TRG Files Third Rolex 24 Entry with NASCAR and Rolex Winners
25.11.2010: TRG announced today their third strong entry in the 2011 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona. The three-time Rolex 24 winners will field the TRG/HP/South Point Casino/Porsche 997 with drivers Ste
TRG announced today their third strong entry in the 2011 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona. The three-time Rolex 24 winners will field the TRG/HP/South Point Casino/Porsche 997 with drivers Steve Bertheau, Brendan Gaughan, Andy Lally, Spencer Pumpelly, and a Porsche Factory Driver to be named later, for the twice around the clock race to be run at Daytona International Speedway on January 29th.
Bertheau and Gaughan will be taking part in their first Rolex 24 Hour race. Bertheau is a product of the TRG driver ladder competing in Continental Challenge and Rolex Series GT events over the last 18-months. Gaughan is a seasoned NASCAR competitor. Gaughan raced a sports car with TRG at Montreal in 2009, ran the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race last weekend at Phoenix and is looking forward to his first Rolex 24 Hour.
"If you're talking sports car racing and you say TRG it is a very powerful name," Gaughan said. "I did the Montreal race two years ago with TRG and Andy as my co-driver. My whole goal was to get within a second of Andy's time. I did get within a second of him and I was really happy with my drive. Andy and I attended driver's school together in the 90's so I know how good he is with endurance racing. I've known him a long time. I love the sports cars. I drove them early in my career and that is where I was going.
Once we had the relationship with Kevin Buckler and Andy, I have been thinking of doing the 24 Hour race for a few years. The timing is right. I told Kevin if I do it I want the best, I want to run with Andy and Spencer. We have Steve, Andy, Spencer and a Porsche Factory driver. This is a team that can win the 24 Hours at Daytona. I will make sure I do my job, give the car to Andy and Spence and say here you go guys, I didn't hurt it for you."
Bertheau will run his first Rolex 24 Hour as a part of the TRG driver ladder program.
"I think that we have an incredible team set-up for the 24 hour race," Bertheau said. "Spencer and Andy are past 24 hour race winners, incredible drivers and communicators and work extremely well together. Brendan is very fast, has experience with the track and has great skills driving fast through traffic.
The Porsche factory driver will bring us a wealth of knowledge, experience, and driving skill. We have the TRG GT crew that always does magic with the car, and then of course we have Kevin who brings his multiple endurance race winning experience for developing and modifying our strategy as things unfold throughout the race. You never want to over predict anything because it is a long race and anything can happen, but the strength of this team along with our brand new 2011 Porsche Grand-Am car certainly gives us a great starting point.
My approach to running my first Rolex 24 hour race is to be a sponge and soak up all the experiences of our incredible team. Getting a lot of seat time in the practices and working with the team will be the key for me. I need to have fast consistent laps, keep the car safe and reliable for my teammates, and be error free on the track and in the pits."
Lally is a two time Rolex 24 winner wearing the watches from 2009 and '01.
"I'm stoked about our chances for the 24 with our driver line-up this year," Lally said. "This will be the first time in four years that Spence and I will be back together in a car at Daytona and last time we ran together we led a huge portion of the race.
Having Brendan on board is really cool as well because even though the guy has raced just about everything in the world, as well as won in it, this will be his first time at the 24 and I know he is psyched to get at it. Having Steve with us will be cool as well, Steve will be our newest guy on the team and this will also be his first 24, but he has been doing very well with us at all the other Rolex events he has done. I'm looking forward to working with him to produce a solid, fast and smart performance"
Pumpelly won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2006 in a Porsche.
"I am really excited to be co-driving with my good friend and longtime teammate Andy," Pumpelly said. "Though we have been teammates at TRG for several years we have not had the opportunity to be in the same car very often and when we have it has been quite successful winning three of the five times we have run Rolex endurance races together as well as helping to clinch the championship in the season finale in 2006.
Steve Bertheau has been an integral part of our team for several races now and should be up to speed in short time. I am looking forward to meeting and working with Brendan who brings a lot of professional racing experience to our team."
This entry will give TRG three cars, so far, for 2011 and a record 64th entry in the Rolex 24 Hour. The team that has traditionally prepared strong multi-car programs for the race has several more announcements pending.
Team owner Kevin Buckler continues to expand his footprint in the Daytona garage area for the 2011 race. Buckler is a two time winning driver in 2002 and 2003, winning the race overall in '03, as well as directed his team to a one-two finish in '09.
