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HIGH HOPES FOR TRG HOMECOMING AT MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA

Petaluma, CA —

When TRG was founded by Team Owners Kevin and Debra Buckler in 1992, just miles away from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, few would have expected that in the year 2010 the team would return to the track as one of the biggest and most dynamic teams in the sport. During next Saturday’s six-hour race, the team will enter the track as not only competitors in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron, but additionally running programs in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, GRAND-AM, and as multiple winners in many of the world’s greatest sportscar races, including three victories at The Rolex 24 at Daytona (including once overall from the GT category), as well as a class victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Now as a team owner in place of driving, Kevin Buckler will arrive at the track as the the team leader for drivers’ Henri Richard, René Villeneuve, and Andy Lally in the no. 63 Future Electronics/Freescale Semiconductors/FaceCake/LifeStudio by Hitachi/Green Hills Software Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

“Every year that we go to this track I’m reminded of how this team started,” reminisced Buckler. “Debra and I used to operate the whole organization out of our garage, and it took years of club racing and selling parts before we caught our big breaks a decade later. Every time we return here we’re reminded of how much we’ve accomplished, and how lucky we are to be fueled by our passions.”

Having sat on the pole at the previous round in Long Beach, California, TRG heads to the upcoming round in a strong position as one of the top teams, and with a strong driver lineup. Residing in Northern California, driver Henri Richard heads to the track as the hometown hero, and with over 150 guests coming support! As a regular instructor at the circuit, driver René Villeneuve comes in to the weekend’s event having logged thousands of miles there, and Andy Lally is a proven winner at the circuit.

For Henri Richard, the opportunity to race in front of his friends is an experience he looks forward to.

“I love to race at this track. This was the site of my first podium and this is one of those places every race car driver dreams of racing,” stated the Frenchman. “I have many of my closest family, friends, and partners coming out to this event, so I am determined to put on a good show. Sebring and Long Beach proved how fast we could be, we just need to stay out of trouble and capitalize on the experience of the team to deliver results.”

For René Villeneuve, the opportunity to race at the classic circuit is always one he looks forward to.

“This track is very much like a home race for me,” stated the Californian. “I spend a lot of days here with instruction and our school programs, so the opportunity to come out and race at the premier level is a dream come true.”

Additionally, TRG will be re-launching their very successful “TRG Pit Pass presented by Freescale Semiconductors” program, featuring hosts Liz Moses and Sean Heckman. Having run a similar program during all 24 hours at this year’s Rolex 24, the team will provide live video commentary throughout the race, featuring team interviews, behind-the-scenes information, and a number of surprises.

The webcast can be seen live at www.theracersgroup.com/PitPass
The American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Patron will be broadcast Saturday, May 29 at 1:30PM EST on CBS.

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.

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 WEBCAST RETURNS TO ALMS ROUND AT LAGUNA SECA

Petaluma, CA —

For those who remember “spending the weekend with Liz” during the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the opportunity to revisit the experience has arrived! After spending all 24 hours of The Rolex providing live video commentary of TRG’s exploits, Liz Moses and partner-in-crime Sean Heckman will return to the web during the upcoming American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Patron on Saturday, May 22. During the six-hour endurance race, which will not be broadcast on television until the following Saturday, Liz will provide a play-by-play of TRG’s no. 63 Future Electronics/Freescale Semiconductor/FaceCake/Green Hills Software/LifeStudio Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entered in the GTC category.

“TRG’s Pit Pass presented by Freescale Semiconductor” will run during every practice and qualifying session, capped off of course by Saturday’s main event, beginning at 2PM PST. As opposed to a traditional race webcast that focuses primarily on the front running cars in only the top class, this will be an opportunity to see the effort of one team’s experience from start to finish. Featuring interviews with Team Owner Kevin Buckler, drivers Henri Richard, René Villeneuve and Andy Lally, as well as team personnel and engineers, the team will be dedicated to providing insightful information, as well as of course answering direct questions via the team’s live chat feature.

For Liz Moses, the opportunity to reunite with her fans is a welcome one.

“I had a lot of fun and a great response from all of the fans at Daytona,” stated Moses. “To broadcast and talk during all 24 hours of the Rolex was fun but exhausting, but it was all worth it to see such a large fan base. It was amazing to have race fans interact and chat with me throughout the entire 24 hours and give their questions and support to the TRG Teams!”

