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TRG DOMINATES FIRST SIX HOURS OF THE 24 HOURS AT DAYTONA

Daytona Beach, Fla. —

Nearly six hours after a rainy start to the 2010 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, the skies have cleared and Team TRG held the top three positions in the GT class.

Spencer Pumpelly first put the No. 71 atop the leader board on lap 53 after a strategic call to switch from rain tires to slick tires on his Porsche before the rest of the field.  By lap 97, the 67, 71 and 66 were holding the top three positions in GT.

Andy Lally, driver of the No. 66 car, was very optimistic for a solid performance by the entire TRG team after his first stint in the car.

“It was a pretty wild start to the 24.  These marks are so different and their strong points are in different areas, so measuring the different cars is really thrilling,” Lally said.  “The rain made for an exciting start to what I hope to be a great 2010 season.”

Rounding out the TRG stable, the 63 and 18 cars have had solid runs.  With no major mistakes on the 18, the team is steadily progressing with all of its drivers being as aggressive as possible given the treacherous conditions at Daytona International Speedway.  After 90 minutes of repairs to the right side of the 63, the team is back on track and looking to finish strong.

Follow TRG as the 24 Hours at Daytona is broadcast live on SPEED television.

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TRG EARNS TOP PORSCHE SPOT WITH TOP-FIVE QUALIFYING FOR 24

Daytona Beach, Fl —

After leading much of the 15-minute qualifying session for this year’s Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, Andy Lally in the AXA No. 66 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car fell victim to a last minute assault by a fleet of Mazdas to finish the day in fifth. Andy was the top Porsche in a very competitive GT field.

“We had a very fast car, but as the laps continued the tires just started to give away a little bit” stated Lally. “The car is actually really good for the race, we just couldn’t keep the pace that the Mazdas threw in at the last minute.”

Second fastest for TRG, and seventh overall in GT was Patrick Long in the No. 67 TRG/Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche. With a fast lap of 1:49.855, Patrick was disappointed to not finish higher, but knows that the team is in good shape for the race. “In the end it’s not a big deal. I would have liked to have finished higher, but we know the car is solid and that’s all that matters.”

Following a very minor off track excursion, Spencer Pumpelly only turned in a handful of laps to secure 11th place for the No. 71 Porsche. With a solid driver lineup in that car, the team is eager to move forward with the race and move to the front.

Fourth fastest for TRG and 23rd in GT was Henri Richard in the No. 63 Future Electronics Porsche 911 GT3. Concentrating mainly on the race, Richard’s main objective was a solid race pace and just getting through qualifying.

Running 28th was TRG’s final qualifier, the UK’s Dan Watkins qualified a solid 28th for the No. 18 TRG/Guardian Angel Motorsports Porsche. Turning a 1:58.932, Dan was happy with a competitive time. “I’ve never qualified here at Daytona, so being able to turn such a solid lap was just an incredible experience for me. This is something I will never forget.”

For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, the team can now set their sites on the race. “I’m happy to be the fastest Porsche, but it’s too bad that Mazdas have such an advantage here,” stated Buckler. “We know how to win here and we know that the times we’re turning are where they need to be, so ultimately we just need to move forward with our own gameplan. Andy did a great job as always to turn his time, and Patrick proved his usual solid performance. I’m not too worried about Spencer being out of the top-10, he’ll move up quickly, and I’m really proud of such great laps by both Henri Richard and Dan Watkins. From here on the team will just be focused on the race. We’ve got a great group that’s hard at work, we just need to do what we all do, get a good night’s sleep, and we’ll be there on Saturday.”

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TRG TO BROADCAST LIVE FROM THE PITS AT ROLEX 24

Daytona Beach, Fl —

Known for their innovative ways to engage their fans and sponsors, TRG will be launching an all out multimedia assault for this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Broadcasting over the internet LIVE during all 24 hours of the race, the team is undertaking a groundbreaking step in getting the fans behind the scenes. Hosted by Team Polizei’s Liz Mozes, the team invites everyone to take part in chat room discussions, featuring live video interaction with drivers, team members, as well as intimately bringing you in to team strategy discussions and pit calls.

TRG’s live “PitPass” can be found at:
www.theracersgroup.com/PitPass

As if that wasn’t enough, the team will continue their usual assault of Produced video segments and Press Releases, keeping the fans fully aware of what is going on with all five cars.

Starting with the team’s video segments, TRG has a dedicated video channel via YouTube made exclusively to show Produced content every four hours. With a hard group of experienced video professionals at the helm, TRG’s video segments will show you behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, and summaries with amazing turnaround speeds.

