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TRG Has Trying Day at Mid-Ohio

Lexington, OH —

Lexington, Ohio, (June 20, 2009) - TRG's Justin Marks and Andy Lally finished the Grand-Am Rolex Series EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in eighth.  John Potter and Craig Stanton finished ninth, Josemanuel Gutierrez and Scott Schroeder were 12th, with Duncan Ende and Spencer Pumpelly ending the day in 14th.  This caps a very trying day for TRG.

What started out as a tough day at Infineon Raceway with the TRG Motorsports Adobe Road Winery NASCAR Sprint Cup Chevy Impala SS of David Gilliland being wrecked in morning practice spilled over into the team's Grand-Am Race at Mid-Ohio.  Each of the four TRG GT entries had issues on the day.

Justin Marks No. 67 Construct Corps/Kartel Motorsports/No Fear Energy Drinks/Voodoo Ride/K1 Speed/Gemstone Winery/TRG Porsche GT3 had a competitive car for three-quarters of the race, with teammate Andy Lally running in third when a flat tire forced them to pit out of sequence costing the duo valuable track position.

"It was a little bit disappointing," Marks said.  "It was another race in this string of bad luck for us.  The first stint was kind of screwy because we stopped during that first caution to get the mandatory pit stop out of the way early.  Half the field did it and half the field didn't so there was a lot of mismatched strategy out there.  Once things settled down I tried to force a better time out of the car but couldn't do it so I just rode around and kept us in position for Andy.  The good news is that we are going back to Daytona, where we won earlier this year, so hopefully we can have a good run there July 4th."

"We had a great car today," Lally said.  "This was probably the best balance we have had so I have to say thanks to my crew and Jeff (Braun) our engineer and all of the guys for hustling.  We were going to have a really good battle there but unfortunately we had an overanxious DP and he hit me in the rear going into turn nine.  It took a couple of laps but we wore through our sidewall which gave us a flat and we had to pit for that and lost some time.  It was one of those things that at the end of the day it was a tough deal and not the result we wanted, but I'm a lucky guy because I get to be a race car driver for a living and work with these guys."

John Potter started the No. 65 Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche GT3 and had it solidly in the top five.  Craig Stanton took over and had an unfortunate incident with the No. 40 Mazda late in the race on a restart, relegating the team to a ninth place finish.

"I thought it went really well," Potter said.  "We had a little late race problem with some over aggressive Mazdas out there but my TRG Porsche ran really great.  It was our first drive in the No. 65 for Craig and me after taking a 66 hiatus, but we are all back together, one big happy family.  The good thing was that the crash was pretty late into the race so we got to see what we can do as a team and we were there for what would have easily been our best finish in the No. 65 TRG Porsche."

"When we started the race John had just gotten out of the TRG GS KONI Challenge Porsche and he was all calibrated in and he ran a really good stint," Stanton said.  "We were in the top five while he was running - the car was good and we were looking good.   I took over and with the car running so well and with strategy we ran it to the top five or six and actually moving forward.  I think we had a top five car for sure but we got tangled up with the 40 Mazda.  It was one of those turn one deals on a restart.  As Dorsey Schroder from the SPEED Channel says 'Yellows breed yellows'.  It was four of five wide going in there and I made it out but we got tagged in the right rear so we had a bunch of toe-in which made the steering center up at about nine or 10 o'clock.  We had a little damage to the wheel but all in all with the 65 crew we are banging on all six cylinders and we are really looking forward to the next race at Daytona.  We put some new things in place to move along for the rest of the year. "

Duncan Ende started the No. 66 AXA/Wealth Management Strategies/TRG Porsche GT3 and on lap 25 limped the car back to the pits with a broken axle taking him and teammate Spencer Pumpelly out of contention early in the race.

"I had a really good car under me and I was doing decent times," Ende said.  "I had a problem with a tire rubbing early on and it was really severe.  There was so much smoke in the cockpit I thought I was going to cut a tire down.  That eventually cleared up and I was getting a pretty good move on but an axle broke in turn one.  It wasn't actually as hairy as I would have expected.  It was too bad because we had a really good car and Spencer needed the points so I am sorry it went down this way."

