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TRG Qualifies Three at The Glen

Petaluma, CA —

Watkins, Glen, N.Y.: TRG's Justin Marks headed the team's qualifying effort with a fifth row starting position for tomorrow's running of the Grand-Am Rolex Series Crown Royal 200 at The Glen. Teammate John Potter will start from the fifth row with Josemanuel Gutierrez going away from the grid from row six.

The Grand-Am teams are running on a limited practice schedule as they are sharing their second race of the season at The Glen with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The series also shares The Glen's short course layout which runs 2.45-mile with eight-turns.

Justin Marks posted a time of 1:13.508 which will have him start from the fifth row in 10th. Marks is teamed with six time Watkins Glen winner Andy Lally in the No. 66 Construct Corps/CRG/No Fear Energy Drinks/Voodoo Ride/K1 Speed/Gemstone Winery/TRG Porsche GT3. Aside from their Grand-Am driving duties, Marks is in the No.10 Braun Racing NASCAR Nationwide entry and Lally in the No. 71 TRG Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup car this weekend.

"We unloaded the car and had a tough start to the weekend," Marks said. "The guys really worked hard all day to get the car handling. We were a lot better the second practice and even better in qualifying. We still have a little work to do for the race. I am really proud of the effort the guys put in today. With the short course you try and pull as much downforce out of the car as possible. There is really only one slow corner, the rest you are flying. We are trying to find a balance aero wise to maximize the car. On the long course you are trying for more mechanical grip. For the race we are putting more downforce into it. We are searching for that perfect balance."

John Potter qualified the No. 65 Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche GT3 with a time of 1:14.514 and will start from the fifth row in 11th. Potter shares the seat with 2005 Grand-Am GT champion Craig Stanton.

"It went well in qualifying," Potter said. "The short course is a lot of fun. As a purest I have a soft spot for the long course. We are running the car with as little downforce as possible to roll more through the high speed turns. We will probably add a little downforce for the race, but in qualifying we wanted to trim the car out as much as possible."

Josemanuel Gutierrez posted a time of 1:15.341 after limited practice in the No. 68 Cohen Financial/TRG Porsche. Gutierrez shares the 68 with Scott Schroeder and will go away from the grid from the sixth row in 13th.

"The guys did a good job to get the car ready for qualifying," Gutierrez said. "We have a few more things to work on, but we will be ready for the race. I really like the balance of the car. We have some more speed in the Porsche that will come out in the race."

TRG team owner Kevin Buckler has a full plate for the Watkins Glen weekend with three Rolex GT cars and two NASCAR Sprint Cup cars at The Glen.

"It is tough to come here with limited practice time and get the cars perfect," Buckler said. "Justin did a great job with Andy working with the crew all day to get the 66 handling. John and Craig keep getting better and better every weekend as a duo. Josemanuel and Scott continue to impress me with their speed and feedback on the car. We are starting a big day tomorrow when our two NASCAR Sprint Cup cars hit the track to qualify and then the Rolex GT race at the end of the day."

The Crown Royal 200 at The Glen will be televised, tape delayed, on the SPEED Channel starting at 8:00 p.m. ET on Friday, August 7.

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, Calif., 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 late 2009.

Detailed team info can be viewed at www.theracersgroup.com and www.trgmotorsports.com. 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 .

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TRG Ready for The Glen Part II

Petaluma, CA —

TRG heads its second race of the season at the historic Watkins Glen International Speedway for the Grand-Am Rolex Series Crown Royal 200 at The Glen to be run on Friday, August 7.  The series shares the weekend with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

The Grand-Am competitors will run the short course, the same layout as the Sprint Cup Series.  The 2.45-mile, eight-turn Watkins Glen short course is a mile shorter and three turns less than the long course the series ran in June.   

Justin Marks and Andy Lally are teamed in the No. 67 Construct Corps/CRG/No Fear Energy Drinks/Voodoo Ride/K1 Speed/Gemstone Winery/TRG Porsche GT3.  The pair is pulling double duty with Marks in the No.10 Braun Racing Nationwide entry and Lally in the No. 71 TRG Motorsports Sprint Cup car.  The first race of the year, the Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona remains the highlight for the team when they won there in February.  Since that race, the team has a podium finish at Mid-Ohio and is currently seventh in the points standings.  

