TRG Puts Positive Spin on Road America as Team Descends Next on Baltimore
Elkhart Lake, WI (August 20) - The key to any successful team or business is being able to see the positives whenever things don’t quite go the way they were drawn up. That was the case Saturday with TRG and team owner Kevin Buckler at the American Le Mans Series' Road Race Showcase at Road America.
The weekend began with the team of Spencer Pumpelly and Emilio DiGuida posting the fastest time in class in the first practice session in their No. 66 Venezuela/Avior/Solar Cargo Porsche 911 GT3 cup race car. The race started a bit differently.
"We had quite and up and down weekend," said Buckler. "We had a great start with a P1 in the first practice, and then we went in the wrong direction with a few of the changes we made for the second practice and qualifying. But by the time we got to the green flag, we had a great car. We were ready to rock it."
And then things came to a screeching halt. Literally. As opening stint driver Pumpelly was getting on the gas as the green flag waived, the No. 31 car in front of him checked up. Pumpelly could not avoid contact and was forced into the pits for repairs.
"I guess he just failed to recognize the green," said Pumpelly.
The team lost nearly 45 minutes in the garage and almost 20 laps before it re-entered the contest. Pumpelly continued and then handed off to DiGuida who did a double stint, turning his fastest time of the race in his second stint.
"Everyone did great to get us back and going," said Buckler. "Emilio played the iron man role with a strong double stint, and the crew worked really really hard to put us in a situation where we could get points. I was very proud of everyone. We just had a few unfortunate things happen, but some days are like that. I watched the in-car and all the cars went hard at the start, except 1---the one in front of us. In the end, we move on with chins high and take two cars to Baltimore with one thing in mind - winning and a pair of podiums."
The Baltimore Grand Prix will again feature a classic street course race downtown around the Inner Harbor. Qualifying will be at 5:10 p.m. EDT on Friday, August 31 with the race slated for 4:30 p.m. Saturday, September 1.