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TRG TAKES SIXTH AT MID-OHIO

Lexington, OH —

With strong stints by both drivers, not to mention the fastest race lap, a series of mechanical gremlins kept TRG’s No. 63 off the podium and eventually finishing sixth in the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge, the sixth round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron.

Having missed qualifying due to a gearbox problem, driver Henri Richard started his no. 63 Freescale Semiconductor/Future Electronics/Green Hills Software/LifeStudio by Hitachi Porsche GT3 Cup car, in the back of the field. From the drop of the green flag, the Frenchman was instantly gaining positions, taking advantage of some incidents between competitors as well as making great passes for position. At 45 minutes in, a timely yellow was able to bring him in for a driver change, fuel, and tires, sending race-finisher Spencer Pumpelly out for his opening stint.

For Richard, a solid stint was a hopeful beginning to a great race.

“Starting from the back meant I had no pressure from behind, and I was able to concentrate on just getting everyone in front,” stated Richard, who retains second place in the drivers’ point standings. “I had felt the throttle pedal stick very briefly during my stint, but it cleared itself up and I thought we’d be OK. It’s very disappointing to have such a rough weekend with so many mechanical problems, but the guys here all worked really hard to keep us out on track.”

Taking the wheel with just under two hours to go, Spencer Pumpelly, making his GTC debut, immediately began cracking off fast lap times in pursuit of a podium. Unfortunately, just near halfway, Pumpelly reported a similar stuck throttle issue, only for him it would not fix itself.

“I stepped on the gas and the pedal just stayed there, we’re actually lucky that we kept the car out of any incidents with it,” stated Pumpelly. “I was hoping for a strong race today, and we definitely had the car, it just wasn’t our weekend.”

After going down three laps to fix the issue, the team eventually sent Pumpelly out, where he drove a flawless stint to eventually finish sixth. As an indicator of the team’s speed, Pumpelly did set the fastest lap of the day.

For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, the team can take some solace in overcoming so many difficulties.

“It was a tough weekend with all of our little mechanical issues, but the team never relented on getting things taken care of quickly,” stated Buckler. “Henri drove a perfect and mistake-free stint, and Spencer’s fastest lap showed what we could have had and the TRG potential—it was just not our day. I am glad we are still in the hunt. Winning races and delivering a Championship for our partner Henri is our focus.”

The race will air as part of a documentary special on CBS, airing next Saturday, the 15th, at 12:30pm 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 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.

 

TRG Finishes Top Ten at The Glen in GT

Watkins Glen, NY —

TRG's Steve Bertheau and Andy Lally drove the No. 66 Sargent & Lundy/TRG/Porsche to a ninth place finish in this evening's running of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Crown Royal 200 at Watkins Glen International Raceway.  

Bertheau had the wheel for the start of the two-hour race.  He was able to keep the No. 66 in strong contention during his stint.  Handing off to Lally, the sports car ace set out turning fast laps with a cautious tone.  The front left tire was witnessing a lot of wear due to the high-speed right hand turns.  Lally had to be consistently quick, while still trying to preserve the rubber as team owner Kevin Buckler was strategizing for the second and final pit stop.  In the end a few well placed cautions would have helped the team break into the top five.

"We put this deal together at the last minute," Bertheau said.  "The team always puts together a great car.  I did a lot of laps in practice and was pleased with my improvement.  We were doing some pretty good lap times during the race and it was looking like it was coming together.  Andy was really fast.  We needed an early yellow to go along with the one that came late, and then we would have been in contention.  I had a really fun weekend.  We will turn our attention to Andy for tomorrow's NASCAR race."

Although Lally was not able to follow-up on the win from the Sahlen's Six Hour here in June, he was still pleased with the performance of the entire team.

"Steve and I had a fast car today," Lally said.  "This track really suits the strong points of our Porsche.  We had a good set-up from the six-hour that we adjusted on for the short course and it was fast.  The crew did a great job to prepare the car.  Kevin and Debra Buckler work really hard to put this program on the track.  We put this weekend together late and we still show-up with a car that is capable of winning.  That says a lot about the whole team."

Kevin Buckler had the strategy set; all that was needed was a timely caution for it all to come together.   

"We had the strategy down, we really needed an early yellow to compliment the one that came late in the race," Buckler said.  "The guys did a great job to prep the car.  Steve drove a strong, smart first stint and did a lot of laps for us in practice which really helped with the set-up for the race.  He was our "set-up" guy this weekend and is on a fast track development program with TRG.  Andy did a great job to go and put down fast lap times.  We had an uncharacteristic bobble in the pits, but it didn't affect our outcome."

