race cars showed great overall performance. In fact, Matt Plumb – who will team up with Owen Trinkler in 2024 – wheeled the No.46 car to the second-fastest time in three of the five sessions.
The No.64 Aston Martin will be shared by team owner/driver Ted Giovanis and Hugh Plumb, with veteran sports car racer Kris Wilson joining the duo for Friday’s four-hour endurance event.
Daytona kicks off a 10-race schedule for Team TGM in 2024, with an additional stand-alone four-hour scheduled at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the first time.
“The entire team returns to Daytona this week full of confidence after three very strong days at the Roar,” Giovanis said.
“Hugh, Kris and I shared the testing and ran very well in all five sessions. I posted my best time at Daytona and we had fairly seamless sessions getting ready for the race.
“We ran some good times but we won’t know what the other competitors are capable of until we hit the track for the official sessions starting Wednesday.
“With this being a longer race (four hours) the single lap speeds won’t be as critical as will be the consistency and good strategy as the race plays out.
“The weather is supposed to be perfect for Friday’s race and that will be interesting as we had unseasonably colder temps this weekend. The first official practice will show what everyone really has in their cars for the race.”
BMW M Endurance Challenge – 1st round of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24
3:05 – 4:05 Practice #1
THURSDAY, JANUARY 25
8:45 – 9:45 Practice #2
1:35 – 1:50 GS Qualifying
FRIDAY, JANUARY 26
9:25 – 9:55 Practice #3
12:45 – 1:45 Pre-race activities, Open Grid, Fan Walk, Formation Laps
1:45 – 5:45 BMW M Endurance Challenge for IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge – 4 hours
HOW TO WATCH:
Watch live and on-demand on Peacock
HOW TO LISTEN:
IMSA radio – http://imsaradio.com
HOW TO ATTEND:
Tickets available at https://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com
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“The weekend went pretty well, we’ve had pretty good success with the cars. We’re tuning and I think we still have a bit to do. Kris Wilson is joining us for Daytona in the 64 car to help out Hugh (Plumb) and I, with Matt Plumb and Owen Trinkler in the 46 car. We didn’t have any real issues at the Roar before the 24 and we’re looking forward to the race.”
“Most importantly, I’m so happy with the Team TGM group and I think a lot of our efforts on this Aston Martin in regard to set up are coming closer to what we want. Obviously, the ROAR testing will be completely separate from race week, but I think as a team we are headed in the right direction. I’m looking forward to partnering with Ted and getting the No 64 car onto the podium this week.”
“I wasn’t able to be at Daytona this past weekend but I was in contact with the team and Matt all weekend and they did a great job. Matt got in lots of laps, posting some really great times. This week we will make any needed last minute adjustments, seat fittings and debriefs and be ready for qualifying come Thursday. Matt and I are both excited to be driving together this year and I can’t wait to get on track at Daytona.”
“The 46 car ran great at the ROAR. I think our times are the result of every session going well, we’ve kept going in the right direction as far as changes to the car. I got a clear lap with a nice draft which always helps. I don’t know if this will be representative of anything come race time
“The Aston Martin likes this cool weather, when it gets a little warmer next week, our handling advantage might go away a little bit. We’re confident and the good news is the team is going through the process exactly the way we intended.”
Ted Giovanis the author
FOCUS FORWARD: Life lessons from racing
Life comes at you fast when you’re traveling 180 miles per hour. For Ted Giovanis, it’s also where you can learn the most valuable lessons. Since becoming a race car driver three decades ago at age forty-six—a ride that is still in overdrive—Giovanis has discovered how the tools of racing and the teamwork within it are applicable to life and business. In forty-eight motivating and, at times, exhilarating chapters, he shares his experience and knowledge.