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TRG Looking for Points in KONI at Barber

Petaluma, CA —

TRG’s Grand-Am KONISports Car Challenge teams are ready to make Barber Motorsports Park a strong points paying weekend. The 200 mile race for the KONI GS cars will take the green on July 19.

The 2.3-mile, 16-turn rolling road course should favor the nimble handling of theTRG GS class Porsche 997s. Duncan Ende and Spencer Pumpelly in the No. 39 DigiTrust Group/Adam’s Polishes/Racer’s Roast Coffee/TRG Porsche 997 have a win at New Jersey Motorsports Park to go along with two podium finishes at Mid-Ohio and Laguna Seca. Ende is fifth in points with Pumpelly in eighth.

“At Barber you spend a whole lot of time in the corners compared to time on the straights,” Ende said. “The corners are we make up time with our Porsches, so I am definitely looking forward to getting back to this track. With the nature of the straights it is a little hard to work through traffic here, but if we are running up at the sharp-end of the field we will be in decent shape. Besides looking like a pretty competitive track for us, Barber is where I had my very first race in a car, so it is always cool going back there, even if it is a touch warm in July.”

“Barber is the closest we race to my home in the Atlanta area so I have lots of friends and neighbors planning to make the trip,” Pumpelly said. “Until Grand-Am runs Road Atlanta this is my home race. Barber should favor cars that are easy on tires. It is almost all corners so keeping the tires alive in the Alabama heat is going to be the key. Barber has big useable curbs so the car needs to be able to take full advantage of them and settle back down quickly.”

John Potter and Andy Lally are currently tenth in KONI points. The duo will take their No. 41 Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche 997 to the track looking to maximize the handling aspects their car to the track that rewards a nimble car.

“We won the KONI race in 2007 which was the first ever win for TRG in the series,” Lally said. “The track is wide and smooth and there are many off camber turns and quick transitions. Putting the power down coming off of the tight corners as well as the ones that are off camber is usually our biggest challenge. It is a little bit of a compromise because you need to be good in the fast stuff as well. I won here in 2004 and 2006 in Rolex Series, so it is a place that I like coming back to. The Rolex wins were both pivotal in winning the championship in each of those years. Barber certainly is a favorite of mine. It’s also only a couple hours away from my house in Atlanta.”

Kevin Buckler, TRG team owner, knows Barber holds a lot of promise for his Porsches.

“Barber is a track that is as close to tailor made for a Porsche as you can get,” Buckler said. “The track is really all turns and the straights are not that long, with the longest having a chicane in the middle. Our guys will have to have the cars setup perfect and qualify well to keep those V8 monsters behinds us. Our first KONI win came at Barber back in 2007, there is no reason why we can’t win again this weekend.”

The KONI Challenge Sports Car Series race from Barber Motorsport Park will take the green at 8:20 a.m. on July 19 and be televised, tape delayed, on the SPEED Channel, July 25 at 12:00 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 (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.

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TRG Ready for Rigors of Barber

Petaluma, CA —

TRG is headed to Alabama's Barber Motorsport Park for round eight of the Grand-Am Rolex Series Porsche 250 presented by Legacy Credit Union.  

The 2.3-mile, 16-turn road course rolls through a park like setting offering nearly every kind of turn.  Combine the rigors of 16-turns with near 100-degree heat, throw in a chance of rain and TRG's drivers will be challenged all weekend by the competition and Mother Nature.

Spencer Pumpelly, in the No. 66 AXA/Wealth Management Strategies/TRG Porsche GT3, is looking forward to Barber, a home race for the Atlanta resident.

"Barber should favor cars that are easy on tires," Pumpelly said.  "It is almost all corners so keeping the tires alive in the Alabama heat is going to be the key.  Barber has big useable curbs so the car needs to be able to take full advantage of them and settle back down quickly.  Barber is the closest we race to my home in the Atlanta area so I have lots of friends and neighbors planning to make the trip.  Until Grand-Am runs Road Atlanta this is my home race."

Justin Marks and Andy Lally in the No. 67 Construct Corps/Kartel Motorsports/No Fear Energy Drinks/Voodoo Ride/K1 Speed/Gemstone Winery/TRG Porsche GT3 are coming off of a third place finish at Daytona and looking to make the finish at Barber two steps better on the rostrum.

"The Porsche is typically good off the corners with forward bite, which is what you need for a circuit like Barber," Marks said.  "Honestly, much of the advantage of long straights will be gone this weekend so we'll really have to maximize the balance and running a clean, smart race.  I expect to have to fight hard against the Mazdas and Pontiacs this time.  Barber is a technical and diverse track.  You need a good overall balance, but we have to be able to get the power down out of the corners.   We have to get the car handling well and rely on some race-craft to win. I've run two Rolex races at Barber and won both of them.  I have great memories from this track.  It's one of my favorite places to go and always a lot of fun."

