TRG to Launch Full Season Assault on 2011 IMSA Season

Petaluma, CA (February 21, 2011)- Following a successful return to IMSA competition in 2010, TRG will return in 2011 with two full entries in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Yokohama. Fielding drivers Dr. Jim Norman and Randy Oswald who feature both speed and experience, the team looks set to return to the GT3 Cup Challenge ranks for the first time since 2006.

Taking a 25-year “hiatus” from racing to pursue a career in medicine, Dr. Jim Norman joins TRG for his first full season of racing at this level. A graduate of the Skip Barber National ranks, Norman is not only a proven racer, but he’s also an experienced pilot and drummer. Sponsored by parathyroid.com, Norman has high expectations for his first full season of competition.

“I’m really excited to join TRG for the season,” explained Norman. “We had a successful test at Sebring last week and I was very pleased to find the pace that we did. To be part of the ALMS weekend with the GT3 Cup Challenge is a very special opportunity, and I look forward to next month’s first race.”

Randy Oswald will also join the team in his Verax sponsored Porsche GT3 Cup car. Coming from a banking and IT Background, the Toronot native comes with 12 years of experience in different Porsche disciplines, and should be a strong competitor in the TRG ranks.

“I’ve always wanted to be a part of the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge,” stated Oswald. “I knew that this was the series I wanted to really make a run at, and I’ve spent the last two years running in a similar car to get ready. Running with TRG is a very welcome opportunity and I’ve been really happy with the level of professionalism and support they’ve given.”

For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, the opportunity to return to the IMSA ranks with such a strong driver lineup is a great sign of the team’s return.

“This promises to be a great year,” stated Buckler. “We have two drivers who are very talented and this really makes it even more exciting for the team. Dr. Jim was extremely impressive in his debut with us at last week’s test, and he’s been absolutely great to work with. He has his goals set, wants to hit his marks and we are going to help. Randy Oswald is another very talented guy and has shown some fabulous pace and racecraft in his club racing efforts with us and is ready to step it up here. Based on last week’s pace I’d say we have a really good team in the IMSA ranks this year—-this is gonna be fun!!”

TRG is a full-service motorsports company offering a total driver ladder approach. This approach starts with track days, goes to club events, up into street stock series and culminates in the ultimate goal of professional motorsports. With sports car focused facilities in Petaluma, California (Infineon Raceway) and Millville, New Jersey (New Jersey Motorsports Park) the team can offer turn-key support as well as arrive-and-drive programs.

The company’s NASCAR operations are headquartered in Mooresville, North Carolina. The team fields a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry and has the capacity to run ARCA, Nationwide and the Camping World Truck Series.

The Racer’s Group was founded in 1993 and has been competing at the top level of motor racing. The team boasts Rolex Series GT championships in 2005 and 2006 and holds the record for the most wins in Grand-Am with 31. The team’s resume is highlighted by five championships, four Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona victories and a Le Mans 24 Hour win.
 

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