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Last Updated (Tuesday, 03 July 2012 17:50)

 

Valiant Effort by TRG at Watkins Glen

A valiant effort by the three-car TRG team went awry during a 15-minute stretch inside the final two hours of the Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen Sunday.   In the end, it was the AGUNSA/ ccni/ La Tercera No. 64 TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car of Eliseo Salazar, Eduardo Costabal and Santiago Orjuela that kept clean the entire race, resulting in the team’s highest finish of the day (11th).
TRG’s Adobe Road Winery/ BePositive.org No. 67 driven by Al Carter, Spencer Pumpelly, and Wolf Henzler had driven an excellent race clear through the 4th hour, but it sustained a broken axle as it was catching the field under yellow.  It eventually got back on track, but lost too much track time to challenge. The Forgeline / Port Lavaca No. 66 Porsche of Ben Keating, Damien Faulkner and Bryan Sellers had done a stellar job all day and were on the lead lap taking the re-start when their day come to an end early.   On the re-start, the field started to check up and Keating was caught up in an “accordion” effect and was involved in a crash on the front stretch.
“Hats off to the No. 64 car,” said team owner Kevin Buckler.  “They drove a clean smart race and brought the car home in one piece.  Not a scratch on it.  These guys are real competitors and a great joy to be around.  They were our heroes today, and I look forward to having them back at Indy in a few weeks.”
“We were not so worried about getting a top 10 here,” said Salazar, “as we were about sharing the load over the six hours and having a good solid performance, which we think we did.  Our finish here was better than Daytona earlier this year, and we’re hoping for an even better one at Indy.
“Indy is my favorite track of all-time,” continued Salazar, who has sat on the front row of the storied Indianapolis 500 and placed as high as third.  “The track brings back fond memories, and I am eager to add to those with the road course.”
With tests for  the July 27 Indy three-hour race scheduled for later this week, TRG’s main thrust is repairing the No 66 car and having more time to work on the No. 67 car that replaced the Porsche that was severely damaged in Steve Bertheau’s Road America crash two weeks ago.
“Our guys did an amazing job and we had three solid cars at The Glen,” said Buckler.   “ It seemed that as hard as we were pushing, we couldn’t get our times where some of the other manufacturers were running.  This has become a recurring problem.   It needs to be addressed by Series officials soon.  We’ve got great drivers and a great crew that has always gotten results, but we clearly need a more level playing field.  I was proud of all our drivers and especially our crew this weekend.  Our guys and gals busted their tails.  We were up there for five days and are still there working on the cars.  They are a big part of our success as a team.”
Five races remain in the Rolex Grand-Am Series, beginning with the final round of the Grand-Am’s North American Endurance Series at Indy, July 27.
64_watkinsglenA valiant effort by the three-car TRG team went awry during a 15-minute stretch inside the final two hours of the Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen Sunday.   In the end, it was the AGUNSA/ ccni/ La Tercera No. 64 TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car of Eliseo Salazar, Eduardo Costabal and Santiago Orjuela that kept clean the entire race, resulting in the team’s highest finish of the day (11th). 

TRG’s Adobe Road Winery/ BePositive.org No. 67 driven by Al Carter, Spencer Pumpelly, and Wolf Henzler had driven an excellent race clear through the 4th hour, but it sustained a broken axle as it was catching the field under yellow.  It eventually got back on track, but lost too much track time to challenge.

66_watkinsglenThe Forgeline / Port Lavaca No. 66 Porsche of Ben Keating, Damien Faulkner and Bryan Sellers had done a stellar job all day and were on the lead lap taking the re-start when their day come to an end early.   On the re-start, the field started to check up and Keating was caught up in an “accordion” effect and was involved in a crash on the front stretch.  
 

“Hats off to the No. 64 car,” said team owner Kevin Buckler.  “They drove a clean smart race and brought the car home in one piece.  Not a scratch on it.  These guys are real competitors and a great joy to be around.  They were our heroes today, and I look forward to having them back at Indy in a few weeks.”

“We were not so worried about getting a top 10 here,” said Salazar, “as we were about sharing the load over the six hours and having a good solid performance, which we think we did.  Our finish here was better than Daytona earlier this year, and we’re hoping for an even better one at Indy.
“Indy is my favorite track of all-time,” continued Salazar, who has sat on the front row of the storied Indianapolis 500 and placed as high as third.  “The track brings back fond memories, and I am eager to add to those with the road course.”

