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  • Official First Day of Competition in Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of North America

    May 16, 2014

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y (May 16, 2014)…Today marks the worldwide debut of The Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of North America at the legendary Watkins Glen International road course in upstate New York. A strong field of Aston Martin enthusiasts and race-aspiring sportsman drivers have answered the call of the new GT4 Challenge series and kick-off the first three-day weekend of competition in series history with opening practice today.   Not just the current Watkins Glen circuit will factor into Friday’s historic day of activities for the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge competitors. After today’s opening sessions, the GT4 Challenge drivers will travel back in time as they get the rare opportunity to follow in the same tracks of racing greats when they drive the hallowed ground of the original Watkins Glen road course.   Saturday’s on-track schedule ...

  • Race Week is Here! Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of North America News

    May 14, 2014

    PETALUMA, Calif. (May 14, 2014)…The inaugural Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of North America series will take place at Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, N.Y. this week, May 16-18 for Round One of seven, currently slated for 2014.Aston Martin GT4 Challenge Entry List Announced The debut of North America’s newest single manufacturer race series kicks off this weekend with a slate of 11 drivers on the 3.4-mile legendary road course:   Car #02, Kenneth Greenberg, Hollywood, Fla. Car #07, Eliseo Salazar, Santiago, Chile Car #09, David Block, Cleveland, Ohio/Derek DeBoer, Central Point, Ore. Car #7, Max Riddle, Vancouver, BC, Canada Car #13, Joel Segal, Montreal, QB, Canada Car #15, Robert Nimkoff, Danbury, Conn. Car # 42, Simon Arscott, Plymouth, England/Bradley Ellis, London, England Car #77, Dan Aweida, Boulder, Colo. Car #88, Greg Milzcik, Littleton, Colo.   One Vantage GT4 still remains for the inaugural event. ...

  • TRG-AMR Works Hard for Strong Finish in the 007 Entry at Laguna Seca (TUSCC)

    May 6, 2014

    MONTEREY, Calif. (May 5, 2014)…Teammates Al Carter and James Davison, drivers of the No. 007 TRG-Aston Martin Racing North America V12 Vantage GT3, finished 13th in the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda GTD/PC race on Sunday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The TRG-AMR team was hoping for a second visit of the weekend to victory circle after a third-place podium finish in Saturday’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race. The 007 TRG-AMR North America Aston Martin Vantage GT3 of Al Carter and James Davison at Laguna Seca © 2014 Rick Dole Co-driver Al Carter started in the No. 007 Aston Martin and had not yet reached the famed Andretti Hairpin, when he was involved in a small contact incident that was out of his control. Carter, who competed in ...

  • TRG-AMR Collects First IMSA Podium Finish of 2014 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

    May 4, 2014

    Saturday Report: Post-Race Podium in Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Post-Qualifying for TUDOR SportsCar Championship MONTEREY, Calif. (May 3, 2014) – On a last lap with more twists than the race track, Kris Wilson drove the #07 TRG-AMR Aston Martin to a third-place finish in Saturday’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at the always favorite Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Wilson, a long-time instructor at the Skip Barber Racing School who knows this historic race track the way some here know corkscrews, was running fourth and showed his experience on a thrilling final lap in which he drove side-by-side for third place in the Andretti Hairpin. He stayed close until he blasted out of the final turn to win a drag race to the finish line, barely edging out Dane Cameron for the podium. Teammate, Max ...

  • TRG-AMR Pactice and Qualifying Day at Laguna Seca

    May 3, 2014

    MONTEREY, Calif. (May 2, 2014)-TRG-AMR driver Max Riddle managed to solve the complexities of the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca track and a crowded 60-car field by qualifying the No. 07 TRG Racing Aston Martin Vantage car fifth for Saturday’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) race. During Friday’s qualifying session, Riddle, who will be the starting driver with co-driver Kris Wilson, first sat idling in the pits for the 15-minute GS class qualifying as the other cars started, then roared down the racetrack’s famous curves, hills and corkscrew to immediately jump into pole contention. His best lap was his fourth of six laps as he set a time of 1:36:160. That was close to the pole-winning time of 1:35.948 to make a top-five start in the third round of the CTSCC ...