"Barber is a great track and it seems like you are constantly turning," Lally said.  "The track is wide and smooth and there are many off-camber turns and quick transitions.   Putting the power down coming off of the tight corners as well as the ones that are off-camber is usually our biggest challenge. It is a little bit of a compromise because you need to be good in the fast stuff as well.  I won there in 2004 and 2006 in Rolex and the KONI Challenge in 2007.  The Rolex wins were both pivotal in winning the championship in each of those years. Barber certainly is a favorite circuit of mine. It's also only a couple hours away from my house in Atlanta."

John Potter and Craig Stanton had their No. 65 Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche GT3 at the front of the field through most of the day at Daytona, until an electrical problem thwarted a strong finish.  The duo will be looking to carry their practice speed through to the race this weekend.   

"We had the strongest start to a race weekend all year at Daytona two weeks ago," John Potter said.  "In the race we had an electrical problem that had us hanging on for the finish. Barber is a tough track and we will need to get the setup just right.  We have three teammates to compare notes with and a lot practice time as well as the KONI race to get the cars just right."

Josemanuel Gutierrez and Scott Schroeder put their No. 68 Cohen Financial/Intercity Lines/TRG Porsche in seventh at Daytona, the pair's best finish of the season.  Barber will challenge the Mexican and young Californian to better that place on Sunday.   

"The carousel after the front straight, for me, is the hardest turn to go fast around, the turn goes on and on forever," Gutierrez said.  "You have to carry good speed well into the turn, and then at the right spot, get back to gas, however if you are not careful enough the car will tend to push horribly."

Team owner Kevin Buckler knows Barber is a good track for his Porsches.

"We have done very well here in the past," Buckler said.  "The track lends itself to a great handling car and we can usually get our Porsches right-on for this race.  There are no big rewards here for high horsepower, just handling, smart driving and good strategy.  We will need to keep a close eye on our tire wear as it will be hot and all of the turns can eat up the rubber in a hurry.  We will need our drivers to be conservatively aggressive 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.

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TRG's Marks and Lally Third in the Brumos 250

Petaluma, CA —

TRG's Justin Marks and Andy Lally finished third in the Brumos 250 at Daytona International Speedway, keeping their impressive Daytona record for the year intact. 

Marks started the No. 67 Construct Corps/Kartel Motorsports/No Fear Energy Drinks/Voodoo Ride/K1 Speed/Gemstone Winery/TRG Porsche GT3 from his third row qualifying position and had drama early. Coming into turn one off of the banking, Marks was on the outside of a three abreast race into the corner. The two cars on the inside of him touched and he came out the winner in third place. Lally took over and was immediately put into save fuel mode and was able to bring the car home in third for the pair's second podium finish of the year.

"We went into turn one three across and I was outside," Marks said. "It was one of those deals that everyone was looking over their shoulder to see who was going lift going into the corner. I saw Kelly lift in the Pontiac and then I heard a pop and looked out my left side mirror and saw a streak of yellow spinning behind me. I had to decide to slow up and let him spin in front of me or speed up and let him go behind me. I did the worst possible thing and I started to slow and then decided to speed up. It was a close call."

"We were in fuel save mode from the beginning of my stint," Lally said. "We knew it was going to be close so the top three cars were saving fuel. Under the caution were talking about the gas and how we were going to be close. We had a really good car. I was able to reel guys in. The crew has done a great job on this car making improvements every race."

John Potter started the No. 65 Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche GT3 and had a very strong stint. Potter had the car up to seventh when he turned it over to Craig Stanton. Unfortunately half-way through Stanton's run the car developed an electrical issue robbing it of horsepower.

"We had a good run in practice this morning," Stanton said. "We were quickest in the morning practice and then third quick in the last one. We came out of the box really good. John got comfortable with the car in a hurry. John did a great job and was in the car for a long time. We were working the strategy and I got in and we were running as high as second and then we had an issue with the electronics and just started to move back. It was too bad. We had a good run going."

Josemanuel Gutierrez started the No. 68 Cohen Financial/Intercity Lines/TRG Porsche and ran as high as seventh during his time in the car. Passing the wheel to Scott Schroeder the team had trouble with the left rear tire and the 21 year old had to run the tire for rest of the race.

"During the pit stop about an hour into the race, Josemanuel got out after a good stint, but the left rear got stuck," Schroeder said. "We did the full race with the same left tire. It really taxed my lap times because some of the key corners here you really lean on that left rear. Even with that problem, we were still able to hold off some guys behind us and had our best finish of the year."

"We had a good run today," Gutierrez said. "I had a good first stint and was up to seventh. A nut got stuck on the car and we couldn't change the left rear tire. Scott had to drive the rest of the race with the same left rear. He was able to keep the pace and was able to keep the car in the same position." 

