TRG-Aston Martin Racing and Christina Nielsen Take The GTD Series Lead In The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

August 10, 2015,
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Elkhart Lake, WI (August 10, 2015) – For the first time in North American history, an Aston Martin racecar sits on top of a major Sportscar racing series in both the Team and Drivers Championships. A strong qualifying effort and flawless driving performance saw Danish sportscar standout Christina Nielsen and her teammate, reigning GTLM champion Kuno Wittmer finish 2nd in GTD class at the Tudor Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America. The duo have clicked since driving together at Watkins Glen in June and are coming off a podium finish at Lime Rock Park just two weeks ago. Today’s 2nd place result catapults Nielsen and the TRG-AMR team into first place in the IMSA TUDOR GTD Championship with the Royal Purple/Orion Energy Solutions/Lasalle Solutions/Passtime USA, Aston Martin GT3.

The two-hour, forty minute race saw Nielsen and Wittmer lead the GTD class at multiple points throughout the race and finishing ahead of the pole sitting Porsche 911. A key objective for this weekend was to finish ahead of the number 48 Audi R8 to take over the points lead and that is precisely what the team did with a stellar performance by the entire TRG-Aston Martin Racing squad.

The race at Road America is also a home race for sponsors Orion Energy Systems and LaSalle Solutions that were on hand to witness the fantastic finish by the 007 Aston Martin V12 Vantage and Christina Nielsen and the Team’s jump into the overall points lead in the GTD class. The strong performance couldn’t have been better timed as Orion Energy Systems hosted over 200 guests trackside with TRG-Aston Martin Racing. The team was also in Indianapolis the previous week for two fantastic events with one of its primary partners, Royal Purple and Calumet.

With limited support, the team has done something truly remarkable in placing itself, its driver and the beautiful and potent Aston Martin racecar on top of the other teams and much larger manufacturers, a feat that seems to be a recurring theme with TRG over the last 20+ years.

TRG-AMR Team Driver Christina Nielsen:

“What an incredible weekend. We said going in that we needed a solid qualifying effort and no mistakes during the race — and that is exactly what we did. We are now in the points lead by a narrow margin with only three races left in the season. I know anything can happen so we are not going to celebrate too much as we have another big race coming up at VIR in two weeks, but this performance today reinforces that we have a legitimate shot to win the championship. I am very proud of my team, my co-driver Kuno, and the way in which my Aston Martin V12 Vantage performed on a high speed track like Road America.”

TRG-AMR CEO Kevin Buckler:

“We have known all season we have the car, driver combination and the team to win. Christina has been solid throughout the season and with the addition of Kuno Wittmer at the midpoint of the championship, it is paying off. Christina did an incredible job of qualifying the 007 V12 Vantage P3 yesterday with an amazing lap of a 2:09. She backed it up by driving a fast, super heads-up race today and allowing Kuno to finish it off in P2. We had the win in our sites but the very powerful (and very thirsty) V-12 combined with the series rules, caused us to take an extra stop for precaution. I simply could not be more proud of my drivers, crew, and entire team. What really makes this performance special is being able to take over the GTD class points lead with three of our key sponsors at the track in Orion Energy Systems, LaSalle Solutions and Royal Purple/Calumet all present. We could not do it without them as well as our dear friends at PassTime USA who we really owe a huge debt of gratitude to and who believed in is in the very beginning. We feel confident that we have a strong program for the last three races of the season at VIR, COTA and Road Atlanta. We want to enjoy our points lead this weekend with all of the festivities at Pebble Beach but get back to work to focus on extending that lead going into VIR on the August 21-23 weekend.”

Orion Energy Group, CEO, John Scribante:

“Congratulations to the TRG Aston Martin team for the 007 car taking second and to Christina taking first in points. This event has been a fantastic team-building experience for our Orion members who were out in full force today to cheer on TRG and highlight Orion’s high performance LED lighting solutions now installed at the Road America track.”

LaSalle Solutions Group President, Steve Robb:

“LaSalle could not be happier with this team as they have battled throughout this season and now lead in the series. We are proud to be partnered with TRG-AMR the IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Championship series.”

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