Ludwig, Norman Join von Moltke to Round Out Second TRG Sebring Entry
Sebring, FL (March 14, 2011)- With the first day of testing beginning for the 59th Annual Mobil1 12 Hours Hours of Sebring, TRG has announced their final driver lineup for their second entry. Driving the no. 68 PRNewswire/parathyroid.com/Dietz & Watson/ South African Airways TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, drivers Peter Ludwig and Dr. Jim Norman have joined the previously announced driver Dion von Moltke.
Ludwig, who has driven several events with TRG in the past, will be making his debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring, but is no stranger to success in a Porsche. A long-time veteran of several sportscar categories, Ludwig, like teammate von Moltke, is a proven winner in the Skip Barber series and the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, and a proven leader within the TRG ranks. Known for not only his raw talent but also a strong technical acumen and team leadership, Ludwig will play a key role within the 68.
Also joining the team for his Sebring debut will be Dr. Jim Norman. Running with TRG full-time in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge series, Norman was called up to the ALMS ranks after showing tremendous speed during the official Sebring Winter Test in February. Taking a 25-year “hiatus” from racing to pursue a career in medicine, Norman has never competed 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 but realistic expectations for his first full season of competition.
As previously announced, GRAND-AM winner Dion von Moltke will head the charge. Driving under the South African flag, the 20-year old pro driver is a perfect fit for TRG. A three-time winner in the GRAND-AM ranks, von Moltke, just like TRG drivers Andy Lally and Spencer Pumpelly, has driven just about everything in sportscars. From numerous top-10’s in the GRAND-AM Daytona Prototype category, to GT racing at Daytona, to even racing in LMP1 for the American Le Mans Series, von Moltke brings a high degree of experience well beyond his years to compliment his speed. Sponsored by South African Airways and PRNewswire, von Moltke’s rounding out of the 68 lineup should make the car a formidable challenge.
Excited to see a second entry on the roster, TRG Team Owner Kevin Buckler is looking forward to going after one of the last great missing trophies.
“Winning Sebring is on my MAIN bucket list and if we do, it will be the first time a GT team has won all 3 North American endurance races in a row” stated Buckler. “When we signed Dion, we knew we had a super talented driver and were extremely committed to putting the best effort possible for him. Adding Jim and Peter to the mix only furthers the program. Jim has been extremely impressive in winter testing, and overall just a great guy to work with. We look forward to a strong season with him in the GT3 Cup Challenge, and couldn’t be happier to already graduate him to the big leagues! He is committed and I love it. Peter has proven himself within our professional garage time and time again, and I couldn’t be happier to add him to the roster. He’s a really fit, smart and talented driver and a friend. He is very very quick and exactly the guy we want in our car during such a long race. This car and driver lineup has a strong shot to win and we want to make sure all the components are in place.”
The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will begin at 10:30AM ET at Sebring International Racway, and broadcast live on ESPN3.com as well as on ABC Networks the following week.
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 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 32. The team’s resume is highlighted by five championships, four Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona victories, and a Le Mans 24 Hour win.
Last Updated (Monday, 14 March 2011 18:07)