"The toughest part is that we were very competitive in the championship and now I feel that we have taken a huge step backwards and we are going to need a lot of luck to get back in it," Pumpelly said.   "With the season half over we have limited options as far as luck helping us out.  That is tough to swallow because I know the guys have worked really, really hard and they cover every little nut and bolt and the consistency that they have put in is why we were in second place in the championship.  I hate it for everyone on the team who worked so hard to get us where we are.  Duncan was having a great run in the beginning of the race.  This is his first run with me in the 66 Porsche and he had a phenomenal weekend.  He has really stepped up.  KONI or GT he has really one of the guys to watch out for in the future."

Josemanuel Gutierrez started the No. 68 Cohen Financial/Intercity Lines/TRG Porsche and had a trying first stint.  Handing over to teammate Scott Schroeder, the 21 year old celebrating his birthday today, unfortunately ingested some fuel that had spilled on the hood and made its way into the car.  This forced him to hand the car back over to Gutierrez late in the running.

"This is my 21st birthday so even though the race didn't go as planned and you want to have a good race on your birthday it was still a good day," Schroeder said.  "Josemanuel had an alright stint, he was running very strong early on and I think he should be proud about that.  I got in and we were doing pretty well but we were a couple of laps down and running our own race.  Unfortunately a freak thing happened and some fuel got on the windshield and when I turned on the windshield wipers it came right into the cockpit and into my mouth.  That last 45 minutes was a rough one.  I actually had to get out and had the car back over to Josemanuel again who brought it home to the checker.  It was a hard weekend but I think the 68 crew worked really hard to keep us fighting back from those laps we lost."

Team owner Kevin Buckler, who is on a whirl-wind weekend, commuting back and forth from Mid-Ohio to the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California has had a trying weekend.

"Just when you think that nothing else can wrong it gets tougher," Buckler said.  "We had our primary NASCAR Sprint Cup car wrecked in this morning's practice and then we had a lot of little issues with all of our Rolex GT cars today.  Justin and Andy had a great car and then they had the flat.  Duncan and Spencer broke a half-shaft.  John and Craig had contact on a restart which affected the handling for the rest of the race.  Josemanuel and Scott had their fuel in the car issue.  I have one more race this weekend at our home track at Infineon to try and make the weekend right - we will persevere.  This team always does!"

The team will return to where the season started at Daytona International Speedway for a practice, qualify and race all in one day on July 4th prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race.

TRG was founded in 1993 and has been competing at the top level of motor racing ever since.  The team has the most wins of any team in the Grand-Am Rolex Series with 26, including the 2005 and 2006 Rolex Series GT championship trophy to go along with wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

TRG is a manufacturer and distributor of high-performance racing parts. The group specializes in engine and chassis tuning as well as full service professional race car preparation. The company also provides electrical and mechanical engineering services, driver development and arrive-and-drive opportunities. TRG is based in Petaluma, Calif., near its home track of Infineon Raceway in Sonoma.  The company's NASCAR operation is based in Mooresville, North Carolina and a new state-of-the-art facility is coming on-line at New Jersey Motorsports Park in late 2009.

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TRG's Potter and Lally Win KONI Challenge at The Glen

Watkins Glen, NY —

TRG's John Potter and Andy Lally drove to a hard fought victory in the Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge GS Series race at Watkins Glen International raceway today.  Teammates Duncan Ende and Spencer Pumpelly came home in fourth.

Potter started the No. 41 Magnus Racing/Intercity Lines/TRG Porsche 997 from his eighth place qualifying position, his best of the year.  Potter put in an excellent opening stint.  Turning over to Lally, who used his vast knowledge of the Watkins Glen circuit to make daring outside passes to move his way up the field, the veteran was able to get the car to the front.  Later in the race Lally took advantage of dueling BMW teammates in front of him to get by and take the win for TRG.  

