News

TRG Has Three in the Top 10 After Six Hours at Daytona

Daytona Beach, Florida —

TRG has three of its Porsche GT3s in the top ten at the six hour mark of the Grand-Am Rolex Series Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona GT race. The No. 66 of Ted Ballou, Tim George Jr., Spencer Pumpelly, Emmanuel Collard and Richard Lietz are currently in fifth place.

The No. 66 AXA/Mitchell Rubber/Wealth Management Strategies/TRG PorscheGT3 have their car in fifth place with 18 hours remaining. The team hasn’t missed a beat in the first six hours of the race.

“The car is running really strong,” Ballou said. “I had a slight radio problem at the beginning of my stint but we were able to work it out. Our performance is good and we are staying close to the leaders. There is still a lot of time left and things are going according to plan.”

Justin Marks, RJ Valentine, Andy Lally, Patrick Long and Joerg Bergmeister are running in sixth in the No.67 Construct Corps/CRG/No Fear Energy Drinks/K1 Speed/Voodoo Ride/Gemstone Winery/TRG Porsche GT3.

“I was able to get some good laps without a lot of traffic,” Marks said. “That is exactly what I was hoping for my during my first race stint back in sports cars. I needed to find my rhythm and get my gear shifting down and keep us in the hunt. I was able to get smoother as my stint went on and the speed was there. I ran faster laps than I have all weekend, so it is coming back.”

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 holding down seventh place in GT.

“My stint was good,” Bryce Miller said. “The speed is there, it is just real physical in the car to get it to go fast. I was able to get into a good groove and run some fast laps. We need to maintain our performance all the way to the end. The team is doing great pit stops and we are having no problems so far.”

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 13th.

“My stint was pretty good,” Steve Miller said. “The track felt oily early on in my run. I had a few nerves during my stint, but was able to work through it and run consistent lap times. I was able to keep my focus and run a smooth stint. We have the speed, we just need to keep the car on the track.”

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 has had a tough start to the race. The team had to bring the car to the paddock for a radiator repair. The group is currently running in 25th place.

“My stint started out with me running back to the paddock to get in the car,” Watkins said. “We had it back in the garage for a fix. When I got in the car I noticed that we had lost the right mirror and the left one was pointed down. I was able to get a lot of help from our spotter during my time in the car. After that it actually went smooth. I didn’t have any car contact or lockup and I was taking it easy.”

The Rolex 24 At Daytona is being televised live on the SPEED Channel at 4:30 p.m. going to 10:00 p.m. 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.

 

TRG Finishes Eighth in KONI Challenge Opener at Daytona

Daytona Beach, Florida —TRG’s Duncan Ende and Spencer Pumpelly drove their Porsche to an eighth place finish today in the Fresh From Florida 200 Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge season opener.

Ende started the No. 39 DigiTrust Group/Adam’s Polishes/Fox River Coffee Racer’s Roast/TRG Porsche 997 from his fifth place qualifying position. Ende proceeded to run in the top five, doing a double stint. When he turned the Porsche over to Pumpelly the team was running strong in seventh.

“I had a pretty good double stint,” Ende said. “I was able to run up with the leaders and we were keeping a pretty good pace. Doing the double stint we didn’t put tires on, so I was an hour and forty five minutes on the same set of tires, which is asking a lot. I made a couple of small mistakes, but when I gave the car to Spencer we were in solid shape.”

During the yellow plagued three hour race, eight cautions for 31 laps, the restarts played havoc on the No. 39. The big V8 cars would be able to pull away on the restarts negating any advantage the TRG drivers were able to gain.

“We are really good in the infield,” Pumpelly said. “Then when we get up on the bank the Mustangs just blow by us. The car was handling excellent, we just don’t have the horses to challenge them. Duncan did a great job doing a double stint. He qualified well and ran upfront all race. We had no issues with the car. It is just frustrating running in the top 10 and really not battling for a chance to win.”

In the No. 41 Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche 997 John Potter and Andy Lally ran into trouble early in the race. John Potter started the Porsche from the 12th row and following the first caution period lost third gear and eventually fourth. He pitted on lap 18 and turned the car over to Lally.

