Daytona24: TRG race report

TRG CONTINUES SUCCESSFUL DAYTONA RUN WITH SECOND AND THIRD PLACE FINISHES For the third consecutive year, TRG took two positions on the podium in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, finishing second and third in the prestigious event. The No. 71 car, ...

TRG CONTINUES SUCCESSFUL DAYTONA RUN WITH SECOND AND THIRD PLACE FINISHES

For the third consecutive year, TRG took two positions on the podium in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, finishing second and third in the prestigious event.

The No. 71 car, considered one of the top contenders in the 24, sat atop the leader board for a good portion of the race, but lost nearly an hour of track time after running low on fuel and being plagued with a gear box failure. After a valiant effort to recover, the team finished ninth in the GT class.

Following a near-flawless 18-hour run, the No. 67 TRG/Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car team fell victim to a shock problem, but battled their way back through attrition, strategy and speed to finish as the top TRG and Porsche in the GT class.

After a strong pace early in the race, a rare electronic malfunction caused the the AXA TRG Porsche to lose speed for a number of hours. Once the problem was diagnosed, the team depended heavily on their talented drivers to battle their way to a third-place finish.

The Guardian Angel Motorsports TRG No. 18 had a strong and steady pace, climbing many positions over the course of the first half of the race. The team, unfortunately, dropped out due to a gear box failure and finished 19th in the GT class.

The No. 63 TRG Porsche battled a number of obstacles over the course of the 24-hour race. Following an early incident, the car underwent multiple overnight repairs and worked its way to an eventual 20th-place GT finish with some great performances by all the drivers.

TRG Team Owner Kevin Buckler was pleased to have all five of his entries finish in the top 20 positions in the GT Class.

"It's really amazing to come to a race as historic as the 24 Hours of Daytona and visit Victory Lane eight times within the last nine years," Buckler said. It was one of the most up and down races for TRG that we have ever participated in, have led the race for so long with several different cars. It was a heartbreak to lose the race and the win but a real testament to the team in general to field 5 strong cars and take 2 spots on the podium. Every single crew member and driver really really gave it their all. THAT, is really cool."

TRG's No. 71 entry played off of the company's sister organization, TRG Motorsports, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series by featuring the same number and having driver Bobby Labonte in the car.

The Grand American racing series continues March 5 - 7 with the Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

-source: trg

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Kevin Buckler
Teams TRG Motorsports