Porsche GT Daytona class entrant GB Autosport has announced that Pirelli World Challenge and IMSA veteran Mike Skeen (LEFT) will join its team for the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup rounds of the 2015 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
After fully recovering from a training injury that kept him out of the cockpit in the later half of the season, team principal Michael Avenatti will return to race action in 2015 alongside Damien Faulkner in the Tully’s Coffee-backed Porsche 911 GT America.
“I’m really excited to join GB Autosport for the four longer Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races,” said Skeen. “I’ve known of the team, I ran out on track against them last year and I watched how they competed last year and I’m honored to get to be a part of that. They have a great team, solid equipment and a great competitive attitude. I really think having consistency with our driver lineup for the four races will give us a great boost, just because we will get to know how we each like the car and the setup and we can build that necessary comradery and I’m looking forward to getting started at the Roar!”
“We are very fortunate that Mike has committed to our team,” added Avenatti. “Mike is widely recognized as one of the best up-and-coming racers in the United States and I am excited to have the chance to race with him.”
Comprised of the longer endurance races, the Patron Endurance Cup includes the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, the Six Hours of the Glen and the season finale, Petit Le Mans.
“We started prepping for the 2015 season after the very first race of last year, to be honest,” said team manager Cole Scrogham. “After each race we would take everything we learned and file it away not just for the next race, but for the next season so we are able to continually improve and make the best and smartest racing decisions possible. The team as a unit now has valuable experience for these longer races, and adding Mike to the lineup and having that consistency in the drivers will really benefit us as well.”