Cary, NC – Taggart Autosport will field a four-driver lineup for this weekend’s SCCA 13-hour endurance event at VIRginia International Raceway with Jim Taggart and Tom Long joined by Randy Pobst and Jim Stout in the team’s Porsche 911 GT3R.
Fans will be able to watch in-car video online live via racecast.me.
Taggart is an accomplished business entrepreneur turned racecar driver, while Long and Pobst bring years of race- and championship-winning sports car experience to the team. Stout is part owner of the VIR track and regularly drives a high-horsepower Dodge Viper in NARRA competition.
The team is hoping that the third time is the charm as Taggart Autosport has been leading the race at the 10-hour mark the previous two years only for bad luck to strike. In 2013, a Spec Miata got in the way of Taggart’s pace-setting Lotus Exige as darkness fell. Last year, the team was enjoying a two lap lead in its Porsche Cup entry before a struck throttle cable ended the day.
“We are bringing the big gun and going for an overall win, anything less will be a disappointed,” commented Jim Taggart. The team’s Porsche 911 GT3R was developed by the German manufacturer for endurance racing.
“One issue will be managing traffic and the difference in speed. A lot of Spec Miatas are in the race, which run about 2:20 lap times at VIR. We will be running sub-two minute lap times. Passing could prove tricky so we need to be smart and conservative.”
Employees at the newly-formed Taggart Autosport dealership for specialty cars and off-road trucks in Cary, North Carolina, will be performing pit crew duties under the direction of long-time pro racing crew chief and Taggart’s Director of Engineering Eric Arms.
With most of the staff having never done this before, it will be a team building effort after a mock pit-stop station has been set up in the dealership’s garage area for practice leading into the event.
“The guys are doing great and having fun,” added Taggart. “We have a fueling rig which can fill the car in less than 30 seconds. The mandatory pit stop is two minutes which is plenty of time to change drivers and clean the windshield.”
The crew, along with Arms, includes Car Chief Matthew Kuekes, Strategist Steve Kuekes and Crew Members Tyler Crabtree, Logan Jankowsky, Jack Taggart, Audrey Schumacher, Nick Tsaousis, Trevor Maunder and Matt Campbell.
The race starts at 9:15 am on Saturday morning, local time. Follow live video and updates on the team’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.