Homestead: The Racer's Group preview

new home The TRG crew didn't slow after the finish of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Feb. 6. Just one week after the Rolex Sports Car Series season-opener, the staff moved to new headquarters in Petaluma, Calif. The 17,000-square-foot facility...

new home

The TRG crew didn't slow after the finish of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Feb. 6. Just one week after the Rolex Sports Car Series season-opener, the staff moved to new headquarters in Petaluma, Calif. The 17,000-square-foot facility houses the team's professional race shop, club racing shop (currently stocked with 23 race cars), a triple bay to accomodate race transporters, corporate and team offices, shipping and receiving, Adobe Road Wines cellar and tasting room, a fitness room and the Princess Room, a play area designed for the three daughters of team owners Kevin and Debra Buckler.

"Moving into our new facility is a big step in TRG's evolution," Kevin Buckler said. "Along with our new image and branding, this helps us showcase TRG's people, talent, products and projects. It's been two years of planning to get to this stage, and we're still a couple more months of construction away from being finished, but I'm confident that our new facility will help lead us into the next generation of service and business."

champion quest

Marc Bunting of Monkton, Md., and Andy Lally of Dacula, Ga., are looking for their second-consecutive Rolex Series championship together, after winning the SGS class title in 2004. They started the 2005 season with a fifth-place GT finish in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, driving the No. 65 Auto Gallery/TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. They're hoping for another good finish in the March 5 Rolex Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

"Andy and I are looking forward to returning to Homestead," Bunting said. "I know Andy has been working hard refining his oval-racing skills at some local short tracks in the Atlanta area and TRG has been busy prepping the car after Daytona. We all have high hopes for the Homestead race."

Team16

Team16 drivers Colin Braun of Ovalo, Texas, and Brad Coleman of Houston tested on the 2.3-mile Homestead infield road course prior to the Rolex 24 At Daytona, where they scored a seventh-place GT finish. Now they're ready for a sprint, driving the No. 64 Porsche in the two-hour 45-minute Homestead race.

"I learned how to be smooth and consistent at Daytona. I know that is always a good thing and will help me now that I can focus on going quick at Homestead," Braun said. "I am really excited about doing this much-shorter race. The 24-hour race was a lot of fun, but I never got the chance to drive as hard as I could. I can't say how excited I am to get to drive this car as hard as I can -- finally!"

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Colin Braun , Andy Lally , Brad Coleman , Marc Bunting