"The Nationwide and Porsche cars are polar opposites," Marks said.  "The transition won't be so difficult because the environment is just so different.  You know exactly what car you're strapping yourself into.  My focus will be primarily the TRG Porsche until Saturday morning, but the NNS practice between Rolex practice and the race will be very important for Saturday's race.  I'm looking forward to the weekend because I want to end my season with TRG strongly and hopefully with a win, and the NASCAR race will be one of the biggest of my career with a great team, so it's going to be an awesome few days."

"The good thing is that the cars are very different," Lally said.  "The tricky thing is that so are your braking markers. I've done it so many other times with different cars that it gets easier, but you really just need to have your head on straight and be focused.  The setup from the last time we were here will be very similar with shocks and springs, but may differ a little in gears and downforce levels."

John Potter and Craig Stanton in the No. 65 Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche GT3 are looking forward to running The Glen short course.  The duo is ready for the abbreviated practice schedule that comes with running on a NASCAR weekend.

"I like The Glen short course, it is fast so you have to carry a lot of momentum," Stanton said.  "I think we have a good car.  We have to work on a few little things when we get there, as there is not a lot of practice time.  I have been working John Bedell (crew chief) and John Potter to be ready to get right to it quickly when we are on the track.  I like running the long course, but I also like the short layout.  It is like a road racing version of Bristol, like a Bull Ring.  Traffic will play a big part.  Setup of the car for the long run will be important.  Tires won't be as big of an issue like they were at Barber.  We will get the car real slippery for the high speed stuff and haul-butt there this weekend."

Josemanuel Gutierrez and Scott Schroeder in the No. 68 Cohen Financial/TRG Porsche have turned laps on the short course.  Both drivers had the opportunity to test the abbreviated Glen layout after the six-hour and are ready for a competitive race on Friday.   

"The short course is a lot faster and it will be far busier," Gutierrez said.  "It should be a real treat for the fans too.  The strategy varies as it is only a two-hour race, we will define it next Thursday and have it all perfectly programmed.  We will adjust it as the race progresses. I learned the track at the six-hour race much better than before, the short course seems to be slightly different, however it is so much faster.  The carousel now goes on and on forever and the braking zone at 10 is at another spot, as you are getting there much faster."

"I think Watkins will be a good track for us," Schroeder said.  "We have had a good car there in the past and Josemanuel and I had a good test day on the short course after the six-hour. Since it is a shorter race the strategy is a bit different and it's now an all out sprint race instead of a six-hour enduro."

Team owner Kevin Buckler is bringing three Rolex GT cars and two NASCAR Sprint Cup cars to The Glen. 

"We will have five cars competing this weekend," Buckler said.  "Andy and Justin are doing double duty and that will get them a lot of track time, which should benefit their Porsche effort.  John and Craig are ready to have a strong weekend and had a good finish here in the six-hour.  Josemanuel and Scott stayed over for the test after the six-hour and did a lot of laps on the short course, so they are ready.  We are looking forward to a very competitive weekend with the sports cars and the Sprint Cup cars."

The Crown Royal 200 at The Glen will be televised, tape delayed, on the SPEED Channel starting at 8:00 p.m. ET on Friday, August 7.

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 inPetaluma, Calif., 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 late 2009.

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.

 

TRG Puts Three in Top Ten at Barber

Birmingham, Al —

TRG put three of its Porsche GT cars in the top ten today at the Grand-Am Rolex Series Porsche 250 presented by Legacy Credit Union run at Barber Motorsports Park.  Craig Stanton and Iron Man John Potter led the TRG brigade with an eighth place finish.

John Potter pulled triple duty today behind the wheel of the No. 41 Magnus Racing Porsche KONI Sports Car Challenge car, the No. 65 Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche GT3 as well as the No. 66 AXA/Wealth Management Strategies/TRG Porsche GT3.  Potter and teammate Craig Stanton took the "Buckler Cup" as the top placing TRG GT car today coming home in eighth.  

