PETALUMA, CA – November 25− Following the extremely productive recent tests at Sebring and Daytona, TRG-AMR North America has taken the next step for 2014. The team has officially entered the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship GTD class with two full season “Platinum” entries.
The entries and approvals by IMSA will guarantee that two of the internationally successful Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 vehicles will be apart of the full 2014 season.
This is an important announcement for all parties involved in the 2014 North America sports car racing world. This is the first time in more than 30 years that this iconic brand will compete in the North American endurance racing scene with a US based team. This should be a welcome addition to the grid as fans and media have been clamoring for the cars and their wait should be over. For all, this opportunity to bring such a highly sought after and historic marque such as Aston Martin to North American sports car fans from coast-to-coast is tremendously exciting news.
While the driver line-up for both cars have yet to be finalized, the team has used the Balance of Performance tests as well as numerous additional test days to undergo extensive driver evaluations. Pending a further round of testing in December and early January, TRG-AMR looks forward to announcing its full season driver line-ups. The team also looks forward to a release of the North American Endurance Championship driver line-ups for Daytona and Sebring.
Kevin Buckler on the 2014 full season entry announcement:
“I feel like this has been 20 years in the making for all of us. We have been one of the biggest supporters of sports car racing and particularly this class since we started racing in 1992. I am so proud of what TRG has done over the past two decades in evolving into a GT powerhouse and a solid racing and business organization. To have the opportunity to officially represent one of the most iconic and revered, street and racing marques in the world, is a perfect fit for where our organization has now evolved.
We will be proud to represent and to race the Aston Martin Racing cars here in North America, not only for ourselves, but for any and all interested teams or partners. As everybody knows, these cars are wonderful machines and fully developed to today’s international racing standards. The “Brand” is strong– stronger than any brand we have ever seen and should yield benefits to the series in bringing some true corporate partnership to our paddock. Bringing an actual official Aston Martin Racing “mothership” here to North America, to make it easier for all of these things and for other teams to compete was a natural evolution in today’s racing and corporate structures.”
“We have also been huge fans of the new merger and everything that is happening. The timing could not be more perfect. While other forms of motorsports in the US are struggling, Sports car racing is on the uptick and has become more relevant in today’s corporate and marketing worlds. We finally have the unity of two strong organizations into one— one powerful management team, one amazing schedule and a fantastic TV package. This is truly our “Magic Moment” in sports car racing and hopefully everybody will jump on board. We are.”