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  • TRG-AMR North America returns to Grand-Am for the Season Finale

    September 27, 2013

    (PETALUMA, CA – September 26)  This weekend will be the final Grand-Am event for the series before the debut of the United SportsCar Championship begins in 2014.  TRG-AMR North America will be a part of the Grand-Am Championship Weekend at Lime Rock Park with a powerful lineup of factory AMR driver Richie Stanaway and last weekend’s TRG GTC class-winning driver Damien Faulkner.  The team will compete with the V12 Vantage GT3 in the Rolex GT class and with the Vantage GT4 in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge in the GS class.  The Rolex race will take place on Saturday, September 28 at 1:35 PM ET and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race will occur at 9:50 AM ET on the same date. The TRG-AMR North America team gathered a ...

  • Mark Klenin in TRG-AMR Vantage GT4 captures third place at NASA National Championship in ST2

    September 16, 2013

    (PETALUMA, CA – September 16) TRG-AMR North America driver Mark Klenin recently took his Aston Martin Vantage GT4 to Miller Motorsports Park to compete in the ST2 class of the NASA National Championship.  After a week of practice, qualifying, and heat races Klenin posted a tremendous third overall in the final Championship race. The Colorado based Klenin came to Miller with a car that had not been raced in the ST2 class prior to this event.  Therefore, Klenin spent the early part of the week getting the Vantage GT4 up to pace in a class that was filled with Corvettes who have competed all year to the ST2 class specs. Klenin finally got the Vantage into the 2.02 time range in the heat race.  This was quick enough to be the quickest ...

  • Davis on Pole for Continental Tire Challenge Race Sunday; TRG-AMR to Begin 10th in Rolex Race

    September 7, 2013

    Monterey, CA (September 7) – Brandon Davis put the No. 7 TRG-AMR Aston Martin North America Vantage GT4 on the pole for Sunday’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca turning a 1:36.362 lap, better than his next challenger by a full .15 seconds.  Davis, who won in the GT4 two weeks ago at the Pirelli World Challenge race at Sonoma Raceway laid his lap down his third full time around the track. “The Continental tires seemed to be best on the third lap, and I was fortunate to get a good one,” said Davis, who lives in Napa Valley.  “The crew did a great job preparing the car especially considering that we have not had a lot of track time this year.   I owe a lot ...

  • TRG-AMR Unveils Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 for Grand-Am Rolex Debut; PayPal, Hewlett-Packard, ACS, Royal Pur…

    September 6, 2013

    (PETALUMA, CA – September 6) After a historic win two weeks ago at Sonoma Raceway with the Aston Martin Vantage GT4, TRG-AMR North America makes its Grand-Am Rolex debut with the V12 Vantage GT3 this weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. After eight months in the planning, the time has come for TRG-AMR to launch the amazing Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 racecar and no better place than at its home track at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The teams from the U.S. and U.K. have been preparing for this monumental event. The unveiling of the new race car in U.S. endurance racing should mark an important moment in history of Aston Martin Racing here in North America. Driving the inaugural event of the GT3 will be Aston Martin Racing factory driver Darren Turner and Sonoma race winner ...

  • TRG-AMR NORTH AMERICA AND BRANDON DAVIS WIN PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE GTS RACE BUCKLER BRINGS HOME A GT CLASS…

    August 29, 2013

    (PETALUMA, CA – August 25) The entire race weekend for TRG-AMR North America was simply fantastic. The Brandon Davis No. 27 Barracuda Networks / ACS Vantage GT4 took its first North American victory in a hard fought GTS race at Sonoma Raceway in Round 13 of the Pirelli World Challenge championship. The No. 66 Jawbone V12 Vantage GT3 took home a sixth in GT class after team owner and driver Kevin Buckler battled from the back of the entire grid after a pre-race clutch repair.  And the No. 62 and No. 63 Vantage GT4s ran up front all day before some late race melee ended with respectable finishes of 10th for the No. 63 Drew Regitz machine and 11th for the No. 62 Mark Klenin car. Davis started from the second ...