"It was a lot of fun today driving three cars," Potter said.  "I was a little nervous in the GT race because the 66 and 65 cars are slightly different.  Craig and I had a really good day in the 65 car with an eighth place finish.  We have been able to put together a string of good finishes the last few races.  The 66 car was good as well and I finished behind myself in ninth in that car."

"Andy and Spence are gentleman," Stanton said.  "The three of us were running together for the last ten laps and they raced us clean and helped us to a good finish.  The 65 team is gaining momentum every outing.  John Potter is getting better every race.  He took Iron Man status today.  He likes to drive a lot and that is good.  The car was good today.  The tires would hang in there for 20 laps and then give up pretty quickly.  I was able to manage them all of the way and then used them up to stay ahead of Andy and Spencer at the end."

Spencer Pumpelly had the No. 66 AXA/Wealth Management Strategies/TRG Porsche GT3 as a high as fourth today.  Sharing with John Potter, Pumpelly was able to bring the car home in ninth.  

"We had a pretty extreme tire situation today," Pumpelly said.  "As a result we went with a pretty extreme setup.  It was a gamble.  I think we went too far over the edge with it and it affected the speed of the car.  We are hanging in there.  It was a tough day for all of the Porsches.  The tires wouldn't last a fuel stint.  The guys with the freshest tires won the race today.  Pretty disappointing when it comes down that aspect."

Justin Marks started the No. 67 Construct Corps/Kartel Motorsports/No Fear Energy Drinks/Voodoo Ride/K1 Speed/Gemstone Winery/TRG Porsche GT3 and was able to move up to seventh during his stint.  On lap 16 he reported contact in the rear from a DP car.  This eventually manifested itself into a flat rear tire that he had to nurse all the way around from turn one.  Andy Lally got in the car and was able to make-up time and bring the 67 car home in tenth.

"The Prep 1 cars were able to dominate today," Lally said.  "The guys with those chassis were able to dial their cars into the track and the tires.  Porsches are favored when we have extended length straight-aways of 150 mph plus.  Combine no long straights with an abrasive track and that is tough for us.  I think we had the best Porsche in the field today. Justin got punted by a DP and had the flat at totally the wrong spot in turn one.  We got two laps down and made the best of it.  The best part about the end of this race is we're that much closer to Watkins Glen."

Josemanuel Gutierrez and Scott Shroeder had a tough outing in the No. 68 Cohen Financial/TRG Porsche.  Guitierrez started the car and immediately experienced a mis-fire from the motor.  The team diagnosed the problem as a bad throttle position sensor, a fix that would have sidelined the car.  Schroeder tried to keep the car on the track to end, but fell a few laps short when he was forced to park it at the exit of turn five during the last caution on lap 91.

"It was a tough way to end the day for us," Gutierrez said.  "The car was really good and then we had that problem with the sensor.  The motor issue was there from the very beginning and progressively got worse.  We just kept loosing speed.  When Scott got in they tried to fix it and then it just kept getting worse and he had to pull off the track.  That is how racing is.  We are looking forward to Watkins."

"When I got in the car we had a slight miss, a problem with the throttle control sensor," Schroeder said.  "With the car like that it slowly got worse.  The guys were able to diagnose the issue, and determined it was not going to hurt the motor so we continued and eventually had to park it with a few laps to go. No damage done.  It was one of those couple dollar pieces that ruins your day.  The guys worked hard this weekend and I am looking forward to Watkins Glen."

Team owner Kevin Buckler knew the Pontiacs and Mazdas would be tough to beat today.  

