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TRG Qualifies Four Porsches Strong at VIR

Petaluma, CA —

TRG qualified their four Porsches in the top 18 for tomorrow’s running of the Grand-Am Rolex Series Bosch Engineering 250 to be run at Virginia International Raceway.

Justin Marks led the TRG charge with a tenth place qualifying effort with a time of 1:54.002.  Marks is teamed with veteran TRG driver, Andy Lally, in the No. 67 Construct Corp/No Fear Energy Drinks/Voodoo Ride/Kartel Motorsports/K1 Speed/Gemstone Winery/TRG Porsche GT3.  Marks is coming off a couple of seasons of NASCAR racing and is getting reacquainted to the sports cars and doing it well.  The duo lead the GT points as a result of their win at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in February.

“It has been since 2005 that I was here last,” Marks said.  “We are fighting a tough battle with limited practice time and getting the car tuned into the track.  We had to give Andy his laps this morning to tune the car so I got limited laps.  I am relearning the course.  Relative to the other Porsches and the rest of the GT field the times are really tight.  I wish I had better than a tenth place starting position.  It is a process of me getting the feel of these cars again, but I will get there.  We will need every minute of the warm-up session tomorrow and we have a good idea of how to get the car consistent for the race.”

John Potter qualified the No. 65 Riegel/Stanton/Cystic Fibrosis Foundation/65 Roses/Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche GT3 in 13th with a time of 1:56.304.  Potter is teamed with 2005 Grand-Am GT champion Craig Stanton.

“I got more relaxed as the day went on,” Potter said.  “The track and the car is coming to me.  I have been here before so I know where the lefts and the rights are, I am getting back into the flow.  I had a real cool spin in qualifying coming out of the Esses.  I was able to run my best lap of the day in qualifying which is always the goal.”

Ted Ballou, piloting the No. 66 AXA/Mitchell Rubber/Wealth Management Strategies/TRG Porsche GT3, put in a lap of 1:54.959 and will start from the sixth row in GT.  Ballou is running with Spencer Pumpelly and the pair are looking back up their strong Rolex 24 run of second place.

“The car is good,” Ballou said. “Spencer is a good teammate and knows these cars.  We are able to drive the track the way we want to.  Spencer was real quick in the last practice.  My qualifying lap was ok.  I got some brake lock-up on my fast lap, so that cost me a little bit.  Overall I am happy with the car and my effort.”

Josemanuel Gutierrez No. 68 Cohen Financial/TRG Porsche had a rough start to the VIR weekend.  In practice he went off track and hit the guard-rail head-on causing damage to the TRG Porsche.  The crew did an excellent job to get the car back together in time for qualifying.  Gutierrez will start from the ninth row based on his qualifying time of 1:59.551.  Scott Schroeder shares the driving duties with Josemanuel.

“The run was really good after my mishap this morning,” Gutierrez said.  “I slowed down my mind a little bit in qualifying and came back up to speed slowly.  We only did about ten laps today.  This is my first time at this track and I was able to get under two-minutes which I am happy about.  I think I can do better, I am going step-by-step.  We will be fine.  The TRG crew did a great job to get the car repaired and we were able to qualify.  I thought we were done for the weekend, but they did a great job.”

Team owner Kevin Buckler is ready to race.

“We had a good day at VIR to really get our season going after a nearly three-month break,” Buckler said.  “The guys are getting back into the rhythm of driving and we have some guys who are racing here for the first time.  We still have some work to do in the morning warm-up session, but we will be ready to race.”

Round two of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series to be run at Virginia International Raceway on Saturday, April 25th will be televised live on the SPEED Channel starting at 2:30 p.m.

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TRG Wins the Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona

Daytona Beach, Florida —

TRG Finishes One-Two in GT

TRG won the 47th running of the Grand-Am Rolex Series Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona GT race today. Justin Marks, RJ Valentine, Andy Lally, Patrick Long and Joerg Bergmeister drove the No. 67 TRGPorsche 997 to victory by a narrow margin over their teammates. The No. 66 of Ted Ballou, Tim George Jr., Spencer Pumpelly, Emmanuel Collard and Richard Lietz came second, giving TRG a one-two finish to open Speed Weeks at Daytona.

