Fuel Mileage Dictates a Last Lap Thriller at Road America
Elkhart Lake, WI (August 22nd, 2011) – TRG celebrated another solid American Le Mans Series finish in GTC class at the Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase at Road America after a last-lap thriller ended with fuel mileage dictating the results at the historic circuit.
The team entered the weekend with its sights set on a fourth straight class victory, having won the past three ALMS outings. Duncan Ende opened the race with a spectacular double stint and handed the car off to Spencer Pumpelly who was focused on conserving fuel while staying ahead of the hard charging 2nd and 3rd place cars throughout the race and then a sprint to the end. While the impressive streak did not continue, the second place finish in the highly-competitive class kept the Pumpelly-Ende No. 66 Racer’s Roast/Fox River Coffee team, in first place in GTC class by a mere point.
“We had a great run today" said Duncan Ende. "The 66 car was strong as always. The safety cars never did us any favors on our strategy, but we’re happy to take home another podium.”
TRG’s sister car, the No. 68 PR Newswire/South African Airways Porsche 911 GT3 Cup finished the day with a hard-fought sixth place result after early on-track issues. Team newcomer Emilio Di Guida put down solid times as he became accustomed to American Le Mans, multi-class racing. Di Guida’s teammate and series regular, Dion von Moltke, demonstrated lap after lap his potential to become one of the best, meticulously moving up through the pack after taking the reins from Di Guida.
“We exit this weekend a little short on points, but we showed again that we have the race-pace to backup our first win," said von Moltke. "We’ll take that into our last three races and will do everything we can to get back on the podium and hopefully grab another win before the season is out.”
Also taking to the 4.048 mile road course this weekend was TRG driver Dr. Jim Norman in the No. 11 Parathyroid.com/TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Competing in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama, with a two-race format, Norman finished an impressive fourth in Friday’s race and was running with the leaders in Saturday’s event until mid-race contact sent him in to the gravel pit. Norman made his way back through the field, and finished P20.
“Running up front all weekend shows that TRG puts great cars on the track and that I’m working with the right group of people," said Norman. "Road America is my favorite race track and it’s in a beautiful part of the country. I look forward to building on the success we are having and on to Laguna, a track that is arguably as scenic not to mention challenging.”
“Wow—-what a race. I thought we had it in the bag twice but the cautions went against us,” said team owner Kevin Buckler. “Duncan drove a perfect opening double stint and handed it over to Spencer. We had him on a really strong fuel conservation mode for the long green run, but out came the yellows and we had to re-group. We elected for track position and stayed out on the last caution and he almost had it. We’ll take the solid P2 and the points and head to Baltimore. It was really nice to welcome Emilio to the team, he was a solid teammate all weekend. His first time ever at Road America and his first time with ALMS and he hung it out there—-big time. Dion did a stellar job of helping get Emilio up to speed and a fantastic job in the car and with the team as always. I am looking forward to racing Baltimore with him.”
Next on the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón calendar is the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix on September 3. ESPN3.com will carry the race live at 4:15 p.m. ET. ABC will provide next day coverage of the race at 4:00 p.m.
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 – 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.
Last Updated (Friday, 30 September 2011 22:05)