"We had some unexpected wetness during the race, which is what you expect when you come to Watkins Glen," Potter said.  "It was my best qualifying run of the season.  I had a good, clean opening stint, turning over to Andy in good position to help set him up for his charge to the front.  The guys did a great job with the car and in the pits today."

"This is a talent rich series and it is really fun to race here," Lally said.  "The restart on the final yellow was probably some of the craziest racing moves I have been involved with in a long time.  We were four wide door-to-door.  I think the front three cars passed each other three or four times within a couple of laps.  It was absolutely amazing.  It was great for TRG and it is John's first win, so that is cool.  It is a big win for me in my home state as well.  I think this win put us back in the hunt for a championship.  We are working real hard to try and put a program together to come back here in August and run the Sprint Cup race.  I tested the TRG Motorsports Sprint Cup car at VIR this week and had a blast with the team."

Ende and teammate Pumpelly were a fixture in the top five most of the day.  Ende started the car from his front row qualifying position, keeping the No. 39 DigiTrust Group/Adam's Polishes/Racer's Roast Coffee/Intercity Lines/TRG Porsche 997 toward the head of the field for his entire stint.  Pumpelly raced hard, working with teammate Lally in traffic, but had to recover from hard contact on one of the late race restarts to keep the TRG Porsche in the top five.  

"We had a great qualifying session," Ende said.  "I had a really good car all weekend and in qualifying it showed what we had.  With the brief rain at the beginning I turned the car over to Spencer and he did a really good job.  We did not have the best car for working the traffic here.  We had a little bad luck on that restart with contact, but Spencer did a great job to bring it home in fourth."

"We got unlucky with our pit strategy," Pumpelly said.  "We had good strategy, but sometimes you just get unlucky, which is what happened.  We had to take two tires at the end to get track position.  On the restart I got hit pretty hard, I had to gather myself up and make up a few spots, so that cost us.  The car didn't want to work in traffic, I couldn't draft people and work the brake zone.  It is too bad.  I would have liked to have been on the podium today."

Kevin Buckler, TRG team owner, is celebrating a great run by his two KONI Challenge Porsches.  

"It was a great day for us today with the KONI cars," Buckler said.  "John got his first win and Andy proved, once again, that he is a great sports car driver and a master of this track.  That was some of the most exciting racing of the year.  Duncan did an awesome job in qualifying and, as he has all season, kept the car at the front for Spencer.  We are trying to put a deal together to run Andy in the Sprint Cup race when we come back here in August.  We are looking for some sponsor help there and I hope this win can help us sell that program."   

Today's race will be televised on the SPEED Channel on June 14 at 2:00 p.m. ET. 

TRG was founded in 1993 and has been competing at the top level of motor racing ever since.  The team has the most wins of any team in the Grand-Am Rolex Series with 26, including the 2005 and 2006 Rolex Series GT championship trophy to go along with wins at the Rolex 24 (three) at Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.  TRG's young KONI Challenge team has logged four wins and recorded ten podium finishes in their first two seasons of competition.

TRG is a manufacturer and distributor of high-performance racing parts. The group specializes in engine and chassis tuning as well as full service professional race car preparation. The company also provides electrical and mechanical engineering services, driver development and arrive-and-drive opportunities. TRG is based in Petaluma, Calif., near its home track of Infineon Raceway in Sonoma.  The company's NASCAR operation is based in Mooresville, North Carolina with a new state-of-the-art facility coming on-line at New Jersey Motorsports Park in late 2009.

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TRG Fifth in GT at The Glen

Petaluma, CA —

TRG's John Potter, Spencer Pumpelly and Craig Stanton came home fifth in today's running of the Grand-Am Rolex Series Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen.  Teammates Josemanuel Gutierrez, Scott Schroeder and Duncan  Ende finished the day in 11th with Justin Marks, RJ Valentine and Andy Lally ending in 13th.   