The turning point in the race came on lap 577 at 11:45 a.m. this morning when Lally and Pumpelly were engaged in a battle for the lead with the No. 86 Porsche. Until this point the lead changed over several times throughout the night between the two TRG 997s and the No. 86 and had narrowed from a 30 car race, to just 3. In the late morning the 86 slowed and pulled off of the track, due to an axle failure. The deal was made between the teams that if the 86 broke that the teams would freeze their running order and take the checker accordingly. The team did not want two cars taking a chance of racing each other and having the worst happen.

“It is a great way to start the season,” Marks said. “I was excited to get started with TRG. I knew going in that we had a shot at winning and I was really enthused after the test. But it really doesn’t sink in until you cross the finish line. This is a great welcome back to sports cars and start the season with Andy and Kevin. I have been lucky enough to win the 250 here twice, this is just on an awesome scale. It is special because I made my Daytona debut with TRG.”

“It doesn’t get any better than this!” Valentine said. “It is a thrill beyond my imagination. I am 64 years old and what happened today has me in shock. This is the greatest thing in racing that has happened to me in 30 years of competing. Kevin and the TRG guys run a great team. They take great care of me and prepare a fast Porsche. The car ran great and all of the guys did an excellent job today. It was a great race.”

“I have finished second here three times before,” Lally said. “I know what the 66 guys feel like, it is tough. The car was so well prepped, the crew made it bullet-proof. We had minimum mistakes and there isn’t a dent on the car – only dust. It is a great way to start the season for the team, Kevin and especially Justin and I. I am a small part of an awesome program. Daytona is the pinnacle of racing for me. We wanted to give RJ the honor of taking the car across the finish line, that was special for everyone on the team.”

“Thanks to Kevin and TRG for giving me my first shot at the race a few years ago and my first win,” Long said. “I don’t think that the car had a nick on it. Andy and Kevin led the team, Joerg and I just did some work and Justin and RJ ran mistake free, consistent laps. It is really surreal for me. I thought this was one that was going to keep slipping through the cracks and one that I would have to chase my whole career. This Rolex has slipped away from me a couple of times, so that makes it twice as sweet.”

“Wow,” Buckler said. “It has been a lot of work this last four months. We have a team of five cars that are really driven by a whole bunch of my friends and that makes it all the more special. Each team had a slightly different goal & I am so glad that we were able to accomplish most of them. I have shared some great moments with these guys before and Daytona is a special place for TRG. Our team chemistry is a big part of our success. I am really proud of that, it is cool.”

“The guys had a great event,” Buckler continued. “We brought all of our cars to the checker except one. The quality of driving we had this weekend in all five cars was fantastic. It is a real accomplishment for TRG to have 4 cars finish this cruel race and take the ultimate plum….a 1-2 finish.

For team owner Kevin Buckler it is his third win at Daytona. As a driver/owner Buckler won his first in 2002 in the GT class and the second in 2003 when he won the race overall in his Porsche 911.

Bergmeister also joins the TRG three-peat club having won all three of his Daytona 24 hour races with the team. The first two wins were co-driving with Buckler.

Lally posted his second 24 hour victory. The first, in 2003, was in the old SRPII category.

Ted Ballou, Tim George Jr., Spencer Pumpelly, Emmanuel Collard and Richard Lietz drove the No. 66 AXA/Mitchell Rubber/Wealth Management Strategies/TRG Porsche GT3 to a second place finish. The result had Pumpelly finishing first, second and third over the past three years.

“Obviously, every time you come here, you want a victory, but this second place and to be a part of a 1-2 finish for TRG is great,” Pumpelly said. “Once again to have the opportunity to work with some really good people who put a lot of effort into it and spent a lot of hours at the shop preparing for every possible contingency, most of which never arose, but still we were ready for them, it’s just a pleasure. It’s always a good time when you can come and be that strong, with that good of a group of guys. Ted Ballou, Tim George Jr., Emmanuel Collard and Richard Lietz, my co-drivers, were amazing, and the strategy was perfect. We didn’t have the fastest car on the track by any means this weekend, but thanks to our strategy and our preparedness and just kind of our calm nature, we were able to come one off of the goal. It was great to be part of the effort.”

“It was a good race, obviously,” Ballou said. “To have TRG up front most of the race and an epic battle with Farnbacher and then to come down to battling your teammates was great. It was a great outcome. Obviously, first would have been better, but we’ll take second, take the points, and move on. Spencer and I are looking forward to a great year.”