"This is flat-out a great driver line-up," Buckler said. "We have two seasoned pros and past Rolex winners with Andy and Spencer. We bring in two strong Rolex 24 newbie's with Steve and Brendan, but both very competent behind the wheel and both are fiery competitors. The coaching and experience by the whole TRG clan will help to raise the game for all of our drivers.
Steve has been a fantastic team member over the last two seasons and seeing him develop as a professional driver has been rewarding for me. Brendan is about as diverse a driver as there is having competed at the top levels of NASCAR and with a great history in off road racing as well.
His off road endurance experience at night will really help the team. These two guys are my friends and are very fun guys who love to race. I am very pleased the way the whole team has come together and we are putting our heads down now and going to work. We want to win this race!"
TRG Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona entries:
TRG/Racing for Research/Porsche
Kenny Wallace Ron Yarab Daniel Graeff Pierre Bourque
Tim Pappas Jeroen Bleekemolen James Sofronas Bret Curtis
TRG/HP/South Point Casino/Porsche
Steve Bertheau Brendan Gaughan Andy Lally Spencer Pumpelly
TRG is a full-service motorsports company offering a total driver ladder approach. This approach starts with track days, goes to club events, up into street stock series and culminates in the ultimate goal of professional motorsports. With sports car focused facilities in Petaluma, California (Infineon Raceway) and Millville, New Jersey (New Jersey Motorsports Park) the team can offer turn-key support as well as arrive-and-drive programs.
The company's NASCAR operations are headquartered in Mooresville, North Carolina. The team fields a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry and has the capacity to run ARCA, Nationwide and the Camping World Truck Series.
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 31. The team's resume is highlighted by five championships, three Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona victories and a Le Mans 24 Hour win.
Episode Includes History of Racing in Watkins Glen and 2010 Sahlen’s Six Hours of The GlenThe 29th Running of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at historic Watkins Glen International in June 2010, provided plenty of on-track action and ended with a dominating win by TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates teammates Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas. Th weiter >>
Looking for qualified drivers for Rolex 24 and full 2011 seasonAIM Autosport is searching for qualified drivers for its Daytona Prototype sports car. Driver positions are available for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and the balance of the 2011 season. AIM anticipates making a driver announcement by the end of the year.In the racing community, weiter >>
Back markers end promise of top-three finish at Watkins GlenAIM Autosport’s Pacific Mobile/Biosign car was classified eleventh in the Daytona Prototype class (23rd overall) yesterday at Watkins Glen International after being knocked out of third place with 25 minutes remaining in the Crown Royal 200. After showing excellent speed in Friday’s practice and weiter >>
Krohn Racing’s run at the Crown Royal 200 at the Glen proved to be challenging as the team worked feverishly to get the set-up where they wanted it for the race. Tracy W. Krohn, team owner and starting driver had qualified the car 13th on the grid and started the race. Teammate Nic Jönsson took the middle stint at Lap 35 and returned the car to Krohn on Lap 67. Unfortunat weiter >>
TRG has the broom waiting in their attempt to sweep the two Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask no. 16 races at Watkins Glen International Raceway. Andy Lally and Steve Bertheau will have the task of putting the No. 66 Sargent & Lundy/TRG/Porsche back in victory circle at this weekend's running of the Crown Royal 200 at The Glen. Lally, fro weiter >>
Maximizing human performance with UFIT® health monitor and analytic toolsAIM Autosport believes its recently-sealed partnership with Biosign (CNSX: BIO) will help improve performance, by maximizing the performance of its Pacific Mobile/Biosign Ford Riley #61 Daytona Prototype drivers, Mark Wilkins and Burt Frisselle. A developer of biomedical systems, incl weiter >>
.... earning first place in the Street Tuner (ST) Class during the race at New Jersey Motor Sports Park on July 17, 2010.In addition to the first-place trophy, the RSR Motorsports team will also be presented with a $5,000 award from MINI as part of its Motorsports Contingency Program. This will be the largest payout the program has ever made to any of the motorsport weiter >>
The No. 75 Krohn Racing Ford Proto-Auto Lola of team owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn and Nic Jönsson was not able to follow up last year’s victory with a desired repeat this year at the NJMP 250 presented by Crown Royal race at New Jersey Motorsports Park, July 18.
