(PETALUMA, CA – October 4) The No. 66 Viper Exchange/Port Lavaca Auto Group Porsche GT3 dug deep and found the speed to claim GTC pole position for tomorrow’s American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron event at Virginia International Raceway. This pole position is the second consecutive for the No. 66 TRG campaign.
Yesterday, the team came fast out of the box during the promoter test day and felt good about the initial setup. The times posted by the No. 66 machine placed the car fastest in the first session. During the remaining three practice periods yesterday and today, the TRG Porsche found themselves either in third or fourth.
After second practice today, the crew and drivers Ben Keating/Damien Faulkner spent the limited time available making a change on the final setup direction for qualifying. The change worked. In the short 15 minute qualifying session, Faulkner pushed very hard on a lap with less than five minutes left in the session. The car was on the edge throughout the lap, but Faulkner kept it together and posted the fastest lap for the GTC class.
Kevin Buckler on the No. 66 TRG Porsche after the pole position at VIR:
“Great job by the team. Second pole in a row. TRG has always been strong at VIR, and Damien sat on the pole last year, so we know we are a good combo. Ben has been super quick in practice as well and we are looking forward to a great race. I know the guys on the crew are happy because they have worked so hard on the car for the last month.”
Ben Keating on the race tomorrow:
“We are happy to be on pole for the second race in a row. We had an interesting day today in finding a setup. However, the team did a great job to get the car ready and Damien drove super hard to get the Porsche on the pole."
Damien Faulkner on the 1.52.213 pole lap:
“This was not an easy day. We had two one-hour sessions and in between the practice sessions we went the wrong way with setup. However, the TRG crew did a fantastic job in getting the car ready for qualifying with only 15 minutes to make the changes. We feel good starting up front, and I really enjoy this track. We are confident that we will be the team to beat tomorrow.”