For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, the opportunity to engage the loyal team fanbase is a great way to give back.

“TRG has always prided itself on maintaining a good repoire with our fans,” stated Buckler. “Our response from Daytona’s effort was unbelievable, and I’m glad we could bring it back. Liz did a great job last time and I know there’s a lot of guys out there who wouldn’t mind seeing her again, it’s as close as they’ll ever get!”

“TRG’s Pit Pass presented by Freescale Semiconductor” will broadcast every practice session and qualifying live, culminating with the race which begins on Saturday, May 22nd at 2PM PST. Fans can watch at www.theracersgroup.com/PitPass

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.

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 Wins GT at VIR: Strategy Trumps Speed

Alton, VA —

TRG’s Ted Ballou and Andy Lally drove the No. 66 AXA/TRG/Porsche to victory in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask no. 16 race at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) today.

Under threatening skies the two-hour-and-forty-five minute race went the distance without the promised rain. TRG was able to take a car that qualified 11th, ran seventh and put it on the top step of the GT podium. The key to the race was a strategy call by team owner Kevin Buckler during the first caution period, which flew on lap 51. As the cars circulated and the pits opened up for GT pits stops, Buckler kept Lally on the track at the last possible moment. The result was Lally getting a wave-by and pitting on the next lap. The team performed a flawless pit stop and Lally went from seventh place to the GT lead. What followed was a battle between seasoned sportscar veterans Lally and Bill Auberlen in his BMW. Auberlen went for the pass into the last turn with two laps remaining, Lally held his line and Auberlen went off track, securing the win for TRG.

Ballou started the car and was able to make up some ground during the first stint of the race.

“Andy and the team did a great job,” Ballou said. “Early going during my stint was very straight forward racing without any yellows. The team pulled really hard and had a great strategy, absolutely incredible day. Kevin had the call of the race on that first yellow. Andy was fast and ran a smart race. The team did a fantastic job.”

Lally had a great drive and celebrated his 100th Grand-Am Rolex start with a great team win.

“Kevin made a great call,” Lally said. “He was eyes up and made a great decision. That is the way TRG runs these races. It looked like the wave-by was going to one of the DPs and Kevin was in the game and made a great call. We got the wave around, I drove hard to come back to the pits and the team did a lightning fast stop to get us out in the lead. We then had to stay in front of the BMW as long as we could. That thing was coming. Auberlen (Bill, BMW driver) was gaining a second a lap. When we got the yellow at the end I knew we had a shot at it. I have all of the respect in the world for Bill. We have raced like that in the past and I have come out on the wrong side of it. We had the car setup for the end of the race and it came to us. It gave us just enough to hold off the BMW. We by no means won the race on speed. We were down a second a lap all day, it was all strategy. If we didn’t play this out perfectly we wouldn’t have won on speed. We could have never done that lap the Mazda did in qualifying. What got us the win was 100% teamwork, a TRG trademark. It is great to be on the top podium. It was my 100th start and a great to celebrate with a win.”

Buckler was the difference maker and never turned a lap behind the wheel.

“I was glad Andy was able to win his 100th start with us,” Buckler said. “We had to win on strategy, we could have never won this race on speed. Grand-Am has a complicated system. Sometimes you have two wave-bys, the first was is easy – you follow monkey-see-monkey-do. If you get stuck out in front of the DP leader we can try and stay-out, not pit and take the wave-by again. Then we have to race around and pit and get out before the green flies. On a long track like this it can work. Mark (Raffauf race director) shortened up the situation and went GT pits open and Pace Car lights out on the same lap, which he never does. We took the gamble and it worked. It was the reason for the win. When I made the call, if we didn’t have a flawless pit stop we were cooked and the crew really delivered. It was a full team win! We need some more help by Lime Rock. I love the series, but there is a huge delta in speed.”

The Grand-Am Series will travel to Lime Rock Park for a one day event on Monday, May 31.
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.

 

TRG MOVES FORWARD WITH NEW JERSEY FACILITY

New York, NY —

 

Continuing their reputation as one of the most multi-faceted motorsports organizations in the business, TRG will be present at this year’s New York International Auto Show, located at the Jacob Javits Center in mid-town New York, running from April 2 through April 11.

