If Cisneros finds his mind drifting back to the office or thinking about work, he knows his results for the weekend will be less than ideal. Competing at such a high level in the GT3 Cup Challenge USA demands full attention.
“It’s amazing that if you don’t manage that focus you won’t achieve the times you need or you will spin and get yourself into trouble,” Cisneros explains. “I think I’ve improved in trying to separate my work and make sure it gets out of my brain before I get into the car.”
Cisneros is the CEO of Cisneros Corporation, a family conglomerate of various businesses. Six years ago Eduardo’s father passed the reins onto him, where he now works alongside his two brothers, Henrique and Andres. They now operate different businesses, many in Venezuela.
“We are a very diversified group with companies ranging from a professional baseball team to beer and spirits companies and even a Spanish soap opera production company,” Cisneros said. “I have my hands full worrying about everything that arises especially in Venezuela.”
But on race weekends troubles are pushed to the side and the Cisneros brothers have a chance to spend time together. When asked about the highlight of his career, Cisneros says every weekend is a highlight because it means spending time with his brothers or his NGT Motorsport family.
“Ramez Wahab is a stand up guy,” Cisneros said. “He’s a great individual with a great heart and on top of it he really knows his stuff. We have always managed to get the car with the right setup right before we need it. They have a great group of people working with them that’s very knowledgeable especially about Porsches. It’s been a true pleasure being part of this team.”
NGT Motorsport finished third in the Platinum Cup team standings in 2013, with Eduardo coming in 13th overall in Platinum Cup in the No. 29 entry.
After contesting the past few seasons in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, NGT will also compete in the newly formed TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in 2014. Eduardo’s brother Henrique Cisneros made his debut in the GTC category in 2011.
Eduardo Cisneros is always looking for new ways to improve himself, and driving a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car certainly allows drivers to improve. Even if Cisneros finds himself off track, he is learning something that will help him the next time he races.
“Every race weekend there is always something to be proud of or something to regret, which in the end you learn from,” he said. “It’s such an evolving sport because you end up learning more and more. For me I think the highlight is always going back to the track and doing better than I did the previous year.”