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BERTHEAU, PUMPELLY WIN AT MID OHIO

Lexington, OH —

Continuing their recent run of success, TRG took their first victory of the year in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, and their third GRAND-AM victory of the year at this weekend’s EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Driving the no. 41 Sargent & Lundy Porsche 911 GT3, Steve Bertheau and Spencer Pumpelly took a surprise victory in the closing minutes of the race.

Driving a steady opening stint, and in only his second-ever professional race, Illinois-resident Steve Bertheau kept the car on pace and in good condition as he handed over to Pumpelly early on in the race. Once behind the wheel, Spencer Pumpelly climbed up steadily through the race, with his TRG crew calling excellent pit strategy and making superb pit stops. In third place with less than five minutes remaining, race leaders Billy Johnson and Joey Hand tangled heading in to turn four, handing Pumpelly the victory and continuing TRG’s impressive tally of first-time winners. Steve Bertheau is now TRG’s fifth driver to win his first professional race with the team, adding his name to the likes of John Potter (who finished second), Duncan Ende (who finished fifth), Scott Schroeder and Ted Ballou.

For Bertheau, today’s victory is a great testament to the team and what everyone has worked for.

“Today exceeded my wildest expectations, I’m just overwhelmed” stated Bertheau. “I’ve known Kevin and everyone at TRG for a while, but I’ve only recently begun to take advantage of their development program, and it’s just phenomenal. To win in only our second race together is amazing, and I give full thanks to Spencer, Kevin, Tucker, and all the guys.”

For Spencer Pumpelly, another career victory with TRG just adds to the tally.

“I’m really proud of Steve and all the guys today,” stated Pumpelly. “TRG’s GS program is truly first rate, and I’m glad we’ve finally started getting the breaks to show it.”

For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, currently at Infineon Raceway to call the shots at this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race, the team’s third GRAND-AM victory in a matter of weeks is a sure sign that TRG is back on top.

“Today’s victory is a huge testament to Tucker Merten and all my guys who put this program together,” stated Buckler. “The guys all really stepped up this weekend to make the race a reality, and I’m glad they got to enjoy the spoils. To deliver Steve his first career victory is absolutely amazing, and he deserves a lot of the credit as he drove flawlessly. Spencer was perfect as always, and he’s instrumental in TRG’s development program. This is a great weekend for the team, and it’s great to know we’re back on top!”

Today’s race will be broadcast on SPEED next Saturday, June 26, at 1PM EST. The next round for the team will be at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey. Opportunities remain available in both GT and GS categories, for more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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BERTHEAU, PUMPELLY RETURN TO MID OHIO

Petaluma, CA —

Off the heels of their debut race together in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge in which they finished sixth, Steve Bertheau and Spencer Pumpelly are together again for this weekend’s EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

At the previous round at Watkins Glen International, Steve Bertheau made his professional racing debut in TRG’s no. 41 Sargent & Lundy Porsche 911 GT3, qualifying strong and running a solid pace before handing over to Spencer Pumpelly, who drove his usual strong race to give the duo such a strong finish.

Bertheau, who has multiple class victories and podiums in Porsche Club of America competition, looks forward to continuing the good results.

“At the previous race, everyone at TRG did a solid job of making this program work on such short notice,” stated Bertheau. “I’m really excited to come in to Mid-Ohio this weekend. The group here is solid and has been excellent at taking care of me, and I learned a lot with Spencer as my teammate. It’s going to be tough to improve on our last result, but we’re all hoping for the best!”

For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, TRG’s return to Mid-Ohio is met with great optimism.

“We gave Duncan Ende and John Potter their first professional wins with TRG’s GS program last year,” stated Buckler. “Steve did a great job in his first ever race at this level, and there’s no reason he can’t be another shining example of our development program. He is fit, fast and committed to improving with every outing——our kinda guy. With Spencer as a teammate, we have all the ingredients to win, I look forward to seeing the outcome.”

Round seven of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge will take place at 1:15 CST this Saturday, June 19 and will be broadcast on SPEED on Saturday, June 26 at 1:00PM EST.

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 a new state-of-the-art facility is coming on-line at New Jersey Motorsports Park in 2010.

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TRG TAKES HISTORIC VICTORY AT WATKINS GLEN

Watkins Glen, NY —

Watkins Glen, NY (June 6, 2010)- After a month away from the series, TRG made their return to GRAND-AM known at this weekend’s Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen by taking a convincing victory in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Cask no. 16. Having won their most recent entry at Virginia International Raceway, the team is on a recent hot streak having won the last two races it entered in the series.



With the decision to race being made only hours before the first practice session, drivers Bob Doyle, Andy Lally, and Spencer Pumpelly had a spectacular weekend, running fastest in their first practice, and consistently looking on pace. As a circuit featuring fast corners and high top speeds, the layout at Watkins Glen provided a unique opportunity to show the true potential of the TRG/Adobe Road Winery no. 66 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, and the team took full advantage.