  • JAWBONE PARTNERS WITH TRG’S ASTON MARTIN RACING PROGRAM IN PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE AT SONOMA RACEWAY

    August 29, 2013

    SONOMA, CA – August 25 – Jawbone, creator of the award-winning and best-selling Jawbone Jambox (Bluetooth® wireless speaker system) and Jawbone UP (a MotionX powered health monitoring device which tracks activity level, in steps, and the quality of sleep), will be a partner for TRG-AMR North America’s Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 in Sunday’s Pirelli World Challenge GT class race at Sonoma Raceway.  Piloted by team owner and 24-hour of Le Mans and 24 hour of Daytona winner Kevin Buckler, the car will start 7th in GT class, qualifying Saturday with a time of 1:36.84. “Having one of the great companies in the Silicon Valley get behind our Aston Martin Racing program at one of America’s premier road courses is a great way to kick off our awesome new GT3 program,” ...

  • DAVIS ANNOUNCES BARRACUDA NETWORKS AS SPONSOR FOR PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE SONOMA RACE

    August 29, 2013

    (PETALUMA, CA – August 22) Brandon Davis has been looking forward to the opportunity to return to the TRG-Aston Martin Racing Pirelli World Challenge grid.  Thanks to Barracuda Networks, he will be able to return to competition at the Sonoma weekend.  Davis will compete for the TRG-AMR team in the No. 27 Barracuda Networks Aston Martin Vantage GT4. Davis said, “Barracuda Networks will be the sponsor and we are excited to bring them to the Pirelli World Challenge / TRG-AMR fold.  They are a company that specializes in providing security, networking and storage products based on network appliances and cloud services.  Their sponsorship of me in Sonoma is a great fit as the event is close to Silicon Valley.  We hope to bring them a win!” Davis also had this to say ...

  • TRG-AMR NORTH AMERICA DRIVERS MAKE SOLID DEBUT AT MID-OHIO, CONTINUE HOT STREAK

    August 6, 2013

    TRG-AMR North America debuted two new team drivers for the ninth and tenth rounds of the Pirelli World Challenge this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Drivers Mark Klenin and Drew Regitz were still getting settled into their Aston Martin Vantage GT4’s, but looked like they’d been driving them all season, with Regitz taking top 10’s in both races. The result made it a top 10 in every Pirelli World Challenge weekend that TRG-AMR has competed in this season and one about which the team couldn’t be more pleased. Both Klenin and Regitz practiced and qualified well, 11th and eighth respectively, which was especially impressive considering it was their first official weekend running in their newly-purchased Vantage GT4’s. As the weekend wore on, it was obvious the drivers would quickly gain ...

  • TRG-AMR North America Enters Pirelli World Challenge with Two Full-Time Entrants; Regitz and Klenin to Drive

    July 30, 2013

    It’s a good week for TRG-AMR North America.  The California-based sports car team signed two new drivers for the Pirelli World Challenge for the balance of the season. PWC drivers Mark Klenin and Drew Regitz join the team for the remainder of the PWC season in a pair of newly purchased TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT4 race cars. The pair had been running BMWs this season, but made the move to Aston Martin full-time moving forward. Despite having never driven the Vantage GT4 and registering only four prior laps at Lime Rock Park, Klenin decided to jump in with both feet and start the Saturday race of the Lime Rock Grand Prix in the new Aston. The car ran flawlessly and Klenin picked his way through the field and managed to stay ...

  • TRG-AMR READY TO UNVEIL FORMIDABLE NEW ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE GT3

    July 17, 2013

    Fans will probably hear it before they see it. The incredible V12 in the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 has arrived at TRG-AMR North American headquarters, and its sound-and looks-are unrivaled. The stunning GT3 is expected to make its debut at Road America in the Rolex Grand-Am Series in August.  Completely homologated now with installation of the Bosch electrical system, it will be the first of what the team hopes to be a strong contingent of GT3s running at the top level of sports car racing throughout North America. The anticipated arrival of TRG-AMR’s GT3 occurred last Friday, and the team wasted little time getting the Aston Martin Vantage valuable track time, testing almost immediately at its hometown track, Sonoma Raceway. An Aston Martin engineering team has come straight from the factory ...

  • VANTAGE GT4 TAKES TWO TOP TEN FINISHES AT LIME ROCK

    July 8, 2013

    This past weekend at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, the TRG-AMR North America team made a return to the Pirelli World Challenge for its second and third races in the Vantage GT4. Ben Keating, who was pulling double-duty in the American Le Mans Series as well, got behind the wheel of the Aston for only the second time. Impressively, it was his first time at Lime Rock, and he still managed to put the car in the top ten for both World Challenge races. Keating previously had tested the Vantage GT4 at Long Beach during a practice session, but this was his first race weekend in the car, and he was setting some of the fastest laps of anyone in the GTS class. The well-known short course is thought of as a ...