  • California-based TRG-AMR Ready for IMSA Event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

    May 3, 2014

    MONTEREY, Calif. (May 2, 2014)-TRG-Aston Martin Racing North America (TRG-AMR) takes to the famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (MRLS) this weekend with a field of three Aston Martin Vantage GTs and are seeking to put on a good show for their hometown fans and new sponsor, Silicon Valley Bank. TRG has an extremely strong history at this world class facility with numerous wins and poles in a variety of classes.The Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix race weekend will feature two TRG-AMR entries in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) on Saturday, May 3 and one TRG-AMR entry in the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Challenge (TUSCC) on Sunday, May 4. The No. 007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3 at Daytona, January 2014 The Petaluma, Calif. based team brings its 007 Aston Martin ...

  • Showtrax joins forces with TRG to announce American partnership

    May 1, 2014

    Petaluma, CA (May 1, 2014) – TRG has launched a cross-Atlantic partnership with Showtrax International, a worldwide supplier of pit equipment and associated services to race teams and series, to further strengthen its presence within the North American motorsport scene. TRG is now the official partner and distributor of Showtrax products and services, from full garage solutions to flooring, timing boards and gantries, across the whole of North America and Canada. This new relationship will further enhance TRG’s own full service offering and the provision of a complete one stop pitlane and paddock offering to motorsport teams. Kevin Buckler, TRG Chief Executive, comments: “TRG is proud to announce our new North American Partnership with Showtrax. As a company, our roots in the motorsports industry are deep and have always included representing and supporting ...

  • Additional Personnel and Team Announcement for 2014 Aston Martin GT4 Challenge Of North America

    April 29, 2014

    PETALUMA, CA (Apr. 29, 2014) – The 2014 GT4 Challenge Series of North America continues to prepare for its inaugural event at Watkins Glen May 16 – May 18 with several new additions to its corporate family. Jeff Yeakel has been announced as Series Director along with Lucie Yeakel as Series Administrator for 2014. Brandon Davis has been appointed Director of Driver Development, with James Davison as Professional Driver Coach for the 2014 season. In addition, Clayton and Janeen Romie, founders of R&D Motorsports in Baton Rouge, LA, have come onboard to provide full race support for Aston Martin GT4 race cars. Jeff is a senior IT professional with more than 23 years experience managing a wide array of IT projects, data collection systems, financial applications, and business operations for notable organizations. ...

  • TRG-AMR Sunday Post-Race at Barber Motorsports Park Pirelli World Challenge Championship

    April 29, 2014

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 27, 2014) – TRG-Aston Martin Racing North America (TRG-AMR) scored another top-seven finish Sunday in the second round of this weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge Barber Motorsports Park presented by RECARO with series veteran and TRG-AMR driver Nick Esayian finishing seventh in the popular GTS class. Forty-three cars gridded for the standing start of the 50-minute Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) sprint, Round Five of this year’s GTS championship, but six competitors fell victim to a first turn, first lap melee, including PWC rookie and local Auburn, Ala. driver Mikey Taylor, who started seventh on the grid but sustained damage on the front left in the incident which resulted in issues to both front tires. Also, Drew Regitz, who started eleventh position in class in the No. 02 TRG-AMR Aston Martin ...

  • TRG-AMR Heads to Barber Motorsports Park with Podium Finishes in Sight: Pirelli World Challenge Championship

    April 24, 2014

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 23, 2014) – TRG-Aston Martin Racing North America (TRG-AMR) is looking for another strong result at the Barber Motorsports Park presented by Recaro Pirelli World Challenge Round Four and Five this Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 after a successful race weekend at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. The Aston Martin Vantage GT4 team includes TRG-AMR’s resident driver trio of Drew Regitz, Nick Esayian and rookie Jorge De La Torre, plus PWC newcomer, Mikey Taylor. Taylor will pilot the No. 09 TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT4 for the races at his home track in his first ever PWC competition. Auburn, Ala. resident debuts in Pirelli World Challenge at home track Joining the World Challenge competition is South African native Mikey Taylor, who currently resides in Auburn, Ala. ...