“Last year, I was in the 67 and this year we swapped the numbers, but kept the colors,” George Jr. said. “It was looking good out there. We moved a spot up the podium. Last year, Spencer and I finished third and this year we’re second. It was a pretty brutal race and it came down to, really, the last few hours. We thought we had a win in the bag, but it’s good to have a TRG 1-2 finish. The preparation that went into this from all the guys was just phenomenal. I’m looking forward to coming back next year and have one more step up on the podium.”

“It was a great result for the team and for Porsche also,” Collard said. “The car was running really well all the time. We just had a small problem at the end with the brakes, but apart from that, everything went really well. The car was really, really well-prepared by TRG.”

“It’s the first time with me here on the podium, so I’m very happy,” Lietz said. “After two years with not so much success, to have this success this year with my team, and also for TRG to finish in position one and two, it’s really incredible. Porsche is 1-2-3, so for them it was a great job. I’m very happy.”

The No. 68 James Farrell & Co./Pallis Properties, Inc./COLO Columbia River Logistics/Cohen Financial/TRG Porsche GT3 driven by Josemanuel Gutierrez, Steve Miller, Chris Pallis, Duncan Ende, and Scott Schroeder finished the 24hour in 14th place. The team did an excellent job to put the 997 in the top fifteen as well as being the eighth place Porsche.

“I did a double stint at 7:00 a.m. this morning,” Schroeder said. “The car had some contact through the night and the front splitter was gone. Without the splitter the car lacks a large amount of downforce. This makes the high speed turns, like the Bus Stop, extra challenging. It also really changes your braking points. The guys did a good job in the pits to get us maximum laps and our finish is not that bad considering what we went through.”

The No. 63 Guardian Angel Motorsports/Children’s Hospital Boston/ jetblue.com /Cavallino Group/www.guardianangelmotorsports.com/TRG Porsche GT3 of Bruce Ledoux, David Quinlan, Dan Watkins, Steve Zadig and Kurt Kossmann had a tough start to the race. The car returned to the paddock three times, but the grit of the TRG 63 crew together with the perseverance of the drivers, the team was able to post a top 20 finish in 18th. With 572 laps completed, the goal of running maximum laps for charitable donations for Children’s Hospital Boston was a resounding success.

“The early going was tough for us and our car,” Kossmann said. “I think we went through three radiators over the course of the race. We finally hit our pace during the night and it was pretty smooth since then. We were able to come back and finish in the teens. The car ran well, and for all we put it through, it stayed aligned so we could drive it. We also turned a lot of laps for charity.”

TRG Motorsports will return next week to Daytona where they will run two ARCA RE/Max cars, one Camping World Truck Series entry and one NASCAR Sprint Cup car.

Round two of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series will be held at Virginia International Raceway April 24 – 25.

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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Riegel/Stanton Racing Reflect on Their Rolex 24 at Daytona Debut

Calgary, AB —

The #65 Riegel/Stanton/Cystic Fibrosis Foundation/65 Roses/Magnus Racing/Marquis Jet/Resorts International/IPC/Total Lubricants/RSS Road and Sport Supply/TRG Porsche GT3 concluded their Grand Am debut with a valiant effort in one of the world’s most challenging races, the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The Riegel/Stanton squad started tenth and ran as high as second, tallying dollars for each lap completed for their partner, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  The team took the green flag with Marco Holzer behind the wheel.  The very fast and talented young German charged through the field completing a double-stint before handing the wheel off to his teammates, a succession of America’s quickest sports car drivers, Craig Stanton, Bryce Miller and John Potter.  Despite the changing conditions and yellow flags, the #65 car ran as high as second before running into issues with the throttle linkage well into the night.  The team persevered and returned to the track ready to hunt down the lost positions, “We had a heck of a run going,” said 2 x Rolex 24 race winner, Craig Stanton.  “All was going well, great pitstops, great drivers’ changes and quick laps, until we ran into the mechanical gremlin with the throttle linkage.  The guys did a great job getting us back out ton track and the car was quick, it was a textbook example of teamwork.”

