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TRG's Wins at New Jersey

Millville, NJ — TRG's Duncan Ende and Spencer Pumpelly won Saturdays running of the Garden State 250 Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge Series GS race at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

In the No. 39 DigiTrust Group/Adam's Polishes/Racer's Roast Coffee/TRG Porsche 997 Duncan Ende started the weekend off right by putting the 997 on the front row in qualifying.  In the race Ende turned fast and consistent laps to keep the Porsche upfront, handing the car over to Pumpelly in prime position.  The keys to the race win  was Ende's qualifying position and early race pace, the strategy call by team owner Kevin Buckler to refuel early and take left side only tires.  Pumpelly sealed the deal by driving flawlessly and passing the No. 91 for the lead and taking the victory.

"I had a really good stint," Ende said.  "I was able to get a good start, even though I was on lined up on the outside.  I was able to avoid any type of carnage in the first couple of corners.  I was running second pretty comfortably the first ten minutes or so.  Then I got boxed by some ST traffic coming on the straight-away and then I lost a few spots.  I settled in after that and ran consistent laps.  I was able to maintain a gap and gave it to Spencer who ran a great race to bring it home in first place."

"We originally thought that the 91 was going to have to pit for gas," Pumpelly said.  "Then Kevin came on the radio and said maybe they won't. I then had to get a little more aggressive, I was able to get a run on him and get by.  TRG did an awesome job the last pit stop.  It was super fast, we got on and off pit road the best we have all season.  I think that was more than the four second gap than we won with, I really have to hand it to them.  Duncan did a great first stint and they helped with those four seconds as well."

The race was the opposite for John Potter and Andy Lally in the No. 41 Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche 997.  Potter started the race and handed over to Lally on lap 24.  Lally proceeded to run in tandem with Pumpelly until lap 45 when the Porsche lost power, ending the day for the duo.

"We took a big points hit today," Lally said.  "I was just cruising along following Spencer to the front when it just let go.  No real warning, it just quit.  That is a tough way to go when we have had two good races and almost won at Homestead in the last race.  We will pick ourselves up and be ready to race tomorrow in the GT event."

Kevin Buckler, TRG team owner, had a near perfect race with the No. 39.

"That was a great race," Buckler said.  "Duncan did an excellent job to set the tone for the team in qualifying yesterday by having us start on the front row.  He did a great job at the beginning and then Spencer brought it home.  We made the right calls in the pits, our pit stops were really good and the win is a great reward for this team. This was a long time coming and well deserved.  John Potter was also a superstar today with his stellar first stint.  I am sorry for John and Andy, but those guys will come back stronger than ever."

The KONI Challenge Sports Car Challenge Series race from New Jersey Motorsports Park will be televised on the SPEED Channel, tape delayed, on May 9 at 12:00 p.m.

After a great win on Saturday, TRG took second in class,  and ninth overall.

TRG's Ted Ballou and Spencer Pumpelly finished second in Sundays running of the Grand-Am Rolex Series Verizon Wireless 250 at New Jersey Motorsports Park.  With the finish, Ballou and Pumpelly assume the GT championship points lead.  The whole team had a great day with the other three entries finishing in the top ten as well.

The race started under a torrential down pour with the first caution flying before the first lap was completed.  Justin Marks in the No. 67 Construct Corp/No Fear Energy Drinks/Voodoo Ride/Kartel Motorsports/K1 Speed/Gemstone Winery/TRG Porsche GT3 put in a brilliant drive and took over the lead on lap 15, sixth overall. Marks led up to lap 21 when he handed the green and black Porsche to co-driver Andy Lally.  As the pit stops shuffled through, Lally was able to return to the track in the lead and drove a strong second stint.  On lap 47, when he was passed by teammate Spencer Pumpelly who then proceeded to lead 17 laps until his rear tires started to go off and had to settle for second place.

Ted Ballou started the No. 66 AXA/Mitchell Rubber/Wealth Management Strategies/TRG Porsche GT3 from his seventh row qualifying position.  Ballou drove extremely well handing the car over to Pumpelly who proceeded to drive to the lead.  Pumpelly, coming off a win for TRG in the KONI Sports Car Challenge Series race yesterday, had another strong drive capping his one - two weekend.

