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TRG Tops GRAND-AM GT Charts at Daytona 24 December Test Days

IMG_8030_copyDaytona Beach, FL (December 8th, 2011) - The Racer's Group unloaded five Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars earlier this week for December Test Days at Daytona in preparation for the 2012 GRAND-AM Series' Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. TRG hit the track with 14 drivers, finishing each day with the fastest times in class.

This test marked the second of three official practice sessions for GRAND-AM teams aiming to participate in the famed 24 hour race. This year's event is especially important as it marks the 50th anniversary. It is also the start of a new chapter for the series, as many new manufactures enter the class, including Ferrari, Audi and Dodge.

"Our guys have worked tirelessly over the past few months prepping these cars for the test and it shows!" said TRG team owner Kevin Buckler "I'm so proud of all the drivers. Each and every one of them showed up and achieved their goals. We're very happy with the results and are looking forward to January!"

TRG driver Spencer Pumpelly swapped spots with others as the fastest GT car of the field, but ultimately Pumpelly put down a 1:49.437, making the 2012 No. 67 Sargent & Lundy/TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup that he shared with Steve Bertheau, quickest in class. Pumpelly and TRG driver Ben Keating also had a strong run in the 66 car, taking the 2nd fastest spot. 

"The test was great. It was the first time to have the new 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup on track, and I was delighted," said Keating. "Having just won the Dodge Viper Cup at Daytona six weeks ago, I have had a little more track time than last year. I was fast and consistent, which were my goals coming into the test. I was amazed with how well the new car performed right out of the box. TRG nailed it. I am looking toward to The Roar in early January. Ready to dial it in."IMG_7754_copy

Also participating with TRG in the test was two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip, who turned his first laps on the Daytona infield with his co-drivers Rob Kauffman and Rui Aguas. TRG's  driver lineup for the December test included:

Car 64: Patricio Bornand, Eduardo Costabal, Mike Hedlund, Eliseo Salazar

Car 65: Emilio Di Guida, Bob Doyle, Jack McCarthy

Car 66: Ben Keating, Carlos Gomez

Car 67: Steven Bertheau, Spencer Pumpelly

Car 68: Rui Aguas, Robert Kaufman, Michael Waltrip 

A full driver lineup for TRG's five car armada that will descent on Daytona International Raceway in January for both The Roar (Jan. 6-8)and the 24-hour 50th anniversary classic will be announced in the next several weeks. TRG is defending champion in GT class and has won four times, including once overall in 2003.

TRG is a full-service motorsports company offering a total driver ladder approach, as well as comprehensive sponsorship and business opportunities. For drivers, this approach starts with track days, goes to club events, up into street stock series and culminates in the ultimate goal of professional motorsports. For sponsors and business partners, this method starts with everything from executive events, to traditional sponsorship models, all the way to comprehensive business-to-business opportunities and experiential marketing. With facilities in Petaluma, California and Mooresville, North Carolina the team can offer turn-key marketing programs as well as arrive-and-drive support.

IMG_7649_copyThe company's NASCAR operations are headquartered in Mooresville, North Carolina. The team fields a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry and has the capacity to run ARCA, Nationwide and the Camping World Truck Series.  It also competes in America's two leading sports car series - the American Le Mans Series and the Rolex Grand-Am Series.

The Racer's Group was founded in 1993 and has been competing at the top level of motor racing. The team boasts Rolex Series GT championships in 2005 and 2006 and holds the record for the most wins in Grand-Am with 32. The team's resume is highlighted by five championships, four Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona victories, and a Le Mans 24 Hour win.

For more information and sponsorship details, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Detailed team info can be viewed at www.trgmotorsports.com and www.theracersgroup.com

Last Updated (Monday, 12 December 2011 17:39)

 

TRG Announces Five Car Lineup For The Rolex 24 December Test

110130_Rolex24_RL_CA8F3363_copyPetaluma, CA (November 30th, 2011) – The Racer’s Group announced today that it will return to Daytona Beach International Speedway with five cars and 14 drivers for the Rolex Grand-Am Series' December 6-7 winter test in preparation for the season opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.


Team owner Kevin Buckler indicated that he is expecting another stout group to embark on the 24-hour endurance classic for its historic 50th Anniversary celebration. Last year, TRG fielded five cars and won the GT class for the 4th time in Daytona 24 History. Buckler anticipates a similar showing with five cars again scheduled to take the green in 2012.


TRG will take a multifaceted approach to their first test of the 2012 season, using the track time to test parts, dial in set-ups, closely study the new tires and the two brand new 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars just delivered from Weissach, Germany.  Buckler indicated that while this isn’t the final driver lineup, it is an important opportunity to prepare to make those decisions and allow some new drivers time to get used to the high banks of Daytona.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 06 December 2011 16:29)

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Last Updated (Thursday, 01 December 2011 01:10)

 

Long Time Sports Writer; David Coffin's Passing

The Racer’s Group is sad to have learned of the passing of Dave Coffin, one of America’s revered motorsports journalists who spent more than 50 years writing for the Monterey (CA) Herald.  He also hosted a local radio show, the “David Coffin Motorsports Show” on KNRY-Radio.
“The Racer’s Group has lost a true friend and great supporter of this sport.” Said TRG owner Kevin Buckler about the passing of Coffin.  “David was there when I first started my racing career on the Monterey Peninsula.  He was always supportive, a great and fair journalist and a true friend to me and all who passed through his life.  He will be missed.”
For more on the passing of Coffin go to: http://www.montereyherald.com/ci_19372431
The Racer’s Group is sad to have learned of the passing of Dave Coffin, one of America’s revered motorsports journalists who spent more than 50 years writing for the Monterey (CA) Herald.  He also hosted a local radio show, the “David Coffin Motorsports Show” on KNRY-Radio.

“The Racer’s Group has lost a true friend and great supporter of this sport.” Said TRG owner Kevin Buckler about the passing of Coffin.  “David was there when I first started my racing career on the Monterey Peninsula.  He was always supportive, a great and fair journalist and a true friend to me and all who passed through his life.  He will be missed.”

For more on the passing of Coffin go to: http://www.montereyherald.com/ci_19372431
 

2011 Season Finale video

Last Updated (Thursday, 01 December 2011 01:11)

 
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