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TRG's Andy Lally to Make 100th Grand-Am Start

Alton, VA —

TRG's Andy Lally will make his 100th career Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask no. 16 race start today.  Lally becomes only the second driver in Grand-Am history to reach the century mark in starts, the other is Darren Law with 128.

Lally made his made his first start in the series behind the wheel of a SRPII Lola at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin's Road America in July of 2000.  Lally has won class championships in four Grand-Am classes and has posted 20 wins in GT, SGS and SRPII.  In addition to Rolex starts, Lally is also closing in on the hundred mark in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge Series with 89.

"I hadn't been counting the races until someone mentioned I was at 90 last year," Lally said.  "I thought that is cool, it was right around the time that Darren made his 100th start.  I realized I was second in line and would be only the second driver to make 100.  It is a pretty neat feeling to realize that in the series I call home, I am one of the more senior drivers out there in experience.  I am not the new guy trying to make in this sport any more.  A decent amount of time has passed and it is cool to look back at the accomplishments and statistics along the way.  I have met numerous car owners and sponsors that have put me in good rides over the years.  It has been a real pleasure.

"My first 30 starts were all in the prototype class.  I didn't race in the GT class until 2004.  In the first four seasons of Grand-Am it was all prototypes.  I was fortunate to meet Kevin Buckler and have been a part of his program since 2005 running Porsche and Pontiac GT cars.  I've also had fun occasionally jumping into a Crawford for Dyson or Howard.  I am living my dream and I am looking forward to the possibility of 100 more."

"I am also the overall leader in Continental Series starts.  This will be Grand-Am event number 190 for me.  If I stay healthy and am able to keep getting into good rides this year I will have a combined start count of 200 by the end of the season."

Team owner Kevin Buckler has been a strong Lally believer and supporter since 2005.

"Andy and I have a great working relationship and a terrific friendship too," Buckler said.  "We have been through the war together - both up and down.  We have also won championships to together and of course the Rolex 24 hour.  Andy works with us on so many aspects of our racing programs and brings a lot to our overall business model.  He helped us get our start in NASCAR and did a great job for us at Watkins Glen in last year's Sprint Cup race as well.  It has been really neat to see him grow and to be a part of his winning history in the series."

Lally will drive the No. 66 AXA/TRG/Porsche in the Rolex race today at Virginia International Raceway and he will also be in the No. 10 Kia Forte in the Continental Challenge Series making his 100th and 90thstarts respectively.

The Grand-Am race from VIR will be televised live on the SPEED Channel starting at 2:00 p.m. ET today.  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.

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TRG to Start on Sixth Row in GT at VIR

Alton, VA —

 

TRG's Ted Ballou qualified the No. 66 AXA/TRG Porsche in the 11th position for tomorrow's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask no. 16 GT race to be run at Virginia International Raceway (VIR).  The team is making a return to Grand-Am competition after a one race hiatus.

TRG 66 GT VIRTed Ballou set a lap time of 1:53.682 that will see him start from the sixth row for tomorrow's two-hour-and-forty-five minute race.  The team installed a new 3.8-liter motor, per the rules adjustment, which was supposed to put the Porsche teams in a more favorable competitive position compared to races previous. Teamed with Andy Lally, Ballou is ready for Saturday's race.

"Practice was pretty good," Ballou said. "The car is a little better now that we have some more horsepower in the car.  We are faster than last year but still not even close to the front runners.  It is very discouraging. We were hoping for faster times and we are seeing that to some degree.  I had a little trouble in qualifying flat spotting my tires after a spin.  The possibility of rain tomorrow will make the race very interesting."

Lally will make history when he gets behind the wheel of the AXA Porsche tomorrow.  The Dacula, Georgia resident will make his 100th start in Grand-Am competition.  Lally is somewhat pleased with the changes to the Porsche and is looking forward to having a competitive run.

"To our car the rules adjustments have helped," Lally said.  "However it seems adding 75 lbs. to the Mazda makes it go a good two seconds faster.  The adjustments definitely helped, but we are still down.  I need a couple more liters and a rotary under the hood.  We are praying for rain which is sad."

Team owner Kevin Buckler is left in amazement at the delta that still exists in the GT field.

