The MOMO NGT Motorsport racing team has confirmed its plans to compete full time in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series for 2014. The familiar No. 30 red-yellow-and-black liveried MOMO car will compete in the new GT Daytona (GTD) class team for the 11-race schedule, beginning with the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
MOMO co-owner/driver Henrique Cisneros, of Venezuela, will pair with 23-year-old Kuba Giermaziak, of Poland, for the full season. For the Rolex 24, Porsche driver Christina Nielsen of Denmark will join the two, along with a fourth driver, yet to be named. Giermaziak will lead the upcoming IMSA Test Days at Sebring this weekend.
The MOMO NGT Motorsport team has received delivery of a new 470hp Porsche 911 GT America (Type 991) for the new season. The car features a 6-speed sequential dog-type gearbox with pneumatic paddle shift system along with many new features and advanced technology.
?The team is very excited to enter the new GTD class. It will be fun to compete against so many brands after racing exclusively with Porsches for four years,” said Cisneros. “I think the balance of power will be a big challenge for IMSA and it will take the entire season to sort out. Daytona will have the usual sandbagging that everyone is used to and we really won’t know how the competition stacks up until the last two hours. We will also be developing the new Porsche 991 and using live telemetry for the first time, so it will be a challenge to understand the data during the beginning of the season.?
Team manager Ramez Wahab admitted to both excitement and concerns about the team’s new program.
?We are very excited about the TUDOR Series. It’s a new challenge for everyone,” he said. “My main concern is not necessarily the new car or even the BoP (balance of performance), since ALMS and Grand-Am officials have always done a good job at it in the past; it’s more the new series. We are kind of stepping into the unknown since there are no rules out yet. Is it going to be like a GTC class, pretty much a spec series, or do we have to kind of reinvent the wheel like the Rolex GT class, which will increase costs while running out of time??