July 23, 2014,
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Indianapolis, IN (July 23, 2014) – Racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is special anytime. But there’s even more on tap this week for TRG-AMR North America, which is doubling down its racing effort.

TRG-AMR is fielding a car in each of Friday’s sports car events at the iconic racetrack – the Brickyard Grand Prix in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the Brickyard SportsCar Challenge for the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series. Everyone at TRG-AMR has high hopes for both cars, and they know of no better place than Indianapolis to shine.

Al Carter and James Davison will share the No. 007 B+ Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 in Friday’s headline TUDOR series race, as they have all season. Prior to that, Kris Wilson and Max Riddle will co-drive the No. 07 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 that is in the thick of the battle for the CTSCC season championship.

“This is a big week for the entire TRG-AMR organization,” team owner Kevin Buckler said. “It is a great feeling to be competing at Indianapolis, one of the most famous racetracks anywhere, and to have cars running in two events is even more special. We have high expectations for both our cars and believe each has the potential to reach the podium. We’re also hosting several important events for key partners and sponsors to show our gratitude for all they do for us, so it will be a busy but rewarding week.”



Carter and Davison have their sights on a strong showing in the No. 007, which runs in the GTD class. Carter is eager to take on the circuit that has been altered some since sports cars last raced on it in 2013. For Davison, the return to IMS marks a homecoming following his impressive rookie performance at the Indianapolis 500 just two months ago. Carter has had more experience than most on the old road course, driving in two CTSCC races and a Rolex Grand Am event. He believes the track changes will be to his liking. “I cannot wait to get the No. 007 Aston Martin onto the new Indy road course,” said the clearly excited Carter. “It looks fast and appears to reward aggressive, attacking drivers. For the new segments, we will need to utilize our practice time well to learn the best way around quickly. We feel like we can give Aston Martin and TRG fans something to be proud of this week.”

This week offers Davison a return to his adopted American hometown. The native Australian moved to Indianapolis in 2008 to launch his U.S. driving career. He raced two Indy Lights seasons before moving on to sports-car competition, yet remained anchored in Indianapolis to chase his lifelong goal of racing in the Indy 500. The dream was realized May 25 when Davison completed all 200 laps on his way to a 16th-place finish at the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Davison is eager to be back at IMS this week, but will be competing on the 2.435-mile road circuit in the Aston Martin as opposed to an IndyCar on the 2.5-mile oval.

“There is no place like the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” Davison said. “I had the great honor to be part of the Indianapolis 500 this year for the first time, something I dreamed of since I was a child. Now I get to come back and race on the road course in the iconic 007 Aston Martin. I am confident we can be very competitive this week. It will be very exciting.”

The No. 007 has posted one top-10 finish in six races this season – fourth place at Detroit’s Belle Isle in late May – and everyone at TRG-AMR believes it is primed for a breakthrough performance this week. Carter and Davison were on their way to a promising finish two weeks ago at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park until brake issues relegated them to a 12th-place finish.

“The results haven’t shown it, but we have seen the progress that the 007 team has made,” said team owner Buckler. “Both Al and James have done an excellent job and continue to get better behind the wheel and in working together. The redesigned Indy road course seems to be a good fit for the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3. Of course, we still have to get it done on the track and that’s what we intend to do.”


Starting at Indy TRG-AMR’s entry in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race is seeking a return to form that saw it post four consecutive top-six finishes earlier this season, including the team’s first CTSCC win last month at Kansas Speedway. The past two races have seen the No. 07 Aston Martin finish 17th at Watkins Glen and 13th at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, yet it still sits third in the GS class championship standings, just 13 points out of first.

Likewise, Wilson ranks third in the drivers’ standings, an equal distance from the top. “We’ve had a couple finishes not to our standard at the last two races,” Wilson said. “But we have shown what this car and TRG-AMR can do prior to that and I fully expect us to return to that form. No better place to do it than on one of the most hallowed tracks in all of motorsports.”

Both Wilson and Riddle have CTSCC experience at Indianapolis, albeit in 2013 on the old circuit that was revised over the winter to make it more conducive for an IndyCar race held in May. Riddle knows the track experience will be of benefit, even if the layout has changed.

“We really enjoyed driving the IMS road course last year,” Riddle said, “and we’ve heard that it’s more exciting and challenging now. I can’t wait to see it. Kris and I are determined to kick in our drive for the championship starting this week. We are focused, the TRG-AMR team is focused and we are raring to go.”

Buckler senses the optimism and drive within the team heading to Indianapolis. “We know that it all comes down to how you perform on track,” he said. “A pit infraction cost us a shot at the race in Canada two weeks ago, but we are eager to rebound from that and keep the No. 07 Aston Martin in the hunt for the championship.”

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