“During the first caution I lost third gear,” Potter said. “Then I also lost fourth. I was going through the Bus Stop turn in fifth. It became tough to keep the momentum of the car up. I turned the car over to Andy to see if he could nurse it home for some points.”

Lally took over and soon lost all drive to the rear wheels of the 997.

“When I got in I had first, second, fifth and sixth gear,” Lally said. “It wasn’t fun to drive, but it wasn’t impossible either. Then around lap 37 it went to total neutral. We weren’t breaking gears. I think it was in the internal linkage somewhere.”

Kevin Buckler, team owner, was satisfied with the performance of the team and worried about the future.

“Duncan and Spencer had to drive the tires off the car to place in eighth,” Buckler said. “We really have to kill the car to keep up with the Mustangs and BMW’s. We just burn down the car and then when it is time to race at the end we have nothing left. Spencer can race with anyone, anywhere, but with our competition disadvantage we are just asking too much from him and Duncan. John and Andy did a great job this weekend. John has been getting so fast and is really a “heads up” driver. We have a championship caliper team, we just need the opportunity to make things exciting at the front.”

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’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.

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 Qualifies on Front Row in Effort to Win Third Rolex

Daytona Beach, Florida —

TRG has taken the first step towards winning their third Grand-Am Rolex Series Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona GT race.  Andy Lally put the No.67 Construct Corps/CRG/No Fear Energy Drinks/K1 Speed/Voodoo Ride/Gemstone Winery/TRG Porsche GT3 on the front row for Saturday's Rolex 24 start at 3:30 p.m.

Lally posted a time of 1:49.540 that will see him go away from the start on the outside of the front row.  Lally shares the seat with Justin Marks, RJ Valentine, Patrick Long and Joerg Bergmeister.  Lally had the fastest time of the qualifying session right up to the last lap when he was eclipsed by a Mazda.

"We went faster than I thought," Lally said.  "The whole GT field went faster.  When I put the lap in we were still in danger of losing it.  At that point I was starting to go slower and I just pulled in to the paddock.  I just got to the tech barn and stopped and my crew said we lost it.  I thought he was kidding.  But he told me it was the 70 car.  I had mixed emotions, but if I was going to lose it to anybody he is the one I would give it up to today."  Driver of the No. 70 Mazda Sylvan Tremblay lost his wife, Carol, in a car accident in December.

Spencer Pumpelly drove the No. 66 AXA/Mitchell Rubber/Wealth Management Strategies/TRG Porsche GT3 to a seventh place qualifying effort with a time of 1:50.109.  Pumpelly was fighting the cars handling and knows there is room for improvement.  Pumpelly will have support from teammates Ted Ballou, Tim George Jr., Emmanuel Collard and Richard Lietz.

"It is disappointing after all of the speed that we showed at the test," Pumpelly said.  "I had a lot of oversteer into the car and it feels really loose in the fast stuff.  We will have a talk with our teammates, look at the data and make some adjustments in the remaining practices to have a strong car for the race."

Marco Holzer piloted the No. 65 Riegel/Stanton/Cystic Fibrosis Foundation/65 Roses/Magnus Racing/Marquis Jet/Resorts International/IPC/Total Lubricants/TRG Porsche GT3 to a 1:50.445 qualifying effort that will see him start tenth in GT.  Holzer is joined in the 65 by John Potter, Bryce Miller and Craig Stanton.

"The car handled better in qualifying than in practice," Holzer said.  "I had a lot of traffic and could not get a clean lap.  I have a few more tenths in the car.  We have a couple of more practices to get the car perfect for the race and get everyone comfortable.  Tenth place is a good place to start for a 24 hour race."

Steve Miller had the controls of the No. 68 James Farrell & Co./Pallis Properties, Inc./COLO Columbia River Logistics/Cohen Financial/TRG Porsche GT3.  Miller put in a time of 1:52.571 that will have him starting from the 13th row in GT.  Miller is joined in the 68 by co-drivers Josemanuel Gutierrez, Chris Pallis, Duncan Ende, and Scott Schroeder.

"We are still trying to figure out the handling of our car," Steve Miller said.  "We just didn't have enough front bite in the car to get through the corners fast.  We left a lot of time out there.  We are 85 percent there, the trick is to get the last 15 percent."

