TRG FIGHTS HARD FOR LONG BEACH FINISH In a weekend that saw everything from last minute driver changes to surprise pole positions, TRG fought a hard race to the finish during Saturday's Long Beach round of the American Le Mans Series presented...
TRG FIGHTS HARD FOR LONG BEACH FINISH
In a weekend that saw everything from last minute driver changes to surprise pole positions, TRG fought a hard race to the finish during Saturday's Long Beach round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron. After an early incident, quick work from the TRG crew managed to keep the car on track to the finish, with the no. 63 Future Electronics/Freescale Semiconductors Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car taking a ninth place finish in the GTC category.
Starting on pole position, driver Henri Richard drove a strong opening stint. Leading several laps and with a strong gap to second, Henri was in good shape to hand his machine over to co-driver Andy Lally for the victory. Unfortunately, luck was not on his side as he slipped on someone else's oil coming out of turn three, spinning the car and lightly tapping his nose on the inside retaining wall. The hit was just hard enough to damage the car's radiator, putting the car several laps down for repair.
For Henri Richard, the focus now turns to the next event and the positives from Long Beach.
"The team and car was absolutely fantastic," stated Richard. "I was driving a solid pace and focused on just hitting my marks before handing the car over to Andy. The car just snapped around on me out of nowhere, and I barely touched the wall. Unfortunately it was enough. The guys did a super job this weekend as always, and their quick repairs to get us back on track was fantastic, luckily we scored some valuable points."
For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, a number of positives came out of the race.
"We learned a lot this weekend and I believe it was a great testament to the skill of our crew and drivers," stated Buckler. "We're at a bit of a deficit in the GTC category due to some rules that need to be fixed, but in spite of that Henri and Andy were able to drive the car to the front. It's frustrating to lose over someone else's oil, but that's racing and we'll take what we learned and focus on the next race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca."
The next race for TRG in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron will take place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on May 22nd, which will be a home race for Henri Richard, TRG, and a number of sponsors.