  • TRG-AMR Returns to Pirelli World Challenge After Stellar Debut

    July 5, 2013

    At Lime Rock this weekend, TRG-AMR will enter its second Pirelli World Challenge race after a stellar showing at its debut in Long Beach. The team will bring its No. 66 Port Lavaca Auto Group/Viper Exchange Vantage GT4 to the short course in Connecticut after testing there the previous week. In their debut, the team made what owner Kevin Buckler called a “perfect start” to their World Challenge campaign. Both cars finished in the top ten, with Damien Faulkner winning the “Hard Charger” award for moving up the most positions during the race. This weekend, Ben Keating will be pulling double-duty, driving in the ALMS race in the TRG Porsche, and also hopping into the Aston Martin for his first race in Pirelli World Challenge. He’ll be looking to carry the team’s ...

  • FROM THE TOP OF THE PIT BOX – Kevin Buckler Gives a Team Update

    June 20, 2013

    We’re nearing the mid-season mark and a lot of people are asking, “So how’s that new Aston program going with you guys?”   In a word: FANTASTIC!   We realized going in that this was going to be a transition year as we put all the varying elements in place to take full advantage of the launch of the United SportsCar Racing series in 2014. I want to assure everyone that we WILL be ready. We have been flat out. The Aston Martin brand is a real head-turner, the race cars are extremely competitive and this program is massive. Since the first of the year we have done almost 40 corporate events in twelve states plus six major driving events across the US with three more scheduled in the next three weeks. We ...

  • ULTRA-RARE PRIVATE DRIVING WEEKEND AT SONOMA RACEWAY

    June 17, 2013

  • RESERVE YOUR PLACE AT OUR MIDWEST DRIVING DAY OUTSIDE CHICAGO

    June 7, 2013

  • THE ULTIMATE FATHER’S DAY GIFT – DRIVE AT BRANDS HATCH

    June 7, 2013

  • UPCOMING DRIVING DAYS AT LIME ROCK

    June 5, 2013

  • GUEST BLOG: PRO DRIVER COREY LEWIS GIVES HIS IMPRESSIONS ON THE VANTAGE GT4

    May 7, 2013

      Being a pro instructor at Monticello Motor Club for the past 3 years now, I have been very fortunate to drive some of the most high performance cars out there. Whether its historic cars, main stream exotic sports cars or carbon fiber open wheel and sports cars; the Aston Martin GT4 race car is, hands down, one of the most comfortable and enjoyable race cars I have ever driven. The looks of the Aston Martin GT4 is stunning and the roar of the motor ripping down the back straight will give you goosebumps. The handling of the race car will give confidence to the novice of drivers within a few laps. In addition, this race car won’t cost you an arm and a leg to maintain like some of the other race cars out there! The versatility of this car should ...

  • TRG-AMR NORTH AMERICA MAKES A BIG STATEMENT IN DEBUT AT LONG BEACH

    April 22, 2013

    TRG-AMR North America made a big statement in their debut in the Pirelli World Challenge today at Long Beach. Both Aston Martin Vantage GT4s showed fantastic speed, perfect reliability and drove up through the field in a solid display of racing excellence. It was a great first step for the team, Aston Martin, and the partnership with the new series while the race proved to be an exciting one across the board.  After a shortened qualifying session that saw the VIZIO/Hulu Plus No. 26 start in 17th, Damien Faulkner was a man on a mission, piloting the car all the way up to sixth by the end of the race, that finished under Yellow Flag. In the HP No. 27, two-time Long Beach winner Brandon Davis went from eighth to running ...

  • TRG-AMR NORTH AMERICA BRINGS TWO CARS TO PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE TO DEBUT AT LONG BEACH

    April 18, 2013

      VIZIO and Hulu Plus Join as Debut Corporate Sponsors   TRG-AMR North America today confirms that it will enter and support yet another sports car series with its new Aston Martin lineup. Starting this week in Long Beach, not one, but two Aston Martin Vantage GT4s will be on the grid for the Pirelli World Challenge with full partner support from VIZIO and Hulu Plus. TRG-AMR announced its entries today into one of the most competitive and intense series in motorsport. The sprint race dynamic will be an exciting change from the standard endurance races in which TRG has established a winning pedigree. By joining the highly competitive field in the Pirelli World Challenge in the GTS class, TRG-AMR is now committed to compete and support teams in all four North American sports car ...