"Yesterday, believe it or not, I learned a little bit from the KONI car," Pumpelly said.  "We learned about how the car behaves over a stint, usually the cars are not very similar.  We took a little bit of a gamble on the setup and it turned out right.  Our biggest issue was with our rear tires.  That issue is with the life that we get out of them.  If I had to do it again, I would have put on fresh rears when we stopped the last time.  I think when I took the lead I might have been a little too aggressive with the car and the tires.  I was struggling there at the end.  It was a great day for TRG.  I think we have the points lead back."

Justin Marks started the No. 67 Porsche GT3 and had his best drive of the young season as he took the lead on lap 15.  Visual problems out of the windshield did not stop the Californian as he handed co-driver Lally the lead GT car.  Lally took to the track and surrendered the lead to Pumpelly, who had clear vision, and was able to hold on to a strong fourth place finish.

"I had some good racing out there today," Lally said.  "We didn't have quite everything we needed with the car.  I couldn't tell the guys enough to get the perfect setup today.  The guys in front of me drove really well.  I had a good race with Sellers there at the end.  He raced me clean and I gave him everything I had.  Justin did an awesome opening stint to lead the race.  He is showing his talent.  In such a short amount of time he came out here in a down pour and really ran well.  The pit stops with the crew were all real good today.  Jeff (Braun, crew chief) did a great job on strategy as well."

John Potter started the No. 65 Riegel/Stanton/Cystic Fibrosis Foundation/65 Roses/Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche GT3 from the 13th row.  With a strong first stint Potter had the car on the door step of the top ten.  2005 Grand-Am GT champion Craig Stanton took over and soldiered through a foggy windshield, wiping it with one hand and driving with the other to finish eighth.

"The racing Gods made it a dirty trip today," Stanton said.  "John Potter did a great opening stint.  TRG and the guys did a really great job today.  The guys who could see the best had the best race.  We couldn't see very well, but we had a fast car.  We could have won the race I believe, but the vision was sketchy.  So the guys gave me a squeegee and I would have to go into the turn, give it three swipes and then downshift and turn in.  We had a great setup.  I think we could have driven straight to the front."

RJ Valentine, one of the New Jersey track principals, started the No. 68 Ruby Tuesday/Cabana Cachaca/F1 New Jersey/CRG/Maxter/TRG Porsche GT3 using his years of wet weather racing experience and home track knowledge to drive the car through the field from 17th at the start to run in fifth.  Valentine turned the car over to ARCA RE/MAX regular Tim George Jr. who was able to run solid consistent lap times and soldier through extremely tough conditions to finish in the top ten.

"The last four or five laps the line was drying," George Jr. said.  "RJ did a great job to start the race.  We were a little skeptical about the setup, but it ended up working out really well and it stayed under us the whole time.  I came here to get ARCA experience, but I ended up getting rain experience.  This race didn't help too much with that, but I was able to get a lot of dry running in the KONI race yesterday.  I am proud to pull off a top ten for TRG."

TRG team owner Kevin Buckler is happy to be leaving a soaked New Jersey with the points lead.

"What a drive by all eight of our guys," Buckler said.  "Spencer and Ted did a great job.  They led a bunch of laps and were there at the end to take second. Justin put in a fantastic drive first stint to lead as well in the 67 and Andy, as usual, was awesome.  John Potter and Craig had a very strong run.  RJ had the iron man run of the day beating some of the top drivers in the series with great lap times in the rain.  We leave here with the points lead and go to Laguna Seca, which is a track we know very well."

Round four of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series will be run at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on May 17.

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 27, 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 two wins and recorded seven 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 Looking to Defend at New Jersey Motorsports Park

Petaluma, CA —

TRG will be looking to defend their Grand-Am Rolex Series GT win from last year at the Verizon Wireless 250 to be run at New Jersey Motorsports Park on May 3.

Last year Andy Lally and Tim George Jr. won the series' first race at the track located in Millville, New Jersey.  This year the two TRG drivers return, but in different team cars.  Lally is paired with Justin Marks in the No. 67 Construct Corp/No Fear Energy Drinks/Voodoo Ride/Kartel Motorsports/K1 Speed/Gemstone Winery/TRG Porsche GT3.  

"I like the New Jersey track a lot and obviously we had success there last year," Lally said.  "I have heard about additional improvements to the track and the entire facility that will make it even more enjoyable this year. I think we will have our work cut out for us with the competition right now and we will also try to rebound from a very unlucky VIR weekend. I need to say a BIG thank you to my crew for doing such a great job under pressure to make sure we got points at the last race. They have been working hard to try and get our No. 67 Construct Corps Porsche back in shape and I can't wait to get back on track and prove our speed."