Coming into the race Pumpelly had a slim one point lead in the GT championship standings.  He leaves The Glen second in points, just eight back from the leader.  The consistency of the No. 66 AXA/Wealth Management Strategies/Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche GT3 showed once again finishing in fifth with new to the car drivers John Potter and Craig Stanton.  Pumpelly was able to lead 11 laps in two different segments during the race.

"It is a top five finish, our worst all year is a sixth, so the consistency is there," Pumpelly said.  "We are keeping the streak alive.  We just need a little more speed.  The guys did a good job in the pits and with the strategy.  At the end we just didn't have the pace.  We will have to figure out what we can do.  John had a great opening stint and Craig had a solid middle run as well.  I wished we could have come away with a podium, but fifth is all we could get today."

"The 66 car is really fast," Stanton said.  "TRG put together a great car for us today - it never missed a beat all week.  Obviously we are with the 65 team and we combined drivers and supporters this weekend for a good finish.  John opened with a great stint.  Spencer jumped in and put us up front.  I hopped in and kept us toward the front and Spencer brought it home for a good finish in fifth.  It was a really good effort.  We were out gunned a little bit by some of the other cars, but it was fun to drive with Spencer."

Josemanuel Gutierrez, Duncan Ende and Scott Schroeder finished 11th on the day in the No. 68 Cohen Financial/Intercity Lines/TRG Porsche GT3 .  The trio of up and coming professional drivers had a challenging day that included a flat tire for Schroeder.  

"The car was good, but I had some tire rub in the esses," Schroeder said.  "About 20-minutes into my session I had the tire let go through there and I had to nurse the car around for three-quarters of a lap.  It hurt us.  We lost a couple of laps because of the flat.  We were doing a good job trying to gain those laps back.  I am looking forward to Mid-Ohio in two weeks."

"It was OK, I didn't make any mistakes and ran a consistent stint," Guiterrez said.  "It was a long stint.  I was in the car for almost two hours with only one yellow.  We had a tough start to the weekend, we had a few issues in practice, but the TRG guys were able to give us a great car for the race.   Duncan and Scott did a very good job, but unfortunately Scott had that flat tire.  I think we would have had a top 10 finish."

Justin Marks, RJ Valentine and Andy Lally had a tough race to follow-up their tough start to the weekend in the No. 67 Construct Corps/CRG/No Fear Energy Drinks/Voodoo Ride/K1 Speed/Gemstone Winery/TRG Porsche GT3.  In practice on Friday Valentine was put off the track by an aggressive DP car causing what was thought to be fatal damage to the green and black Porsche.  But, the tenacity of the TRG crew with the help of a local frame shop got the car on the track in time for the warm-up at 8:30 a.m. this morning.  The tired crew would be called upon once again to perform when Marks experienced transmission problems and had to be towed into the paddock.  Again the crew did the job and returned the car to the race for an eventual 13th place finish.

"We were able to come back from going down a lap early in an unfixable car to run as high as eighth starting from the back," Lally said.  "We were making our way back up the grid and the car was really good after all of the repairs that went on late yesterday and last night.  Justin was doing great and we were full of confidence when the transmission let go.  Again, the crew guys went to work with that never quit attitude and we were able to make up a few places at the end of the day."

Team owner Kevin Buckler is likes the way his team performed this weekend.   

"The crew did an outstanding job getting the 67 car back from the dead the day before, working hard all last night," Buckler said.  "I talk about our secret sauce here at TRG and that is a healthy helping right there.  It is too bad we had to call on those guys again with the transmission fix.  Justin has an incredible first stint and it was good to have RJ back.  Spencer, John and Craig were thrown together this weekend as a new driver combination in the No. 66 and had a great run, all three drivers performed flawlessly.  The car spent some time in the lead, but we just couldn't get them on the podium.  Duncan, Scott and Josemanuel did two hours each in the car and all three did a great job.  If it wasn't for the flat, we would have had them in the top ten easy."  

The Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series will travel to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the EMCO Gears Classic to be run on June 20.  

