TRG Battles Back at Mid-Ohio

67-mid-ohioTRG’s battle to the front at Mid-Ohio’s EMCO Gears Classic was cut short, but the duo of Steve Bertheau and Spencer Pumpelly held on for its second consecutive Top 10 finish in Round Six of the Rolex Grand Am Series.

Bertheau started the race in the No. 67 Sargent & Lundy Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car and drove hard and kept the car in a competitive position but an early splitter problem forced a stop under green.   Pumpelly took over and a fast pit stop allowed him to get out in front of the GT leaders and gain almost half a lap back to remain on the lead lap.  The TRG crew eventually replaced the troublesome splitter under a caution and Pumpelly worked his way into the lead as the car performed to perfection.

“We really seemed to have it going,” said Pumpelly, “but then we began to get a little tire vibration and the track cooled a little.”

The next couple of cautions didn’t play well into TRG’s hands, but Pumpelly managed to keep the car on the lead lap for an eventual eighth place finish as slower traffic split the field and made it difficult to improve position.

“We really had a strong car today,” said Bertheau.  “Our pit stops were great; we just didn’t catch the luck we needed when we needed it.”

“We knew we would be at a little competitive disadvantage today with the new weight reductions Grand-Am recently gave the BMW’s,” said team owner Kevin Buckler.  “Our Porsches need a little help right now from Grand Am as this is really getting frustrating.” “The guys battled and battled all day long.  That’s the TRG way, and I’m proud of their efforts and performance.”

TRG heads to Round Seven of the Rolex Grand-Am Series June 23 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI.