DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Owning a Porsche was a lifelong dream for Eduardo Cisneros. He grew up watching his dad drive the iconic vehicle and immediately after securing his first job, Cisneros took out a loan to become a first-time Porsche owner.
With a lifelong aspiration fulfilled, a lifelong rivalry began.
Following Eduardo’s Porsche purchase, younger brothers Henrique and Andres Cisneros each bought Porsches for the street. The question needed to be answered: ‘Which brother is the fastest?’
“We are all big Porsche lovers,” Eduardo Cisneros said. “Being very close and competitive we started doing the typical driving events just to get out on a track. The rivalry started right away to see who was faster but unfortunately we all had different cars. It was obvious we needed to buy the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car and after a few IMSA events we were finally able to get the most out of it in a safe environment.”
Cisneros recently completed his fourth year in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Series. In his first two years Cisneros raced in the Gold Cup class before moving up to the Platinum Cup class for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The NGT Motorsport driver has come a long way since his first time in the seat of a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. At the time, Cisneros was driving a twin turbo Porsche as a street car that had more than 550 horsepower.
“I looked at the specs and it said something like 420 horsepower,” Cisneros recalls of his first GT3 Cup car experience. “I thought, ‘How will I drive this after the monster I’ve had out on the road?’ The first time I got in, (NGT team owner) Ramez Wahab was there and he told me to make sure the gas is all the way down before upshifting and that I didn’t need to put in the clutch. I said, ‘OK no problem’.
Cisneros got in the car, shifted to first gear, left the gas all the way in and got up to second gear. He then immediately slammed on the brakes, and got out.
“The car was a rocketship compared to what I was used to,” Cisneros said. “Because of the weight it was not comparable whatsoever to my street car. It was a lot faster than I thought it would be and it’s been a great car to drive ever since.”
Now that Cisneros has a few seasons under his belt, he is beginning to learn the tricks to mastering the technical vehicle. The Coral Gables, Fla.-native manages his weight and stays in shape now more than ever knowing that every pound adds time to his trips around the circuit.
“Until you drive it’s hard to explain to people how physically and mentally challenging driving is as a sport,” Cisneros said. “The shape you have to be in is a lot more than I ever thought. And the biggest issue and lesson for me is the mental concentration needed.”