Bruce Ledoux drove the No. 63 Guardian Angel Motorsports/Children's Hospital Boston/ jetblue.com /Cavallino Group/www.guardianangelmotorsports.com/TRG Porsche GT3 to a time of 1:53.366 that will have him start from the 13th row.  Ledoux is joined in the 63 by David Quinlan, Dan Watkins, Steve Zadig and Kurt Kossmann.

"The TRG guys have done a killer job on the car today," Ledoux said.  "We had an off this morning and we really didn't miss much track time.  The only loose nut was behind the wheel.  I think I did 10 laps all day and in qualifying that was seven through 10.  If I had 10 more I know I could have gone at least a second faster.  We had some oversteer in the Horse Shoe corner that we need to work out of the car."

Team owner Kevin Buckler is pleased with the way the day went.

"We almost had the pole," Buckler said.  "The Mazda is 500 lbs. lighter, so it is light and fast.  Overall I am happy with the way the day went.  We have several happy cars and one we are still dialing in, so we will go to work on that for tonight's practice.  The drivers and crew are really working well together and we have an excellent shot at doing well come Sunday."

The Rolex 24 At Daytona will be televised live Saturday, January 24 beginning at 3:00 p.m. EST on FOX.  The coverage then transitions to the SPEED Channel at 4:30 p.m. going to 10:00 p.m.  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 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 
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
Bruce Ledoux
David Quinlan
Dan Watkins
Steve Zadig
Kurt Kossmann

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

The Rolex 24 At Daytona will be televised live Saturday, January 24 beginning at 3:00 p.m. EST on FOX.  The coverage then transitions to the SPEED Channel at 4:30 p.m. going to 10:00 p.m.  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 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

 

TRG Begins Quest for Third Rolex 24 GT Win

Petaluma, CA —

TRG has finished the preparation of its five Porsche GT entries for the Grand-Am Rolex Series Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona. The team is ready to make a run for its third Rolex 24 hour win in the twice-around-the-clock classic to be run this weekend, January 24-25.

Just three weeks ago, following the early January test, the team loaded three of the top four cars on the final GT timing sheet and headed to its NASCARheadquarters in Mooresville, North Carolina for race prep. The team of Justin Marks, RJ Valentine, Andy Lally, Patrick Long, Joerg Bergmeister in the No. 67 Construct Corps/CRG/No Fear Energy Drinks/K1 Speed/Voodoo Ride/Gemstone Winery/TRG Porsche GT3 posted the second fastest time in GT. The team is no stranger to 24 hour success, Bergmeister has won the Daytona 24 in a TRG car in 2002 and again overall in GT in 2003 with team owner Kevin Buckler as teammate for both races. Lally won the 24 in the old SRPII class in 2001. Justin Marks knows what it is going to take to be successful this weekend.

“This is an incredibly difficult race,” Marks said. “You need so much more than just speed to win. You do have to be fast, but you have to be smart. The strategy has to be good and everyone has to do their job well. I am optimistic for the race, but those thoughts can be dangerous. I’m just trying to prepare for my job. I’ll try to be hydrated, healthy and well rested going into it. You just have to take care of yourself in the days leading up to it. I won’t eat that much during the race just be real picky about what I fuel with. Adrenaline has always picked up the remaining slack. I don’t sleep. I don’t even really like leaving the infield. This is one of the most important endurance races in the world and we can win it. I’ll sleep Sunday night.”

In the No. 65 Riegel-Stanton/Cystic Fibrosis Foundation/65 Roses/Magnus Racing/Marquis Jet/Resorts International/IPC/Total Lubricants/TRG Porsche GT3 John Potter, Bryce Miller, Craig Stanton, and Marco Holzer have an excellent mix of speed, veteran leadership and youth ready to take on the high-banks of Daytona. At the test, Bryce Miller turned some of the fastest and most consistent laps of the weekend and new comer to the Porsche Factory driver line-up, Holzer, posted the third fasted time in GT. Stanton is the 2005 Rolex Series GT champion and brings his endurance pedigree to the team. The team’s association with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is offering unique tours and VIP experiences for charitable donations at the Rolex 24. Information can be found at www.65rosesracing.com.

