CARY, N.C. – Taggart Autosport, with Jim Taggart driving, will switch Pirelli World Challenge classes for 2014, moving into the GT-A category with the No. 7 Porsche 911 GT3 R.
This change follows Taggart’s performance last year in GT-S, where he earned rookie of the year honors in the No. 61 Lotus Exige. Coming off his first Rolex 24 At Daytona experience, Taggart has set his sights on GT-A class success.
In late February the team ran its first test with the new Porsche 911 GT3 R with Taggart being fitted for the car and given the chance to acclimate himself to the much faster GT-class GT3 ride.
“The Pirelli World Challenge GT-A class has intrigued me since the announcement last fall,” said Taggart. “After a lot of research and consideration, I decided to commit to the series with an astounding car, the Porsche 911 GT3 R. I’m looking forward to competing with the front running drivers in the very competitive class this year.”
“I am glad that Taggart Autosport will be joining Porsche for the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge season,” said Jens Walther, president and CEO of Porsche Motorsport North America. “Jim Taggart, and his entire team brings in a new level of enthusiasm, and we will be supporting all 911 GT3 R race cars as they compete in the nine rounds that feature GT-A class racing throughout the year.”
The team plans to run the majority of the Pirelli World Challenge schedule, starting with the Streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., March 28-30, where Taggart notched a top 10 finish in his first World Challenge race last season.
The team will skip the Long Beach, Calif., event in order to concentrate on car development on the East Coast. The team will re-join the series at Barber Motorsports Park, Leeds, Ala. at the end of April.