"The series made a great effort to help the Porsche teams with the recent rules adjustment," Buckler said.  "I guess the Mazda guys just plugged in the lap top and negated our adjustments.  I am not sure how you can add weight to that car and it still goes faster. Rain seems like our only hope tomorrow.  This is very discouraging to be racing with no chance to win unless it rains."

The Grand-Am race from VIR will be televised live on the SPEED Channel starting at 2:00 p.m. ET today.  The race will also be carried live on MRN radio and then replayed on Sirius NASCAR Radio channel 128 at 7:45 p.m. ET.

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.
 

TRG, AXA and Brent Koch Form Motorsports Alliance

Petaluma, CA —

 

In one of the biggest sponsorship and partnership announcements in professional sportscar racing this year, AXA Financial and Brent Koch have chosen TRG to partner in a new program together. Following the team's absence from the previous Grand-Am round at Barber Motorsports Park, TRG and AXA will return to this weekend's festivities at Virginia International Raceway, with a bigger announcement to come very soon.

Committed to the future and health of both the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask no. 16 as well as the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, TRG team will campaign in both categories with AXA and Brent Koch of Wealth Management Strategies. With a number of rules changes and equities allowed for Porsche's in both categories, the team is firmly focused on the top step of the podium.

AXA DaytonaAXA Financial is a leader in financial protection strategies and wealth management, supporting individual and business clients. The organization and Brent Koch of Wealth Management Strategies have long been supporters ofTRG, as evidenced in their partnership throughout much of the 2009 season, and now in 2010. TRG and its multiple operations have created a new paradigm for how business can be done and effective sponsorships generated--all around motorsports. AXA and Brent Koch will use Grand-Am and motorsports as a business platform to network with large corporations, small businesses, high net-worth individuals as well as conducting effective business-to-business programs. Their new state-of-the-art facility, in the planning phases at the New Jersey Motorsports Park, will bring much of this new cutting edge motorsports business development all together under one roof and to further add to TRG's ability toDELIVER for it's sponsors and partners.

Team photo BarberFor Team Owner Kevin Buckler, the commitment to such a strong partner, as well as such a strong driver lineup, is a welcome addition to the future of TRG.

"AXA is a fantastic global organization and one of the leaders in its field," Buckler said. "AXA and Brent Koch of Wealth Management Strategies re-define the standard of a true partner in our new motorsports business model. Grand-Am provides a terrific platform for AXA to introduce their superior financial programs, as well as look for opportunities to forge new business to business relationships and gain market share. I'm proud that they've partnered with TRG in this new cutting edge program and we will work very well together to help accomplish our mutual goals."

The No. 66 AXA Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car will be driven by Ted Ballou and Andy Lally in the Rolex GT race for this weekend's event. Driving in his 100th start in the series, Lally is looking to turn his season around thanks to the new rules package. Ballou, who earned his first professional win with Lally, is looking forward to the future.

"It's great to be back in Grand-Am," stated Ballou. "TRG has always given me such strong support both on and off the track and it's great to finally have the opportunity to go out and win again. Kevin Buckler, AXA and Brent Koch have an opportunity here to really re-write the rules of sponsorship through their new motorsports program and to lay the groundwork for others to follow. I am really glad to be part of this exciting opportunity and I want to thank everyone involved."

Champagne Barber"The 100th start really kind of crept up on me," Lally said. "I am really looking forward to VIR, especially with the rules break we have for the Porsche. The slightly increased torque range is closer to what the V-8s have out there. With the weight we lost and the pounds that Mazda gained, I hope our acceleration will help us to get off of the corners a lot better. The car being a little lower should help us with tire life. Our biggest focus is to keep the tires under the car while being able to do a race distance pressing as hard as the competition without worrying about burning the rubber off. I am cautiously optimistic that Ted and I will be able to put together a fast car. We will have to keep our nose clean and have a fast race to make it on the podium."

Beyond the Rolex Series, Ballou will be pulling double duty by uniting with Spencer Pumpelly for the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, driving the no. 41 AXAPorsche GT3. Also running with a new rules package, Spencer Pumpelly is blindingly fast at VIR and always a threat to win.