TRG was founded in 1993 and has been competing at the top level of motor racing ever since.  The team has the most wins of any team in the Grand-Am Rolex Series with 26, including the 2005 and 2006 Rolex Series GT championship trophy to go along with wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

TRG is a manufacturer and distributor of high-performance racing parts. The group specializes in engine and chassis tuning as well as full service professional race car preparation. The company also provides electrical and mechanical engineering services, driver development and arrive-and-drive opportunities. TRG is based in Petaluma, Calif., near its home track of Infineon Raceway in Sonoma.  The company's NASCAR operation is based in Mooresville, North Carolina and a new state-of-the-art facility is coming on-line at New Jersey Motorsports Park in late 2009.

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TRG Trio Ready for Six at The Glen

Petaluma, CA —

TRG's Spencer Pumpelly takes his narrow GT points lead into the Grand-Am Rolex Series Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen this Saturday, June 6.  Pumpelly holds the GT driver standings lead by a single point. 

The demanding 3.4-mile, 11-turn undulating Watkins Glen road course in upstate New York will put the three TRG entries to the test early on.  The long straights should favor the V8s and the light weight competitors, while the fast sweeping turns should favor the Porsches.  

Team owner Kevin Buckler is mixing the TRG lineup for the six hours.  He is pairing GT points leader Pumpelly with 2005 Grand-Am champion Craig Stanton and the up and coming TRG driver, John Potter.  Pumpelly, Potter and Stanton will drive the No. 66 AXA/Wealth Management Strategies/Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche GT3.  The 66 car has been TRGs most consistent runner this season posting a second place finish at the Rolex 24 Hour, a sixth place at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), a second place at New Jersey Motorsports Park and a fourth place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  

"We will need to have consistency behind the wheel, good pit stops, and mistake free driving to do well this weekend," Pumpelly said.  "We will also have to be really up on our strategy game, driver order will be important and we need to be very specific on our fuel usage.  The Porsche will really have no performance advantage at The Glen.  The straights are long and the uphill sections definitely favor the V8 Pontiacs and the lightweight Mazdas.  I really like Watkins Glen.  I won my first ever race in September of 1997 at The Glen and I also won the six hours in 2007.  I am looking forward to having John and Craig with me this weekend."

"To be really successful this weekend we will need to cross the finish line in front of every other car," Potter said.  "Keeping the tires alive will be a key factor.  All of the Porsche teams last year had trouble with the rear tires here and hopefully we will be better.  In the end, it comes down to the driver not abusing them more than necessary.  As with all long races, consistency also helps.  The race goes on a long time. I think the Mazdas will be really strong.  In 2006, my first season racing anything, I was in a Skip Barber regional and Watkins Glen was the site of my first podium.  It is one of my top three favorite tracks to drive.  Strategy is important in every race and I think more so in the shorter ones, however with six hours to deal with it is that much harder to plan for the end when there is so much uncertainty.  We will be joining Spencer this weekend in the 66 car, so I think we have a great chance at a top finish."

Justin Marks and Andy Lally are rejoined by fellow Rolex 24 winner RJ Valentine.  The trio will try to rebound from some early season bad luck.  After winning the Rolex 24 Hour, Marks and Lally have had some mechanical issues and just some plain old hard luck in their No. 67 Construct Corps/CRG/No Fear Energy Drinks/Voodoo Ride/K1 Speed/Gemstone Winery/TRG Porsche GT3.  The team needs to add consistency going forward to capitalize on their first place finish at the Rolex 24, their fourth place finish in New Jersey and two 15th place finishes at VIR and Laguna Seca.

"Well I used to think that any races over two hours and 45 minutes were going to be treated differently," Marks said.  "But the 24 was an all-out sprint race for 20 hours so I really think, as well as these Porsche's are built, we're going to be flat-out the entire time.  Pit strategy is a bit different, but as I've said before, the competition is so tough, the teams and drivers are so good that the winner is going to be 100% for every lap.  We've proven so far this year that no matter where we go, it's the same players at the front of the field so I think it's going to come down to team performance and a well constructed strategy.  One of my favorite memories of my entire career came at The Glen in 2004 when Boris Said and I went head to head for the victory.  We traded the lead maybe five times in the final couple laps on rain tires, at night, on a drying track.  We split a back marker on the back straight coming to the checkered flag where he beat me by a few feet.  We have reminisced about that race many times since.  The last pit stop we make will have to be at the right time, but other than that it'll be a knock-down, drag out fight the entire time."

