The MOMO NGT Motorsport team announced it has withdrawn the No. 30 MOMO NGT Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 entry from the GTC class for the Petit Le Mans race, Saturday, October 19. This gesture is to honor the memory of driver, teammate and friend Sean Edwards, who was killed in a driver coaching accident in Australia earlier this week.
The No. 31 MOMO NGT Motorsports entry, with a special livery that resembles a MOMO firesuit, will compete as entered with drivers Angel Benitez Jr., Nicholas Armindo and Christina Nielsen. Armindo and Nielsen are seasoned Porsche drivers, currently regularly competing in other sports car racing series around the world. Benitez is pulling double duty, also competing in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge series this week at Road Atlanta.
“Obviously we had very sad and shocking news. We still can't believe it," said Ramez Wahab, NGT Motorsport owner and team manager. "Our buddy Sean passed away. We thought it was the most appropriate thing to do, to withdraw the car in Sean's honor. We just don't feel it would be right to enter the car, with the many memories of Sean, and because we miss him already.”
NGT Motorsports has added a new driver to its No. 31 entry, with Christina Nielsen joining Nicolas Armindo and Angel Benitez Jr.
“As per the GTC requirements we needed a silver-ranked driver and Christina came very highly recommended to us," explained Wahab. "She raced in the past with almost every one of our Pro drivers, so I thought we should give her a shot. Her early week on track performance proved already that it was a good call.”
FOX Sports' U.S. coverage of the Petit Le Mans race on Oct. 19 begins on FOX Sports 2 from 11 a.m.-noon ET, including pre-race activities and the green flag at 11:30 a.m. for the 1,000-mile (394 laps)/10-hour time limit race.
FOX Sports 2 resumes the broadcast from 2:30-6:30 p.m. FOX Sports 1 will continue live coverage from 6:30-8 p.m., before FOX Sports 2 picks up with the conclusion beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Live coverage of the entire event will be available on FOX Sports' new mobile application, FOX Sports Go.
FOX Sports 1 will also broadcast a three-hour highlight presentation from 4-7 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 20.
Live streaming of qualifying on Friday, Oct. 18 will be available on ALMS.com beginning at 1:50 p.m. ET. ALMS.com will then offer a complete live stream of Saturday's race to international audiences.