Once the car returned to the track, the laps for charity continued and the team continued their competitive pace.  John Potter was in his second “stint” in the car when he was caught up in a crash resulting in heavy contact and damage at the approach to NASCAR turn one in the early morning hours.  The #65 car was forced to retire due to the damage, but still completed 379 laps in the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Raceway (nearly 6x as many laps as a typical race).  John Potter commented, “It was a wild race.  The pace was very quick and we had a terrific car.  The Riegel/Stanton/Racing/TRG effort was exceptional.  I am thrilled TRG was able to win the event overall, but I am disappointed our car died not see the checkered flag.  It was a very unfortunate incident, I am fine, but unfortunately our car wasn’t.  I think our weekend shows we have a lot of potential for the season and I am looking forward to it.”

Riegel/Stanton Racing owner Ted Rozsa was pleased with his team’s efforts, “I couldn’t’ be happier with how the entire Riegel/Stanton team performed this weekend.  John Beddell and his crew had the car prepared to challenge for the podium,” Rozsa continued, “Marco, Bryce and Craig all ran brilliant double stints at the beginning of the race and had the car solidly in the top-three.  John performed remarkably for a first-time rookie and held the car in seventh during his stint.  Unfortunately, while on a restart on lap 379, John was taken out by two other cars colliding at turn six and we were forced to retire the car.”

The #65 Riegel/Stanton Racing Porsche will contest the remainder of the 1009 Grand Am season, racing for the Cystic Fibroses Foundation with drivers Craig Stanton and John Potter.  Ann Palmer, senior vice president of field management for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation attended the Rolex 24, “The Rolex 24 was my first introduction to racing.  It was thrilling to se the TRG team and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation/65 Roses car in action,” said Palmer.  “We are grateful to our sponsors – Ted Rozsa and Kevin Buckler – for raising money and awareness for cystic fibrosis and to the entire team for their commitment to fighting this fatal disease.”

Rozsa is optimist for the races ahead, “We had a great run and clearly showed the performance of a podium contender.  We experienced the highs and lows of Daytona, and our now looking forward to a successful 2009 campaign.  We are thrilled to continue our efforts in raising funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  I want to thank Kevin Buckler and the entire TRG organization for their support and congratulate them on their outstanding 1-2 finish.”

About Riegel/Stanton Racing: By combining a strong business foundation with one of sports car racing's finest drivers, Riegel-Stanton offers an innovative new program for developing drivers. Riegel Autosport was founded in 2005 to carry on the spirit and commitment of Roland Riegel, a long-time Porsche Club racer in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  With the vision of building a successful professional sports car racing team and the commitment to using its profile to help the community, Riegel Autosport has actively supported the Canadian Alpine Ski Team and other organizations with fund raising events.  The Riegel/Stanton Racing team will race for a cause throughout the 2009 Grand Am season.  They’ve teamed up with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and will donate to the charity o for every lap completed this season.  To participate in this cause, or to learn more about it, please visit www.cff.org.

About TRG: 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 25, 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 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 Remains Second and Third After 18 Hours at Daytona

Daytona Beach, Florida —

TRG is currently running second and third in the Grand-Am Rolex Series Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona GT race with six hours remaining. Ted Ballou, Tim George Jr., Spencer Pumpelly, Emmanuel Collard and Richard Lietz are currently in second with Justin Marks, RJ Valentine, Andy Lally, Patrick Long and Joerg Bergmeister running in third place.

Three Porsches have been swapping the lead of the GT race all night. Depending on when they pit and when the yellows fly it has been either the TRG No. 67 or 66 leading the way in a three car battle with the No. 86 997.

Ted Ballou, Tim George Jr., Spencer Pumpelly, Emmanuel Collard and Richard Lietz have driven the No. 66 AXA/Mitchell Rubber/Wealth Management Strategies/TRG Porsche GT3 strong all night. The result is second place as the sun rose over NASCAR turn two.

“The race is going good,” Pumpelly said. “The top three cars have been swapping the lead depending on when the yellows come out and when the pit stops happen. The car has gotten better since my first stint. We are looking good so far.”

The No.67 Construct Corps/CRG/No Fear Energy Drinks/K1 Speed/Voodoo Ride/Gemstone Winery/TRG Porsche GT3 has been running fast laps all night. Each driver has done a double stint taking advantage of the rhythm of the night around Daytona.

“The car is really solid,” Long said. “Butch Hylton brought over some of his NASCAR strategy which has been to work on the car for the first half of the race getting it ready for the run to the finish. We were leading when the sun came up.”

