TRG eagerly anticipates double-header at The Glen
Watkins Glen, NY (August 11th, 2011) - Following a noteworthy performance at their "home track," Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, TRG rejoins the Grand-Am Rolex Series this weekend with a strong one-two punch at the historic Watkins Glen International.
Daytona 24 winner Steve Bertheau will be back with co-driver Spencer Pumpelly. They will pilot the No. 67 Sargent & Lundy/TRG Porsche GT3 Cup. Earlier this season, Bertheau and Pumpelly earned a podium spot at Road America, with a strong car that led much of the race. Pumpelly, meanwhile, is fresh off an American Le Mans Series win at Mid-Ohio a week ago.
"Spence and I work well together," said Bertheau. "We came so close at Road America, and we would like to reel one in for TRG here at this historic track."
Joining the No. 67 Sargent & Lundy/TRG Porsche GT3 Cup on the grid will be the No. 66 Racer's Roast/Fox River Coffee/TRG Porsche GT3 Cup. Driving the No. 66 car will be Duncan Ende and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Andy Lally. Riding the momentum off two straight victories in ALMS GTC class, Ende looks forward to the pairing with seasoned sportscar veteran Lally.
"Working with Steve over the past two years and helping him develop and watch him work so hard towards becoming a strong professional race car driver has been nothing short of delightful," says TRG Team Owner and CEO Kevin Buckler. "Steve is a good friend and his smile and enthusiasm is infectious - especially when he is winning!! Having Duncan and Andy back together is going be awesome!!! Dunc's on a roll and this could be a big week. I am really glad he was available to drive this weekend. I always love returning to Watkins Glen but even more so with these drivers and this team. We sure will be busy, but the entire TRG gang is up for it."
Lally, a Northport, NY native, is seeking his ninth win on his home track and his first on the 2.45 mile, August race configuration. Not only is he vying for another victory, but he will also be doing a TRG doubleheader, wheeling the No. 71 Interstate Moving Services/TRG Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday.
"It's really exciting to be a part of Andy's big weekend," said Ende. "I'm honored that he and Kevin had faith in me to share the car with him. I'm expecting a very exciting race, we'll have a winning strategy and I know the TRG guys will give Andy and me a very fast car."
As for Lally's prediction, "I think you‚re going to see four guys race to the white flag real close to each other, and you're not going to know the outcome until they get to the checker. It's going to be a pretty wild race."
The Canadian Tire 200 at The Glen will take place on Saturday, August 13 with television coverage live on SPEED at 6:00 p.m. EST.
TRG is a full-service motorsports company offering a total driver ladder approach, as well as comprehensive sponsorship and business opportunities. For drivers, this approach starts with track days, goes to club events, up into street stock series and culminates in the ultimate goal of professional motorsports. For sponsors and business partners, this method starts with everything from executive events, to traditional sponsorship models, all the way to comprehensive business-to-business opportunities and experiential marketing.
With facilities in Petaluma, California and Mooresville, North Carolina the team can offer turn-key marketing programs as well as arrive-and-drive support.
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. It also competes in America‚s two leading sports car series ˆ the American Le Mans Series and the Rolex Grand-Am 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.