With the four hour BMW Endurance Challenge kicking off the 2019 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season, TeamTGM made its first qualifying effort to launch the defense of its 2018 championship title on Thursday at Daytona International Speedway.
Owen Trinkler set up in the No. 46 Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis (JKTG) Foundation / Camp Boggy Creek Mercedes-AMG GT4 for Thursday’s qualifying run with Ted Giovanis in the No. 4 JKTG Foundation / Camp Boggy Creek Mercedes-AMG GT4.
Trinkler will share the driving duties in the four-hour race with Hugh Plumb, while Giovanis will team with Guy Cosmo once again.
Not only defending his championship title, Trinkler is also coming up on a big milestone as Friday’s race will mark the 150th start for the IMSA veteran. With over a decade’s worth of competition, Trinkler was set for Thursday’s qualifying as he looks to add to his strong record of results.
Rolling on that momentum, Trinkler was hopeful that the session would match the team’s year end success but came up short as he placed just outside of the top ten in 11th with a 1:53.825-second lap.
“The car is pretty good,” said Trinkler. “I hadn’t yet run on sticker tires before this session, so that was a first for me. We made a couple of changes during practice that helped us have a good race car. We still made it a little bit better for qualifying – running quicker than it has all day. The race tomorrow will go well because we are able to run the pace. The guys have great strategy and while we still have a long way to go, our car will be good to run.”
As owner and operator of TeamTGM, Giovanis continues to show improvement on track as the team also continues to impress. During the Roar Before the 24 weekend earlier in the month, Giovanis posted his personal best time at Daytona. He continued on that track during Thursday’s qualifying session as he posted a 1:58.251-second lap, placing him 34th in the order.
“The new Michelin tires are very good,” said Giovanis. “I am always timid when tires start to come in but the tires come in quick. When I get into a rhythm, it’s a good thing and I am able to push the car. That’s what I need to do during the race – get into the rhythm of driving longer while getting faster and faster through my stint. The car is handling great and everything is looking good for the race.”
TeamTGM will start the season opener BMW Endurance Challenge on Friday at 12:15pm ET.
Source. Sunday Group