The No. 81 G&W Motorsports Porsche GT3R is piloted this weekend by three women drivers from the Women's Global GT Series: Cindi Lux, the inaugural 1999 WGGTS driver's champion, Divina Galica, current leader of the WGGTS points championship...
The No. 81 G&W Motorsports Porsche GT3R is piloted this weekend by three women drivers from the Women's Global GT Series: Cindi Lux, the inaugural 1999 WGGTS driver's champion, Divina Galica, current leader of the WGGTS points championship this year, and Belinda Endress, currently fifth in the 2000 WGGTS points. The No. 81 Porsche GT3R, owned and managed by Cole Scrogham of G&W Motorsports, was the championship-winning car of the 2000 Grand American Road Racing championship.
Regarding driving in the Petit Le Mans race: "It's like jumping from high school to college. You think you know the ropes, but it's a whole new set of challenges. It's like being in your first week of college. Without the support of the G&W team, and their patience and understanding, it would be a lot more difficult. We're gaining though. Every session we're picking up seconds, not just tenths. And it's a long race. The learning curve is fun though because it's so challenging. A lot of drivers out there have been in our same shoes - they've been through this before just like we're going through now. They've all been really supportive and encouraging."
Regarding co-driving with two drivers that are normally fierce competitors: "It's a little difficult to put together three people that are used to battling pretty intensely and tell them to share the same toy and get along in one sandbox. It's challenging. Both Divina and Belinda have been great, really super to work with."
Regarding goals for the race: Realistically, our goal is to finish the race, not hurt the car and come home without a scratch. It's about so much more than just driving. It's not just speed; it's consistency, balance, and strategy. I absolutely trust Cole (Scrogham) and the G&W team with all my heart. It is really neat to have that confidence. I'd do whatever they told me to do on the race track. That's really reassuring and calming. It's fun as well as being educational. They really want us to succeed and you can tell that."
Regarding driving in the Petit Le Mans race: "The car is really a good car. Because we are in the slowest class, you have to do more defensive driving, which can be a bit difficult and tricky. It is a good experience working with the G&W team. There are a lot of things that we've needed to have explained to us and they're very good at that. We've struggled a little with the driver changes. We've got to practice more because we may loose time on the changes. There is a lot to remember in driver changes and it is totally different for us. We must get it right because it can make or break our pit stops."
Regarding co-driving with two drivers that are normally fierce competitors: "No problem. We're really all so friendly. With the Women's Global GT Series competitors, we're always friends. We have a good mix between Cindi, Belinda and I. It works well."
Regarding goals for the race: We want to finish. We're not at the front of the pack, but we want to do a nice, tidy job of driving. Our team is so solid; we know we're not going to drop out with any mechanical problems. Attrition will take its toll during the race. We're not looking for any miracles, just hope to drive a good, clean race. All the other drivers in the field have been very supportive."
Regarding driving in the Petit Le Mans race: "I'm very grateful to have this opportunity presented to me so early in my career. It's really quite a compliment. I'm also very appreciative my sponsor, Xtreme Island Designs, decided to back me up and believe in what I'm doing. I've got a long way to go in this sport and I'm embracing it with open arms. I'm going to give it everything it takes, be constructive and go step-by-step.
Regarding co-driving with two drivers that are normally fierce competitors: "I have tremendous respect for Cindi and Divina. They are both levelheaded, good drivers. That's the biggest majority of it, if you have your head together - and they both do."
Regarding goals for the race: We want to be successful in all of our individual goals - be consistent, take care of the car, buckle the seat belts quickly on driver changes, everything. We want to get all the little steps right, and be there at the end. I like to play hard and work hard and I like challenges. You have to push yourself hard."