Optimistic Debut for TRG Pontiac GTO.R Daytona Beach, Florida -- TRG drivers Marc Bunting and Andy Lally finished in 20th place this evening at Daytona International Speedway. The duo had a strong run until their day ended just ten laps from...
Optimistic Debut for TRG Pontiac GTO.R
Daytona Beach, Florida -- TRG drivers Marc Bunting and Andy Lally finished in 20th place this evening at Daytona International Speedway.
The duo had a strong run until their day ended just ten laps from the end when Andy Lally was hit by a prototype. The number 64 sister car did not make the start of the race due to a driveline problem.
The number 64/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R was withdrawn before the race due to a driveline issue that could not be repaired satisfactorily in time for the race. In the essence of safety for the drivers and fellow competitors the decision was made between TRG, GM Racing and Pratt & Miller to sideline the car. The compressed one day practice, qualify and race schedule did not allow enough time for a complete and safe repair.
The GTO.R of Bunting and Lally started the race from their eleventh place qualifying position and was able to run in the top ten all race. The debut event for the car saw it run as high as fourth place on lap 38. As the laps wound down, Lally had the GTO.R in sixth position with the checkered flag just ten laps away when he was hit by a prototype. "I was in the braking zone of the Bus Stop turn when a prototype chopped across the front of the car sending me into the wall. The car to that point was as strong as when I first got in. We didn't have the speed down the straight but we were able to hold on in the infield, a tough way to end a positive day for a new car."
"The GTO.R was really good all day," said Bunting. "We ran almost every lap of practice and qualifying and we were looking for a strong top five finish when our day ended. We took a hit in the standings, but we know we have a good car that can help us make up those lost points at the halfway mark of the season."
"Marc and Andy were the GT class points leaders at that time in the race when Andy was hit by the prototype," commented team owner Kevin Buckler. "The car ran really strong all day. It responded to changes and never missed a beat in a tough compressed one day race schedule. The number 64 car was sidelined today because of that tight schedule. Paul and Jan are anxious to race the car and we will have it ready for Barber in 30 days."
Round eight of the Grand American Rolex Series will be run at Barber Motorsport Park on July 31st.