TRG Heads to Road America with "Oh So Close" Memory from 2011

podium_RA_2011Petaluma, CA (June 20, 2012) - Oh so close.  That was what the entire TRG camp was thinking last year after its Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car led heading into the final turn at Road America.  A small bobble, and then a sputter as the fuel took its last gasp from the fuel cell, thwarting a spectacular run and resulting in a third place finish instead of triumph.

This year, at the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series 250 Driven by visitflorida.com, drivers Steve Bertheau and Spencer Pumpelly are hoping for a different outcome.  

"Yeah, that was a real bummer," admitted Bertheau who had won his first Grand-Am Rolex race earlier that year with Pumpelly at the 24 Hours of Daytona.  "I thought we were going to get another one.  Spence had done a great job putting us in position to win and then the fuel thing."

"Yup, we knew we were going to be close on fuel," recalls Pumpelly, "sometimes it works out... sometimes it doesn't.  We still earned a podium, but to be that close and not come away with the win was tough."


This week at Road America, the TRG duo is hoping for a breakthrough.  There have been a couple of strong finishes this season, including second place at the Daytona 24 by a mere nine seconds.  Now the team is ready to stand atop the podium rather than just be on it.

"The guys have worked very hard this year and we have had some great runs," said team owner Kevin Buckler.  "Road America has always been a good track for us and a good track for Steve and Spencer.  We have some real history here.   We all feel really good going into this weekend's event and are looking for a win.  We were soooo close last year."

"This is like a home game for Steve," continued Buckler.  "He not only has family in the area but a lot of clients and guests from his Chicago-based Sargent & Lundy firm look forward to this race as well.  I know he'd like to nail one for them at his home track and so would we."

Qualifying for the Rolex Sports Car Series 250 will be Friday at 3:05 p.m. ET with the green flag for the two-hour race on the 4.048-mile road course scheduled to drop at 12:00 noon ET Saturday.  SPEED will cover the race live from 12:00-2:30 p.m. ET.
About TRG:
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. The team races in America's two largest sport car series - the American Le Mans Series and the GRAND-AM Rolex Series and can offer turn-key marketing programs as well as arrive-and-drive support.

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 two championships, four Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona victories, and a Le Mans 24 Hour win.

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Detailed team info can be viewed at www.theracersgroup.com.
 

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