"VIR is one of my favorite tracks, and I've always had a lot of luck there," stated Pumpelly, who grew up in Virginia. "AXA and Brent Koch have been a big part of my career the last two years, and I thank their support of myself and TRG."

For Brent Koch, Principal of Wealth Management Strategies, LLC, the opportunity to bringAXA into sportscar racing and field programs for their financial services has been a fantastic opportunity. We've enjoyed an incredible two years together and I look forward to some much bigger programs we have coming in the future. TRG has created a great platform for us to further our business development, and I really hope to see the AXA 66 and 41 on the top step of the podium this weekend."

For more information on AXA and their variety of services in wealth management and equity, visit www.axa-equitable.com, or contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

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 #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.

 

 

TRG FIGHTS HARD FOR LONG BEACH FINISH

Long Beach, CA —

In a weekend that saw everything from last minute driver changes to surprise pole positions, TRG fought a hard race to the finish during Saturday’s Long Beach round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron. After an early incident, quick work from the TRG crew managed to keep the car on track to the finish, with the no. 63 Future Electronics/Freescale Semiconductors Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car taking a ninth place finish in the GTC category.

Starting on pole position, driver Henri Richard drove a strong opening stint. Leading several laps and with a strong gap to second, Henri was in good shape to hand his machine over to co-driver Andy Lally for the victory. Unfortunately, luck was not on his side as he slipped on someone else’s oil coming out of turn three, spinning the car and lightly tapping his nose on the inside retaining wall. The hit was just hard enough to damage the car’s radiator, putting the car several laps down for repair.

For Henri Richard, the focus now turns to the next event and the positives from Long Beach.

“The team and car was absolutely fantastic,” stated Richard. “I was driving a solid pace and focused on just hitting my marks before handing the car over to Andy. The car just snapped around on me out of nowhere, and I barely touched the wall. Unfortunately it was enough. The guys did a super job this weekend as always, and their quick repairs to get us on track were fantastic, luckily we scored some valuable points.”

For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, a number of positives came out of the race.

“We learned a lot this weekend and I believe it was a great testament to the skill of our crew and drivers,” stated Buckler. “We’re at a bit of a deficit in the GTC category due to some rules that need to be fixed, but in spite of that Henry and Andy were able to drive the car to the front. It’s frustrating to lose over someone else’s oil, but that’s racing and we’ll take what we learned and focus on the next race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.”

The next race for TRG in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron will take place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on May 22nd, which will be a home race for Henri Richard, TRG, and a number of sponsors.

ABOUT TRG

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 POLE IN LONG BEACH DEBUT

Long Beach, CA —

 

In only their second race since returning to the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron, Andy Lally and TRG took a surprise pole position (1:24.098) for this weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Driving in the no. 63 Future Electronics/Freescale Semiconductors Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car with co-driver Henri Richard, both the drivers and team will lead the field in their first ever campaign at the famed street race.

This weekend’s race has seen a number of surprises headed in to the main event. Twenty-four hours before, driver Mark Thomas was set to make his ALMSdebut with the team, however the recent eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano left the Canadian stranded in London with no options to get to the circuit in time. Lally, taking on the role as Team Leader and Engineer for Richard and Thomas, quickly filled the role during today’s practice and qualifying sessions.

“I got the call 10 minutes before I left for the airport that I should bring my gear,” stated Lally. “I feel really bad for Mark, but also very fortunate that we were able to adjust so quickly. This is a great group of guys at TRG, and the fact that we were able to take pole under these circumstances is a testament to the quality of the team.”

For driver Henri Richard, who will be starting the race, the pressure will be on for the race.

“We have a lot of sponsors and guests out for this weekend’s event, so starting from the pole is fantastic,” stated the Frenchman. “We’ve had very little practice time so it will be exciting to see how this race unfolds.”

Returning to the circuit that first exposed him to professional racing, TRG Team Owner Kevin Buckler couldn’t be happier with the team’s Long Beach debut.

“In all of our years of racing, Long Beach has always been an event we’ve been unable to be part of,” stated Buckler. “I grew up in Southern California and starting the race from first is about as good of a homecoming as you could ask for.

The Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series at Long Beach will air on SPEEDtoday, April 17, at 8PM EST.

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