NASCAR's Brendan Gaughan to Drive TRG Porsche at Montreal
Petaluma, CA —
NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Brendan Gaughan will drive the No. 66 South Point Casino/TRG Porsche GT3 at this weekend's Grand-Am Rolex Series race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada.Gaughan, from Las Vegas, will make his first Grand-Am Series start with co-driver and Rolex 24 at Daytona winner Andy Lally. Gaughan will also be competing in his regular ride, the No. 62 USfidelis Chevrolet, in the Nationwide race.
"Growing up in the off-road world if you had aspirations on going to the next level in racing you looked to sports cars or Indy cars," Gaughan said. "As my career progressed and I was fortunate enough to get into the NASCAR side of things my passion for road racing has never diminished.
"Initially, I was just hoping to run the Grand-Am race to get some laps in to be better prepared for the Nationwide race in my No. 62 USfidelis Chevy. But after learning that I was going to be running with Andy and the car that's fifth in the points, now I'm hoping to gain valuable track experience and try to help the team gain more points."
"A lot of people don't know this but Brendan and I actually went through our driving school together 16 years ago," Lally said. "I've been rooting for him for years through his NASCAR career and we got to race against each other a bit while I was doing a partial truck schedule. I think he will do very well at Montreal and can't wait to team up with him for this race. I was with TRG in 2007 when we won the inaugural race at Montreal and look forward to trying to get to the top step of the podium again. We have been struggling a lot as many of the prep two teams have come to better grips with their cars. It will be interesting to see how we stack up at Montreal. I think it will be a hard fought race but I can't even guess who will have the advantage."
Kevin Buckler, TRG team owner, is happy to have Gaughan in his car at Montreal.
"It will be really cool to see Brendan in a Porsche," Buckler said. "He is a very talented driver both on asphalt and in the dirt. The Porsche will be another new animal for him, but with his talent and go-for-it spirit I am sure he will be up to speed in no time at all. Andy is looking forward to running with his old driving school mate and having a strong run in Montreal this weekend. Having some of these NASCAR stars over here running with us is definitely good for both series'."
The Grand-Am Rolex Series race from Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada will be televised live on the SPEED Channel starting at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, 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.