The Racer's Group (TRG) has expanded to offer its professional and club-racing customers bi-coastal service in North America. TRG East, based in Pompano Beach, Fla. (35 miles north of Miami), is owned and managed by Peter Baron. The east division joins the Sonoma, Calif.-based parent company owned by Kevin and Debra Buckler.
TRG East will provide service for street cars, club racers and professional race programs from a new 7200-square-foot, triple-bay facility that includes a full-service machine and fabrication shop. The team already has two race cars available for Porsche Club of America races plus a complete line of TRG suspension, brakes and performance products.
Baron knows racing from both the owner's office and the driver's seat. He was instrumental in starting Orbit Racing and was a founding owner of BAM! (British American Motorsport). His on-track success includes a second-place GT finish in the 24 Heures du Mans. Ironically, he drove his first sports-car race in a TRG car, at Sebring International Raceway in 1998.
"Clearly, I could have gone my own route and started a new team, but this is an example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts," Baron said. "Kevin set the standard for racing as a business, and TRG offers the first-class service I've been associated with for the past six years. Now customers all over the country can pick and choose, because they have a TRG hub on each coast. And we're open three hours earlier now!"
"I'm really excited about joining forces with Peter and the expansion of our business and services," Buckler said. "We have clients currently based all over North America, and nearly 25 [Porsche 911] GT3s in our West Coast shop. Having an East Coast hub is a natural and allows us to better service our existing clients and make it even easier for new customers to join. More importantly, having the East Coast operation run by an experienced professional like Peter means that the operation will maintain the TRG standards that everyone has come to expect. Also, having Peter's and TRG East's help for our six-car GT effort at the Rolex 24 will be extremely valuable in pulling everything together."
ready to race
TRG East will field the No. 61 TRG East Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Feb. 5 and 6, and will provide overall support for the six-car TRG and TRG East Porsche entry in the race. Robert Nearn of London, England, has joined the TRG East squad of Canadian drivers previously announced.
"I'm thrilled to be working with Kevin at Daytona," Baron said. "He was able to sign three SGS podium finishers in last year's race -- David Lacey and Greg and Mark Wilkins -- plus David Shep and most recently Robert Nearn, who will definitely be a GT pace-setter."
Baron said TRG East is ready to follow the Daytona race with a double entry in a Porsche Club of America event at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway on Feb. 13: "We have everything in place from two transporters to pit vehicles to the machine and fabrication shop. We won't have to turn anyone away because we don't have the capacity to service their needs. We're ready to race!"
<pre> Rolex 24 At Daytona
No. 61 TRG East drivers David Lacey Toronto, Ont. Robert Nearn London, England David Shep Caledon, Ont. Greg Wilkins Toronto, Ont. Mark Wilkins Toronto, Ont.
Information and photos for the TRG and TRG East drivers who are competing in the Rolex 24 At Daytona are now online at www.theracersgroup.com. Click professional racing teams, then drivers.