  • Mikey Taylor Piloting TRG-AMR Vantage GT4 in Rounds Four and Five at Barber Motorsports Park

    April 24, 2014

    Petaluma, Calif. (April 22, 2014) – TRG-AMR North America is pleased to announce that Mikey Taylor will join the lineup of drivers in the GTS class of the upcoming Barber Motorsports Park presented by Recaro race on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27. The South African native and 2013 Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge series contender will drive the No. 09 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 race car in rounds four and five of the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. Taylor, who resides in Auburn, Ala., tested extensively with TRG-AMR at Sonoma Raceway in 2013. This weekend’s event at Barber Motorsports Park will be his first start with TRG-AMR and racing debut in the PWC. “I’m looking forward to a successful weekend in the Vantage GT4 and ...

  • Career Best by TRG-AMR Drivers in Pirelli World Challenge GTS Class at Long Beach

    April 14, 2014

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 13, 2014) – The “Roar at the Shore presented by Kia” race at the Long Beach Street Circuit brought featured hard charges by all the TRG-Aston Martin Racing North America (TRG-AMR) drivers on Sunday, April 13. With four TRG-AMR race cars in the 41-car Pirelli World Challenge Championship field, there were fantastic results and best finishes from the Aston Martin Vantage GT4 drivers and an unfortunate accident for the TRG-AMR team in the always tough GT class. The No. 02 TRG-AMR North America Aston Martin GT4 of Drew Regitz © 2014 Nate Napierala The three GTS class entries had their strongest runs on the 1.968 miles, 11-turn street course in Long Beach, Calif. TRG-AMR driver Drew Regitz, Denver, Colo., started from the 10th class position and drove a ...

  • TRG-AMR – Pirelli World Challenge Championship Long Beach Saturday Notes and Quotes

    April 13, 2014

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 13, 2014) – TRG-Aston Martin Racing North America (TRG-AMR) took to the streets of Long Beach Friday and Saturday in preparation for the “Roar at the Shore presented by Kia” race, Sunday, April 13. The TRG-AMR team brings an impressive lineup of four Aston Martin Vantage car entries to the largest spectator event in Southern California. The entries include the inaugural outing of the V-12 Vantage GT3 in the GT class and three GT4s in the Pirelli World Challenge Championship GTS class. The Grand Prix of Long Beach (GPLB) brings together a full weekend slate of races including the Pirelli World Challenge, IMSA TUDOR SportsCar Championship, IndyCar, Indy Lights, Pro Celebrity and Super Drift. The Long Beach Grand Prix, which is celebrating its 40th year this weekend, ...

  • TRG-AMR Takes to the Streets of Long Beach for Round Three of Pirelli World Challenge

    April 10, 2014

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 10, 2014) – TRG-Aston Martin Racing North America (TRG-AMR), will hit the streets of Long Beach this weekend with four strong entries for the third round of the Pirelli World Challenge. Green flag for the “Roar at the Shore presented by Kia” race, Sunday, April 13 is at 4:30 p.m. PDT/1:30 p.m. EDT. With a lineup of three drivers and their stunning Aston Martin Vantage GT4 cars and one Hollywood style liveried Aston Martin Vantage GT3 car, this is sure to be an attention getter from the TRG-AMR stable. Denver native Drew Regitz, who began with TRG-AMR last season, comes to Long Beach after an admirable run in the Pirelli World Challenge opening race in St. Petersburg. He joins fellow World Challenge competitor Nick Esayian for the 2014 ...