John Potter and Craig Stanton in the No. 65 Riegel/Stanton/Cystic Fibrosis Foundation/65 Roses/Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche GT3 will be looking for some Stanton magic this weekend.  Stanton has also visited the New Jersey podium last year, winning the KONI Challenge race.

"I won the KONI Challenge race last year," Stanton said.  "We will take our notes from VIR and have a good starting point on the setup of the car for New Jersey.  Jeff Braun (TRG team engineer) has brought a format to the team that is really organized and works for all of us.  That is a great improvement that Kevin has made for us this year.  We get to race again seven days after VIR, which I think is great.  The track has made some improvements and I really like the layout.  John Potter is doing great so far this season and we are looking forward to having a good run there next weekend."

Ted Ballou, piloting the No. 66 AXA/Mitchell Rubber/Wealth Management Strategies/TRG Porsche GT3 with teammate Spencer Pumpelly, had a strong run going at Jersey last year when a small mechanical issue thwarted their good run.   

"Last year we had a good race," Ballou said.  "We had the car in the lead, Spencer was looking good and then we had a mechanical problem.  We were pretty disappointed.  We missed out on a lot of points that day.  Jersey is not as high speed as VIR, but I like the track and we have a good car for that track.  We will have a good baseline from this weekend to start off with at New Jersey as well as our strong notes from last year."

Tim George Jr. will be teamed with one of the track principals and a member of the driving team that won the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in February, RJ Valentine.  The pair will be running the No. 68 Cabana Cachaca/F1 New Jersey/CRG/TRG Porsche GT3.

"I am coming back to NJMP to get some more laps on the track before I race there again in the ARCA RE/Max Series in September," George Jr. said.  "It would be great to bring TRG another win at the track. I am driving with one of the track owners, RJ Valentine, which will be fun. I am looking forward to getting a lot of seat time. I am also looking forward to being back around TRG and the Grand-Am paddock and some good friends again. On a funny note, in the Stock Car world they call the paddock the garage, and people look at you like you have two heads if you say paddock.  I think Kevin was called out on this with Dave Despain on Wind Tunnel. Grand-Am and TRG were great to me last year, and I am very thankful for everyone that has helped me along the way, and look forward to working on the same team as Pumpelly and Lally.  The track is challenging, the longest straight-away follows this challenging corner, which has a major curb to climb. The Porsches seem pretty stable coming off of the transition, and this will be one of my main focuses as we approach the test day this Friday."

Team owner Kevin Buckler has his team working hard with two races in eight days.

"The crew guys are really doing a great job," Buckler said.  "New Jersey has been a second home track for us.  RJ is a great friend and we all like to race at his track.  We have some points to make up after VIR, but we won there last year and we know what it takes to be successful at Thunderbolt.  We could use a little help from the Grand-Am rule makers with leveling the performance in the GT series. It is really impossible to win in a Porsche right now."

Round three of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series to be run at New Jersey Motorsports Park will be run on Sunday, May 3 and will be televised live on the SPEED Channel starting at 1:00 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 KONI Challenge Porsches Ready for New Jersey Motorsports Park

Petaluma, CA — TRG is looking to be a few tenths faster at New Jersey Motorsports Park for round three of the Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge Series to run on Saturday, May 2.

TRG will field the No. 39 DigiTrust Group/Adam's Polishes/Racer's Roast Coffee/TRG Porsche 997 for Duncan Ende and Spencer Pumpelly. In addition, John Potter and Andy Lally will pilot the No. 41 Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche 997.

The 2.6-mile, 12-turn Thunder Bolt circuit will be the first natural road course of the season for the KONI cars. The first two events were held at Daytona International Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. 

In the No. 41 Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche 997 Potter and Lally are sitting sixth in KONI points on the strength of a second place finish at Homestead. 

"I enjoyed the track there last year," Potter said. "I ran there twice last season and really like racing there. I will be running in the GT race as well so I will have maximum track time on the weekend. We had a good run at Homestead and hopefully we can move up a few feet and win this weekend. We have a good baseline and a lot of experience there from last year."

Ende and Pumpelly are currently 11th in the KONI points. The duo will be looking for a strong finish to break get into the top 10 in the driver standings.

