Birmingham: TRG race report

TRG Pontiac GTO.Rs Finish Fourth and Fifth at Barber Birmingham, Alabama -- The mantra for the day at Barber Motorsports Park was consistency, as TRG teammate drivers Marc Bunting/Andy Lally and Paul Edwards/Jan Magnussen brought their Pontiac...

TRG Pontiac GTO.Rs Finish Fourth and Fifth at Barber

Birmingham, Alabama -- The mantra for the day at Barber Motorsports Park was consistency, as TRG teammate drivers Marc Bunting/Andy Lally and Paul Edwards/Jan Magnussen brought their Pontiac GTO.Rs home in fourth and fifth, respectively, in round eight of the Grand American Rolex Series Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant.

After qualifying the number 65/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R eighth in the GT class, Bunting drove a consistent race moving up several positions before his teammate Lally got in the car for his stint on lap 46. Lally continued where his teammate left off eventually bringing the car home in fourth.

"The track was getting greasy and there was a lot of debris out there," Bunting said of his time in the car. "The car was great and we were staying consistent. We were picking up some debris from the track and it was making it push a little bit. But, other than that the car was well prepared, easy to drive and I didn't even know it was hot out there. It [the car] was pretty much what we expected."

"One of the nice things this team has done with this car is they have given us a really consistent piece," Lally added. "Right now we just have to work on getting a little more speed out there and then we will be able to keep up with the BMWs and the Porsches. The team is doing a great job putting together a really solid car. I've got to thank them and my teammate Marc, who did a super job in the first stint."

"The guys did a great job," team owner Kevin Buckler said of the teams effort. "The team ran flawlessly. There were no mistakes at all."

Edwards, who qualified ninth in the GT class, also drove a consistent race in the number 64/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R, despite fighting a car that was pulling to the left. He essentially played follow the leader running behind fellow teammate Bunting during his stint of the race. On lap 45, Magnussen took over the reigns and helped bring the car home in fifth.

"We stayed out of trouble on the starts, which was our main objective," Edwards said. "We had a funny set of tires. We qualified with those tires yesterday and we had a loose tow-link and they tightened it up. They said it [the car] should have felt fine after that. But, it was still pulling to the left real bad. And, these were the tires that we qualified on yesterday and the front left must have had a small leak. It didn't get any worse, but we were fighting it out there. In right hand corners we were losing a lot of time. So, I made it up [the time] in the left handers."

"It was really uneventful," Magnussen said of his run. "The car ran really nice. We didn't have any problems. We had a really good pit stop at the right time. We were unlucky with the pace car and went a lap down early in the race, which made it tough for us. But, that's how it is. The car ran good. It will keep getting better and better. We will be fast at the end of the year I'm sure."

Round nine of the Grand American Rolex Series will be run at Watkins Glen Aug. 12.

-trg

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jan Magnussen , Kevin Buckler , Andy Lally , Marc Bunting