Riegel/Stanton Racing Reflect on Their Rolex 24 at Daytona Debut
Calgary, AB (January 29, 2008) -- The #65 Riegel/Stanton/Cystic Fibrosis Foundation/65 Roses/Magnus Racing/Marquis Jet/Resorts International/IPC/Total Lubricants/RSS Road and Sport Supply/TRG Porsche GT3 concluded their Grand Am debut with a valiant effort in one of the world's most challenging races, the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The Riegel/Stanton squad started tenth and ran as high as second, tallying dollars for each lap completed for their partner, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The team took the green flag with Marco Holzer behind the wheel. The very fast and talented young German charged through the field completing a double-stint before handing the wheel off to his teammates, a succession of America's quickest sports car drivers, Craig Stanton, Bryce Miller and John Potter. Despite the changing conditions and yellow flags, the #65 car ran as high as second before running into issues with the throttle linkage well into the night. The team persevered and returned to the track ready to hunt down the lost positions, "We had a heck of a run going," said 2 x Rolex 24 race winner, Craig Stanton. "All was going well, great pitstops, great drivers' changes and quick laps, until we ran into the mechanical gremlin with the throttle linkage. The guys did a great job getting us back out ton track and the car was quick, it was a textbook example of teamwork."
Once the car returned to the track, the laps for charity continued and the team continued their competitive pace. John Potter was in his second "stint" in the car when he was caught up in a crash resulting in heavy contact and damage at the approach to NASCAR turn one in the early morning hours. The #65 car was forced to retire due to the damage, but still completed 379 laps in the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Raceway (nearly 6x as many laps as a typical race). John Potter commented, "It was a wild race. The pace was very quick and we had a terrific car. The Riegel/Stanton/Racing/TRG effort was exceptional. I am thrilled TRG was able to win the event overall, but I am disappointed our car died not see the checkered flag. It was a very unfortunate incident, I am fine, but unfortunately our car wasn't. I think our weekend shows we have a lot of potential for the season and I am looking forward to it."
Riegel/Stanton Racing owner Ted Rozsa was pleased with his team's efforts, "I couldn't' be happier with how the entire Riegel/Stanton team performed this weekend. John Beddell and his crew had the car prepared to challenge for the podium," Rozsa continued, "Marco, Bryce and Craig all ran brilliant double stints at the beginning of the race and had the car solidly in the top-three. John performed remarkably for a first-time rookie and held the car in seventh during his stint. Unfortunately, while on a restart on lap 379, John was taken out by two other cars colliding at turn six and we were forced to retire the car."
The #65 Riegel/Stanton Racing Porsche will contest the remainder of the 1009 Grand Am season, racing for the Cystic Fibroses Foundation with drivers Craig Stanton and John Potter. Ann Palmer, senior vice president of field management for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation attended the Rolex 24, "The Rolex 24 was my first introduction to racing. It was thrilling to se the TRG team and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation/65 Roses car in action," said Palmer. "We are grateful to our sponsors -- Ted Rozsa and Kevin Buckler -- for raising money and awareness for cystic fibrosis and to the entire team for their commitment to fighting this fatal disease."
Rozsa is optimist for the races ahead, "We had a great run and clearly showed the performance of a podium contender. We experienced the highs and lows of Daytona, and our now looking forward to a successful 2009 campaign. We are thrilled to continue our efforts in raising funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I want to thank Kevin Buckler and the entire TRG organization for their support and congratulate them on their outstanding 1-2 finish."