  • DRIVERS WANTED: NY AUTO SHOW SERVES AS LEAD-IN TO UNIQUE MONTICELLO OPPORTUNITY

    April 8, 2013

    For TRG-Aston Martin Racing North America, the 11 days of the New York International Auto Show were just the beginning. Positioned at one of the show’s premier locations, TRG-AMR’s three-car armada consisting of two Vantage GT4s and a Vantage GT3, easily became the most photographed race cars at the annual mega-show which saw more than a million people visit the Javits Center. During the show, TRG-AMR announced the appointment of Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of North America Series Director LisaKay Golde for the one-make series scheduled to debut in 2014. A major initiative of the show was to garner interest with potential drivers for that series. Limited Availability at Monticello The next phase for those interested drivers will occur May 3-5 at Monticello Motor Club, North America’s premier automotive resort and private race ...

  • UPDATE: MULTIMATIC MOTORSPORTS PUTS FOUR IN THE TOP 10 AT BARBER

    April 5, 2013

    UPDATE: All four cars finished in the Top 10 (See below) With the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge at Barber Motorsports Park this weekend, the third race of the season is on the horizon. Multimatic Motorsports is running not one, but four Aston Martin Vantage GT4s in the race this weekend, and after qualifying they’re all sitting pretty on the grid. Jade Buford piloted the No. 55 to the front row in second, while Nic Mancuso rounded out the Top 5. The Multimatic team has been strong in qualifying all year, and obviously shows the quickness of the Aston on the track. Two more drivers helped put the third and fourth cars in the Top 15. Michael Marsal ended up in ninth after running a 1:36.001, and John Farano put the No. 15 in ...

  • RACE DIRECTOR HIRED FOR FORMATION OF THE NEW ASTON MARTIN GT4 CHALLENGE OF NORTH AMERICA

    April 2, 2013

    PDF VERSION (Petaluma, CA) – April 2nd – The recently announced partnership of Aston Martin Racing and TRG made waves throughout the motorsports world, and the Vantage GT4 of TRG-AMR North America has already made appearances testing and racing around the country.  Next season, TRG-AMR N.A. is scheduled to debut the GT4 Challenge of North America “One-Make” series.  Today, the company announced that the future of that One-Make series is in good hands with LisaKay Golde taking the reins as the Race Series Director. With the Vantage GT4 race car being one of the hottest racing platforms and its popularity globally, Golde’s wealth of knowledge on running a successful One-Make race series will bring further excitement to the budding plans of TRG-AMR North America. Golde was Race Series Manager for the Panoz Racing ...

  • THE TRACK CAR GETS A TUXEDO – NEW YORK AUTO SHOW EDITION

    April 1, 2013

    For the successful type who prefers spending their free time driving a high performance car and dreaming of being James Bond instead of driving on a fairway, your vehicle has arrived! TRG (The Racer’s Group), has now formally taken the reins of Aston Martin Racing in North America, (TRG-AMR North America) and has begun a comprehensive motorsports program which includes racing the Aston Martin Vantage GT cars in the multiple categories across the US Sportscar scene.  It also includes the stunning Aston Martin Vantage GT4 Track Day car, which will be on display at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, running March 29- April 7th at the Jacob Javitz Center. While it shares the gorgeous exterior of its streetcar Aston Martin brethren, this is no ordinary Vantage. It is a car ...

  • MONTICELLO DRIVING DAY

    March 21, 2013

    On May 3rd, Monticello, the premier luxury automotive lifestyle resort and track, will play host to the next TRG-AMR North America Driving Day. With members and press getting their hands on the new Aston Martin Vantage GT4, they’ll have the whole day to take the car to its limits, and will benefit from the help of professional driver coaches. Monticello itself is built to test a professional racecar driver, but designed to be safe for the first-time club member, the road course is set on 175 wooded acres of undulating terrain and incorporates: -Grand corners reminiscent of great European tracks -Over 1.5 miles of straights, some of the longest in North America -450 feet of thrilling elevation changes -A total of 22 turns including hairpins, increasing, and decreasing radius The day will be a fantastic way to ...