"With the tire situation it was a tough day for our Porsches," Buckler said.  "It is really ludicrous that we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a weekend like this, prepare four immaculate cars, bring 50 crew and eight drivers, but the tires Pirelli gives us won't even do a full stint.  We have been battling this crap for two years.  Whatever tires we ran today, they were not the same tire we raced at the last race or the ones we spent the last two months setting our cars up for.  This is truly amazing that it is tolerated by the series.  Why even test?  It is all for naught if the tires can't hold out. We don't deserve this.  We could hang with them for about 10 or so laps and then just fall back.  John Potter was our Beast today, running three different cars.  He and Craig did a great job in the 65.  Justin had some tough luck early with contact, but Andy was able to put it in the top ten at the checker.  Josemanuel and Scott tried to soldier on with a bad throttle position sensor, but that just wouldn't go to the end.  Spencer had a decent run with John Potter, but it just wasn't a Porsche type day." 

Round nine of the Grand-Am Rolex Series will be run at Watkins Glen International Raceway on August 7th with NASCAR.   

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, Calif., 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 late 2009.

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 Porsches Fourth and Seventh in KONI at Barber

Birmingham, Ala. —

TRG's KONI Sports Car Challenge cars finished fourth and seventh in today's Grand-Am support race at Barber Motorsports Park.  Duncan Ende and Spencer Pumpelly led the TRG charge with a fourth place finish.

The 2.3-mile, 16-turn rolling road course located just east of Birmingham produced no cautions the entire two-hour-and-thirty-minute race.  Duncan Ende started the No. 39 DigiTrust Group/Adam's Polishes/Racer's Roast Coffee/ TRG Porsche 997 from his seventh place qualifying position, the best for a Porsche.  Surrounded by big V-8 iron at the start Ende drove up to fourth place at the exchange with Pumpelly.  Pumpelly was able to make it to the finish on the tank fuel for his stint securing a strong fourth place on the day.  

"I had a pretty good start," Ende said.  "We were the highest qualifying Porsche by a long way, which meant everyone around us had a lot more horsepower.  The start was satisfying.  I managed to get by a couple of the BMWs and was chasing the top three guys.  The car went a little funky on me towards the end of my stint and I lost a little bit of ground.  We were the best of the rest today, the first car without a big V-8 under the hood.  It was a good points day."

"We had a really good car at the end," Pumpelly said.  "I am not sure if the lap times reflected it, I was able to run down anyone in front of me and pass them. This was a really good job by the TRG guys.  The car was great and the pit stop was flawless.  The team is really hooked-up and all of the mechanics and strategist were really on this weekend."

John Potter started the No. 41 Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche 997 from the seventh row and was very racy early in the going.  Potter had his first of what will be three trips in three different cars around Barber today.  He will be competing in the Rolex Series in the TRG No. 66 and the No. 65.  Andy Lally took over the car and tried to use some strategy to make up some track position without the help of a caution.  Even though the team had to pit Lally late for a splash it proved to be a non factor.  The sports car ace brought the car home in seventh.

"The car was good," Potter said.  "Toward the end of my run it got a little loose, but that is to be expected.  I wish we could have gotten a little break to help our strategy out.  With the strategy we had to try to save some time with the pit stop and hope for a late race caution which never came."

"We timed our gas fill a little short," Lally said.  "We ran out a half of a lap before the checkered flag.  But it made no difference.  It was a good call right on the edge, we needed to try something and take a chance.  We were sixth or seventh at the time and we had to try something.  The car was great.  We were consistently the fastest car out there all race.  I am proud of the team.  TRG did a super job making sure the car was quick.  This is the second race in a row we ran caution free all race.  That makes it boring for us drivers and the fans.  We need some more debris out there."

Kevin Buckler, TRG team owner, was hoping for a win today, but had no help from the officials. 

"We had 20 cars in the field and no ST cars," Buckler said.  "With a small field everyone tends to get spread out around the track and there is no incidents to cause cautions.  Without that it is tough for our little Porsches to make up track position against the big V-8s.  Duncan did a fantastic job in qualifying and was able to improve his position with a solid opening stint.  Spencer just couldn't move up when everyone was spread out.  John Potter did the first of his Iron Man runs today and did a great job.  We tried to help Andy gain some track position with a short fill on the gas and the yellow we planned for never came.  We had a good day with both cars finishing in the top seven."

The KONI Challenge Sports Car Series will travel to Circuit Trois-Rivières in Quebec, Canada for round nine to be run on August 16.  

