Defending SGS Class Champions Marc Bunting and Andy Lally to Drive with TRG in 2005
Sonoma, Calif. -- Nov. 29, 2004 -- The Racer's Group announced the first drivers in its 2005 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series lineup today. 2004 Rolex Series SGS champions Marc Bunting of Monkton, Md. and Andy Lally of Northport, NY., will drive one of two team Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars in the 14-race Rolex Sports Car Series, beginning with the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in February.
The duo, who in 2004 had two wins and 11 podium finishes in 12 races, won the SGS class driver championship and helped their team capture a one-two finish in the team championship as well. With wins at Barber Motorsports Park and Watkins Glen International, Bunting and Lally hope to keep their momentum going into the 2005 season.
Marc Bunting said, "I'm certainly excited to be returning to TRG. After the successes I had with the team in 2003 and then the great season that Andy and I had in 2004, this is a great move. It was tremendous winning the championship in 2004, and our goal is to repeat in the combined GT class this year. The level of competition will be raised, but Kevin and TRG have the right ingredients and personnel to give Andy and I a great shot at the championship again. TRG has proven over time that they're one of the top sports car teams in the world, and it's up to Andy and I to take advantage of TRG's strengths and deliver race wins."
Andy Lally said, "It's a great opportunity to race with Marc again in 2005. We work very well together and obviously running with a team the quality of The Racer's Group gives us a great shot at repeating as driving champions. I'm looking forward to the increased competition in the combined GT field next season, and I hope we can continue our momentum. I've known Kevin for years, and to be able to work with him is going to be a lot of fun."
Kevin Buckler said, "I'm thrilled to be making this announcement today. Marc and I had a terrific season together in 2003, and I'm excited to be welcoming Andy onto our squad. These two are a formidable duo, know how to win, and are two exceptionally nice guys. I'm looking forward to spending the season with them and chasing down a championship - this is just one more of the components that we've put in place to run a championship effort this year in both the DP and GT classes. I'm really excited about 2005."
Both drivers will participate in the Grand-American Hoosier tire test this week in Homestead, Fla.