When the green flag fell during Saturday’s race, driver Bob Doyle drove a strong, heads-up stint in his first ever professional start, achieving his objective of running clean and turning it over to his co-drivers.

“With drivers like Spencer and Andy in the car, I knew I just had to drive clean and keep with the pack,” stated Doyle. “I had two of the best Porsche drivers in the world with me, and watching them race for the next five hours was spectacular. I’m still in shock about how this race turned out, this went better than my wildest expectations, what an impressive team!”

With Lally and Pumpelly at the controls for the remainder of the race, the team knew that a combination of consistent speed and perfect strategy would get them to the front, which is exactly what happened. Sitting on the pit-box and methodically working the car through the field with the wave-by’s and yellows, Team Owner Kevin Buckler made several last second calls when the opportunity presented itself, allowing the team to take advantage of every opportunity perfectly and put the car within striking distance for the drivers.

Pumpelly drove an absolutely brilliant double stint and turned the car over to Lally who had 2 hours to finish the race. Lally put the car in the lead and then maintained it, fending off multiple hard chargers. The team would take their third victory at the famed six-hour event, and fifth victory at Watkins Glen.

For Kevin Buckler, the decision to race this weekend couldn’t have been a better choice.

“We weren’t sure if we were even going to be here this weekend and worked on it right up until the last minute,” stated Buckler. “With the rules the way they’ve been up to now, it’s been tough for our TRG Porsches to show any speed, but I knew the Glen could be a good track. The guys were solid all race, and when the right moment came, we were there. I’m so proud of all these guys, it was a monumental effort for the entire team to make it happen this weekend, and it’s a real tribute to how hard they all work to get here. Bob drove a smart opening stint, and I’m so happy that he could join us. We had a great time with him at Daytona, and I’m so happy that we were able to deliver his first win in GRAND-AM. We could not have done it without him. Andy and Spencer drove their usual perfect stints, the team performed flawlessly in the pits, our strategy was “right-on”, and grabbing the checkered flag was the result. It’s really great to be back with GRAND-AM. They put on a fantastic show here. This is a great moment for all of TRG, I’m just so proud to be part of it.”

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 a new state-of-the-art facility is coming on-line at New Jersey Motorsports Park in 2010.

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DOYLE, BERTHEAU HIGHLIGHT TRG RETURN TO WATKINS GLEN

Watkins Glen, NY —

Watkins Glen, NY (June 4, 2010)- Returning to Watkins Glen International Raceway, the site of numerous successes over the years in GRAND-AM, TRG returns to both the Rolex Sports Car Series Series presented by Crown Royal Cask no. 16, as well as the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

Driving the historic no. 66 TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in the Rolex Series event, Bob Doyle will be returning to the fold alongside team regulars Andy Lally and Spencer Pumpelly. Doyle, a former star of AMA motorcycle racing, has unfinished business with TRG and GRAND-AM, having made his series debut during this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona before retiring during the night.

Rejoining the team with his personal sponsor r u focused? sportswear, Doyle is looking forward to Saturday’s event.

“I really enjoyed my experience with TRG during the Rolex 24, and this weekend’s race should be really fun,” stated Doyle. “This whole program has come together in a very short amount of time, but everyone on the team has been great about jumping in to it. I have two of the best Porsche drivers in the world to share information with, so I’m looking forward to a great race.”

Known for its high speed corners and high top speeds, a recent set of rule changes for Porsches in the GT ranks should make Saturday’s Six Hours at the Glen a more competitive one for the team. TRG won their last Rolex Series race they entered during last month’s event at Virginia International Raceway, and most recently won the Six Hours at the Glen in 2007.

Meanwhile, returning to the series after a month away, the team will also return to the Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge in the Sargent & Lundy Porsche 911 GT3, where the team’s regular driver Spencer Pumpelly will be joined by GRAND-AM debutante Steven Bertheau. Hailing from Illinois, Steven joins the team as an experienced Porsche racer, having driven in a number of Porsche Club of America events over the last three years.

Running in his first professional race, Bertheau looks forward to a great experience.

“In my first experience with the team, I’ve been very impressed by the organization and professionalism of TRG,” stated Bertheau. “Spencer will be a great teammate, not only is he fast but he gives great advice and is a valuable asset in running my first race at this level.”

Of course using the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge as a ground for delivering winning results is a common trait for TRG. In 2008, TRG’s Scott Schroeder won his first professional race at Iowa Speedway, followed last year by series regular John Potter at Watkins Glen, as well as TRG team driver Duncan Ende, who was also teamed with Pumpelly for his victory. Ende is an especially strong example of TRG’s development program, now driving full-time as leader driver in both the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, but also as a TRG driver in the American Le Mans Series.