“The speed in our car, at the moment, is certainly encouraging and breeds optimism for the race,” Bryce Miller said. “The chemistry and ability amongst the crew and drivers is very good and these attributes may be our most important assets going into a 24 hour race. Sleep sometimes occurs, but your responsibility to rehydrate and replenish your body with proper nutrition comes first. Only then if you’ve found a quiet place and aren’t on deck for another driving stint will you be happy to organize all your gear and get a chance to lie down and rest a little. I have many small supplemental snacks and shakes which I try to ingest constantly throughout the event. It is important to keep your nutritional portions smaller but more constant given the physical demands of a 24 hour race. Many times you simply are not up to taking on a full meal depending on your fatigue and hydration levels.”

Ted Ballou, Tim George Jr., Spencer Pumpelly, Emmanuel Collard, Richard Lietz driving the No. 66 AXA/Mitchell Rubber/Wealth Management Strategies/TRG Porsche GT3 also be a factor come Sunday afternoon of the race. The speed of Pumpelly, Collard and Lietz is accented by the consistency of Ballou and George Jr. Each driver has been here before and Pumpelly won the GT race at Daytona in 2006. For George Jr. it is all about the watch.

“At the test we were fast right off the truck, we had a slump in the middle and then finally were fast again at the end of the three day test,” George Jr. said. “So I am looking forward to unloading fast again and getting a front row qualifying position. I do get some sleep between stints. Last year I went back to my hotel, but this year I think I will try and sleep in the motor home. I get a lot of sleep and eat whole grains such as whole wheat pasta and bread prior to the Rolex 24 weekend. My personal goal is to leave with a shiny Daytona Rolex 24 GT winner’s watch. We took third last year. Spencer and I are looking forward to moving up two steps on the podium.”

In the No. 63 Guardian Angel Motorsports (GAM), drivers Bruce Ledoux, David Quinlan, Dan Watkins, Steve Zadig and Kurt Kossmann the goal will be to turn as many laps as possible in the 1,440 minute race. The team has joined with Children’s Hospital Boston to raise money, on a per lap or lump basis, for their center for pediatric health care. Pledges and additional information can be found at www.guardianangelmotorsports.com.

“By the end of testing we were very happy with the cars setup,” Quinlan said. “Our times were coming down to a point where the team felt confident that we could maximize lap counts and complete our mission to finish the race and raise as much money as possible for Children’s Hospital Boston. There will only be a few hours between shifts. With that said I hope I can sneak in a quick power nap during the overnight hours. Starting a couple months before the race I ratchet up my cardio work outs. The days before the race I try to make sure that I get plenty of sleep, eat well and hydrate like crazy. This is my first Daytona 24. My personal goal is to complete the race and keep the car in good shape for my teammates. Donations are going well. We won’t have a final count until we complete the race.”

In the No 68 James Farrell & Co./Pallis Properties, Inc./COLO Columbia River Logistics/Cohen Financial/TRG Porsche GT3 Josemanuel Gutierrez, Steve Miller, Chris Pallis, Duncan Ende and Scott Schroeder will be looking to gain valuable experience at Daytona.

“We have a great group of drivers that don’t do this for a living,” Steve Miller said. “We won’t be on the pole to start the race, but if we take care of our car, we have a shot to stand on the podium at the end. I usually take little catnaps while headed down the backstretch. No alcohol for a month, and some extra weight training for the legs. Be a good teammate, have some fun, drive both aggressively and generously, and know which is appropriate for each moment.”

Buckler and his crew has put in the hours of preparation necessary to have a successful weekend.

“We took the cars up to Mooresville after the test,” Buckler said. “This proved to be very educational for our NASCAR Camping World Truck and ARCA guys. They got a good taste of what happens on the sports car side of our business and the same went for our Rolex crew. They can see the precision and work that goes into our NASCAR programs. The cars are ready, the drivers are ready now we have to battle 31 other teams, the track, the Daytona Prototypes and of course the weather. It is a good feeling when you know that you have done everything you need to do to be successful. We are prepared and have set the goal of getting our third Rolex 24 win.”