The No. 65 Riegel/Stanton/Cystic Fibrosis Foundation/65 Roses/Magnus Racing/Marquis Jet/Resorts International/IPC/Total Lubricants/RSS Road Sport Supply/TRG Porsche GT3 with John Potter, Bryce Miller, Craig Stanton and Marco Holzer has been retired. During the night the team had issues with the throttle linkage as well as some on track contact resulting in a tire rub which cost valuable laps to fix. In the early morning hours Potter was making the turn ontoNASCAR one and got caught up in a crash which forced the team to withdrawal the car after completing 379 laps.

“Early in the morning, around 5:00 a.m., we were having throttle issues,” Stanton said. “It was sticking then we couldn’t get full throttle and there was some play in the linkage. The car was handling good. We were able to run consistent 52s, so we were focusing on keeping the car on track and out of the paddock. It was too bad for John. We were just starting to get some laps back when he got collected.”

The No. 68 James Farrell & Co./Pallis Properties, Inc./COLO Columbia River Logistics/Cohen Financial/TRG Porsche GT3 driven by Josemanuel Gutierrez, Steve Miller, Chris Pallis, Duncan Ende, and Scott Schroeder is currently being shown in 19th. Ende took the wheel of the 68 in the morning only to fight two flat tires. The debris on the track from 18 hours of racing cost the 68.

“I had a good stint this morning,” Ende said. “During my first double stint the car was really responding well. It felt solid and was fast. I then had a flat tire and had to pit under yellow. We then got a penalty for working on more than the tire. During my second fuel run I had another tire go down. It would have been nice keep going with a splash of fuel.”

The No. 63 Guardian Angel Motorsports/Children’s Hospital Boston/ jetblue.com /Cavallino Group/www.guardianangelmotorsports.com/TRG Porsche GT3 of Bruce Ledoux, David Quinlan, Dan Watkins, Steve Zadig and Kurt Kossmann had a tough start to the race. The team was able to get into an on track rhythm and go through the early morning without incident. The 63 guys are now focused on completing as many laps as possible in their quest to raise money for Children’s Hospital Boston.

“Our entire team has been running good times,” Quinlan said. “The car has been in the wall and back to the paddock a couple of times to have repairs, but we are still turning laps. My runs have been drama free which is the way that I hoped it would be. I don’t like drama. We are hoping to do 650 laps on the weekend. That will help us to make maximum dollars for Children’s Hospital Boston.”

The Rolex 24 At Daytona is being televised live on the SPEED Channel. SPEED will cover the live up to the checkered flag at 3:30 p.m. with post race interviews concluding at 4:00 p.m.

TRG’s Porsche GT3 2009 Rolex 24 At Daytona Driver Line-up:
67 Construct Corps/CRG/No Fear Energy Drinks/K1 Speed/Voodoo Ride/Gemstone Winery
Justin Marks
RJ Valentine
Andy Lally
Patrick Long
Joerg Bergmeister

65 Riegel/Stanton/Cystic Fibrosis Foundation/65 Roses/Magnus Racing/Marquis Jet/Resorts International/IPC/Total Lubricants/RSS Road Sport Supply/www.65rosesracing.com
John Potter
Bryce Miller
Craig Stanton
Marco Holzer

66 AXA/Mitchell Rubber/Wealth Management Strategies
Ted Ballou
Tim George Jr.
Spencer Pumpelly
Emmanuel Collard
Richard Lietz

63 Guardian Angel Motorsports/Children’s Hospital Boston/ jetblue.com/Cavallino Group/www.guardianangelmotorsports.com.
Bruce Ledoux
David Quinlan
Dan Watkins
Steve Zadig
Kurt Kossmann

68 James Farrell & Co./Pallis Properties, Inc./COLO Columbia River Logistics/Cohen Financial
Josemanuel Gutierrez
Steve Miller
Chris Pallis
Duncan Ende
Scott Schroeder

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 25, 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 Second and Third After 12 Hours at Daytona

Daytona Beach, Florida —TRG is currently running second in the Grand-Am Rolex Series Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona GT race with 12 hours remaining. Justin Marks, RJ Valentine, Andy Lally, Patrick Long and Joerg Bergmeister are currently second in the GT field at the race half-way point.

The No.67 Construct Corps/CRG/No Fear Energy Drinks/K1 Speed/Voodoo Ride/Gemstone Winery/TRG Porsche GT3 has had to come back from being a lap down to return toward the front of the pack.