Althoug weiter >>
TRG's RJ Valentine and Andy Lally drove to a ninth place finish in today's running of the Grand-Am Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve Cask No.16 New Jersey Motorsports Park 250. Teammates Steve Bertheau and Spencer Pumpelly endured to a 15th place finish.Under sunny skies and temperatures exceeding 95-degrees, with near 100% humidity, RJ Valentine took the gre weiter >>
After finishing fifth and sixth in two GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 races at New Jersey Motorsports Park, GAINSCO Bob Stallings decided to come with a different setup for Sunday's NJMP presented by Crown Royal. Jon Fogarty found the new setup to his liking on Saturday, running a lap of 1:15.148 (107.787 mph) to capture his first pole position weiter >>
Team planning patient run before striking late in the raceAIM Autosport’s Pacific Mobile/Biosign Ford Riley #61 will start tomorrow’s NJMP 250 presented by Crown Royal from third place following this afternoon’s qualifying session at New Jersey Motorsports Park. After an exciting battle that saw several drivers hold the top spot, Mark Wilkins weiter >>
TRG is headed to New Jersey Motorsports Park looking for their second win in a row at this weekend's running of the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series race will take the green flag, Saturday, July 17.
At the last event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Spencer Pumpelly and Steve Bertheau took advantage of a late race wreck and drove to a w weiter >>
...Presented by Crown Royal Cask No.16Overview of GRAND-AMThis exciting series provides non-stop action as exotic Daytona Prototypes and thundering GT cars compete at the same time for top honors. Also on the schedule is the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, the Ford Mustang Challenge, Skip Barber Pro Series, as well as a Porsche Club In weiter >>
The Stars and the Cars Return to NJMP for Round 9 of the Rolex GRAND-AM Sports Car Series Presented by Crown Royal Cask No.16Patrick Dempsey Scheduled to Race in Millville, New JerseyOverview of Grand- AMThis exciting series provides non-stop action as exotic Daytona Prototypes and thundering GT cars comp weiter >>
The No. 75 Krohn Racing Ford Proto-Auto Lola of team owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn and Nic Jönsson finished in the sixth position at the Brumos Porsche 250 race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 3rd. The team settled for sixth place after gambling on fuel while running in the fifth position on the lead lap and ran out of fuel on the final lap of the race.
TRG's RJ Valentine and Andy Lally won this morning's running of the Grand-Am Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve Cask No.16 Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway. The win represents the third in as many races for TRG. Valentine started the No. 66 Advanced Aerosol Acquisitions/TRG/Porsche and put in a strong first stint. Turning the car over weiter >>
K-PAX Racing’s Randy Pobst will start from the number 1 starting position for round 6 of the 2010 World Challenge season at Watkins Glen International, after securing the top spot in qualifying. Randy drove the number 6 K-Pax Volvo S60 to the number 1 position with a time of 1:54.467 (106.930 mph). His teammate, Andy Pilgrim, will start near the back of the grid (1 weiter >>
Lacking test time at track, team hopes for wet or mixed race conditionsAutosport’s Pacific Mobile/Biosign car will start tomorrow’s race at Daytona International Speedway from 5th place following a qualifying session this morning and the subsequent disqualification of a competitor for an aerodynamic infraction. Having missed the season opener, the Rolex weiter >>
DATE: Saturday, July 3 NEW TV TIME: 1 p.m. ET NETWORK: SPEEDEVENT: Brumos Porsche 250 (Rolex Sports Car Series)Daytona International Speedway will host the 100th Daytona Prototype race this Saturday on the 3.56-mile, 12-turn stadium road course. Ricky Taylor will start from the pole in the No. 10 Ford/Dallara, with a time of weiter >>
July 2 - 3, 2010 Brumos Porsche 250Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, FL1 77 DP 1 Gidley / von Moltke Doran Racing / Ford Dallara 1:46.518 120.317 McDonalds, PR Newswire, South Afri weiter >>
July 2 - 3, 2010 Brumos Porsche 250Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, FL1 6 DP 1 Frisselle / Valiante Michael Shank Racing / Ford Dallara 1:55.565 110.898 The Pit Stop on Norris Lak weiter >>
.... humidity and tight schedule add to race-day pressureAIM Autosport’s Pacific Mobile/Biosign No. 61 Ford Riley Daytona Prototype race team has arrived at Daytona International Speedway optimistic of a strong result in Saturday’s Brumos Porsche 250. The race, scheduled to begin at 11:15am, will be a 2½-hour contest on a 3.56-mile cir weiter >>
DATE: Saturday, June 26 TIME: 1 p.m. ETNETWORK: SPEED EVENT: EMCO Gears Classic (Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge)This race will keep you on the edge of your seat, with plenty of lead changes and nose-to-tail action on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course. Sixty of the latest production-based sports car weiter >>
Grand-Am - PorscheMit ihrem Porsche 911 GT3 Cup gewannen Andy Lally und Spencer Pumpelly die GT-Klasse beim Sechs-Stunden-Rennen in Watkins Glen (5.6.). Verstärkt wurde das Fahrerduo des Teams TRG durch den ehemaligen Motorradrennfahrer Bob Doyle. Oliver Hilger - weiter >>