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 (three) at Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.  TRG's young KONI Challenge team has logged three wins and recorded nine podium finishes in their first two seasons of competition.

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, Calif., near its home track of Infineon Raceway in Sonoma.  The company's NASCAR operation is based in Mooresville, North Carolina with a new state-of-the-art facility coming on-line at New Jersey Motorsports Park in late 2009.

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's Pumpelly Eighth in Qualifying at Barber

Birmingham, AL —

TRG's Spencer Pumpelly headed the team's four cars in qualifying for the Grand-Am Rolex Series Porsche 250 presented by Legacy Credit Union to be run at Barber Motorsports Park tomorrow with an eighth place qualifying effort.

Pumpelly ran a time of 1:29.194 around the 2.3-mile, 16-turn picturesque road course this afternoon.  In unseasonably cool weather Pumpelly and the team were focused on the race setup of the No. 66 AXA/Wealth Management Strategies/TRG Porsche GT3.  Pumpelly will share the seat with John Potter. 

"Qualifying was OK, we were really concentrating on our race setup," Pumpelly said.  "I am pretty happy with the way the car is handling for the race.  The tires really go away after the first few laps.  It is pretty much like a skating rink.  We just hope to be the ones that are skating the least during the race."  

Justin Marks will start the No. 67 Construct Corps/Kartel Motorsports/No Fear Energy Drinks/Voodoo Ride/K1 Speed/Gemstone Winery/TRG Porsche GT3 from the fifth row based on his qualifying time of 1:30.293.  Marks shares the No. 67 with Andy Lally.  

"I am struggling a little this weekend, but it is getting better every session," Marks said.  "We were tight in qualifying which is what we expected.  Everyone is planning on having the rear tires burning off and the car going looser, but we have a plan for the race.  That is our plan.  I would have liked to have qualified better than we did, we are thinking long term.  We will have a better car in race trim.  We are really going to struggle against the Pontiacs and Mazdas, but the Porsche always has a chance to win."

John Potter is doing triple duty this weekend.  He is teamed with his regular co-driver Craig Stanton in the No. 65 Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche GT3 and will also run in the same Rolex Series race with Pumpelly in the No. 66.  In addition, he is teamed with Andy Lally in the No. 41 Magnus Racing Porsche KONI Sports Car Challenge car.  Potter put in a lap of 1:31.613 that will see him start from the fifth row tomorrow.

"Well I had to figure out which car to qualify," Potter said.  "I stuck with the 65 because that is how we've been running all season.  This is my first time racing at Barber.  It is a different experience having been to most of the tracks we race at.  I am slowly picking it up and getting faster every session.  My best lap was in qualifying.  With sticker tires we have good grip.  As the tires go away it will become an exciting race.  I wish we could pit every six laps for tires.  Depending on the cautions I plan to start the 65 and then jump in the 66." 

Josemanuel Gutierrez posted his best time of the weekend in the No. 68 Cohen Financial/Marriott Birmingham/TRG Porsche to start from the seventh row.  Gutierrez is teamed with Scott Schroeder.  The pair is coming off a season's best finish of seventh at Daytona.   

"Qualifying went quite well," Gutierrez said.  "I went a second faster than my best practice time which is always the goal.  The track is very slick and it is hot out there.  There is not much grip.  We had a challenging practice session to get the car setup right for the slick track.  It all worked out just fine, they did some great changes and we are ready for the race." 

Team owner Kevin Buckler knew Barber would be tough on the rear tires of the Porsche.

"Our cars are really taxing the tires a lot here," Buckler said.  "The tires have a different and inconsistent feel which is what we are tying to figure out with Pirelli.  We focused on the race setup of the cars hoping to be able to stretch the grip farther than our competition.  Team engineer Jeff Braun is going to earn his stripes this weekend."

The Grand-Am Rolex Series Porsche 250 presented by Legacy Credit Union from Barber Motorsport Park will be televised live on the SPEED Channel, Sunday, July 19 starting at 3:00 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, Calif., 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 late 2009.

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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