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TRG POSTS TOP FIVE AT MOSPORT

Bowmanville, ON, CA —

Driving around the fast and bumpy configuration of the daunting Mosport International Raceway in Ontario, Canada, TRG suffered an unfortunate retirement during Sunday’s Grand Prix of Mosport, however the team still garnered a top-five on the day.

Driving the no. 63 Freescale Semiconductor/Future Electronics/LifeStudio by Hitachi/Green Hills Software Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, driver Henri Richard returned to the team after missing the previous round at Elkhart Lake, and was challenged with the daunting task of learning one of the most challenging circuits in the world.

After a flawless Friday practice, an unfortunate accident in qualifying meant Richard had to start the race from the back, giving him an opportunity to drive with all eyes forward.

“The opening of the race went flawlessly,” stated Richard. “I was just focused on a clean and consistent performance, and was actually setting my quickest lap times of the weekend as the stint went on. Unfortunately, I was a little distracted when our spotter called something out on the radio, and I just barely missed my braking marker. This track is very unforgiving, and I hit the wall just hard enough to keep it from moving forward, and we were forced to retire. It’s a shame because the guys worked really hard after qualifying to get the car up to race condition, but unfortunately this is just part of racing. We’ll move forward to Petit Le Mans and I look forward to a shot at redemption.”

After light contact with the wall, the TRG Porsche was forced to a stop, and the team was forced to retire. As a small bit of solace, with high attrition due to the tricky configuration of Mosport, TRG was still able to walk away with a fifth place.

For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, the team will have to press forward.

“This was a tough weekend for everyone,” stated Buckler. “Two accidents in two days really put the guys to the test, and as always they met the challenge with great aplomb. We got the car right for raceday & Henri was just flying, turning his absolute best laps of the weekend. His little off track should have been nothing but the track is not properly maintained and there were no tires where he went off and he touched concrete. We are all really pumped for Petit Le Mans. It is going to be good!!”

The final round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron will be the famed Petit Le Mans, running on Saturday, October 2nd with partial coverage occurring live on SPEED.

Silicon Tech Racing, LLC was created by Henri Richard to address the need of high-tech corporations for an opportunity to leverage exciting road racing events with a dedicated marketing platform focused on technology executives interested in an informal and intimate insight into the sport. Silicon Tech Racing brings together selected, C-level executives at each racing event and provides a high value, targeted business to business networking opportunity to our partners. The team’s partners are carefully selected based on ecosystem synergies and common business values. As a not for profit race team, the aim is to provide a unique, cost effective value proposition to our partners and a memorable experience to our guests.

TRG was founded in 1993 and has been competing at the top level of motor racing ever since. The team has three wins and 16 podiums in the ALMS, as well as the most wins of any team in the Grand-Am Rolex Series with 30, including the 2005 and 2006 Rolex Series GT championship trophy to go along with wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

More information and a complete press kit can be found at www.theracersgroup.com. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 707-935-3999 for additional information.

 

Henri Richard Returns to TRG for Mosport

Petaluma, CA —

Following several weeks of travel with business and sponsor commitments, Henri Richard will return to TRG for this weekend’s Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport, the penultimate round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron.

Joining Andy Lally in the no. 63 Freescale Semiconductor/Future Electronics/Green Hills Software/LifeStudio by Hitachi Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, Richard will return with the team for the final two races as the duo pursues its second victory for the season.

For Richard, a return to the series is a great welcome home following several weeks of travel.

“I really look forward to getting back to North America,” stated Richard. “Being so close to Toronto, our sponsors will have a lot of guests out for this race, and we look forward to putting on a good show for everyone. The team has had a rough couple of races but hopefully we can finish the season strong, the guys work very hard and deserve a good result.”

Following a few challenging weekends in Mid-Ohio and Road America, Team Owner Kevin Buckler looks forward to attending the race in the hopes of improving fortune.

“I truly believe we have the best team in the paddock, but we’ve had a challenging few weeks especially after the win at Lime Rock,” stated Buckler. “We had the fastest lap at Mid-Ohio, and the car and team were ready for the green flag at Road America after having to do some late night repairs, we really need to run a clean, solid race. Mosport is a classic track, and definitely one we look forward to competing at. TRG and myself as a driver had a BIG win here in 2002 at the ALMS race. We look forward to repeating that this weekend and we have the driver lineup and team to do it.”

Round eight of The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron will take place at the Mobil 1 Grand Prix of Mosport on Sunday, August 29, and will be broadcast on SPEED at 4PM EST.


