TRG, AXA REUNITE FOR FULL HOMESTEAD ASSAULT
Petaluma, CA —
Following a successful start to the 2010 season with a podium result, AXA and Brent Koch have reunited their partnership with TRG headed in to the Grand Prix of Miami on March 6th.
Not only will the two organizations partner in their traditional entry in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16, but they will also partner together in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, the first time AXA and Brent Koch have competed in the series.
As partners in the Rolex Series, the team will be competing in their traditional No. 66 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup with drivers Ted Ballou and Andy Lally. Ballou and Lally started the season on a strong note, qualifying as the top Porsche in the field and leading several laps before finishing in third place. Having driven together since 2007, the duo scored Ballou’s first ever professional race win in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge at Barber Motorsports Park.
As a former winner in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, Ted Ballou will return to the series on Friday with Spencer Pumpelly in the No. 41 Porsche 911. Pumpelly is off to a great start in the 2010 GS season, having scored a third place with co-driver Steve Miller, a great sign of a strong program for 2010.
AXA Financial is a leader in financial protection strategies and wealth management, supporting individual and business clients. The organization and Brent Koch have long been supporters of the team, as evidenced in their partnership throughout much of the 2009 season and now in to 2010.
For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, the opportunity to continue with AXA in 2010 is a strong sign of both organizations.
“AXA is a fantastic organization and re-defines the standard of a true partner in this business,” stated Buckler. “They help us and many others in the sport in so many ways and GRAND-AM provides a great platform for AXA to spread their message and look for unique opportunities to forge strong business to business relationships. I’m proud that they’ve continued with TRG as a means to do so and we work very well together to help accomplish our mutual goals. We have a fantastic history at Homestead, and I really look forward to showing what our programs in both series can do.“
For Brent Koch, Principal of Wealth Management Strategies, LLC, the opportunity to bring AXA in to sportscar racing and field opportunities for their financial services has been a welcome one. “We’re excited to continue our relationship in to 2010. TRG has created a great platform for us to further our business development, and I really hope to see both AXA cars take the top step of the podium in Homestead.”
The GRAND-AM Rolex Series Grand Prix of Miami will be broadcast live on March 6 on SPEED at 5:00 PM EST, and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Homestead 200 will be broadcast on March 13 at 1:00 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.