"I like the Thunderbolt a lot, probably the most out of all of the more recently built tracks I've raced," Ende said. "Instead of being packed with slow and medium speed turns the track has a good number of fast turns and a flowing layout. My favorite turn on the track is the final turn leading onto the front straight, it is flat-out at the top of fourth gear, over what seems like the biggest curb in the world, and crucial for setting up any shot at a pass into turn one. Last year we had a very good car for the race and I think a pretty good chance at a positive result until we got taken out in someone else's accident. If we find the balance in the car we had last year we will be in great shape again and we should have a great result as long as we keep it clean."

Kevin Buckler, TRG team owner, hopes to have a similar result as the team witnessed at Homestead. 

"Homestead was a great race, we just missed winning by about a foot," Buckler said. "We have always performed well with our Porsches at New Jersey and the guys know what it takes to have a good car there. We will have to out handle and out think our competitors since we are down on horsepower to the big V-8s."

The KONI Challenge Sports Car Series race from New Jersey Motorsports park will be televised on the SPEED Channel, tape delayed, on May 9 at at 12:00 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 (three) at Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. TRG's young KONI Challenge team has logged two wins and recorded seven 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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Team Polizei 144 Racing Ready to Make Sports Car Debut

Petaluma, CA — The renowned underground Team Polizei will make its professional racing debut in the Grand-Am Rolex Series Verizon Festival of Speed to be run at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California on May 17.  Henri Richard and Rene Villeneuve will pilot the No. 63 Team Polizei 144/TRG Porsche GT3.

The Team Polizei 144 brand made famous by street racing legend, Alex Roy, who holds the unofficial driving record from New York to Los Angeles in a staggering 31 hours and four minutes, will compete in the Grand-Am GT class at Laguna Seca with a TRG prepared Porsche GT3.  The car will feature the familiar Team Polizei 144 infamous German police car livery.

"I couldn't be more proud than to see Team Polizei enter the Grand-Am Rolex Series," Roy, Team Polizei's president said.  "With Richard and Villeneuve at the helm, and TRG behind us, even I can't believe it."

"For me, racing in the Rolex Grand-Am Series is a natural progression towards my ultimate objective of being able to participate to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Hours at Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring," Richard said.  "The Rolex Grand-Am series is truly the premiere road racing series in the US and provides a level of competitiveness that sets the bar and provides a perfect proving ground for endurance racing."

Teaming with Richard is Rene Villeneuve.

"I am very pleased to be racing in the Grand-Am Series," Villeneuve said.  "It is the top of professional sports car racing. It is a perfect fit for Team Polizei Racing because it exemplifies fan involvement and the forward thinking needed to expand the demographics of sports car racing, which is exactly what Team Polizei Racing is all about. We also have TRG, the best team in Grand-Am, and that gives me confidence."

Both drivers are very familiar with the challenging 2.2-mile, 11-turn Laguna Seca circuit.

"Laguna Seca is my home track and my favorite track! I work there daily with the Skip Barber Racing School, so obviously I know the track very well," Villeneuve continued.  "I love the elevation changes and blind corners. Everyone talks about the "Corkscrew" which is fantastic, but I have found that there are other more challenging corners that can be the difference between a good lap and a not so good lap! For me, it is just going to be a matter adapting what I know about the track to the Rolex GT car."

"Being a Silicon Valley resident, Laguna Seca is my "other" home track and I just love the setting and the layout," Richard explained.  "I established a new race lap record last year in the Ferrari Challenge series and finished on the podium, so obviously I am comfortable with it. Perhaps it comes from my background as a motorcycle racer."

The duo knows that the GT class is very competitive and are bringing realistic expectations.

"The Rolex GT class is very competitive, however with TRG, we will get a great car that works well from the start," Villeneuve said.  "It is my first race in Rolex GT, as well as Henri's, but he is very talented and experienced. I have an intimate knowledge of Laguna, so we are hoping to show ourselves as competitive as possible. If Henri and I do our jobs and we stay out of trouble, I think we can be in the top ten for our first race! That would make us very happy!"

"I don't want to set unrealistic expectations for a first race in the series," Richard said.  "Much of it will be calibrating ourselves against a very competitive field and getting acquainted with the car. This said, with Rene's experience and expertise on this track to guide me through, I am looking forward to a clean and safe race and a top ten finish."

TRG team owner Kevin Buckler is looking forward to introducing the team to Grand-Am racing.

"Polizei is a great brand and we are excited to bring them into professional sports car racing," Buckler said.  "Their program is exciting and fits well with our aggressive style of brand presentation within the series.  It's very cool what Alex has done in complex viral marketing backed by a very hip and edgy concept with terrific results.  I love it.  Henri and Rene are an awesome team and have a lot of laps at Laguna and we are looking forward to helping them be very successful in their first Grand-Am GT race."

