Homestead: TRG / TRG East Thursday report

rookie speed Bryan Sellers had a fast introduction to sports-car racing when he turned the fastest GT lap during opening practice for Saturday's Rolex Sports Car Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Sellers covered the 2.3-mile infield...

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Bryan Sellers had a fast introduction to sports-car racing when he turned the fastest GT lap during opening practice for Saturday's Rolex Sports Car Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Sellers covered the 2.3-mile infield road course in one minute 21.482 seconds in the No. 61 TRG East Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car he is driving with Ryan Dalziel. His time was just three-thousandths of a second faster than Andy Lally in the No. 65 Auto Gallery/TRG Porsche. Sellers said he benefitted from his team owner Peter Baron's experience: both competed in open-wheel racing before sports cars.

"Peter was very good for me," Sellers affirmed. "He put me in the car and told me, 'You've got the whole session to work up to it. We're going to start you on old tires. Don't worry about lap times, just keep working on braking and getting the power.' He did a great job encouraging me the whole time and keeping me trying stuff. It's a good group to work with; I'm really pleased."

Team16 on record run
(information courtesy Team16)

Brad Coleman and Colin Braun will be the youngest drivers to ever challenge for the Grand Prix of Miami [Rolex Sports Car Series] this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The two teens were part of a World Record setting team in February when the 16 year-olds raced in and completed the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, North America's most renowned and challenging endurance road race. The talented youngsters garnered a Top 10 finish (7th) at the famed Daytona International Speedway, earning the respect of many of the best professional NASCAR, IRL, and Sports Car drivers in the world.

five to two

TRG team owner Kevin Buckler has narrowed his focus to two GT cars for the Homestead race after a successful run with five at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, where TRG had three cars in the top eight -- the No. 65 Auto Gallery/TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car (fifth), the No. 16 Team16 Porsche (seventh) and the No. 63 traders car (eighth). This week, TRG is fielding two Porsches -- the No. 64 for Team16 drivers Colin Braun and Brad Coleman, and the No. 65 for 2003 Rolex Series SGS champions Marc Bunting and Andy Lally.

"I'm very excited about our prospects for Homestead," Buckler said. "The massive effort we put together at Daytona and the result was a real testament to the entire team. Being able to focus our efforts on these two cars will ensure a front-running effort for everyone involved. I expect Marc and Andy to be a formidable combination all year, and I'm really pleased to have signed on Brad Coleman and Colin Braun from Team16 for the next four races."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Colin Braun , Kevin Buckler , Peter Baron , Andy Lally , Brad Coleman , Bryan Sellers