The Rolex 24 At Daytona will be televised live Saturday, January 24 beginning at 3:00 p.m.EST on FOX. The coverage then transitions to the SPEED Channel at 4:30 p.m. going to 10:00 p.m. 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 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 
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 (GAM) 
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

 

TRG Ready to Open KONI Challenge Season at Daytona

etaluma, CA — TRG is ready to open the 2009 Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge season on January 23 at Daytona International Speedway.  The team will field two cars to start, what hopes to be, a championship run.

Although the current rules configuration does not favor the Porsche 911 GS cars, the drivers are confident that the professional TRG approach to preparation, speed and strategy can still have a chance to win on Friday.

Duncan Ende and Spencer Pumpelly will be driving the No. 39 The DigiTrust Group/Adam's Polishes/Fox River Coffee Racer's Roast/TRG Porsche 997.  The duo ran a lot of laps at the test in early January to prove out the work that the team has done on the cars over off season.  Ende will be relying on TRG's strengths come Friday.

"Strategy always plays a big role in KONI Challenge races, but since Daytona is at least a half hour longer than our normal races we have even more to work with in the race strategy department than usual," Ende said.  "Since we also have a bigger disadvantage to the more powerful Mustangs there than anywhere else we race, our pit strategy is really essential to a good result.  With its emphasis on straight line speed over cornering ability, Daytona never shows our cars at their best.  All things considered, I'm pretty happy with the way our car was working at the end of the test days.  Spencer and I will be happy to have a solid race and take home decent points instead of the big goose egg we had in Daytona last year."

Ende will also be running in the Rolex 24 hour.  He will be driving the No 68 James Farrell & Co./Pallis Properties, Inc./COLO Columbia River Logistics/Cohen Financial/TRG Porsche GT3.

"I'm really excited about driving the 68 car in the Rolex 24 this year!  My goal for the car as a whole is for us to have a clean and consistent race in which we only see the pit lane for fresh tires and to fill our fuel tank.  If we manage that, I think we have a very good chance at going home with a good result.  My personal goals are to show what I can do in a very competitive GT field and do my absolute best for the team.  We have such a solid team from top to bottom, both drivers and crew, that I cannot wait for things to finally kick off!"

In the No. 41 Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche 997 John Potter and Andy Lally are poised for a strong run.  The pair worked well together in the early January test and are looking forward to getting the season going.

"While I have done several GT races, this will actually be my first KONI Challenge race," Potter said.  "I am looking forward to seeing how the strategy is different.  I do know that KONI races are extremely tight and very competitive.  With the cars being so balanced by Grand-Am I know that strategy can make all the difference.  I have had a great relationship with the TRG KONI crew, who are far more experienced than I am.  I am looking forward to the "strategy" challenge.  The KONI car felt great after the test day.  I was a little nervous at first after driving the GT car at the same event.  I didn't want to throw the GS car off or something trying to do what I could do in the GT car.  It's very responsive, thanks to Andy Lally's help with set-up and the crew, the car did exactly what I told it to do.  There were a few things that I am still working through but nothing that we can't deal with before the race."

Potter will also be running the Rolex 24 in the No. 65 Riegel-Stanton/Cystic Fibrosis Foundation/65 Roses/Magnus Racing/Marquis Jet/Resorts International/IPC/Total Lubricants/TRG Porsche GT3.

"Well this will be the longest race I have ever done.  I have some great co-drivers and I hope to learn as much as I can while going as fast as I can, avoiding mistakes.  I think we have a great opportunity to do well in the 24.  It should be fun."

Kevin Buckler, team owner, is looking for some parity with the rules in KONI Challenge.

"We did a great deal of work over the winter on our KONI program," Buckler said.  "At the test the Mustangs would just motor by us.  With our setup and driving talent we were able to make up a little distance in the infield and the Bus Stop but with the run from NASCAR turn one to the entry of the Bus Stop and then the exit down to the road course turn one they just walk away from us.  There has been a small competition adjustment, but it is not close to being enough.  We will have to rely on excellent pit work, great driving and some extreme strategy calls to be in contention.  I am looking forward to this first race of the season."

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'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.

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.

 
More Articles...

TRG_FRONTPAGE_AD3
TRG_FRONTPAGE_AD2
ARW_FRONTPAGE_AD

                     facebook_32twitter_32vimeo_32