TRG Sixth in Rolex GT at the Glen
Watkins Glen, NY —
TRG's Justin Marks and Andy Lally had a strong sixth place finish in today's running of the Grand-Am Rolex Series Crown Royal 200 at Watkins Glen International. Teammates John Potter and Craig Stanton finished seventh with Josemanuel Gutierrez and Scott Schroeder coming home in 14th.
The Watkins Glen short course produced some exciting racing action. Justin Marks started the No. 66 Construct Corps/CRG/No Fear Energy Drinks/Voodoo Ride/K1 Speed/Gemstone Winery/TRG Porsche GT3 and carved his way up to ninth before handing over to Andy Lally. Lally and team engineer Jeff Braun used some midrace strategy to try and gain track position by pitting for the final time under green. The move produced a couple of spots but not the big jump that was hoped for, Lally had to settle for sixth.
John Potter took the start in the No. 65 Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche GT3 and raced it into the top 10 before handing over to Craig Stanton. Stanton proceeded to post blazing laps on his way to leading the race. The Californian managed to lead 11 laps. The team was out of sequence on pit stops and had to come in for a late race splash and ended the evening in seventh place.
"We led a lot of laps today," Stanton said. "That is just where the 65 car needs to be, right up front. We got some good TV time today. The track was really good and the car was great. I had a fun three way battle for a few laps and took the lead, which was exciting. It was like Friday night at Bristol. I didn't have time to take a drink from my water bottle. We were setup perfect for the last yellow, but I think they threw the green a lap early."
Josemanuel Gutierrez started the No. 68 Cohen Financial/TRG Porsche and put in some fast laps before handing over to co-driver Scott Schroeder. When Schroeder got in the car he experienced some serious vibration forcing him to pit the car for repairs. The team took the 68 back to the paddock to repair the left rear spindle.
"The car was pretty good during my stint," Gutierrez said. "I had a good handling Porsche and the track had a lot of grip. When Scott got in the car he had a vibration and had to come in for a repair which cost us some laps."
"Josemanuel put in a good stint and I was excited to drive," Schroeder said. "When I got in the car had a big vibration with the brakes was happening, which ended up braking a wheel stud. We had to go to the paddock for repairs. The guys did a really good job fixing the car to get us back out there to run some data laps."
Kevin Buckler, TRG team owner, likes the way his team progressed over the weekend.
"We had a tough start to the weekend," Buckler said. "The crew and the drivers really worked well together and the cars really came to life in the race. John and Craig had the 65 car in the lead and were headed for a great finish. As usual John did a fantastic job and so did Craig. They just got caught out of sequence on pit stops. Josemanuel and Scott overcame a car issue to take the checker. They have shown steady improvement throughout the season. I was particularly proud the way they dealt with all of the curve balls this weekend. They didn't get rattled, these guys are pros. Andy and Justin did a great job to get their car to the front and were a factor at the end. We just needed a little help with a caution that never came."
The team will travel to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal Canada for round 10 on August 29.
TRG was founded in 1993 and has been competing at the top level of motor racing ever since. The team has the most wins of any team in the Grand-Am Rolex Series with 26, including the 2005 and 2006 Rolex Series GT championship trophy to go along with wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
TRG is a manufacturer and distributor of high-performance racing parts. The group specializes in engine and chassis tuning as well as full service professional race car preparation. The company also provides electrical and mechanical engineering services, driver development and arrive-and-drive opportunities. TRG is based in Petaluma, Calif., near its home track of Infineon Raceway in Sonoma. The company's NASCAR operation is based in Mooresville, North Carolina and a new state-of-the-art facility is coming on-line at New Jersey Motorsports Park in late 2009.