GRAND-AM Road Racing officials announced today that the broadcast time for the Saturday, July 3 Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway has been moved to 1 p.m. ET.The two-hour, 30 minute race will take the green flag shortly after 11 a.m. that morning.The event will mark the 100th race for the Daytona Prototype, the premier class of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sport weiter >>
Daytona Marks 100th DP RaceThe July 3 running of the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway will be the 100th race for the Daytona Prototypes, the premier class of the GRAND-AM Rolex Series Presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16.The class debuted at the 2003 Rolex 24 At Daytona, when six DPs from four manufacturers led the field to the green weiter >>
Bill Auberlen returned to victory lane at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on June 19, topping the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series GT class in the No. 94 Turner Motorsport BMW M6. The win was Auberlen's fifth on the technical 2.258-mile road course in Lexington, Ohio. His previous wins were all in BMW M3 cars.Auberlen, of Redondo Beach, Calif., and Joey Hand of Sacramento, Calif., combin weiter >>
Pacific Mobile/Biosign car finishes 3rd at Mid-Ohio Thrilling finish as AIM Autosport charges and nearly takes 2ndEvery member of AIM Autosport’s Grand-Am Daytona Prototype team is elated following a brilliant race to third place at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course yesterday. After being in the hunt throughout the 2h 45m timed race, a push in the final stages sa weiter >>
Racing in sizzling heat before a record GRAND-AM crowd at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, it was fitting the hottest team in the Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 came home the winners. Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas combined to win Saturday's EMCO Gears Classic presented by KeyBank, giving them five victories in seven races to extend their Daytona Prototype point lead. weiter >>
Spencer Pumpelly survives the action-packed race to win overall for TRG and co-driver Steven Bertheau.Spencer Pumpelly and Steve Bertheau won Saturday's GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, after the top two Grand Sport (GS) cars tangled and spun out with less than five minutes remaining.The pair, driving TRG's No. 41 Sargent weiter >>
While Jeff Segal wound up second in the afternoon GT practice, he was happier with the car than in recent events."So far, so good, and the last few races we've been struggling in practice," said Segal, the GT point leader. "We've been searching in practice, and then we've had good results in the race. We were off at Watkins Glen and finished fourth, so you can't com weiter >>
Dalziel Happy With Starworks Setup Ryan Dalziel was running fourth throughout much of Friday's second session, "then everyone came in and put on new tires" and he wound up fourth."We're really good, and we're running better on old tires as well," Dalziel said. "The hardest thing right now is telling the team what to change, the car is so good." weiter >>
Strong showing in last race and historically good at Mid-OhioFollowing a fantastic charge that saw the Pacific Mobile/Biosign No. 61 Ford Riley Daytona Prototype take 4th place at Watkins Glen—missing third by under half a second—AIM Autosport is confident heading to the Emco Gears Classic Presented by Keybank at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. AIM weiter >>
Krohn Racing drivers Tracy W. Krohn and Nic Jönsson return from competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Ferrari 430 GT this week and travel to the EMCO Gears Classic presented by KeyBank race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, June 18-19. We begin the second half of the season with Round 7 of 12 on the 2010 GRAND-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, a two hour and forty-five mi weiter >>
June 18 - 19, 2010EMCO Gears Classic (KeyBank) Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, OHDP entries: 13GT entries: 15Daytona Prototype (DP)01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Scott Pruett, Auburn, Calif.Memo Rojas, Mexico City, Mexico BMW / Riley & weiter >>
...in 2010 Grand-Am Rolex SeriesDalziel wins Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in Daytona Prototype and lies second in the Rolex Championship… in GT, rookie Adam Christodoulou wins at Lime Rock and Ham wins at DaytonaJust halfway through the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16, UK drivers have enjoyed so weiter >>
...with Eye Toward FutureSince Bennett Racing’s inaugural GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 appearance in the Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway in April, the team has been hard at work making significant modifications to its No. 56 Ferrari F430 Challenge in an effort to bring the car’s weiter >>
After six hours of racing it comes down to less than half a second. From first practice on Friday morning, everything was going in the right direction for AIM Autosport and the Pacific Mobile/Biosign weiter >>
The Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen race proved to be eventful for Krohn Racing. Team owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn started the race from the 11th position on the grid. After six hours of racing with just four cautions for 17 laps, the No. 75 Krohn Racing Ford Proto-Auto Lola finished in the same position.A couple of on-track incidents and a questionable penalty put the team down weiter >>