For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, hopes are high for the team’s return to the Glen.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to return to GRAND-AM with entries in both series,” stated Buckler. “Bob showed very well with us at Daytona, and he’s just a stand up guy. It’s rare to find someone with his business background who’s also as solid and fast, and with his additional motorcycle racing background, we’re fortunate to have him on board. With Bob, Spencer, and Andy in the car for six-hours, it should be a great race. In GS, I’m thrilled that Steven could join us for this race. He’s had a great run with PCA for the last few years and has the distinction of owning and driving our very first TRG professional racecar! That car was very special to me and we are glad to see it in good hands. I look forward to seeing how he develops throughout the next few days and am glad to have him on board with us.”

The Sahlen’s Six Hours at The Glen will run on Saturday, June 5th, with live coverage on SPEED beginning at 2PM EST. The Continental Tire 150 will also run on Saturday, June 5th, with television coverage the following Saturday, June 13 at 1PM EST on SPEED.

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 a new state-of-the-art facility is coming on-line at New Jersey Motorsports Park in 2010.

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TRG TAKES SECOND AT ALMS HOMECOMING

Monterey, CA —

 

Following strong drives by all three drivers, flawless pit-stops by the crew, and decisive strategy to maintain track position, TRG was finally rewarded with a well deserved second place finish during Saturday’s American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Patron.

Now in their third race with the team’s no. 63 Future Electronics/Freescale Semiconductor/FaceCake/Green Hills Software/LifeStudio by Hitachi Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, TRG has continually shown the pace to be a winning car, prevented only by misfortune in the previous two rounds. During Saturday’s race however, drivers’ Henri Richard, René Villeneuve, and Andy Lally never put a wheel wrong at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, earning their first podium for the season.

Following his second-place qualifying effort, Andy Lally started the race and immediately set a strong pace to pull a substantial gap over most of his competitors. Taking an advantage of an early yellow, Team Owner Kevin Buckler made the wise decision to put Henri Richard in the car, allowing the Frenchman to re-catch the field as he began what would become a double stint.

For Henri, a flawless drive in front of his home crowd was exactly what he’d hoped for.

“Andy handed me a great car and I just wanted to execute the team’s strategy, drive cleanly, consistently and stay on the lead lap,” stated Richard. “Luckily my stints were a success and I turned over a good car to Rene. There was a lot of action on track but I was able to avoid all of it except for a light rub with a Corvette into Turn 2. I have to thank the spotters for keeping all of us out of trouble, as well as of course Kevin Buckler and his world class crew, who ran an impeccable race strategy, sometimes beating the competition by over 10 seconds during pit stops. We had over 180 guests from our partners at Freescale Semiconductors, Future Electronics, Green Hills Software,Facecake as well as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, and I’m elated to deliver my first ever ALMS podium in front of them. This was a great ‘home race’ and I thank everyone who helped to make it happen.”

Following a clean drive by Richard, another opportune caution period allowed co-driver René Villeneuve to get in the car and fill out the middle portion of the race. Having driven countless laps at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as an instructor, Villeneuve knew that a clean stint was all he needed to deliver.

Luckily for Villeneuve, his stints were a success.

“This was the most fun I’ve ever had racing a Porsche. The car was just perfect, and I was so comfortable. I was able to get in some really fun battles out there, and made two passes for position, which can be tough here,” stated Villeneuve. “This is an emotional day for me, it’s my home track and I had many personal sponsors and my own family here to cheer us on. I’m at this track nearly every week and yet I’d never seen the view from the podium until tonight!
I really want to thank my teammates Andy and Henri for their great drives and I want to thank our sponsor FaceCake Marketing Technologies. This was their first race with us and a podium finish is a great way to reward them for their support!”

With two-and-a-half hours remaining, Villeneuve handed the car to Andy Lally in third place. Driving his customary fast but clean style, Andy was able to move the car up to second and was gaining on the lead, but simply ran out of time before being able to catch eventual winner Jeroen Bleekemolen. This was the team’s first podium since returning to the ALMS after a five-year hiatus, and a great momentum builder headed in to a six-week hiatus in honor of June’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, the team’s podium result is well over due, and is a result of a well combined effort by everyone on the team.

“This weekend was well deserved, and a great testament to everyone involved,” stated Buckler. “All of our drivers were flawless. Henri was under a lot of pressure in front of so many personal sponsors, and he delivered as expected. Fast lap times and a car with no scratches is no easy feat in this series, but Henri brought the car home to us just as we’d asked. René knows every inch of this track and it showed in his drive. He stayed on track, drove an incredible pace and did everything he could to keep us with good track position before handing the car to Andy. Of course when Andy took over he delivered exactly as expected, fighting like hell to try and get us to the top of the podium. The crew was spot-on all race. This is a competitive series and perfect pit stops are the key, and they delivered. We were really happy to be joined all of our partners at Freescale, Future Electronics, FaceCake, Green Hills Software, as well as Hitachi. We pride ourselves in providing both on and off the track, and I think this weekend proved it.”

With an extended hiatus for the series due to the 24 Heures du Mans, the team returns to round four at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, on July 11.

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 a new state-of-the-art facility is coming on-line at New Jersey Motorsports Park in 2010.


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