TRG Returns to Atlanta as Defending Petit Le Mans Champions
Braselton, GA (September 27th, 2011) - Coming off of a victorious outing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, TRG returns to Road Atlanta for the season finale, hoping to add another page to the team's growing history book. Currently seven points shy of the American Le Mans Series GTC class championship, TRG needs another strong finish and some good fortune in order to overtake Black Swan Racing and claim a championship in the Series' final event.
The 14th annual Petit Le Mans is a 1,000 mile/10-hour endurance race (which comes first). Joining American Le Mans Series regulars this weekend will be 26 teams from around the world competing in the International Le Mans Cup (ILMC), creating an expected starting grid of 53 cars.
TRG's No. 68 PR Newswire/South African Airways/Parathyroid.com/ViperExchange.com Porsche 911 GT3 Cup will be driven by GTC regular Dion von Moltke. Joining professional driver von Moltke, will be former Dodge Viper champion and Daytona 24 Driver Ben Keating, alongside IMSA GT3 Cup regular and leading parathyroid surgeon, Dr. Jim Norman. Norman returns to the Series, having competed with TRG at Sebring and finishing fourth in class.
"I'm really proud of the season we have had thus far in ALMS," says von Moltke. "The team has worked so hard this year and I hope we can bring home a solid result for all the guys. Sharing the car with guys like Ben and Jim will make that goal that much easier."
Returning to TRG's sister car in the No. 66 STANDD/Racer's Roast/World Technology Ingredients/LiveOn.com 911 GT3 Cup, is Duncan Ende, Spencer Pumpelly and Peter Ludwig. The trio finished victorious two weeks ago at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. A repeat performance would set up TRG for a potential season championship.
"We feel like we are in a good position to succeed this weekend at Road Atlanta, if we approach this race like we do every other." states team owner Kevin Buckler. "I am SO proud of all the guys this year!! We have been fortunate enough to come away with four wins so far. With Ben (Keating) and Dr. Jim joining Dion, and with Peter returning with Duncan and Spencer, I believe we are setting ourselves up for a solid run in the championship and a real chance to win with either car."
A win by TRG in GTC with a third place Black Swan finish would result in a virtual tie for the team championship. With 30-26-23-20-18-16 points up for grabs for the six cars entered in GTC, TRG must finish at least two places, perhaps three, in front of Black Swan in order to claim a team title. Pumpelly and Ende are in second place in driver points, down 21 to Black Swan's Tim Pappas, but short of a DNF for its competitor, that trophy seems distant.
The IMSA GT3 Challenge cars will share the track this weekend with its GTC bretheren. Dr. Jim Norman will again be in his No. 11 Parathyroid.com/TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup with Carlos Gomez in the No. 75 Axis of Oversteer/Capitol Managers/TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Gomez took TRG to the podium with a third place finish in the second of two races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
"I am really excited to be racing with Jim and Carlos again this weekend for our finally", stated Team Owner, Kevin Buckler. "We have had so much fun this year together but man have these guy gotten fast. Dr Jim has re-upped himself at almost every race and runs with all the front guys and Carlos had an awesome podium and a stellar drive at last weeks Laguna Seca event. This is going to be good!!!"
Petit Le Mans will be live on ESPN3.com beginning at 11:15 a.m. ET, October 1. ABC will air a highlight telecast of the ALMS finale October 2 from 4:00-6:00 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 (Thursday, 29 September 2011 05:34)