Lally will be at the wheel of the No. 71 Adobe Road/TRG Motorsports Chevy for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Helluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen that will take the green flag at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow.   

The Grand-Am Series will travel north of border to Montreal, Quebec for the 11th and penultimate round on August 28.   

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 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 the team currently fields the No. 71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Impala SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup. 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.

For more information please contact Kyle Chura at (248) 821-0468 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Detailed team info can be viewed at www.trgmotorsports.com or www.theracersgroup.com. 

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.

 

TRG Looking to Sweep Rolex GT at The Glen

Petaluma, CA —

TRG has the broom waiting in their attempt to sweep the two Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask no. 16 races at Watkins Glen International Raceway.  Andy Lally and Steve Bertheau will have the task of putting the No. 66 Sargent & Lundy/TRG/Porsche back in victory circle at this weekend's running of the Crown Royal 200 at The Glen.

Lally, from Northport, New York, won the Sahlen's Six Hour at The Glen in June with Bob Doyle and Spencer Pumpelly.  One of three wins so far on the season in Rolex competition, the other two coming at VIR (Virginia International Raceway) and Daytona in July.  Lally is currently third in the Rolex Series GT point standings and will also be running the No. 71 Adobe Road/TRG Motorsports Chevy in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday.

Bertheau will be making his third Grand-Am start this weekend, his first on The Glen's short course and is looking to follow-up a terrific win in GS at Mid-Ohio earlier in the year.

"My only experience at Watkins Glen was the Grand-Am GS race weekend in June," Bertheau said.  "It was my first Grand-Am race, first time on the track, and Spencer and I took sixth.  I really liked the long course, so we will be missing a fun part during the race. However, Turn One through the Bus Stop will still keep the race very exciting.  My goal for the weekend is to be part of the team to help advance Andy's championship status."

Lally is looking for a perfect record in the GT class for 2010 at the historical northern New York road course.

"To sweep the Rolex races at Watkins Glen would be a massive accomplishment," Lally said.  "The Rolex Series is so competitive that you have to have the best driver, best engineer, best crew and the best car.   We will have to run an efficient race with everyone doing their job.  The schedule is short.  We are taking the same car we won with at the Six Hour with a similar set-up, but with some slight changes to suit the short course.  The short course will give us some advantages and some disadvantages.  I think in the end it evens itself out.  We are going to add a place where we are not good and adding one where we are good.  Taking away the Toe of the Boot Turn hurts us.  We were fast through there in June.  You will see the same people at the front on the short course that you did on the long."

Team owner Kevin Buckler brings fast cars to The Glen.  

"We have always been strong with our Rolex cars at The Glen," Buckler said.  "We won in June and are coming back as the favorites this weekend.  We just need to back that up with performance from everyone.  Steve has laps on the track from the June race weekend as well as his big Mid-Ohio GS victory.  He is ready to take on the short course.  Andy is always a force at this track.  I think he was conceived in the Bog.   We hope to wave the broom from the top step of the podium Saturday night, we are going to give our absolute best effort."

The Grand-Am race from The Glen will be televised live on the SPEED Channel starting at 6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 7.  The race will also be carried live on MRN radio.

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 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 car No. 71 with Bobby Labonte. 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.

For more information please contact Kyle Chura at (248) 821-0468 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Detailed team info can be viewed at www.trgmotorsports.com or www.theracersgroup.com.  

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.

 

Richard, Pumpelly and TRG Head to Ohio with Points Lead

Petaluma, CA —

 

With only four races remaining in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron, TRG heads to this weekend’s Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge with a full head of steam as the most recent winners, as well as points leaders, in the GTC category.

Returning to the no. 63 Freescale/Future Electronics/Green Hills Software/LifeStudio by Hitachi Porsche 911 GT3, driver Henri Richard will be joined for the first time by long-time TRG driver Spencer Pumpelly. Pumpelly, a veteran of ALMS competition and having won with TRG earlier this year at Mid-Ohio, will be making his GTC debut this weekend as season-long driver Andy Lally will be competing in the TRG Motorsports no. 71 Chevrolet Impala SS at this weekend’s Watkins Glen round of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

After three near-flawless races in a row, Richard will compete for the first time at the tricky Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a twisty and complex course located in the rolling hills of Lexington, Ohio.

“I am very excited about this weekend’s race in Ohio,” stated Richard. “This will be another track I have never seen, but after some time on the simulators and analyzing videos, not to mention fantastic advice from both Spencer and Andy, I will hopefully get up to speed quickly. The guys at TRG have hopefully had some well deserved time off after our last win, and I am convinced that we will deliver another solid performance Saturday.”

