A Porsche Factory driver, Jörg Bergmeister joins TRG again to continue a long and established pairing that always leads to success. Bergmeister and TRG have won some big races together including three times at the 24 Hours at Daytona (once overall). Bergmeister knows his way around Daytona, having raced to victory three times in the past. TRG enthusiastically welcomes Bergmeister back to the team.
Ivo Breukers is the owner of Creventic. Having helped organised the 24h of Dubai, 24h of Barcelona and 12h of Hungary, he is no stranger to endurances races. Ivo begin Racing since 2000 mainly in endurance events. Last year was his first time at Daytona, unfortunately he had wasn't able to finish the race but that has only made him more determined this year! The Rolex 24 will be his 36th 24 hour race. TRG welcomes him to the team.
Al Carter brings with him a burning drive to succeed having won two Skip Barber Series Master Championships in a row. As an accomplished racer, a graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in finance, and father of three teenage children, Carter knows competition and how to excel while in the heat of it. In 2011, Carter’s B+ Foundation awarded over $500,000 to families of children with cancer and nearly $300,000 to support research efforts!
Emmanuel Collard boasts extensive endurance racing experience on the world stage, having won major championships in several types of race cars including at Le Mans and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Collard has the distinction of being co-winner of the inaugural Petit Le Mans event in 1998. Collard lives in France and has deep Porsche roots after being a Porsche Factory Driver for many years.
Carlos de Quesada
Racing in Grand American since its creation, de Quesada has been involved in both the GT and DP category. In 2007, de Quesada won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in the GT category with a Porsche. Carlos is also team owner of Alegra Motorsports, who debuted its Daytona Prototype at the Rolex 24 At Daytona last year and finished 12th.
Kévin Estre, a French born professional driver, began his racing career in 2001, and raced in single-seaters through 2007. In 2008 Estre began racing in GT cars, placing 5th and 4th overall in the French Porsche Carrera Cup in 2008 and 2009. In late 2009 Estre began racing in the FIA GT3 European Championship. In 2011 Estre claimed his first win in the Mobil 1 Porsche Supercup and quickly became a series standout, earning the Rookie Championship for the 2011 season.
Damien Faulkner has been Ireland's leading International motor racing competitor for the last ten years. The Donegal driver has competed and won in Indy Lights, FIA Sportscars, Porsche Carrera Cup, Formula Palmer Audi, Formula Renault, Formula Ford and Vauxhall Junior and is a five times championship winner as well as being twice runner-up in the Porsche Supercup. Up until 2004 Damien drove in occasional Porsche, since then Damien has concentrated predominantly on Sportscar racing taking two British titles and finishing second in the Formula One supporting Mobil 1 Porsche Supercup.
Faulkner enjoys fishing, boats and fitness in his spare time.
2012: 24th in GT at the 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona, with Ben Keating, Chris Cumming, Kevin Estre and Carlos Gomez.
After spending many years competing against TRG, Dominik joins the team for his first race with the famed Porsche team. Spending much of his career behind the wheel of a Porsche in the U.S. and Europe, he competed in the Porsche Supercup and Carrera Cup as well as in the European LeMans Series, American LeMans Series, and Grand Am.
Career highlights include a 2005 victory at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and a P2 finish at LeMans in 2006. In 2008, Dominik drove in the ALMS and proved to be one of the top runners, capturing 2nd place in the 2008 ALMS championship following multiple victories. Still relatively young, Farnbacher is unquestionably one of the top young talents in modern GT racing.
2011: Ran with Ben Keating, Tim George, Jr. and Lucas Luhr in TRG-supported car at 24 Hours of Daytona, finishing 13th.
2012: Seventh in GT at the 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona, with Ben Keating, Patrick Pilet, and Allan Simonsen.
Nic is a Swedish racing driver, currently driving in the FIA World Endurance Championship. He drove in the Indy Racing League in the 1999 and 2000 seasons with 4 career starts. His best career IRL finish was in 12th position in the 2000 Delphi Indy 200 held at Walt Disney World Speedway. He made 1 NASCAR Busch Series (now Nationwide Series) start at Montreal, he started 8th and finished 12th.
GTE-Am class winner at the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans and third at 6 Hours of Zhuhai (China) in 2011.
