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Richard, Lally to Headline TRG’s Return to Salt Lake City

Petaluma, CA —

Fresh off the heels of winning the last four professional sportscar races they’ve entered, and returning to the track that saw TRG take Team, Drivers, and Manufacturers Championships in 2006, TRG has recently begun a huge wave of momentum that they hope to carry into this weekend’s Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix, the fourth round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron.

Returning to the fold will be Henri Richard and Andy Lally in the no. 63 Freescale Semiconductor/Future Electronics/Greenhills Software/LifeStudio by Hitachi Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. Having won the pole at the prestigious Grand Prix of Long Beach, followed by a runner-up finish at the most recent round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the team is ready to return to the ALMS podium.

For Richard, a long hiatus since the most recent ALMS round has given him ample time to prepare for a track which he’s never seen.

“This will be my first time at Miller Motorsports Park, but I feel as prepared as one can be, as I practiced extensively on the simulator” stated Richard. “It’s been a long hiatus since our last race, but we left on a high note with our first podium, and I’m very excited to continue this streak. The real season begins now for the crew, Andy and I, we really have high expectations.”

For Lally, fresh off a win this weekend at both the most recent GRAND-AM round at Daytona, as well as Street Luge victories the same weekend in Maryhill, Washington, all focus turns to Miller Motorsports Park. Lally is no stranger to victory at this circuit, having won the inaugural race in 2006 to secure a GRAND-AM GT Championship for both himself and TRG.

“The ALMS race at Miller should be a really exciting one,” claimed Lally. “With long straights and really fast corners, the speed differentials between our GTC cars and the prototypes will be really high. We’ll have to really keep our eyes up ahead and behind us.”

For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, the recent wave of momentum is exactly what his organization has needed.

“I’m just so proud to be part of this program right now as we can all feel the winning buzz,” stated Buckler. “Henri and Andy are a great pairing, and we know this track well with all of the races we’ve run & won in other series. Henri has never been here before but he’s been very good at getting up to speed quickly, and this weekend should be no different. Andy has proven time and time again what a champion he is, and I have a really good feeling we can all take the next step of the podium together. This is a great team with a great group of guys and gals, and our recent success is a tribute to that. This team and these 2 drivers are a lethal combo and look for them to be a threat to win every time they are on the track.”

The Larry H Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix will run on Sunday, July 11th at 4:30 PM EST, and will be broadcast live on SPEEDtv.

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.

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TRG's Lally and Valentine Win Rolex GT at Daytona

Daytona Beach, Fl —

TRG's RJ Valentine and Andy Lally won this morning's running of the Grand-Am Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve Cask No.16 Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway.  The win represents the third in as many races for TRG.  

Valentine started the No. 66 Advanced Aerosol Acquisitions/TRG/Porsche and put in a strong first stint.  Turning the car over to Lally, the Dacula, Georgia resident, proceeded to make his way to the front of the field, taking the lead on lap 40. Ten laps later Lally reported a vibration.  With the possibility of rain looming, team owner, Kevin Buckler called Lally to pit lane to change tires and get fuel, giving up the lead to the No. 94 BMW. Lally returned to the action some eight seconds down.  He proceeded to take time off of the lead and got to the bumper of the yellow M6 on lap 74. The pair went side-by-side for two laps until he passed for the lead on lap 76 and cruised home to the checker seven laps later.

"It was a typical hot, greasy day at Daytona," Lally said.  "We made a change on the car after RJs qualifying run and that it made it better. On that last pit stop we took four tires, the BMW took two and that helped me to charge and catch them toward the end for the win.  I always have a good clean battle with Joey (Hand, BMW driver) on the track, it is fun.  I also think he hit some traffic at some unfortunate spots on the track.  When I caught Joey my tires were gone.  We had a good battle.  RJ took a year-and-a-half off and he jumped back in and drove some incredible laps.  The team did a great job with the car and pit stops all day.  It was a good points weekend."

"Kevin called me three weeks ago and asked if I wanted to do Daytona," Valentine said.  "It has been a year-and-a-half since I have been in the car.  Should I do this?  One of my partners walked in and said go do it.  I think I turned the fastest times I have ever run here.  The car was really good and Andy does a great job to coach me around here.  TRG always has a well prepared car and they really know their way around this track."

In the No. 67 Fisher Industrial/TRG/Porsche Peter Bassett and Spencer Pumpelly had a tough start to the day.  In the early morning 15-minute warm-up, Pumpelly reported some shifting problems with the transmission.  A rubbing tire forced a pit stop under green setting them back in the order eventually settling for a 13th place finish.  The duo showed good speed all weekend shadowing the speeds of the 66 car, but ended up having a tough race.

"It was a great day for TRG with Andy and RJ winning," Bassett said.  "In the warm-up Spencer was not happy with the transmission.  The TRG guys took the car back to the trailer and changed the transmission in less than 50-minutes.  Their hard work allowed me to take the green flag from pit lane and join the field. We really didn't miss a beat before the race.  I had a great first experience."