67_watkinsglenWith tests for  the July 27 Indy three-hour race scheduled for later this week, TRG’s main thrust is repairing the No 66 car and having more time to work on the No. 67 car that replaced the Porsche that was severely damaged in Steve Bertheau’s Road America crash two weeks ago.

“Our guys did an amazing job and we had three solid cars at The Glen,” said Buckler.   “ It seemed that as hard as we were pushing, we couldn’t get our times where some of the other manufacturers were running.  This has become a recurring problem.   It needs to be addressed by Series officials soon.  We’ve got great drivers and a great crew that has always gotten results, but we clearly need a more level playing field.  I was proud of all our drivers and especially our crew this weekend.  Our guys and gals busted their tails.  We were up there for five days and are still there working on the cars.  They are a big part of our success as a team.”

Five races remain in the Rolex Grand-Am Series, beginning with the final round of the Grand-Am’s North American Endurance Series at Indy, July 27.

Last Updated (Monday, 02 July 2012 18:59)

 

TRG Heads to Six Hours of The Glen with a Strong Three-Car Effort

PETALUMA, CA (June 28) -  TRG heads this weekend to one of the most historically significant racing facilities in North America, Watkins Glen, NY.  Known as one of the most challenging race tracks on the circuit, Watkins Glen International, with its signature blue guard rails and high speed corners is a favorite among teams and racers world wide. The race can be seen on Sunday, July 1st on SPEED at 11:00am EST.

"The Glen" is also one of the most successful racing venues in TRG's history.  With seven total wins in the Grand-Am Series scattered across both Watkins Glen events and three classes, TRG has found success in any race vehicle that it has campaigned here.  Its epic 1-2 finish in 2005 in the Daytona Prototype class at the Six Hours of the Glen, will stand as one of the most dominant performances in Grand American history. TRG also earned two additional GT wins in 2007 and 2010 at the six-hour event.   TRG Motorsports also had four strong races in the past four years with the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup events, qualifying well and finishing in the Top 10 in 2007.  This weekend the team will have three strong Porsches on the grid, with a solid mix of drivers that are ready to race and to win again.

TRG's AGUNSA/ CCNI/ La Tercera No. 64 car will be piloted by former Formula One driver Eliseo Salazar, Eduardo Costabal and Santiago Orjuela, drivers that also raced for the TRG armada at Daytona.  

The Salazar-Costabal-Orjuela tandem is also likely to surprise those not used to seeing this talented trio as part of the regular Rolex Grand-Am lineup.  The unofficial "captain" of the crew is Salazar, whose resume lays claim to being the only driver to compete in the five racing classics of Monoco F1, Indianapolis 500, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Dakar Rally and the Daytona 24. 

"I love this team!" said Buckler.  "They really showed us something at Daytona.  They were solid and consistent the entire 24 hours, and were a delight to work with.  They all have a great work ethic.  I loved the way they worked together and they are smart "heads-up" drivers.   These guys could be real sleepers this weekend."

Another strong TRG entry will be the Port Lavaca/Forgeline No. 66 car of Ben Keating, Damien Faulkner and Bryan Sellers.  Keating and Faulkner shared a car at Daytona earlier this year.  Sellers is a sports car veteran with wins on several of America's top road courses and has been part of the TRG family for years.

Keating, a champion Viper Challenge driver, had a stellar run at Daytona, leading for much of the race and finishing a respectable sixth in GT class. Keating, who owns the Texas-based Keating Group of Dodge Viper dealerships, has won all four Viper Cup Series races this year.   In the Rolex Grand-Am Series this season, Keating is racing the three Endurance Championship events at Daytona, Watkins Glen and Indianapolis.

"Ben is having another helluva season this year in the Viper series," said Buckler.  "He is a very talented driver and was unbelievably fast at Daytona.  Pairing him with veterans like Sellers and Faulkner gives us a very formidable car at The Glen. I don't normally like to make predictions, but keep your eye on the No. 66 car this weekend.  This is a STRONG line-up."

