Homestead: The Racer's Group qualifying report

TRG Qualify Second and Sixth for Grand Prix of Miami Homestead, FL -- February 27, 2004 -- The two Porsches of The Racer's Group qualified second and sixth in the GT class today for Saturday's Rolex Sports Car Series Grand Prix of Miami.

TRG Qualify Second and Sixth for Grand Prix of Miami

Homestead, FL -- February 27, 2004 -- The two Porsches of The Racer's Group qualified second and sixth in the GT class today for Saturday's Rolex Sports Car Series Grand Prix of Miami. Ian James, of Kissimmee, FL, qualified the #66 F1 Boston/Gleason Agency Porsche just behind the pole-sitting PTG BMW M3, good for second place on the grid for the race.

"The car's great," said Ian James, "while we struggled a bit right out of the trailer, the crew has worked tirelessly to get the car right, and right they've got it. They changed about everything they could, and we ended up with a package that works very well for this track. The qualifying session was my first time on fresh rubber, and it made the car come alive. For our race tomorrow, there's not much strategy, we're just going to go flat out. It's our goal to lead right away, or at least to stick close to the leader to have a fighting chance at the end of the race. I'm excited to be driving with RJ and Chris, and excited to have the season with TRG -- we've got a great chance to do well this year."

Team owner Kevin Buckler qualified the #67 TRG Porsche sixth in class, and will start tomorrow's race before handing over the reins to co-driver Liz Halliday, who makes her American sports car debut. "I have to say that I'm proud of everybody -- the team and the drivers. Although it's not with a little remorse - I had a late night business meeting in San Francisco and took a red eye to get here this morning, hopped in the car and qualified. The reason for the remorse is that everything seems to be running so smoothly, it seems that the crew got on great without me! I'm not sure I like that so much! My hat is off to Liz, being in the car at this track for the first and cranking off some really respectable lap times with good feedback and no problems. As we continue to improve the car, our chances for tomorrow should be really good. Total kudos to all the #66 guys -- Chris and RJ are driving great, and Ian just turned in a great qualifying session."

The Grand Prix of Miami starts tomorrow, Saturday February 28, at 3:00 p.m. EST.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Ian James