"I went out for the warm-up and the transmission was difficult to engage, which usually means that it is going," Pumpelly said.  "The guys did a great job to get the car to the grid so Peter could take the start without being down.  When Peter came in and turned the car over we were looking good. I smelled some rubber in the car, I think we had a rub on one of the rear tires.  So I had to pit and change tires, that put us back in the running order. As it turned out we had something rubbing, so we made the right choice."

Team owner Kevin Buckler celebrated yet another TRG win at Daytona.  

"It is always exciting to win at Daytona," Buckler said. "We brought RJ back and he proved he was more than up for the challenge.  He went out, after being gone for 18-months, and turned some of the fastest times he has ever run here.  Andy did a great job to get the lead and then go back out and get it again.  The car ran flawlessly and the guys really put together some strong pit stops.  The 67 car had a tough morning.  But once again the crew stepped-up, dug in and did a transmission change in about 45-minutes.  Peter was able to take the green with the other cars from pit lane and he ran a really strong first stint.  I was proud of him jumping in here and competing in his first professional race. He did a great job!  Spencer had the pace all weekend, but we just couldn't put in a position to win today.  We had a slight tire rub on the 67 with Spencer that put us out of sequence with the pit stops with those guys.  It is too bad.  I think we could have had them on the podium as well."

The next Rolex Series event will be run at New Jersey Motorsports Park, July 16 - 18.

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 29, 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.
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 Qualifies on Sixth and Eighth Row for Rolex GT at Daytona

Daytona Beach, Fl —

TRG's RJ Valentine and Peter Bassett qualified their Porsche 911 GT3 racers on the sixth and eighth row respectively for tomorrow morning's running of the Grand-Am Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve Cask No.16 Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway.  TRG is looking for their third win in as many race entries in the GT series.  The team has won at Virginia International Raceway and Watkins Glen so far this season.

Andy Lally, teamed with Valentine, put the No. 66 Advanced Aerosol Acquisitions/TRG/Porsche through its paces in the early part of practice this morning.  Lally, a two time Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona winner, ran in lock-step with teammate Spencer Pumpelly, in the No. 67 Fisher Industrial/TRG/Porsche.  The pair of sports car aces put the TRG 911s through set-up changes in the wet and dry during their stints.  The duo was at the top of the time sheet in the early running.

Valentine, one of TRG's drivers in the 2009 Rolex Series GT winning car, makes a pride filled return to the hallowed ground of sports car racing.

"For me Daytona is like going to the Vatican," Valentine said.  "Coming back to Daytona with TRG and Andy is a great deal for me.  It is a great car, it is really handling well, I am on my game and ready for tomorrow.  We have an excellent chance of winning this thing.  The changing conditions today didn't phase me.  I was taking bits and pieces in the rain.  You take your braking points a little deeper each time until you reach the limit and adjust from there.  Andy did a great job to coach me.  If an old horse like me can do the times I am doing, I am happy with that performance."

"RJ had an excellent Truman Akin session and a great qualifying run," Lally said.  "He did a great job in tough conditions coming back from a long layoff.  With how good RJ is running I am looking for a great race tomorrow.  I would like a dry track for the race, but we are also ready if it rains."

In qualifying Bassett posted a competitive time and is pleased with his first laps at the pro level.

"I put my first laps in the wet at Daytona this morning," Bassett said.  "I have been here in January and ran in 17-degree weather, but never rain until today.  When we got back on slicks later in the session it was really a blast.  The car is fast around the banking.  I was able to get my lap times down and I am happy with my qualifying effort.  In the race I am looking to drop my lap times even more and give Spencer the car with a lot left."

"It was tough conditions this morning," Pumpelly said.  "We didn't have a very good wet set-up on the car, so we spent a lot of the morning working on that aspect.  That will pay off tomorrow if it rains.  We know we have a good dry setup here, so we are prepared for every scenario.  Peter is doing a great job and we are looking to have a very good day tomorrow."

Team owner Kevin Buckler will have his car and team in their usual Daytona full-press for tomorrow's race.

"It was tricky conditions this morning," Buckler said.  "We went out in the rain to start and worked through the drying conditions.  The guys did a great job to adjust the cars and we have a great handle on the environment we maybe racing in tomorrow morning.  RJ and Peter are very steady and didn't put a wheel wrong.  I am very proud of them both.  Andy and Spencer have the cars dialed in - we are ready and prepared for all scenarios!"

Lally is on a bi-coastal racing adventure this weekend.  He is also competing in the Maryhill Festival of Speed streetluge race in Washington state.  He is commuting back-and-forth.

TRG has a great history at the World Center of Racing.  Team owner Kevin Buckler has won the Rolex 24 Hour, as a driver twice, in 2002 and overall in 2003.  He also won it last year as an owner.  Andy Lally has two wins in the Rolex 24 and Spencer Pumpelly has a Rolex Daytona watch as does RJ Valentine.

The Brumos Porsche 250 from Daytona will be televised on the SPEED Channel starting at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 3.  The race will start at 11:15 a.m.

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. 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 EAST BEGINS, NEXT EVENT UNDER WAY

Millville, NJ —

Just weeks after announcing move-in for their new temporary facility, TRG East held a successful debut Track Immersion experience for local racers.