“It is really going great,” Valentine said. “I am with the best drivers in the world and racing at one of my favorite tracks. We had one little glitch with the car when my identifier wasn’t working and I had to pit. The car is real good and solid. The crew is doing a great job to keep us out on the track and the spotter is keeping us out of trouble while we are out there.”

No. 66 AXA/Mitchell Rubber/Wealth Management Strategies/TRG Porsche GT3 drivers Ted Ballou, Tim George Jr., Spencer Pumpelly, Emmanuel Collard and Richard Lietz have run a trouble free race in third place with half distance still remaining. The 66 guys led a lot of laps from midnight until about 3:00 a.m. when they were cycled back on a pit stop.

“Everything is running normal,” Lietz said. “The gear-box is shifting normal and that is really good news for a long race. We have a good 24 hour setup on the car. It is not really fast, but comfortable to drive. I was also in the car when the fireworks went off, so that was cool.”

The No. 65 Riegel/Stanton/Cystic Fibrosis Foundation/65 Roses/Magnus Racing/Marquis Jet/Resorts International/IPC/Total Lubricants/RSS Road Sport Supply/TRG Porsche GT3 with John Potter, Bryce Miller, Craig Stanton and Marco Holzer is in 15th. The team was in the top ten until a power steering failure caused them to make repairs, sending them down several laps.

“I got in the car during the early evening,” Potter said. “On one of the restarts I think I had the whole Daytona Prototype field behind me. It was crazy to get passed by 19 cars. After that I was able to settle in a little and get my rhythm.”

The No. 68 James Farrell & Co./Pallis Properties, Inc./COLO Columbia River Logistics/Cohen Financial/TRG Porsche GT3 driven by Josemanuel Gutierrez, Steve Miller, Chris Pallis, Duncan Ende, and Scott Schroeder is currently being shown in 19th. The team lost valuable track position when they had to take the car to the paddock to repair the front splitter just after midnight.

“It was great,” Gutierrez said. “It was a very nice run. The two yellows helped us gain a few positions. The car is handling well over a long run and is very stable. The car is good and the setup makes it easy to drive. We started last and we are up to 28th. We are doing well and need to keep the car on the track to have a good finish.”

The No. 63 Guardian Angel Motorsports/Children’s Hospital Boston/ jetblue.com /Cavallino Group/www.guardianangelmotorsports.com/TRG Porsche GT3 of Bruce Ledoux, David Quinlan, Dan Watkins, Steve Zadig and Kurt Kossmann had a tough start to the race. The team had to bring the car to the paddock for a radiator repair. The group has remained in 25th place. In the early morning hours the car had to return to the paddock for a third time to address a water leak.

“I was just taking it easy,” Zadig said. “I was trying to be smooth and make no mistakes. The car is running ok. We had a tough start to the race. We had to go to the paddock for a radiator and the car went into the tire wall at the Bus Stop. I think the run in with the tire wall knocked the toe in the rear out a little. Other than that the car is actually still pretty friendly to drive.”

The Rolex 24 At Daytona is being televised live on the SPEED Channel. SPEED will rejoin the action at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday morning taking it to the checker with post race interviews concluding at 4:00 p.m.

TRG’s Porsche GT3 2009 Rolex 24 At Daytona Driver Line-up:
67 Construct Corps/CRG/No Fear Energy Drinks/K1 Speed/Voodoo Ride/Gemstone Winery
Justin Marks
RJ Valentine
Andy Lally
Patrick Long
Joerg Bergmeister

65 Riegel/Stanton/Cystic Fibrosis Foundation/65 Roses/Magnus Racing/Marquis Jet/Resorts International/IPC/Total Lubricants/RSS Road Sport Supply/www.65rosesracing.com
John Potter
Bryce Miller
Craig Stanton
Marco Holzer

66 AXA/Mitchell Rubber/Wealth Management Strategies
Ted Ballou
Tim George Jr.
Spencer Pumpelly
Emmanuel Collard
Richard Lietz

63 Guardian Angel Motorsports/Children’s Hospital Boston/ jetblue.com/Cavallino Group/www.guardianangelmotorsports.com.
Bruce Ledoux
David Quinlan
Dan Watkins
Steve Zadig
Kurt Kossmann

68 James Farrell & Co./Pallis Properties, Inc./COLO Columbia River Logistics/Cohen Financial
Josemanuel Gutierrez
Steve Miller
Chris Pallis
Duncan Ende
Scott Schroeder

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 25, 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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