For Pumpelly, returning to the ALMS is a welcome addition to his 2010 season.

“I’m really looking forward to teaming with Henri this weekend,” stated Pumpelly. “The team has been extremely strong all season, and coming off of the most recent win in Lime Rock, I’m hoping we can all keep the momentum headed in to this weekend."

For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, another solid run is the key en route to championship aspirations.

“We of course want another win this weekend, but the most important thing is a solid race with no mistakes,” stated Buckler. “The team was flawless in Lime Rock, and we really want to keep that streak headed in to this weekend. We’re the points leaders now, and the key to keeping it is going to be with solid, mistake free finishes.”

This weekend’s Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge will take place on Saturday, August 7th, and will be taped as part of a documentary special on CBS, airing next Saturday, the 15th, at 12:30pm 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 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.

 

TRG CONTINUES WIN STREAK AT LIME ROCK

Lakeville, CT —

Continuing a streak that has run since May, TRG took their fourth win in five starts in professional sportscar racing at this weekend’s Northeastern Grand Prix, the fifth round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron. This marked the third victory for TRG in the ALMS, the first since returning to the series in 2010, and the first for freshman driver Henri Richard.

Starting in the second position in the no. 63 Freescale Semiconductor/Future Electronics/Green Hills Software/LifeStudio by Hitachi Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, drivers Henri Richard and Andy Lally came in to the weekend as one of the favorites for victory in the GTC category. Having finished on the podium in the last two races, the team was ready for it’s first ALMS victory, and many felt the tight confines of the historic Lime Rock Park would fit in to TRG’s well known ability with great pit strategy and of course a fantastic driver lineup.

Following a completely wet first day of practice and qualifying, Henri Richard started the race having only had 10 minutes of dry practice on a track he’d never been too. Using restraint as the better part of valor, Richard drove a cautious yet very competitive opening stint, with careful attention to tire preservation. Taking advantage of an early series of yellows, the team took an unconventional strategy, pitting Richard for fuel and tires with the anticipation that on the next stop, they would do a driver change but leave the same set of tires on the car to minimize time in the pits. For Richard, this meant he had to be extremely careful with his tires in order to hand over a perfect car to veteran Andy Lally. Richard was flawless, and managed to not only hand a perfect car over, but take the lead in the process.

“The guys called me in to top up and change tires, and I instantly knew that the tires I had were going to be Andy’s tires as well,” stated the Frenchman. “I have never driven this track before so I just wanted to drive well within my limits and hand over a perfect car to Andy. This team was absolutely flawless this weekend. Perfect car preparation, perfect pit stops, perfect strategy, and the whole event happened in front of over 100 guests on-hand from our partners at Freescale, Future Electronics, Green Hills Software, and Hitachi. To lead my first laps, as well as win my first ALMS race like this is something I’ll enjoy for a long, long time.”

With the reigns now in Andy Lally’s hands, the theme moved to gaining positions both on the track and in the pits. Making good use of passing opportunities and hard driving, Lally carved through the field quickly, and before halfway in the race had actually taken the lead thanks to opportune pit strategy. Dueling hard with the no. 54 Black Swan Racing entry of Jeroen Bleekemolen, Lally and Bleekemolen would push each other hard throughout the next hour, even making contact and spinning at one point as they battled the endless rounds of traffic passing through.

Finally, with 70 minutes to go, Bleekemolen slowed with a fading set of tires, followed by a broken splitter which essentially sealed the race for Lally. The victory was the first for Richard, as well as the first since the team’s return to ALMS competition, and equally important means that Richard and Lally have assumed the GTC series points lead.

For Lally, who won the race on tires that lasted nearly 120 laps, Saturday’s race was a perfect combination of fast but patient driving, combined with a perfect team effort.
“With all the traffic out there, chasing Jeroen and preserving the tires at the same time made for a really challenging race,” stated Lally. “These guys called a perfect race today, and Henri was absolutely fantastic out there. For his first season in the series he’s driving like an absolute professional, and I’m very proud to be part of his first professional victory.”

For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, present in spirit for the race weekend, winning at Lime Rock was a long awaited victory.

“We’ve been so close to winning in the ALMS all year, I’m so proud of the guys for getting it done,” stated Buckler. “Henri was flawless and really delivered exactly when he needed to, and of course Andy did what he needed to in order to deliver the victory. Perfect strategy and perfect pit stops are a big part of these wins, and the guys all delivered. It’s been a long and brutal schedule for a lot of our guys, so I’m happy they could end their travels with a big win like this.”

The next round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron will be in two weeks at the famous Mid Ohio Sports Car Course, and will air on Sunday, August 15th on CBS.

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 two wins and 15 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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