Featuring professional drivers such as multi-time GRAND-AM champion Andy Lally, Rolex 24 at Daytona winner Spencer Pumpelly, as well as Team Owner Kevin Buckler, the team brought a full staff of technicians, data acquisition specialists, as well as premier hospitality to give a great experience to club racers and enthusiasts alike.

With over two-dozen locals taking part in the event by either bringing their own vehicles or renting one of the teams, participants got the opportunity to sample the track at New Jersey, meet star drivers, and receive coaching, data analysis and performance tips.

For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, the opportunity to showcase what TRG can do for the East Coast was a welcome experience.

“What a great day we had,” stated Buckler. “TRG was built on a foundation of building premier arrive and drive services for racers at all levels, and expanding to the East Coast market is a perfect opportunity. We have a great partnership with everyone at New Jersey Motorsports Park, and we’re very thankful for everyone who came out.”

With a new temporary facility already in place for clients to house their track car, performance car, or exotic, TRG’s team of technicians and experienced staff is excited to bring their core business to the East Coast. With their premium facility currently in development, the organization will literally look to create a country club atmosphere for motorsports, providing not only top level service and driver development, but also a number of premier amenities including car condominiums and storage opportunities, a media room and simulators, and even premier locker rooms, refreshing facilities and a wine bar.

Moving forward to the next event, TRG looks to provide an advanced race clinic and track experience for racers on Monday, July 19. Interested parties can visit the team’s website at www.theracersgroup.com/newjersey, or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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TRG Going for Third Win in Rolex Series at Daytona

Petaluma, CA —

TRG has won the last two races they have run in the Grand-Am Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve.  The wins came at Virginia International Raceway and the Watkins Glen Six Hour.  Andy Lally and RJ Valentine in the No. 66 Advanced Aerosol Acquisitions/TRG/Porsche and Peter Bassett and Spencer Pumpelly in the No. 67 Fisher Industrial/TRG/Porsche will be looking to add that third victory at the Brumos Porsche 250 to be run at Daytona International Raceway this Saturday, July 3.

TRG has a great history at the World Center of Racing.  Team owner Kevin Buckler has won the Rolex 24 Hour, as a driver twice, in 2002 and overall in 2003.  He also won it last year as an owner.  Andy Lally has two wins in the Rolex 24 and Spencer Pumpelly has a Rolex Daytona watch as does RJ Valentine.  Peter Bassett will race his first pro event at Daytona.

"I have run three Porsche Club of America track days and have done the tire test before the 24 Hour in 2009 and 2010, but this will be my first pro race at Daytona," Bassett said.  "The layout is challenging and I love it.  It is a big weekend with the NASCAR race running on the same day.  TRG has a great history there and they know how to win.  Our goal is to definitely win on Saturday."

Bassett's teammate Spencer Pumpelly is the 2006 Rolex 24 Hour GT winner.

"I think we have a car that will finally be able to keep up with the Mazda on the banking," Pumpelly said.  "The keys to the race for us will be to keep the tires and the drivers cool in the heat.  The last two races we have won, TRG has had great strategy, great pit work and the ability to save the car during the race for the last segment sprint to the finish.  We will need all of that to be successful this weekend."

RJ Valentine will be back at Daytona looking for another win around the 3.56-mile modified oval road course.  He was one of the winning drivers in TRG's 2009 Rolex 24 Hour win.

"After taking some time off, I am looking forward to going back to Daytona, one of my favorite tracks," Valentine said.  "Especially with TRG, who I have a long history with and my great friend Andy Lally.  I also like the heat, I prepare for it by riding my 18-speed bike in humid hot weather. Racing at Daytona in July is something I have always looked forward too."
Andy Lally returns to Daytona looking for some redemption from the Rolex 24 Hour in February. The team led a lot of laps until the car had limp an agonizing lap as it was running low on fuel, giving up the lead and the win.

"In order to have a successful July Daytona we need to really work on tire management," Lally said.  "The pavement temperatures in July compared to when we raced there in January in the 24 Hour go up a lot. We will most likely see the hottest track temps of the year.  This year will be even worse because we will be racing in the middle of the day. These GT cars can really abuse tires and we will be focusing on trying to put a set-up on the car that might not be super fast over one lap, but one that will take care of the tires over a long run.  I think we have a good shot here. We had a very good handling car at the 24, which doesn't always translate to the July event, but we have an idea of where to start. I'm thrilled to be back with RJ, the last time we were teamed up here we won, so maybe we can do it again!"

Team owner Kevin Buckler will bring his Daytona magic this weekend.

"Daytona has always been a great place for us," Buckler said.  "We've always been strong there.  I've won the race twice as a driver and again as an owner.  The team and drivers always seem to come to this track with a little extra motivation.  We have three previous 24 Hour winners in our cars this weekend and we will also be looking to get Peter into the winners circle as well.  Our team also comes in as winners of the last two races we have run, three including the Continental race at Mid-Ohio, so we are really on a roll.  We also have David Gilliland back in the No. 71 Chevy in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race, so it is a full weekend for us."

The Brumos Porsche 250 from Daytona will be televised on the SPEED Channel starting at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 3.  The race will start at 11:15 a.m.

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.

 
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