 

Working in conjunction with New Jersey Motorsports Park, the many facets of TRG will be on display at the front entrance of the event, in the scenic Crystal Palace corner of the exhibition hall. Promoting a number services from arrive & drive sports car opportunities all the way to NASCAR sponsorship and even Adobe Road Wine, this is a unique opportunity for all of TRG’s entities to be seen in one locale.

 

The biggest news of the event, however, is the announcement of TRG’s groundbreaking for Club Motorsport at TRG East. Located within the grounds of New Jersey Motorsports Park, TRG East will be a new, multi-purpose facility designed to encompass the motorsport lifestyle for the greater Northeast area.

 

Located within driving distance from New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Boston, TRG East will offer a number of services ranging from vehicle storage and restoration all the way to professional motorsports. For those looking to store and maintain their vintage, collector, or exotic car, Club Motorsport at TRG East will offer an exclusive series of “car condominiums,” which are custom designed and built spaces for your vehicle that can be built entirely with the look and feel you want to surround your vehicle with. For those interested in motorsports, TRG East will also offer a number of performance services, from tuning your vehicle for track days, coaching and engineering support, all the way to full race-services.

 

Beyond TRG East, the New York International Auto Show will also feature a presence for their three major companies: TRG, TRG Motorsports, and Adobe Road Winery. TRG will have on display one of their historic Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars which had competed at  this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. TRG will be promoting both opportunities for arrive & drive club racing as well as professional sportscar opportunities. TRG Motorsports, the NASCAR arm of the organization, will have on display the actual car which they will compete on the road courses this year. Adorning the famous Taxslayer.com livery, the team will be promoting partnership opportunities as well as driver development. Finally, their world famous Adobe Road Wines will also be on display, promoting opportunities to join the wine club as well as a number of reviews.

 

For Kevin Buckler, CEO of TRG/TRG Motorsports/Adobe Road Winery, this year’s presence at the New York Auto Show is a huge opportunity.

 

“Our presence at this year’s New York International Auto Show should be a big one,” stated Buckler. “Club Motorsport at TRG East will be huge. This will be the ultimate opportunity for creating business networking opportunities, hosting clients, having track days, or simply creating your own man-cave with our car condominiums. Similarly, our sportscar and NASCAR programs are as strong as ever, and I look forward to seeing people’s reactions when they get up close to our cars. Our wine will also be on display, and I think when people get an up close look at the details on our bottles, as well as the scores and reviews, they’ll realize what sort of attention to detail we put in to it.

 

The New York International Auto Show will run from Friday, April 2 through Sunday, April 11 at the Jacob Javits Center, located at 655 W. 34t St. in New York. More information can be found at www.javitscenter.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.

 

Ballou and Pumpelly to Start from 12th Row in GS at VIR

Alton, CA —

 

Ted Ballou qualified the No. 41 AXA/TRG Porsche GS car in 23rd position for tomorrow's running of the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series race going off at Virginia International Raceway.

TRG 41 GS VIRBallou turned a lap time of 2:06.293.  The team had to adjust the GS car to take full advantage of the recent rule changes by the series.  Ballou and teammate Spencer Pumpelly put the Porsche through its paces in practice coming away with a good handling car.  The changes to the car allowed by the series since Barber has the team optimistic for a strong race tomorrow.

"Qualifying was alright," Ballou said.  "I ran up on some traffic in the middle of my run and that cost me a good bit of time.  Overall I am pretty happy with the car.  Spencer is always strong here.  I think the car is a little down on power which makes it tough when you hit these longs straights, but we are close in the turns."

"The car is good," Pumpelly said.  "We are not the fastest in a straight line.  We have a great pit crew and will be right on with our strategy.  If it stays dry, tire wear will be a big deal.  We will maintain our car better than anyone else out there.  If it rains anything can happen and will, however the Porsche is the best car to have in the rain."

Kevin Buckler, team owner, knows that it will take a total team effort to have a top finish in the race tomorrow.

"In the Continental race there are always a lot of variables," Buckler said.  "The teams with the best drivers, pit stops and strategy are always at the front.  Ted and Spencer are top drivers and we have the team to support them.  Unfortunately we need to rely on the big V-8 cars to burn their stuff down a little for us to really have a chance to win."

The Grand-Am Continental Sports Car Challenge race will be televised, tape delayed, on the SPEED Channel at 12:00 p.m. on May 23.

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 NASCARoperation 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 orwww.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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