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GRAND-AM TO ALLOW PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENTS FOR PORSCHES

Petaluma, CA —

 

Following a series of tests and development changes, TRG is proud to announce a number of performance enhancements granted to the marque by officials in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16, as well as in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series.

In GT, competing in the same category as a number of purpose-built, tube-frame racing cars has made it difficult in recent months for the uni-body, production based TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars that TRG has taken to victory, including at last year’s Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. Running a top level program featuring top-line drivers such as Andy Lally and Spencer Pumpelly, TRG’s growing frustration culminated in the team’s decision to sit out at the most recent GRAND-AM round at Barber Motorsparts Park. TRG had never missed a prior round of GRAND-AM competition since the series began in 2000.

In the effort to improve tire wear, straight line speed, and overall handling, Grand-Am has allowed for a number of enhancements to Porsche, including:
-The upgrading from 3.6L to 3.8L engines
-50lb reduction of weight
-1/2 inch reduction of minimum ride height
-Larger air restrictor
-Allowing for the re-introduction to bodywork enhancements to the side of the car.

In the Continental Tire Challenge, GRAND-AM officials have also allowed for two key changes to the team’s entry in the efforts to improve straightline speed and handling:
-Upgrading from 3.6L to 3.8L engines
-50lb reduction of weight

As the winningest team in GRAND-AM GT competition, Team Owner Kevin Buckler applauds the series’ efforts to put the marque back on track and to work towards parity.

“The most recent round of rule changes from GRAND-AM should have a major impact on our program,” stated Buckler. “Our team is built on a heritage of winning, and I pride myself in putting the best crew and drivers in the series under our tent, but recently it’s been tough to show just how good the program works. We are a winning team and we’ve proven time and again that we know how to get it done, and I thank GRAND-AM for realizing just how difficult it’s been for Porsche teams.”

With preparations already under way for the next race at Virginia International Raceway on April 23-25, TRG is actively welcoming any sponsored drivers looking to join the multi-time series champions in either the Rolex or Continental Tire Series.

Similarly, the team is always open to creating opportunities for tests, track days, as well as their well known club racing program.

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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 FIGHTS HARD FOR SEBRING FINISH

Sebring, Fl —

Following a solid week of practice and preparation, TRG was struck by a tiny mechanical gremlin that nearly sidelined the team for this epic race. TRG managed to keep the fight going through the 58th Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring to bring home a solid sixth place finish, after having a shock absorber break only 45 minutes into the race. Driving in the No 63 Future Electronics/Freescale Semiconductor/TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, pilots Henri Richard, Duncan Ende, and Andy Lally exercised patience and heads-up driving to bring the car home in one solid piece.

Qualifying in seventh place, driver Henri Richard kept the car on its paces throughout the first hour of the race, however by 30 minutes in he radioed in with a notable problem on the read end of the car.

“The back end of the car started to feel very unstable through the middle of my stint,” stated Richard. “At first I thought we had a flat tire, but after a few turns I realized it was something else in the back of the car, and just had to drive through it. To drive at a track this fast and bumpy with a problem like that took a lot of patience and precision.”

Not wanting to lose valuable track positioning by taking an extended pit stop to diagnose the problem, the team soldiered on through much of the first half of the race, fighting hard with the eventual GTC class-winning car no. 81.

However, just short of halfway in to the race, driver Andy Lally radioed in that something was further amiss in the back-end. It was discovered that the left-rear sub frame had broken. Pulling the car back in to the garage, the team discovered that the broken and frozen shock absorber likely led to the whole situation.

For Andy Lally, it was an odd problem that is typical of Sebring.

“The moment I got in the car I thought we had a problem with the left rear shock,” stated Lally. “You had to be very careful turning in to the bumpier corners, the left rear just never quite settled. When we took the shock out of the car, it seemed like it was almost frozen, which led to the left rear getting beaten to the point that the sub-frame broke.”

With the car repaired in under an hour, the team brought the car back out on track for a trouble-free second half of the race. Out of contention for the win, the team simply kept to a solid game plan, gaining positions by attrition and smart driving.

For Sebring debutante Duncan Ende, being able to drive a solid number of stints throughout the day was victory in itself.

“This was definitely a race I’ll remember,” stated Ende. “On my first stint we were trying an out-of-the-box tire strategy that made the car really tricky to drive. By time we’d fixed the car and I got back out again, it was already night time. Doing a double-stint at night was one of the coolest experiences I’ve had in a while!”

For Henri Richard, fighting hard and solid teamwork was an accomplishment he is proud of.

“The teamwork and effort from this team was first class all week,” stated the Frenchman, also making his debut. “We had a good car and a trouble free week up until the race started. To fix the car so quickly was a great testament to the team’s desire to get us out as quickly as possible, as everyone wanted a strong finish. This is a great group.”