"We need to do the most laps and be the very first car to cross the finish line," Lally said.  "I don't think Porsche has an advantage on any of the race tracks right now with the exception of having a slight advantage over Pontiac at Daytona. If there is heavy rain, the Porsche finds an advantage with putting power down because of the engine weight over the rear tires. Other than the rain advantage we are fighting an uphill battle everywhere we go.  I have so many special memories of Watkins Glen, by far the most of any track I have raced in my career. We've won the six hours of The Glen twice and I also scored my first NASCAR top ten finish here. I've had great battles and look forward to more. I grew up in New York and this is a homecoming for me. On top of all of that it is an awesome track to drive."

Josemanuel Gutierrez and Scott Schroeder will be joined by Duncan Ende in the No. 68 Cohen Financial/TRG Porsche.  The trio reunites at the six hour after being teammates in the Rolex 24 where they posted a top 15 finish.  

"My first ever Grand-Am Rolex race was at Watkins and I finished ninth," Gutierrez said.  "I will do my best to improve over that this weekend.  We can't get into trouble and we will have to run with our usual consistency.  We have a good shot for a top five result.  Strategy is a good part of the formula, but we will also need luck on our side.  I don't think we have an advantage at any track.  There is no free lunch."

"To win at the six hour requires a whole lot more from the drivers, crew and car," Schroeder said.  "Strategy also plays a larger role and the key will be to keep the time in the pits at a minimum.  Unfortunately I have not had the best of luck at Watkins. I have raced the last two KONI races at the Glen, but both resulted in poor results either due to mechnicals or contact.  This weekend Duncan Ende will be joining us in the 68 car. I am looking forward to the race and getting a good result."

"Watkins Glen is one of my favorite tracks with its long fast corners and sweeping elevation changes," Ende said. "I had an excellent time running with Josemanuel and Scott at the 24 and am looking forward to sharing the 68 car with them again.  Josemanuel had a strong result here last year and I know Scott is always quick from our time as teammates on the KONI Challenge team.  With some deft strategy work on pit lane, I am sure we have a shot at an excellent result.  The six hour is a long race and if we are going to bring home the strong finish we are looking for, we have to get to the end with as little drama as possible along the way.  A low percentage move in traffic early in the race, a spin while pushing harder than necessary, or not seeing an overexcited prototype diving to the inside into the chicane could all cost us track position, time in the pits for repairs, or knock us clear out of the race.  As long as the three of us keep our eyes up and wits about us we should be able to do the job and bring the 68 car home in great shape after six hours."

Team owner Kevin Buckler's team is leading the points and having solid drives every weekend.

"We mixed up our driver lineup a little bit for this weekend," Buckler said.  "Spencer, John and Craig will be a very strong combination.  The Watkins Glen six hour race has always been one we have performed well at in the past.  We may not have the all out speed up the fast back stretch, but I think combined with our driver skill, preparation and strategy, we will definitely be a factor when the checker drops after six hours.  Spencer has a one point lead in the points, we hope to protect and even expand that this weekend.  Justin and Andy have a good opportunity to get the tough luck behind them and have a great race.  RJ rejoins our team this weekend, which is always a boost for everyone on the team.  We have the young guns and cagey veteran with Duncan, Scott and Josemanuel, these guys will surprise you.  The will be a strong car.  We have been doing all of the right preparation and we are ready!"

The Sahlen's Six Hour of The Glen, round five of Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, will be televised live on the SPEED channel in two segments, for two hours apiece, starting at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 6.

