BGB MOTORSPORTS CONTINUES PORSCHE CAYMAN DEVELOPMENT FOR MULTI-CAR PROGRAM FOR 2010 (Ormond Beach, FL, USA - January 21, 2010) BGB Motorsports has announced their intentions to support a multi-car Porsche effort for the full 2010 Continental...
BGB MOTORSPORTS CONTINUES PORSCHE CAYMAN DEVELOPMENT FOR MULTI-CAR PROGRAM FOR 2010
(Ormond Beach, FL, USA - January 21, 2010) BGB Motorsports has announced their intentions to support a multi-car Porsche effort for the full 2010 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series season, after running a limited schedule in 2009. The program will feature the first two Porsche Cayman S race cars to be campaigned professionally in North America. Both Cayman race cars and the team's proven, race winning Porsche 911 are entered for next week's Grand-Am Continental Tire Fresh From Florida 200; cars participating in the 2.5 hour event will cover roughly 200 miles, with the race's beginning at 1:45pm on Friday just before Saturday's 48th running of the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. The team recently completed 3 days of sanctioned Grand-Am pre-event testing at Daytona and another test at Homestead Miami Speedway this week:
"The cars are coming along nicely. It was a short off-season trying to get two brand new cars built in 2 months and we made it, just barely. So far the cars appear to be reliable and our drivers are happy after this most recent test. The difficulty has been in locating parts, since this chassis/engine/drivetrain combination hasn't existed before in the Porsche lineup. It will probably take us a little while to get them to where we'd like them to be; the goal is to make them into race winning cars, just like the 911s were," added Team Manager John Tecce.
Last month the team announced that Steve Jenkins would be joining former Grand-Am Rolex GT and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series Champion Craig Stanton for all of 2010. The team has also announced that Jenkins and Stanton will be running their Cayman alongside new BGB teammates Keith Carroll of Stuart, FL and Duncan Ende of Los Angeles, CA. This will be Keith Carroll's first full season of Continental Tire competition, as he ran a few different makes in the series over the last two years before settling on running a Cayman with BGB for 2010. Carroll's codriver Duncan Ende is no stranger to the series, having run a Porsche 911 in the series with The Racer's Group for the last 3 years. Both drivers are Porsche enthusiasts and have chosen to stay within the Stuttgart family for 2010, albeit in a program that will be developing a brand new Cayman chassis. Both drivers had more to add:
"The car is getting better and better to drive every time we go out. I really got an opportunity to gel with the car at the latest test in Miami and I'm looking forward to the race," remarked Keith Carroll. Duncan Ende had more to add: "The chassis keeps improving the more time we spend with it. I'm confident that we'll get a handle on it and that things will fall into place."
Piloting the team's familiar orange Porsche 997 Carrera that led last year's Fresh From Florida 200 race will be Stewart Tetreault of Canton, CT and Guy Cosmo of West Palm Beach, FL. Neither Tetreault nor Cosmo are strangers to the BGB stable, with each of them returning again since the relationship started back in 2003. The team is very confident about the pair's chances in next Friday's race, as Guy Cosmo set the fastest lap time for any Porsche in the field after 6 sessions of testing with a lap time of 2:00.3. Cosmo had more to add:
"The car is really good and I think that we got a handle on it after the final two sessions. I'm confident in our chances to do well in this race and my codriver got a lot of laps in at Homestead so I know he's chomping at the bit as much as I am. I can't wait to come back with Stu (Tetreault) and see how we do when the green flag drops!"
-source: bgb motorsports