Potter and Lally Second in KONI TRG Porsche at Lime Rock
Lime Rock, Conn. —
John Potter and Andy Lally finished second today in the traditional Memorial Day Lime Rock Park Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge Series race.
Potter started the No. 41 Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche 997 from his 11th place qualifying position. Driving a brilliant first stint, Potter turned the car over to Lally within striking position. The sports car veteran was able to run down the front runners and lead 29 laps.
"It was good day for us finally," Potter said. "I was able to get a good start and turn fast laps early. Lime Rock is a technical little track, the more miles you get there the faster you go. I was able to make a few suggestions to Andy after I got out of the car which helped the handling toward the end of the race. It was nice to get back up on the podium after a couple of races with some tough luck."
"It was a typical, crazy, exciting Grand-Am KONI Challenge race," Lally said. "The guys did a great job executing our race strategy today. It was flawless. To come home second was the best that we could expect today, the BMW's were strong. It took all I had to hold off Joey (Hand), but I had to let him go. We were one step short of where we wanted to be, but it was a good change for us, we turned our luck around. John did an excellent job. He is learning more and more and for the second race in a row he made some suggestions which helped me make a change to the car on a pit stop."
Duncan Ende and teammate Spencer Pumpelly in the No. 39 DigiTrust Group/Adam's Polishes/Racer's Roast Coffee/TRG Porsche 997 started from pole position. Ende drove flawlessly and led 27 laps of his stint and turned the car over to Pumpelly. Pumpelly had an uncharacteristic off at the exit of the fast downhill last turn and hit the wall. Earlier in his stint Pumpelly had contact with a Mustang going into turn one, which may have caused suspension damage resulting in the crash.
Kevin Buckler, TRG team owner, is mostly happy with the way the team performed today at Lime Rock.
"John and Andy had a great day," Buckler said. "John had a very strong first stint and had the car setup for Andy to have a great finish. The team did the job in the pits with strategy and pit stops to keep them at the front. One small mistake on pit lane can cost you a lap at Lime Rock and the race. Duncan ran great during his stint, capitalizing on his pole position to lead a bunch of laps. It sounds like Spencer had something go awry after contact with the Mustang which is a bummer. Those guys are running for a championship. Both cars led a lot of laps today. I would have loved to have had two cars on the podium, but we are closing in it."
Round six of the KONI Challenge Sports Car Series will be run at Watkins Glen International Raceway on June 5th.
TRG was founded in 1993 and has been competing at the top level of motor racing ever since. The team has the most wins of any team in the Grand-Am Rolex Series with 26, including the 2005 and 2006 Rolex Series GT championship trophy to go along with wins at the Rolex 24 (three) at Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. TRG's young KONI Challenge team has logged three wins and recorded eight podium finishes in their first two seasons of competition.
TRG is a manufacturer and distributor of high-performance racing parts. The group specializes in engine and chassis tuning as well as full service professional race car preparation. The company also provides electrical and mechanical engineering services, driver development and arrive-and-drive opportunities. TRG is based in Petaluma, Calif., near its home track of Infineon Raceway in Sonoma. The company's NASCAR operation is based in Mooresville, North Carolina with a new state-of-the-art facility coming on-line at New Jersey Motorsports Park in late 2009.