Laguna Seca: TRG Friday report

Pontiac power GM Racing announced it has selected TRG to run the first two Pontiac GTO.R race cars, which will be on track for the June 30 Rolex Sports Car Series race at Daytona International Speedway. TRG drivers Marc Bunting and Andy Lally...

Pontiac power

GM Racing announced it has selected TRG to run the first two Pontiac GTO.R race cars, which will be on track for the June 30 Rolex Sports Car Series race at Daytona International Speedway. TRG drivers Marc Bunting and Andy Lally will drive one of the cars; Pontiac factory drivers Jan Magnussen and Paul Edwards will be in the other.

Lally is looking forward to racing with Pontiac: "I'm really happy because of how enthusiastic they feel about everything. I know they're putting 110 per cent into this and I like working with people who are putting the same blood, sweat and tears into it like I am. The Pontiac name and how successful they've been in Grand Am is hopefully a sign of what's to come with the GTO program. To be part of that is to be part of history."

football and racing

TRG has two football stars on track this weekend. Steve Johnson, who played for the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys, joins team owner Kevin Buckler in the No. 88 Auto Gallery/TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. Dan Pastorini, former Houston Oilers quarterback, is driving the No. 63 Porsche with Dave Masters.

Johnson noted the qualities that contribute to performance in both football and racing. "The similarities in football and racing are that they both require preparation, both mental and physical; determination; the will to compete and the desire to be the best. All of these attributes are primarily intrinsic and cannot be taught. However, if these exist, coupled with practice, one could become very tough to beat."

block and tackle

Dave Masters and Dan Pastorini had a tough day on track Friday, both frustrated by contact with other cars in heavy traffic.

"So far, it's a lot like football blocking and tackling, because that's what we 've done!" Masters said. "But it's a great historic track. It's fun to be on this track, although it's a little slippery right now. There are a lot of cars out there so it's kind of dicey, but it's manageable."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Paul Edwards , Kevin Buckler , Andy Lally , Marc Bunting , Dave Master , Steve Johnson , Dan Pastorini