  • TRG-AMR Partners with Drissi Motorsports, Tomy Drissi and “The Amazing Spiderman 2” for Long Bea…

    April 8, 2014

    PETALUMA, Calif. (April 8, 2014) – TRG-AMR (Aston Martin Racing) North America has announced that Tomy Drissi will pilot “The Amazing Spiderman 2” liveried Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 at this week’s Grand Prix of Long Beach round of the Pirelli World Challenge in GT class. The race is scheduled for Sunday, April 13 at 4:30 p.m. PDT. “We are really excited to have Tomy Drissi bringing one of our TRG-AMR Aston Martin V-12 GT3s to the grid at Long Beach,” said TRG-AMR CEO Kevin Buckler. “Tomy has a rich history there and many successes in powerful GT cars in Trans-Am, IMSA and World Challenge. This fantastic livery brings the perfect panache to Long Beach with this incredible Superman 2 car. It looks awesome and we know this is a ...

  • Additional Driver Entry Announcements for 2014 Aston Martin GT4 Challenge Of North America

    April 1, 2014

    PETALUMA, Calif. (Apr. 1, 2014) – As the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge series continues to grow, TRG-AMR is proud to announce three of the latest entries as its headed into its first round at Watkins Glen. All of the drivers who have purchased new GT4s or are participating in the arrive-and-drive program are eagerly looking forward to the first round of 2014. Joel Segal recently spent the weekend at the Thermal Club with TRG-AMR testing and evaluating the Vantage GT4. After a successful weekend getting up to speed in the Aston Martin, Segal walked away impressed with TRG-AMR, the GT Challenge series concept, and the Vantage. In fact, Joel was so impressed that he purchased a Vantage GT4 and entered the full seven weekend series. The Montreal Aston Martin ...

  • TRG-AMR Prepares for First Event of 2014 at St. Petersburg

    March 28, 2014

    PETALUMA, Calif. (Mar. 24, 2014) – TRG-AMR North America, one of the most successful private teams in North American sports car racing, is in the final stages of preparation for first race of the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge. Drew Regitz, Jorge De La Torre and Nick Esayian are confirmed to drive the TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT4 cars in the GTS class of the Pirelli World Challenge at St. Petersburg. These three drivers will be a part of very deep GTS class of competitors for this opening 2014 event. The temporary street course at St. Petersburg is known for its high speed corners and sheer excitement. This means that the three TRG-AMR drivers will work to build up speed early and keep the cars scratch free while navigating the treacherous concrete ...

  • TRG-AMR Perseveres, Shows Class-Leading Speed On Tough Day At Sebring

    March 16, 2014

    No. 007 Aston Martin Leads GT Daytona Class Before Bad Luck Strikes SEBRING, Fla. (March 16, 2014) – The TRG-AMR team showed perseverance during a promising but tough day Saturday, March 15 during the Twelve Hours of Sebring. The No. 007 Residences at the Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 sped to the lead in the GT Daytona class during the first hour of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship endurance classic with James Davison behind the wheel, but several on-track incidents dropped the team of David Block, Al Carter and Davison to 19th at the finish. Max Riddle, Brandon Davis and Kris Wilson also turned quick lap times throughout the 12-hour race in the No. 009 Residences at the Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach Aston Martin V12 Vantage ...

  • Sebring Nine-Hour Report

    March 15, 2014

    TRG-AMR continued to persevere despite a tough day at Sebring, with both the No. 007 and No. 009 Residences at the Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 cars turning competitive lap times at the nine-hour mark of the Twelve Hours of Sebring. A variety of mechanical problems forced extensive repairs in the garage on both cars by the talented TRG-AMR crew throughout the first nine hours of the event. The No. 009 car was the top TRG-AMR car at the nine-hour mark, 18th in the GT Daytona class due to the lengthy pit repairs. But Max Riddle, Brandon Davis and Kris Wilson were running consistent, smooth laps despite multiple incidents during the caution-strewn IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race. David Block, Al Carter and James Davison were 19th in ...

  • Sebring Six-Hour Report

    March 15, 2014

    It was a case of one step forward and one step back for the TRG-AMR team through the first six hours of the Twelve Hours of Sebring. The hard-working TRG-AMR crew repaired a clogged rear brake line on the No. 009 Residences at the Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3. The problem emerged almost immediately after the start of the classic IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship endurance event and forced the car to the garage after two hours. The team of Brandon Davis, Max Riddle and Kris Wilson was running 18th in the GT Daytona class, 27 laps down, at the six-hour mark after the extensive repairs. But Davis, Riddle and Wilson turned quick laps in between the multiple caution periods during the race to show the V12 ...