TRG’s video recaps can be found at:
http://www.theracersgroup.com/media/youtube.php

Finally, of course TRG’s traditional press releases will also be updated every six hours, all of which can be found at www.theracersgroup.com

For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, this is exactly the kind of presence that keeps the team in top form. “I’m really proud of all the content we’re producing for this weekend’s race,” stated Buckler. “We have an incredibly strong group of cars and drivers, and whether it be through our live broadcast, our fantastic video segments, or our press releases, I’m happy to engage all of our fans and let them know just what TRG is about.”

The race will begin live on SPEED at 3PM EST on Saturday, January 30.

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.

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TRG LEAVES TEST WITH HIGH CONFIDENCE

Daytona Beach, Fl —

In what was universally regarded as the coldest series of test days anyone can remember, TRG leaves this year’s Roar Before the 24 with high confidence heading in to the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Following a weekend that including sub-freezing temperatures, a canceled practice session, and a little bit of snow, all five TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racing cars ran with minimal problems and competitive lap times.

Spencer Pumpelly’s No. 71 closed the weekend with the fastest of the TRG armada, and third fastest on the weekend with a 1:49.700. “We made good progress all weekend on where we need to be, and I’m confident that we have a strong car headed in to the race,” stated Pumpelly. “My teammates did a great job getting up to speed, and I think we have a great shot.” Indeed, Spencer Pumpelly’s teammates for the weekend, Tim George Jr. and Bobby Labonte, turned very impressive times considering both of their stock car backgrounds.

Tim George, Jr., now entering his second season in stock car racing, was second and third in the previous two years at the Rolex 24, and was able to set lap times on pace with the rest of the field. NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Bobby Labonte, who has never raced in a Porsche nor in the Grand-Am GT category, impressed everyone on the team by setting times within a second of the lead times after only a handful of laps in the car.

Next among TRG’s Porsche armada was the No. 67 TRG/Flying Lizard machine. After setting the fastest time on Friday, the team continued a solid weekend of testing and development to end the weekend with a quick time of 1:49.730. Finishing the weekend fourth overall in GT, drivers Seth Neiman, Johannes van Overbeek, Patrick Long, and Joerg Bergmeister are prime contenders for the race.

Also setting competitive times was the No. 66 AXA machine of Andy Lally, Ted Ballou, Pat Flanagan, Kelly Collins, and Wolf Henzler. Concentrating primarily on race set-up over lap times, the team ran numerous stints and long runs to get the car on a good race pace, and will definitely be ready for the race. Turning a fastest lap of 1:50.067, driver Andy Lally feels very confident. “The AXA Porsche is going to be in the hunt for sure,” claimed Lally. “There are a lot of really competitive cars with some stout drivers so we have our work cut out for ourselves, but we’ve won this race before and the team knows how to do it.”

With a fastest lap time of 1:53.434, the No. 63 Future Electronics/Polizei144/Remington/M3LRacing.com/Freescale Semiconductors Porsche had a solid weekend with no major hiccups. Focusing primarily on seat time and gaining experience for drivers Henri Richard, Zak Brown, René Villeneuve, Mark Thomas and Richard Dean, the weekend went incident free and with no mechanical hiccups. With a strategy of running clean and consistent, the No. 63 could be the surprise of the race weekend.

Rounding out TRG’s weekend was the No. 18 Guardian Angel Motorsports Porsche of Bruce Ledoux, David Quinlan, Peter Bassett, Travis Hill, Tom Sheehan and Bob Doyle. Turning a fastest lap of 1:54.219, the team was primarily focused on seat time and getting all drivers familiarized with the car. Despite a few minor incidents throughout the weekend, the team walked away with a solid driver lineup with Ledoux, Sheehan, Quinlan, Doyle, and Dan Watkins returning for the race, all with high expectations.

For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, the opportunity to show up with five cars at this weekend’s test, and run fairly incident free, is a big testament to the team. “I can’t believe how smooth this weekend went for our guys, but it’s all down to our preparation,” stated Buckler. “I’m really proud of all of our drivers and how they did. Spence proved once again why he’s one of the best drivers in GT, and I’m honestly not surprised that Bobby got up to speed so quickly. Tim George Jr. was rock solid, and I can see that he wants this watch as badly as I do. The No. 67 will be a real threat for the race. Patrick and Joerg did their usual solid job, Johannes was steady as always, and Seth seems to be right where he needs to be as the team leader. The No. 66 and AXA should definitely look forward to a strong race. Andy, Wolf and Kelly got the car perfectly dialed in, Ted and Pat were turning really impressive times. The No. 63 machine is a quiet contender after seeing them this weekend. Henri didn’t show up until Sunday yet was instantly on pace, René drove his usual heads-up stints, meanwhile Zak, Mark, and Richard all did really solid jobs. The key for the 63 will be running without incident and I think they can do that. The No. 18 and Guardian Angel Motorsports are a really fun group and I hope they’re having the experience of a lifetime. Bruce and David are strong and consistent drivers, and the emphasis for Bob Doyle and Tom Sheehan just needed to be about seat time. I really enjoyed bringing Travis Hill in to our mix, and I hope he can be a bigger part of our future. We have a couple weeks now to get this whole program in perfect shape for the race, and I believe that with this crew we can do it. It’s going to be a great race and a huge event for everyone involved with TRG. We have been preparing for 2 months and it is a real testament to the strength and solid footing of this organization to be able to field 5 strong cars.”