For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, yet another Sebring heartbreak shouldn’t overshadow a strong message from the team.

“Being back at Sebring and running the 12 hours with my friends was great but we sure didn’t deserve this little gremlin,” stated Buckler. “To have a problem like we had was extremely frustrating for everyone as the guys were stellar all week, and they were as meticulous as ever to get the car ready for action. Henri had a great opening stint, and to have felt the shock fail like that, and had the mindset to adjust and drive through it is a credit to his ability and heads-up driving. Duncan did a fantastic job all week and then persevered with a difficult car during the race. It was great to have him back with TRG. Andy did his solid job as always, and it would have been awesome to see how the race would have unfolded with the 81. To have a shock freeze up like that was something none of us had seen before, and it’s too bad it had to ruin our day. The good thing from this weekend, however, was that we realized we’re here, and we can win. We had one of the fastest cars all week and the program was sound. Our team has a ton of experience at these types of difficult events and we were the only team in our class not to have an incident or a penalty. Just the shock….These things happen and now we know just how good our GTC program can be.”

TRG will return to the American Le Mans Series on April 17 at the historic Grand Prix of Long Beach.

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.

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 TO RETURN TO HISTORIC 12 HOURS OF SEBRING

Petaluma, CA —

Following a five-year hiatus from the endurance classic, TRG is proud to announce their entry in to the 58th Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, taking place this Saturday on March 20th. Featuring drivers Henri Richard, Duncan Ende, and Andy Lally, the team will premier in the new GTC category, running a 2009 GRAND-AM spec Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

With one of the strongest lineups in the GTC category, TRG is headed to this weekend’s race with a solid focus on top results. Despite three wins at The Rolex 24 at Daytona, a victory at The 24 Heures du Mans, and multiple race wins as well as Team and Driver’s Championships, TRG has never won at Sebring.

Running in his first ever American Le Mans Series race, TRG’s Henri Richard comes in to the race as an experienced veteran of several international categories. Running everything from FIA GT cars, to GRAND-AM GT, and most recently competing at The Rolex 24 at Daytona, the likeable Frenchman is looking forward to his Sebring debut.

“Sebring is a must-do for any driver who wants to compete at the top-levels of sports car racing,” stated Richard. “I’m very thankful to TRG for the opportunity as well as the ALMS for creating this category. This is an exciting race to be part of, and I think with two strong teammates we have a really good chance. My sponsors at Future Electronics and Freescale Semiconductors have been big supporters of this event, and we really appreciate their efforts.”

Also making his debut will be Porsche veteran Duncan Ende. As a two-time competitor at The Rolex 24 at Daytona and winner in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, Ende is recognized as part of a young and competitive group of upcoming Porsche drivers. Having driven at Sebring in a number of other categories, the Californian is looking forward to returning to Sebring as part of the big race.

“Ever since I pursued a career in racing this was one of the events I’ve dreamed of being part of,” claimed Ende. “I have been with TRG for over three years now and I know they will prepared a good car, not to mention great teammates, so I’m looking forward to a competitive race.”

Finally, the duo will be joined by a very experienced competitor at Sebring, Andy Lally. Running in his 10th consecutive 12 Hour, Andy has always been very competitive at the historic endurance event, including a second place overall in 2008 driving a Porsche RS Spyder.

“Sebring is a special place for me, Ive had some great results and real heartbreaks here but it is an epic event every year and this year should be no different,” stated the two-time Rolex 24 winner. “I think we have a good team of drivers, crew and management here and it will be interesting to see how the new GTC class pans out.”

For TRG Team Owner Kevin Buckler, the return to Sebring means unfinished business. Despite all the team’s endurance success, victory at the Mobil 12 Hours of Sebring has eluded the team, and this may be one of their best chances yet.

“We really want to take Sebring this year, and I think we have the team to do it,” stated Buckler. “Henri, Duncan, and Andy are a really strong lineup, and given our experience with these type of cars, I think we have a real shot at the GTC category. I always love coming to this race, and I’m really excited to be back in the ALMS.”

Coverage of the 58th Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring will begin LIVE on Saturday, March 20th, at 10AM EST on SPEED. Coverage will continue intermittently throughout the race, ending at 11PM 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.

 

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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TRG MAINTAINS TOP-FIVE IN POINTS AFTER GRAND PRIX OF MIAMI

Homestead, FL —

After a tough weekend for the team, TRG held their ground to survive both the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 as well as the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge with top-10 finishes, keeping the team in the top-five points positions in both series.