Silicon Tech Racing, LLC was created by Henri Richard to address the need of high-tech corporations for an opportunity to leverage exciting road racing events with a dedicated marketing platform focused on technology executives interested in an informal and intimate insight into the sport. Silicon Tech Racing brings together selected, C-level executives at each racing event and provides a high value, targeted business to business networking opportunity to our partners. The team’s partners are carefully selected based on ecosystem synergies and common business values. As a not for profit race team, the aim is to provide a unique, cost effective value proposition to our partners and a memorable experience to our guests.

TRG was founded in 1993 and has been competing at the top level of motor racing ever since. The team has three wins and 16 podiums in the ALMS, as well as the most wins of any team in the Grand-Am Rolex Series with 30, including the 2005 and 2006 Rolex Series GT championship trophy to go along with wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

TRG is based in Petaluma, California, near its home track of Infineon Raceway in Sonoma. The company’s NASCAR operation is based in Mooresville, North Carolina and competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the No. 71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Impala SS. TRG is also developing a new state-of-the-art motorsports complex at the New Jersey Motorsports Park that should be finished in early 2011.

More information and a complete press kit can be found at www.theracersgroup.com. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 707-935-3999 for additional information.

 

Ende, Lally Take Top-Five at Road America

Elkhart Lake, WI —

After an event filled weekend through the famous rolling hills of Wisconsin, TRG finished the day with a fifth place during Sunday’s American Le Mans Series powered by Estar, the eighth round of American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron.

Returning to the team for the first time since his Sebring debut, driver Duncan Ende started the two-hour and 45-minute sprint race, replacing full-time driver Henri Richard who had business conflicts for the Elkhart round. Unfortunately, Ende had to start his Freescale Semiconductor/Future Electronics/Green Hills Software/LifeStudio by Hitachi/Racer’s Roast Coffee Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car from the back due to a mechanical failure leading to an uncharacteristic accident in qualifying by teammate Andy Lally, forcing the team to make repairs over night. Making steady progress at the start of the race moving through the field, Ende had a small spin at the famed Canada corner, beaching him in the gravel and losing valuable time as he waited for track officials to tow him out.

Once back on track, Ende continued with a flawless stint and set down several fast race laps before handing the car over to Lally.

“The guys did a great job repairing the car overnight,” stated Ende. “I knew it would be a challenge starting from the back, but the car was fast enough to move up and I was just trying to keep up solid lap times. Unfortunately, the car had been a little loose all weekend and I just lost the back end under braking, and I ended up getting stuck in the gravel. It’s a shame because I think we could have been a real contender this weekend.”

Teammate Andy Lally confirmed the car to be extremely fast, setting some of the fastest times of the weekend, and slowly making up lost ground. Being a sprint race, the team simply ran out of time to make up major ground, but took some solace with a top-five.

“We really had a fast car this weekend,” stated Lally. “In qualifying we had a good shot at pole until the accident. The guys did an extremely good job at getting it ready for the race, and as soon as I strapped in, I knew we had a fast car. We have a great group here and I think we can make a strong finish with Henri at Mosport and Petit.”

For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, there were many positives from the weekend, particularly heading in to the final two rounds of the series.

“I believe this weekend is great proof of our overall speed and quality of crew,” stated Buckler. “To have to repair the car like that overnight is unbelievable, and the guys did a great job. To be the fastest car in the morning warmup was really a big lift. Duncan was solid all weekend save for his one small spin, and Andy drove solid so we just had some bad luck. The bottom line is we had probably the fastest car all weekend, so we’ll head in to the final two races knowing we’re strong contenders. We really look forward to returning with Henri at Mosport, and having Henri, Duncan, and Andy at Petit will put us in a great position.”

Round eight of The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron will take place at the Grand Prix of Mosport on Sunday, August 29, and will broadcast on SPEED at 4PM EST.

More information and a complete press kit can be found at www.theracersgroup.com. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 707-935-3999 for additional information.

 

Duncan Ende Returns to TRG for Elkhart Lake

Petaluma, CA —

With a strong placement in both the team and driver’s standings of the GTC category of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron, TRG is proud to welcome the return of Duncan Ende to this weekend’s fight at the famed Road America course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Ende, now in his fourth year with TRG, will join veteran Andy Lally in the no. 63 Freescale Semiconductor/Future Electronics/Green Hills Software/LifeStudio by Hitachi/Racer’s Roast Coffee Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. TRG’s regular driver, Henri Richard, will unfortunately miss this weekend’s round due to a schedule conflict, but will return for next weekend’s penultimate round in Mosport.

Having won at Road America twice before in the IMSA Lites category, Ende looks forward to re-teaming with Andy and all of the guys at TRG.

