Homestead: TRG Porsche preview

TRG Porsche of Johnson and Nearn Tested for Homestead Petaluma, California -- Steve Johnson and Robert Nearn are heading into the Grand Prix of Miami and round three of the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve in...

TRG Porsche of Johnson and Nearn Tested for Homestead

Petaluma, California -- Steve Johnson and Robert Nearn are heading into the Grand Prix of Miami and round three of the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve in third place in the GT driver point standings.

The duo are not resting on the performance of the TRG/Comfort System/Verizon/

Porsche 997 over the first two events. This past week, the team spent two days at Virginia International Raceway testing the car to get the maximum out of what the new 997 package can offer.

Steve Johnson explains the testing schedule. "We are focusing on setup particularly getting the spring rates, can pressures and sway bars working more harmoniously. We really need to get the car to behave post apex under power better. I raced at Homestead last year and turn one is very similar to Daytona's first corner. Although we had a good finish at Daytona coming home fourth, we really didn't have a great car. We are looking to have a great car at Homestead."

Robert Nearn is hopeful to carry over the success from the last modified oval course the team visited, Daytona. "Homestead is a similar layout to Daytona although the banking is not as steep. We struggled to get around there flat last year which cost us too much time. The team has made some improvements to the car which has to make us more competitive than we were in Mexico."

"Steve is really making the commitment to have a good season," said Kevin Buckler, TRG owner. "We took the car to VIR and spent two quality days focusing on the setup and getting a jump on round four, which be held at the same track. He and Robert are putting in solid drives early in the year, we just need to get them further up the grid in qualifying and at the finish."

Round three of the Grand Am series will take the green flag at the Grand Prix of Miami held at Homestead Miami Speedway on March 25th and will be televised, same day, on the Speed Channel starting at 8:00 p.m.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Robert Nearn , Steve Johnson