Team owner, Kevin Buckler, returned to the seat of one of the team's Porsche racers for the first time in nearly four years and had the No. 66 AXA/Wealth Management Strategies/TRG Porsche GT3 car up into fifth place when he turned it over to teammate Spencer Pumpelly. The team was really close on fuel at the end, forcing Pumpelly to pit with just two laps remaining for a splash of gas giving up one position and finishing in sixth.

"First of all it was really hot," Buckler said. "I was glad to be back and it was fun to drive. I wanted to be really careful and turn the car over to Spencer with as much left as possible. We ran out of fuel there at the end and had to pit and splash fuel in the car which lost us a position."

"We had all four of the TRG cars in the top ten which is a really good day. The first four drivers had a long stint. Everyone did a good job. This is a hard event to come here in 95-degree heat with 100% humidity and run a practice, qualify and race all within about eight hours. I have to take my hat off to our crew, they did an amazing job. We will take the points today and look forward to getting the No. 71 TRG Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup Chevy a good finish tonight."

The next race for the Grand-Am Rolex Series will be at Barber Motorsports Park on July 19.

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.



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TRG Returns to Daytona to Duplicate January Glory

Petaluma, CA —

TRG is returning to Daytona International Speedway for the July 4th running of the Grand-Am Rolex Series Brumos 250 to be run on Saturday afternoon prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup race.  Kevin Buckler, team owner, and three time Rolex 24 winner will return to driving, partnering with Spencer Pumpelly in the No. 66.

TRG took the top two positions in GT with their No. 67 TRG team winning the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in late January, followed closely by the No. 66 TRG entry.  

The 3.56-mile, 12-turn Daytona modified road course will see the Grand-Am Rolex Series support the traditional July 4th NASCAR race on the same day for the first time.  The green flag will fly at 2:00 p.m.

Team owner Kevin Buckler, who won the Rolex 24 Hour in 2002 and then won the race overall in 2003 will get back behind the wheel of one of his team's Porsches.  Buckler's last start was in 2007.  Buckler won again, for the first time as team owner this past January.  Buckler is teamed with Pumpelly in the No. 66 AXA/Wealth Management Strategies/TRG Porsche GT3. 

"I have been out of the seat for a while, but I want to try and help Spencer and AXA as much as possible in the GT championship hunt, so I will blow the dust off of my helmet and give it a go this weekend," Buckler said.  "We have had a lot of success at Daytona, so it gives us a bit of a pedigree here.  The guys haven't cut me a lot of slack.  There are a lot of "old guy" jokes going around. It will be a busy day, running the team, driving the Porsche and then we have the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at night.  I feel that I am ready, but it is going to be a tough hot race as always.  All four cars have a real shot this weekend so I hope I can lend a hand."

"Kevin is one of the legends of Daytona," Pumpelly said.  "What's not to get excited about?  I am looking forward to driving with him this weekend.  Speed and dealing with the heat will be the biggest difference from the Rolex 24. While the 24 hour race, now-a-days, is basically a sprint, the July race is even more intense. We will want to leave everything on the track after two hours.   I am expecting the heat to be a factor, and our team has adjusted accordingly."

Justin Marks and Andy Lally in the No. 67 Construct Corps/Kartel Motorsports/No Fear Energy Drinks/Voodoo Ride/K1 Speed/Gemstone Winery/TRG Porsche GT3 are ready to repeat at Daytona. 

"The only thing that will really change from when we were there in January is that we will have limited time to practice and get the car setup," Marks said.  "The pace won't change much, the 24 was a pretty fast race.  But it's going to place an emphasis on preparation and being and efficient as possible in practice.  We can run a little more aggressively with the setup such as ride heights and wing angles since we don't have to make the thing last 24 hours. Daytona is a unique track but the strategy stays the same.  I have to qualify well and keep the car as close to the front as possible during my stint."

"The main thing that we will deal with at Daytona this weekend as opposed to the 24 hour race in January is the heat," Lally said.  "We will be focusing mainly on tire life, especially this year because for the first time Grand-Am will run this race in the day time. The infield section will be very tough to put the power down and we will be pushing the Pirelli tire for all it is worth."

John Potter and Craig Stanton will take to the Dayton high-banks in their No. 65 Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche GT3.  The duo have posted a seasons best finish of fifth at Watkins Glen, they will be looking to improve on that Saturday.

"Daytona is traditionally a great track for me, I love the place," Stanton said.  "I have been running Daytona since 1996.  I have always been fast there.  We will be running in front of a huge NASCAR crowd which will be great. The 65 team is working well together.  We are gaining momentum as a team.  I am very optimistic for this weekend.  For the all in one day practice, qualify and race schedule we will get a total race weekend done in under nine hours.  We will have to unload the car with a good setup.  We have a definite set of steps to be successful for the weekend.  The preparation the guys are doing will help us to have a good weekend.  We will have to make quick changes and go in the right direction.  It will be hot.  In the 24 it really doesn't get above 75-degrees.  On Saturday it will be 90+ degrees.  We will have to keep the drivers cool and be as fresh as possible for the last 20-minutes to be able to put up a fight for a good finish."    