With Steve Bertheau taking the weekend off to heal from last week's spectacular crash, Al Carter has stepped into his seat in the Adobe Road Winery/ BePositive.org No. 67 car along with veterans Spencer Pumpelly and Wolf Henzler.  Carter, who competed in his first Daytona 24 earlier this year, is a two-time Skip Barber Master's Champion with nine career wins.  He has been a top competitor since 2010 in Grand-Am's  Continental Tires Series with Fall-Line Motorsports and teammate Hugh Plumb.

"We are really excited to have Al join the TRG ranks this race," said team owner Kevin Buckler.  "He is a great addition and complement to Spencer and Wolf.  He's fast and smart and he knows how to handle the race car.  These guys will make a real run at the top of the podium.  Our cars have been good all season long and this is a solid track for us."

"It is going to be tough without Steve this weekend," commented Buckler.  "He is part of our family.  We know he wants to be in the car this weekend, but that was quite a hit he took at Road America.  I've talked with him several times this week, and he is okay and really wants to be here, but with the events back to back, taking a week off makes a lot of sense.  He's done a great job this year, and I know he'll be excited to get back in the car at Indy in a few weeks."

Changing hats to that of a winery owner, Buckler commented, "We are also debuting our first ever Adobe Road Winery Car and livery this weekend.  We have always carried the logos as an associate sponsor but this is perfect timing, racing in the beautiful wine country here in upstate New York.  The winery has really taken off this last year and some of the amazing scores and accolades we have been receiving are almost like winning Daytona!  It has been a long challenging road but we are finally emerging as one of the hottest boutique brands out of Northern California and it is very humbling but also really cool!"

"We have some real talent in these cars, and Watkins Glen is a track where we have had some amazing results," said Buckler. "It is never easy here so that makes us even more proud of our record. The fact that many of these guys raced together earlier this year and had the chance to develop some chemistry really helps.  The Glen can be a real monster and is so different from Daytona, but these guys are very savvy and very good.  It's the second biggest race on our schedule and a really cool facility with history so we always take it seriously."

With TRG's legacy of success with multi-car operations and an incredible line-up of drivers, perhaps this week, the results at The Glen can add once more to that legacy.
 

Bertheau Okay After Hard Crash at Road America

steve_helmetPetaluma, CA (June 24, 2012) - TRG's quest for redemption at Road America following last year's near win came to an abrupt halt on Lap Two Saturday on the 4.048-mile road course in Round Seven of the Rolex Grand-Am Series.

Steve Bertheau, leading off in the No. 67 Sargent & Lundy TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car that he co-pilots with Spencer Pumpelly, was hit in Turn 8 by the No. 51 car of Jim Norman as the driver appeared to miss his brake marker in Turn 8 and had side to side contact with the TRG car.  The two initially separated but by the time Bertheau reached the section of the track called "The Kink", his cut tire led to a major impact as he hit the barrier on the driver's side of the racecar and then careened back across the track before coming to a stop.

steve_spenc_roadamericaThe race was yellow flagged immediately as safety crews went to Bertheau's aid.  He was cut out of the car and  transported to Road America's at-track medical center before being flown to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, the area's leading trauma center for additional observation.  The initial report from the hospital stated that Bertheau was awake and alert with all vital signs good and no indication of serious injury.  

"This was really unbelievable," said team owner Kevin Buckler.   "We were so ready for this race---especially Steve.  He had a huge group of friends and guests from his home town and Sargent & Lundy and we were ready to put on a great show for them.  Steve was doing a great job just like he had all weekend on his home track, and we were ready."

"We are really glad that Steve wasn't hurt worse than he was.  He is such a tough old goat!!  I mean that was a SERIOUS hit. Once they let me see him in medical, the first thing he asked me was how is his car and if all his [200] guests were ok!!  It came at such a bad place on the track, too.  Any other corner and you pretty much end up in the kitty litter, but a bad break for Steve, for sure.  We are all just glad he is okay."

While the team's thoughts are first and foremost on Bertheau, there will be a lot to do to get ready for the Six Hours at The Glen next week where Steve and Spencer are slated to be joined with their Daytona 24 co-driver Wolf Henzler. Teammates in TRG's other two cars will be  Eduardo Costabal, Santiago Orjuela and Eliseo Salazar in the No. 64 and Ben Keating, Damien Faulkner and Bryan Sellers  in the No. 66 car.