“I really look forward to returning to TRG at this weekend’s Road America round,” stated the Los Angeles native. “I’ve won here before, and it truly is one of the best circuits out there for this type of racing. I have to thank Henri for helping me with this opportunity, with Andy and the guys I know we have a great shot, I look forward to seeing how it turns out.”

For Andy Lally, having missed the last round due to his participation in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, a return to familiar ground presents another opportunity to win.

“Last time I was with the guys, we took a big victory, and there’s no reason we can’t do it again,” stated Lally. “Henri has been a great teammate and it’s a shame he couldn’t make it this weekend, but we couldn’t have a better driver than Duncan to fill his shoes. With Duncan leading off and all of the guys back to support us, it’s going to be a great fight to the finish.”

With Ende back in the fray, as well as for the final round at Petit Le Mans, Team Owner Kevin Buckler is proud to see Ende flourish as a product of TRG’s development system.

“Duncan has been with TRG since 2007, and it’s really impressive to see how far his driving has come,” stated Buckler. “In three years we’ve seen him go from gaining speed, to earning his first pole position, to winning his first race, to the team leader he’s become today. Between Duncan and Andy we have a dynamite lineup this weekend, and it’s going to be one heck of a run. It’s a shame we’ll miss our good friend Henri, as his ability behind the wheel as well as his team leadership is always welcome, but we’ll carry the colors proudly for him and all of our sponsors.”

The American Le Mans Series powered by eStar will be broadcast live on SPEED at 3PM EST.

TRG was founded in 1993 and has been competing at the top level of motor racing ever since. The team has three wins and 16 podiums in the ALMS, as well as the most wins of any team in the Grand-Am Rolex Series with 30, including the 2005 and 2006 Rolex Series GT championship trophy to go along with wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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, California, near its home track of Infineon Raceway in Sonoma. The company’s NASCAR operation is based in Mooresville, North Carolina and competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the No. 71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Impala SS. TRG is also developing a new state-of-the-art motorsports complex at the New Jersey Motorsports Park that should be finished in early 2011.

More information and a complete press kit can be found at www.theracersgroup.com. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 707-935-3999 for additional information.

 

Bertheau, Pumpelly Prepare for Trois Rivieres Assault

Petaluma, CA —

Petaluma, CA (August 11, 2010)- With one win already under their belt, TRG heads to the infamous street circuit in Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Canada in pursuit of their second victory in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

Pairing together for the fifth time in GRAND-AM series competition, drivers Steve Bertheau and Spencer Pumpelly will pilot the no. 41 Sargent & Lundy Porsche 911 GT3. Having won together in only their second race together at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the tight and twisty confines of the Trois Rivieres street course require nimble handling and strong brakes, something the Porsche should be able to deliver.

Running for the first time at the tricky circuit, Bertheau looks forward to the challenge.

“Everyone has been telling me that this is one of their favorite places to race at, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes,” stated Bertheau. “I’ve never driven a street circuit before, and I know the most important thing will be to stay off the walls and be smooth. With Spencer and the crew I look forward to seeing how fast we can go.”

For Pumpelly, an opportunity to race at the infamous track is always a welcome one.

“Trois Rivieres is always a great race to be part of,” stated Pumpelly. “Our car should be well suited there, and if we can just stay clean, anything is possible.”

For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, returning to the Canadian village is one of his favorite venues.

“This is one of the greatest events we do every year,” stated Buckler. “The fans are enthusiastic, the racing is tight, and it could bring out another great result from our guys. Steve’s driving has come a long way in a short amount of time, and Spencer is a proven winner and between them and our crew, we have a fair shot at this thing. I always wonder why our crew guys are always so eager to do this event…..I am sure it has nothing to do with the festivities and closed off streets of downtown Trois Riveres and the beautiful French-Canadian ladies….”

The race will run this Friday, August 13 at 7PM EST, and can be followed live on GRAND-AM.com.

TRG was founded in 1993 and has been competing at the top level of motor racing ever since. The team has three wins and 16 podiums in the ALMS, as well as the most wins of any team in the Grand-Am Rolex Series with 30, including the 2005 and 2006 Rolex Series GT championship trophy to go along with wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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, California, near its home track of Infineon Raceway in Sonoma. The company’s NASCAR operation is based in Mooresville, North Carolina and competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the No. 71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Impala SS. TRG is also developing a new state-of-the-art motorsports complex at the New Jersey Motorsports Park that should be finished in early 2011.

More information and a complete press kit can be found at www.theracersgroup.com. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 707-935-3999 for additional information.

 
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