TeamTGM will make its return to the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSC) series for the 2018 season with an expanded two-car campaign. The team, which races to raise awareness for JKTGFoundation.org and Camp Boggy Creek, will feature an all new look as the team will enter two Mercedes-AMG GT4 machines.
Having established a winning record in a range of high-profile GT3 championships, Mercedes-AMG has grown its competition offerings to compete in the rapidly growing GT4 category. Mercedes unveiled the all new AMG GT4-spec race car prior to the 24-hours of Spa-Francorchamps this past July.
The GT4-spec car – which is based on the Mercedes-AMG GT R – utilizes lessons learned through the GT3 program and features a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine with a direct fuel injection system.
The AMG GT4 platform made its first American debut at the 24-hour race at Circuit of the Americas. The 2018 season will be the first year that the Mercedes-AMG GT4 car will be available to IMSA CTSC competitors as the GS class now expands to feature eight different manufacturers.
Having raced with a range of manufacturers in the past, TeamTGM undertook a comprehensive evaluation of the GT4 options on offer ahead of making the move. The team anticipates receiving the new machines in time to be fully prepared for the 2018 season-opener at Daytona International Speedway.
TeamTGM Team owner and driver Ted Giovanis is looking forward to working with Mercedes-AMG to see what the new era of GT4 cars can bring to the table for 2018.
“This is a really exciting time for the team,” said Giovanis, who has fully recovered from his injuries suffered after getting hit last July in a practice accident. “We are focused on the big championship picture and after doing a lot of homework and research to look at all the options, we are very pleased to be moving ahead with the AMG folks. The car itself should be dynamite to drive and we think there will be an excellent support system in place, so things are coming together well after a lot of hard work.”
TeamTGM will announce the drivers for the 2018 season following the finalization of the roster. The team will make its debut in the Mercedes-AMG GT4 at the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Championship season opener at Daytona International Speedway for the BMW Endurance Challenge January 25th-26th.
Source. Sunday Group/Photo. Mercedes