The Racer's Group Anticipating Positive Homecoming
Monterey, CA (September 12th, 2011) - Fresh off of a heavy East Coast swing in the American Le Mans Series, The Racer's Group returns to its home track in Northern California, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. After confronting adversity on the streets of Baltimore, the team enters the next to last round second in the ALMS GTC team championship battle down 11 points.
Duncan Ende and Spencer Pumpelly in the No. 66 Racer's Roast/STANDD/TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car will arrive just a handful of points shy of first in the GTC driver's championship, looking for a solid finish to closer to the championship lead as they close in on the final race of the year at Petit Le Mans later this month. Rejoining the series in the No. 66, with Ende and Pumpelly, is Peter Ludwig who is returning to the team with a 5th place finish in the season opener at Sebring. Ludwig will also be running in Petit Le Mans, and looks to start the positive momentum at Laguna Seca.
"I love Laguna Seca, not only is it the team's home track, but I am from Los Angeles and I consider it my home track," says Ende. "Even though we are a bit down in points, I am still very happy with our situation leading into the next round. I am confident that Spencer, Peter and I with all the TRG guys can come through with a positive result this weekend."
The No. 68 South African Airways/PR Newswire/TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car will be driven by series regular Dion von Moltke and Venezuelan touring car champion, Emilio Di Guida returning as co-driver. Among Von Moltke's goals are to reclaim his third place standing in the drivers championship. The team will also be joined this week by team owner Kevin Buckler, donning his drivers helmet in ALMS competition for the first time since 2003!!
"We have a great crew, a good car and are returning to a track we are very comfortable with," says von Moltke. "I look forward to working with Emilio and am excited to have Kevin in the car with us. I want to help TRG make its move toward a season championship."
The IMSA GT3 Challenge presented by Yokohama cars will share the 2.2 mile raceway with ALMS this weekend with Dr. Jim Norman in the No. 11 Parathyroid.com/TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and Carlos Gomez in the No. 75 Capital Managers/Axis of Oversteer/TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. The 30-plus car field should give the threesome a platform the demonstrate TRG's prowess among its Porsche constituents.
"It's always a pleasure to return to Laguna Seca, the team has so much good history here," said team owner Kevin Buckler. "Duncan and Spencer are still in good position coming into this round, it's fantastic to have a driver like Peter join them. We are really happy to be able to pair Dion up with our new driver Emilio; not to mention our GT3 Challenge guys. There is a lot of talent hitting the grid for TRG this weekend! I can't wait to get back in the car and am just serving as a mentor to the guys around a track I know well and maybe a little back-up driving."