Runner-up in the 2011 ILMC GTE-Am class Team Championship. Finished third in GT2 class in Ferrari 430 GT in 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans and second at 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans. Has two victories in Grand-Am DP in 2009, along with another podium and two podium finishes in 2008. Has one Grand-Am pole in May 2010. Competed in Rolex Grand-Am Series since 2001. Continental Tire Sports Car Series ST class Driver and Team Champion in 2011 with factory Kia team. Former IRL and Indy Lights driver. Also competed in NASCAR in 2007.
Ben Keating joins TRG for his third Rolex 24. As one of the most successful car dealers in the Texas region, Ben comes as a racing specialist in the Dodge Viper ranks among other racing distinctions, and everyone in the team has been beyond impressed with his quick adaptation to the characteristics of Porsche racing. Quick and consistent, Ben has an extremely bright future in road racing, and with such a strong roster of teammates, Ben's GRAND-AM debut looks set to impress.
2011: Ran with teammates Lucas Luhr, Dominick Farnbacher and Tim George, Jr. at Daytona 24, placing 13th in GT class.
2012: Seventh in GT (car 66), with Dominik Farnbacher, Patrick Pilet, and Allan Simonsen, and 24th (car 68), with Chris Cumming, Kevin Estre, Damien Faulkner and Carlos Gomez, at the 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona
Tracy Krohn has a long history of Success on the track. The owner of Krohn Racing; GTE-Am class winner at the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans and third at 6 Hours of Zhuhai (China) in 2011. Runner-up in the 2011 ILMC GTE-Am class Team Championship. Finished third in GT2 class in Ferrari 430 GT in 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans and second at 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans. Competing in American Le Mans Series since 2007. Competing in Grand-Am Series since 2004, climbing from Grand-Am Cup to Prototype. Won “Jim Trueman Award” for Grand-Am Sportsman drivers in 2007. First career overall victory at the 2005 Watkins Glen 6 Hours. TRG is excited to have him on our side for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.
A newcomer to professional racing, Brad Lewis caught the racing bug early on which eventually culminated in this film veteran co-directing Pixar's Cars 2. Celebrity Pole winner in 2008 for the Long Beach Grand Prix, Brad has showed some solid times in testing and each time he gets on the track he gets faster and faster. Mayor of San Carlos in 2007, Brad is an affable guy, quick to laugh and a welcome addition to the TRG-Daytona line-up.
For anyone familiar with road and street course racing in the United States, Jim Michaelian is a true legend of the sport. As one of the principal founders of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, Michaelian began the first major street race in the United States, and 35 years later the event remains one of the biggest motorsport events in North America. A competitive racer in his own right, Michaelian has driven in a number of endurance events around the world.
2011: Ran in 24 Hours of Daytona with Bob Doyle and coulter Mulligan, finishing 21st in GT class. Has recently taken 39th position at the famous 24hours of The Nurburgring.
2012: 23rd in GT at the 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona, with Dr. Joe Castellano, Spencer Cox, Jack McCarthy, and Mike Hedlund.
Previously running with the team in 2008 and 2009, Stanton drove Porsches with TRG after showing strong success in both the Koni Challenge and Grand-Am Series. Stanton is considered by many one of the best endurance racers in the field. He has earned 13 podiums in the ALMS, including a win a Road America.
Ronald van de Laar
Ronald van der Laar is a Dutch driver with plenty of sprint and endurance racing under his belt. The CEO of a global working investment company, van der Laar has still found the time to run the GT3 Masters in Germany for five years, and has competed in the 24 Hours of Dubai, Daytona, and Le Mans.
He’s also the owner of the VAR Formula 3 team, which has four cars active in the European FIA F3 Championship.
Candian-born Kuno Wittmer was the youngest driver to compete in the Atlantic Series, until he shifted his focus to sports cars. He won the Michelin Challenge championship in 2005 and was third in SCCA World Challenge Touring Car standings in 2007 and 2008. Also in 2008, Wittmer placed third in Grand-Am Koni Challenge ST class. Continuing to hone his racing skills, Kuno finished second in SCCA World Challenge GT points in 2010. Kuno scored a total of six victories while competing in the SCCA World Challenge GT class from 2008-2010.
In April 2011, driving an SRT Viper ACR, he broke the timed single-lap record for a production vehicle at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah.
Kuno made his ALMS debut with SRT Viper partnered with Dominik Farnbacher in 2012, where they finished 10th at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He continued to improve in his second outing with Farnbacher, placing ninth at Road America.