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Precision Performance Motorsports Launches WeatherTech Championship Effort

Precision Performance Motorsports announced Tuesday (Dec. 18) that they have acquired a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo and intend to race full-time in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2019.  It will be the first foray into full-time endurance racing for the Rick Gdovic-owned team.

“We had a really great year in 2018, which, in turn, has garnered a lot of positive attention and interest,” stated Gdovic.  “Naturally, we have to grow our program with that interest.  We felt it best to continue putting our energy, focus, and commitment into racing with Lamborghini. We’ll continue with [Lamborghini] Super Trofeo [North America], as I feel that is one of the best racing platforms in the paddock and with the strong partnership and support of Lamborghini, we’ll also take the step up to WeatherTech and GTD in 2019.”

In 2018, the team ran two full-time entries in Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America.  One was in the PRO class for Brandon Gdovic (Rick’s son) and Shinya Michimi.  The duo finished fourth in PRO points with a victory at Road America in August.  They also fielded an Am-class entry for Shea Holbrook and Martin Barkey.  They finished fourth in AM points with second-place finishes at Mid-Ohio and VIR.

Back in October, the team fielded a previous generation Huracan GT3 in the Calfornia 8 Hours at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.  With Gdovic, Michimi and Steve Dunn driving, the team finished 15th overall, 23 laps behind the winning entry from Audi Sport Team Land.

For NASCAR fans, this team is likely best remembered for their time competing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (the car fielded by the team at Iowa in 2017 for Quin Houff is pictured above).  After acquiring the former Viva Motorsports, the team competed part-time in the Xfinity Series through the end of the 2017 season.  In 18 starts, the team’s best finish was a 10th at Road America in 2017 with Parker Kligerman driving.

The team did not announce any drivers on Tuesday.  It can be assumed that there is a good sporting chance that Brandon Gdovic could end up being one of the team’s drivers in January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona at bare minimum.  Brandon has three career IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship starts (two in the Rolex 24 at Daytona).  Most recently, he drove two races for DAC Motorsports in a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 in 2017.  Despite starting the race at Daytona with a backup car following a crash in final practice, Gdovic finished 13th in GT Daytona for his best run in the class.  Gdovic also has eight career starts in the Xfinity Series with a best finish of 13th at Watkins Glen in 2015.

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