Homestead-Miami speedway, featuring both a tight infield configuration in combination with a banked oval designed for NASCAR, was expected to be a difficult track for TRG’s Porsches and Porsches in general. In the Rolex Series, the series-spec Pirelli tire really rewards the tube-framed chassis such as the Mazdas, Camaros, and Corvettes. Driving in the No. 66 AXA Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, drivers Ted Ballou and Andy Lally fought tire wear all race to bring the car home in a steady eighth place, finishing as the top Porsche and keeping the duo fifth in driver points, as well as placing TRG third in team points.

Although the race was incident free for the AXA Porsche, driver Andy Lally was disappointed with the challenge to keep the car competitive.

“We just couldn’t run the pace that the tube-frame cars could this weekend, it’s extremely frustrating to race like this,” stated Lally, a three-time series champion. “When I got in the car I did everything I could to keep us on the lead lap, but after only a few laps the rear tires just burned off, and we were just doing what we could to hold on.”

In the No. 67 VisitGuatemala.com Porsche, driver Enrique Saravia had his first taste of GRAND-AM competition, eventually finishing 11th with co-driver Spencer Pumpelly. As a multi-time GT1 series champion in Central America and the Caribbean, the Guatemalan showed steady improvement throughout the weekend, eventually bringing his lap times close to the front runners.

“It was a great first weekend in the GRAND-AM series,” stated Saravia. “The level of competition is so high in this series and I’m happy we had a clean race without any incidents. TRG did a great job preparing everything this weekend, and I hope we can put together a program for the season.”

In the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, Ted Ballou returned to the series to run with series regular Spencer Pumpelly, where the duo drove an aggressive strategy to finish sixth. As a race featuring a variety of yellow flags and caution periods, it was anyone’s guess as to what the right strategy would be to finish the race on top. Running a fuel strategy towards the end that would have put the team on top had their been no caution periods at the end, a late-race yellow allowed several cars to avoid last-minute refueling stops, putting the No. 41 AXA machine in sixth, the top finishing Porsche.

For Ballou, the return to the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge was a fun return back to the series where he earned his first professional win.

“It’s a really, really competitive series out there. There’s so many cars on the track that you really have to drive smart and aggressive at the same time,” stated Ballou. “I was really happy to see the AXA Porsche take sixth, it’s too bad the strategy didn’t put us on top.”

For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, all eyes are forward on the next steps for the team.

“We really wanted to show well for AXA this weekend, they’ve been such a big supporter and their commitment to our team and GRAND-AM couldn’t have been more evident than with their sponsoring of both programs,” stated Buckler. “It’s a shame we have a set of rules and tires that won’t let a Porsche compete. Porsche and TRG have been part of GRAND-AM since the beginning, but right now there’s just no way for these cars to compete. When you have two great drivers and a great team, execute flawlessly and get lapped by lesser drivers and finish eighth——something is horribly wrong with the rules. We have been saying it for a long long time but we are now at a crossroads and the other Porsche teams are looking to exit the series. We will run our brand where we can be competitive. I was, however, VERY happy to welcome Enrique to our team. He did a fantastic job and was a real pro. He will have a great future here at TRG.”

The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Homestead 200 will be broadcast on March 13 at 1:00 PM EST.

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 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.

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 ADDS SECOND GT CAR WITH GUATEMALAN ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Homestead, FL —

As a last-minute addition to their lineup for this weekends Grand Prix of Miami, TRG is proud to announce the signing of Enrique Saravia in a second car for the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16. Piloting the No. 67 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, Saravia will be joined by TRG regular Spencer Pumpelly.

Saravia joins TRG as an accomplished veteran of Latin American sportscar racing. As the 2010 FIA America’s Award Winner, the Guatemalan driver has twice been named as Guatemala’s Athlete-of-the-Year, and is a proven winner in a number of GT categories. Making his GRAND-AM debut with TRG, Enrique is the reigning two-time Central American GT1 champion, as well as the reigning GT1 champion of the Caribbean. Beyond his driving accomplishments, Enrique is also a former professional baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“Joining TRG for this weekend is a great honor and a great opportunity,” stated Saravia. “I look forward to finally getting to race in North America. Having a team with their reputation, as well as with a co-driver such as Spencer, I know that I’ll be in good hands and I look forward to a competitive race.”

For the Grand Prix of Miami, the team will be featuring a significant presence for the country of Guatemala, which both Enrique and the team look forward to spreading awareness. For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, this is a great opportunity to bring another talented driver to the team, as well as possibly opening some new opportunities for sponsors.

“Enrique is a very accomplished driver and a superstar in his home country,” stated Buckler. “His list of championships and wins is very impressive, and I look forward to helping him transfer his talent to one of our Porsches. We also look forward to carrying the Guatemalan flag on our car, it’s a great country with some fantastic business and tourism opportunities, and I hope we can make everyone proud.”

The GRAND-AM Rolex Series Grand Prix of Miami will be broadcast live on March 6 on SPEED at 5:00 PM EST.

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

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.

 
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