Josemanuel Gutierrez and Scott Schroeder will take their No. 68 Cohen Financial/Intercity Lines/TRG Porsche to the World Center of Racing looking for a top finish.  The duo count Daytona as their favorite track.

"For the 24 hours, we had to pace ourselves, car as well as us drivers, so that both could last for 24 hours," Gutierrez said.  "This time, it is a sprint race, we will go all out!  It is important to have less aero downforce, to go faster around the banking.  You spend a lot of time flat out at very high speeds, so the less drag, the faster you are.  The centrifugal force of the high banked turns keeps the car glued to the ground.  I surely hope at Daytona we can have a nice run in the practice time to set-up the car. In the last three races for one reason or another our practice time was limited which affected our set-up.  I love Daytona, it is so dynamic!  It is really big time!"

"Daytona has always been one of my favorites and one of TRG's also," Schroeder said.  "TRG has great history at Daytona and I know that our car is going to be hooked-up. I am excited and think that the Cohen Financial 68 Porsche will be strong.  We are unloading with the same set-up that TRG won the past Rolex 24 on, in addition some changes have been made to further better the car since then."

The Brumos 250 from Daytona International Speedway will be televised live on the SPEED Channel starting at 2:00 p.m.

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.

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TRG's Ende and Pumpelly Third in KONI Challenge at Mid-Ohio

Lexington, OH — Lexington, Ohio, (June 22, 2009) - TRG's Duncan Ende and Spencer Pumpelly finished third in Saturday's running of the Grand-Am Rolex Series KONI Sports Car Challenge race today at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Mid-Ohio's 2.2-mile twisty rolling terrain does not favor the Porsche GS cars, but the team had a solid run.  Duncan Ende and Spencer Pumpelly had the No. 39 DigiTrust Group/Adam's Polishes/Racer's Roast Coffee/Intercity Lines/TRG Porsche 997 setup and ready to race.  Ende, once again, had a monster qualifying effort, putting the No. 39 on the second row.  Early contact in the race resulted in a bent wheel and a pit stop under green, hampering what could have been a possible win.  The duo were able get up on the podium proving that well driven Porsche can still hang with the big V-8s.

"We had another good qualifying run," Ende said.  "Spencer and I are really clicking on the setup of the car.  We had a very strong race considering that little contact early on.  I got hit by a Mustang in the right-rear on lap three.  I had to pit, I thought we had a tire going down, but it ended up being a bent wheel.  I went back out and was dead last.  I was able to run it back up to sixth.  We had a great car.  If we could have stayed up front, we would have been battling for the win.  With everything considered, it was a good result.  We got lucky and wound up third.  Spencer put in an impressive run and it was a good team effort."

"The car was fantastic all day," Pumpelly said.  "We had the minor issue of Duncan getting hit from behind and bending the rim.  We had to do an extra pit stop under green and that put us 15-seconds behind the last car in line.  Duncan did a great job to make up the time and get the car up to sixth before handing off to me.  Unfortunatelywhen you go green for two-and-a-half hours it is tough to make up that time.  I think we had a car capable of winning the race.  We didn't have the luck, but everyone on the team did a great job."

John Potter and Andy Lally had a tough day in their No. 41 Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche 997.  Potter did an excellent job in qualifying putting the No. 41 on the fifth row.  In the race Potter spent nearly half of the race behind the wheel.  Lally got in and experienced an electrical problem which canceled feedback to one cylinder, costing the six-cylinder Porsche valuable horsepower and ending their day early.

"The whole race went green, no caution periods," Lally said.  "It was a fast race.  When I got in the car I immediately noticed the engine was down on power.  We had an electrical, issue, a plug wire or something that affected the power.  By this time we were really behind and didn't want to damage the engine any more.  John did a great job and spent a lot of time in the car.  We were lined-up for a good finish, but it was just one of those days."

Kevin Buckler, TRG team owner, had an up and down KONI Challenge race.

"Duncan did a great job in qualifying and on the track," Buckler said.  "I am so proud of how he has come on this year behind the wheel.  He gives excellent feedback proving he belongs up at the front with the best drivers out there.  He and Spencer had to overcome some early adversity but they kept their heads down and ended up on the podium.  We are very much alive in this championship!  John Potter had another great run and continues to improve and impress.  He spent a long time at the wheel battling with some of the best sports car drivers in the country.  Unfortunately when Andy got in we had the electrical issue."

The KONI Challenge Sports Car Series race from Mid-Ohio will be televised, tape delayed, on the SPEED Channel, June 28 at 12:30 p.m. ET.

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