"We want to make sure that Steve is okay before we even start thinking about the Glen", commented Buckler, "but in typical Steve fashion, that was all he could talk about in the  hospital - making sure we are competitive next week.  He is so solid."

About TRG:

TRG is a full-service motorsports company offering a total driver ladder approach, as well as comprehensive sponsorship and business opportunities. For drivers, this approach starts with track days, goes to club events, up into street stock series and culminates in the ultimate goal of professional motorsports. For sponsors and business partners, this method starts with everything from executive events, to traditional sponsorship models, all the way to comprehensive business-to-business opportunities and experiential marketing. The team races in America's two largest sport car series - the American Le Mans Series and the GRAND-AM Rolex Series and can offer turn-key marketing programs as well as arrive-and-drive support.

The Racer's Group was founded in 1993 and has been competing at the top level of motor racing. The team boasts Rolex Series GT championships in 2005 and 2006 and holds the record for the most wins in GRAND-AM with 32. The team's resume is highlighted by two championships, four Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona victories, and a Le Mans 24 Hour win.

For more information and sponsorship details, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Detailed team info can be viewed at www.theracersgroup.com.

 

TRG Heads to Road America with "Oh So Close" Memory from 2011

podium_RA_2011Petaluma, CA (June 20, 2012) - Oh so close.  That was what the entire TRG camp was thinking last year after its Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car led heading into the final turn at Road America.  A small bobble, and then a sputter as the fuel took its last gasp from the fuel cell, thwarting a spectacular run and resulting in a third place finish instead of triumph.

This year, at the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series 250 Driven by visitflorida.com, drivers Steve Bertheau and Spencer Pumpelly are hoping for a different outcome.  

"Yeah, that was a real bummer," admitted Bertheau who had won his first Grand-Am Rolex race earlier that year with Pumpelly at the 24 Hours of Daytona.  "I thought we were going to get another one.  Spence had done a great job putting us in position to win and then the fuel thing."

"Yup, we knew we were going to be close on fuel," recalls Pumpelly, "sometimes it works out... sometimes it doesn't.  We still earned a podium, but to be that close and not come away with the win was tough."


This week at Road America, the TRG duo is hoping for a breakthrough.  There have been a couple of strong finishes this season, including second place at the Daytona 24 by a mere nine seconds.  Now the team is ready to stand atop the podium rather than just be on it.

"The guys have worked very hard this year and we have had some great runs," said team owner Kevin Buckler.  "Road America has always been a good track for us and a good track for Steve and Spencer.  We have some real history here.   We all feel really good going into this weekend's event and are looking for a win.  We were soooo close last year."

"This is like a home game for Steve," continued Buckler.  "He not only has family in the area but a lot of clients and guests from his Chicago-based Sargent & Lundy firm look forward to this race as well.  I know he'd like to nail one for them at his home track and so would we."

Qualifying for the Rolex Sports Car Series 250 will be Friday at 3:05 p.m. ET with the green flag for the two-hour race on the 4.048-mile road course scheduled to drop at 12:00 noon ET Saturday.  SPEED will cover the race live from 12:00-2:30 p.m. ET.
About TRG:
TRG is a full-service motorsports company offering a total driver ladder approach, as well as comprehensive sponsorship and business opportunities. For drivers, this approach starts with track days, goes to club events, up into street stock series and culminates in the ultimate goal of professional motorsports. For sponsors and business partners, this method starts with everything from executive events, to traditional sponsorship models, all the way to comprehensive business-to-business opportunities and experiential marketing. The team races in America's two largest sport car series - the American Le Mans Series and the GRAND-AM Rolex Series and can offer turn-key marketing programs as well as arrive-and-drive support.

The Racer's Group was founded in 1993 and has been competing at the top level of motor racing. The team boasts Rolex Series GT championships in 2005 and 2006 and holds the record for the most wins in GRAND-AM with 32. The team's resume is highlighted by two championships, four Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona victories, and a Le Mans 24 Hour win.

For more information and sponsorship details, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Detailed team info can be viewed at www.theracersgroup.com.
 
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