Team Polizei and its founder - Alex Roy - best known for a history of rally victories culminating in their shattering of the longstanding Cannonball Run Record - have cult followings in the underground motorsports and tuning worlds. Team Polizei has evolved into a branding/marketing/technology consultancy with a unique understanding of viral marketing and expert utilization of social networking platforms, enhanced by successful book and merchandising lines. Using these tools, Team Polizei is taking a new and fresh approach in marketing to mainstream motorsports media. Now, for the first time, Team Polizei is offering its partners access to this alternative platform.  Additional information can be found at www.teampolizeihq.com and apparel can be ordered at www.polizei144.com.

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 Puts Three in top 11 at VIR

Alton,VA — Alton, Virginia, (April 25, 2009) -  TRG put three Porsches in the top 11 in today's running of the Grand-Am Rolex Series Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway.

Ted Ballou and Spencer Pumpelly in the No. 66 AXA/Mitchell Rubber/Wealth Management Strategies/TRG Porsche GT3 led the TRG charge with a sixth place finish.  Pumpelly had a fourth place heading into the last handful of turns when his Porsche stumbled on fuel causing him to relinquish two places.

"I didn't realize we were that close on fuel, so I wasn't ready for the car to stumble," Pumpelly said.  "When the car bobbled, in the time that I had to reach down and hit the reserve Henzler went by me.  The car was excellent today.  I had a little bad luck in traffic.  I would get pushed back by the DPs and then move back forward.  Not a really lucky day for us, but I am really happy with how the car performed today.  Ted did a great job early to keep us up front early."

John Potter and Craig Stanton finished in a strong ninth in their No. 65 Riegel/Stanton/Cystic                    Fibrosis Foundation/65 Roses/Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche GT3.  Potter started the race and was able to run in the top ten before turning the wheel over to Stanton.

"The race was great," Stanton said.  "We had a pretty good car, although not great on the long runs.  We could do 54s and 55s pushing it right along and then end with 56 and 57s.  I think some of the lighter cars would roll past us at the end of stints.  Jeff Braun, team engineer, came onboard recently and gave us a format to follow - the house rules.  He has helped organize our technical side.  John Potter did a great job this weekend.  All of our partners Road Source Supply and TRG have done a great job for us.  We really had a nice crowd here this weekend.  I am Looking forward to New Jersey in another six days."

Josemanuel Gutierrez and Scott Schroeder finished their No. 68 Cohen Financial/TRG Porsche in 11th.  The pair was able to spend several laps in the top ten during the race.

"We had a tough weekend," Schroeder said.  "We missed some practice time yesterday so we were using today to do some setup, learning as we went.  All things considered we finished 11th which is pretty good for the day we had.  Josemanuel did a good job, he handed the car over clean and in excellent shape.  He and I will be back next month at Laguna Seca."

Justin Marks and Andy Lally had a difficult day in the No. 67 Construct Corp/No Fear Energy Drinks/Voodoo Ride/Kartel Motorsports/K1 Speed/Gemstone Winery/TRG Porsche GT3.  Marks started the race and was starting to get his rhythm when a spinning Mazda in turn 17 collected him causing severe frontend damage to his Porsche. The team was able to get him back in the race about an hour later to make as many laps as possible.

"I was starting to get the feel of the race when I came into 17 and the Mazda was sitting in the middle of the track," Marks said.  "I really had nowhere to go.  We had a good warm-up session and made some adjustments to the car which seemed to be the way to go.  It was too bad our race pretty much ended on lap seven."

Team owner Kevin Buckler is looking for some performance help.

"We are really down to the Pontiacs and the Mazdas on power," Buckler said.  "It is not really even fun to race because there isn't any way to win.  They are running one to two seconds a lap faster than us in race trim and just cruising.  Our guys did the best they could today.  Justin got caught up in someone else's mistake early.  Ted and Spencer had a good day, but we gave a couple of positions away when the car stumbled for fuel.  Potter and Stanton ran a good solid race and Josemanuel and Scott had a strong day finishing in 11th  even with all of the challenges.  This was a big race for Josemanuel and John as they really had their work cut out for them and mixed it up big time with all of the pro drivers.  We have our work cut-out for us for New Jersey, but we are the defending GT winners there."

Round three of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series will be run at New Jersey Motorsports Park on May 3.

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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