With two weeks to completely prepare and get the cars ready, everyone at TRG will be hard at work as they look forward to the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The race will begin live on SPEED at 3PM EST on Saturday, January 30.

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.

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BERNHARD, DUMAS ROUND OUT TRG FIVE-CAR LINEUP

Daytona Beach, Fl —

In a series of late developments, TRG heads in to this weekend’s Roar Before the 24 with more cars entered in the race than any other team in the paddock. With a solid five-car lineup, the reigning Rolex 24 at Daytona GT winners look set to take their fourth victory at the historic race.

Following some recent sponsorship signings, TRG has managed to add to its already strong roster of talent, as well as make a few last minute adjustments to car numbers and driver lineups, as the team tackles this weekend’s test to prepare for the race.

Starting with TRG’s No. 66 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car, the re-signing of AXA and Brent Koch as the primary sponsor has meant the return of many familiar names to the car. As previously announced, Andy Lally will be placed in the No. 66 to join forces with his old Continental Challenge Series co-driver Ted Ballou, who together garnered a win in 2007. The duo will be joined by Porsche veteran Pat Flanagan, series veteran Kelly Collins, and Rolex 24 winner Wolf Henzler.

TRG’s partnership with Flying Lizard Motorsports, meanwhile, will now move to No. 67. As the two most successful GT-category Porsche teams in recent years, Flying Lizard has partnered with TRG for this one-time event as a compliment to their full season effort in a different series. The car will be driven by Seth Neiman, Flying Lizard team principal, as well as long-time driver Johannes van Overbeek, and reigning Rolex 24 winners Patrick Long and Joerg Bergmeister.

TRG’s most recent announcement comes in the addition of Porsche factory driver Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas to the newly added No. 71. As the dedicated car number to TRG’s sister company, TRG Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the 71 Porsche is hoping to make a little history of its own. Bernhard is a two-time winner of the race with TRG, including their overall win in 2003, and Dumas has been one of Porsche’s lead drivers through many of their recent prototype campaigns. Additionally, the team will continue on with Tim George, Jr. who is looking to top his previous third and second place finishes, as well as Spencer Pumpelly who will be with the team full-time in 2010. Finally, TRG’s No 71 would not be complete without their full-time driver under the same car number, NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Bobby Labonte. Labonte will be making his debut in the GT category of the Rolex 24, facing the challenge of a Porsche’s unique handling characteristics.

Similarly, TRG is proud to announce the signing of a new car to the team, the No. 18. Re-joining the team will be two drivers who had made their debut with the team in 2009, Bruce Ledoux and David Quinlan. Both hailing from Boston, Ledoux and Quinlan look forward to continuing their Guardian Angel Motorsports brand of racing for charity. Joining the team for 2010 will be a number of Daytona newcomers, Peter Bassett, Bob Doyle, and Tom Sheehan. All three drivers come from a variety of sportscar backgrounds, and the team as a whole looks towards providing a consistent, and most importantly enjoyable, event.

Finally, car No. 63 will continue as previously announced with drivers Henri Richard, Zak Brown, René Villeneuve, Mark Thomas, and Richard Dean. All five drivers come to Daytona with a very positive attitude and strong desire to succeed, and look forward to seeing the checkered flag on January 31st.

For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, the opportunity to provide five cars during trying times is a testament to the team’s hard efforts. “To come in to this year’s race, which is arguably under the most challenging economy the series has ever seen, with five cars is a victory in itself. I have personally been on the phone for weeks on end trying to make all of our programs work for everyone and their sponsors, and I’m proud to say that we’re coming in to this year’s race with such a solid lineup. To have this many cars come in with such a solid group of drivers is a great testament to not only the last few months, but really the last two decades of everything we’ve worked for to make sure we have a solid organization.”

Whatever the outcome when the checkered flag falls, TRG’s unmistakable drive will probably be more evident than ever at this year’s race.

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.

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