  • Sebring Three-Hour Report

    March 15, 2014

    The TRG-AMR team continued its hard work despite a tough start through the first three hours of the Twelve Hours of Sebring. The No. 007 Residences at the Hard Rock Daytona Beach Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 was running 18th, one lap down due to two penalties and a spin, in the GT Daytona class, while the No. 009 Residences at the Hard Rock Daytona Beach Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 was scored in 21st in class, 11 laps down, while undergoing repairs for a rear brake pressure problem. James Davison led early after starting fourth in the No. 007 before handing the car to David Block after a 45-minute opening stint. Al Carter took his first stint at the two-hour, 30-minute mark after Block put in a solid one-hour, 45-minutes behind ...

  • TRG-AMR In Good Shape On Sebring Grid After Qualifying

    March 14, 2014

    Top Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 To Start Fourth SEBRING, Fla. (March 14, 2014) – TRG-AMR will be in strong contention for GT Daytona class victory at the Twelve Hours of Sebring on Saturday, March 15 after a strong qualifying performance Friday, March 14 at Sebring International Raceway. James Davison drove the No. 007 Residences at the Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 to fourth on the GTD grid with a top lap of 2:04.320. Davison’s lap was less than a tenth of a second away from pole in the highly competitive class, which featured five different manufacturers in the top five spots, including Aston Martin. “We were all in,” TRG-AMR CEO Kevin Buckler said. “It’s pretty damn cool when you’ve got five cars and five different manufacturers in ...

  • TRG-AMR Produces Strong Two-Car Finish At Sebring

    March 14, 2014

    Riddle, Wilson Lead Team In Fourth Place In Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge SEBRING, Fla. (March 14, 2014) – TRG-AMR just missed the podium in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race Friday, March 14 at Sebring International Raceway, as the team of Max Riddle and Kris Wilson finished fourth in the No. 07 Residences at the Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4. Kenneth Greenberg and James Davison teamed up to finish 14th in the No. 09 Residences at the Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 in the 59-car race. Still, those finishes were deceiving. The two-hour, 30-minute race was slowed by numerous caution periods. The final 23 minutes of the race on the 17-turn, 3.74-mile Sebring circuit took place under caution because of an accident. “Both cars ...

  • TRG-AMR Solid in Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Qualifying At Sebring

    March 13, 2014

    Riddle, Greenberg Continue To Make Progress In Florida   SEBRING, Fla. (March 13, 2014) – TRG-AMR produced a solid performance in qualifying Thursday, March 13 for the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Sebring International Raceway in their Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 cars. Max Riddle drove the No. 07 Residences at Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 to 11th overall on the grid for the race Friday. TRG-AMR co-owner and partner Kenneth Greenberg sliced more than a second off his previous-best time on his last lap to put the No. 09 Residences at Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach V8 Vantage GT4 25th on the 61-car grid. Kris Wilson will share driving duties in the No. 07 with Riddle, while James Davison will team up with Greenberg in the No. ...

  • TRG-AMR Aims For Elusive Victory At Twelve Hours Of Sebring

    March 12, 2014

    Aston Martins Feature Residences at the Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach Livery PETALUMA, Calif. (March 12, 2014) – TRG-AMR has a collection of trophies from the most prestigious endurance races that is envied by rivals throughout the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The team has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Rolex 24 At Daytona, four times. Petit Le Mans. The Six Hours of Watkins Glen. You name the endurance classic, and owner Kevin Buckler’s team from Petaluma, Calif., has won it – except for one event: The Twelve Hours of Sebring. The team’s best finish in the once-around-the-clock classic in central Florida is second in 2011. TRG-AMR enters this year’s Twelve Hours of Sebring motivated to earn a finish that accurately mirrors the true performance of the No. 007 and No. 009 ...