TRG Driver Ben Keating Commits to 2012 GRAND-AM Endurance Championship
Petaluma, CA (December 20th, 2011) - The Racer's Group Ben Keating will take the green flag of all three events in the newly announced GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Endurance Championship. It will be a three-race championship within a championship in the 2012 Rolex Series. Ben will compete for a GT class championship with his TRG co-drivers in a 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.
This inaugural endurance series will begin with the running of the 50th anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 28-29, then carryover to the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International on June 29-July 1. It will wrap up with the Series' debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27 for a three-hour race entitled "Super Weekend at the Brickyard" that GRAND-AM will share with NASCAR and its Sprint Cup Series.
Keating, fresh off of a championship in the highly competitive Dodge Viper Cup series, had an extremely strong showing in his 2012 TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup at the Rolex Series Daytona 24 DecemberTest Days. Keating spent much of the second day at the top of the GT class speed charts. Keating will compete on not one, but two of the top TRG teams with a second car and be a serious factor with his teammates at the January endurance race.
"This is a unique opportunity to be a part of a really neat championship in a first-ever series of events" says Keating. "To race at such historic venues with GRAND-AM is going to be fantastic. I am confident TRG will put together a competitive package. We'll be aiming for the top of the podium at each of the three stages."
Keating made his TRG debut at the 2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona, running in the pole-sitting car with Lucas Luhr and Dominik Farnbacher. Keating also ran in the 2011 ALMS Petit Le Mans, finishing fourth in GTCclass.
"Ben has proven over and over, that he can compete with the top-level pros and has really shown signs of brilliance as of late,"
said TRG team owner Kevin Buckler. He is on his game and he has really come into his own in these Porsche race cars. We‚re excited to have Ben committed to this new format. These are some really cool tracks - and really awesome events!! We‚re looking forward to getting started on the right foot in Daytona for the 50th anniversary running of the 24. Just wait till we announce the lineup!!"
Two of the three endurance races will be held in conjunctionwith the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, providing an extraordinarily large stage for teams and sponsors competing in the championship. The sponsor and partnership opportunities will be limitless.
Keating begins his march toward the Endurance Championship Jan. 6-8 when he and his soon-to-be-named teammates participate at the "Roar Before the 24" at Daytona International Speedway along with four other TRG race cars in preparation for defense of last year's GT class victory.
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 inthe 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 WorldTruck 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 competingat 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 inGrand-Am with 32. The team's resume is highlighted by five championships, four Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona victories, and a Le Mans 24Hour win.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 21 December 2011 05:38)