TRG was founded in 1993 and has been competing at the top level of motor racing ever since.  The team has the most wins of any team in the Grand-Am Rolex Series with 26, including the 2005 and 2006 Rolex Series GT championship trophy to go along with wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

TRG is a manufacturer and distributor of high-performance racing parts. The group specializes in engine and chassis tuning as well as full service professional race car preparation. The company also provides electrical and mechanical engineering services, driver development and arrive-and-drive opportunities. TRG is based in Petaluma, Calif., near its home track of Infineon Raceway in Sonoma.  The company's NASCAR operation is based in Mooresville, North Carolina and a new state-of-the-art facility is coming on-line at New Jersey Motorsports Park in late 2009.

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Potter and Lally Second in KONI TRG Porsche at Lime Rock

Lime Rock, Conn. —

John Potter and Andy Lally finished second today in the traditional Memorial Day Lime Rock Park Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge Series race. 

Potter started the No. 41 Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche 997 from his 11th place qualifying position.  Driving a brilliant first stint, Potter turned the car over to Lally within striking position.  The sports car veteran was able to run down the front runners and lead 29 laps.

"It was good day for us finally," Potter said.  "I was able to get a good start and turn fast laps early.  Lime Rock is a technical little track, the more miles you get there the faster you go.  I was able to make a few suggestions to Andy after I got out of the car which helped the handling toward the end of the race.  It was nice to get back up on the podium after a couple of races with some tough luck."

"It was a typical, crazy, exciting Grand-Am KONI Challenge race," Lally said.  "The guys did a great job executing our race strategy today.  It was flawless.  To come home second was the best that we could expect today, the BMW's were strong.  It took all I had to hold off Joey (Hand), but I had to let him go.  We were one step short of where we wanted to be, but it was a good change for us, we turned our luck around.  John did an excellent job.  He is learning more and more and for the second race in a row he made some suggestions which helped me make a change to the car on a pit stop."

Duncan Ende and teammate Spencer Pumpelly in the No. 39 DigiTrust Group/Adam's Polishes/Racer's Roast Coffee/TRG Porsche 997 started from pole position.  Ende drove flawlessly and led 27 laps of his stint and turned the car over to Pumpelly.  Pumpelly had an uncharacteristic off at the exit of the fast downhill last turn and hit the wall.  Earlier in his stint Pumpelly had contact with a Mustang going into turn one, which may have caused suspension damage resulting in the crash.

Kevin Buckler, TRG team owner, is mostly happy with the way the team performed today at Lime Rock. 

"John and Andy had a great day," Buckler said.  "John had a very strong first stint and had the car setup for Andy to have a great finish.  The team did the job in the pits with strategy and pit stops to keep them at the front.  One small mistake on pit lane can cost you a lap at Lime Rock and the race.  Duncan ran great during his stint, capitalizing on his pole position to lead a bunch of laps.  It sounds like Spencer had something go awry after contact with the Mustang which is a bummer.  Those guys are running for a championship. Both cars led a lot of laps today.  I would have loved to have had two cars on the podium, but we are closing in it."

Round six of the KONI Challenge Sports Car Series will be run at Watkins Glen International Raceway on June 5th. 

TRG was founded in 1993 and has been competing at the top level of motor racing ever since.  The team has the most wins of any team in the Grand-Am Rolex Series with 26, including the 2005 and 2006 Rolex Series GT championship trophy to go along with wins at the Rolex 24 (three) at Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.  TRG's young KONI Challenge team has logged three wins and recorded eight podium finishes in their first two seasons of competition.

TRG is a manufacturer and distributor of high-performance racing parts. The group specializes in engine and chassis tuning as well as full service professional race car preparation. The company also provides electrical and mechanical engineering services, driver development and arrive-and-drive opportunities. TRG is based in Petaluma, Calif., near its home track of Infineon Raceway in Sonoma.  The company's NASCAR operation is based in Mooresville, North Carolina with a new state-of-the-art facility coming on-line at New Jersey Motorsports Park in late 2009.

More information and a complete press kit can be found at www.theracersgroup.com. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 707-935-3999 for additional information.

 
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