Laguna Seca: TRG race report

difficult day TRG struggled with mechanical gremlins during the Rolex Sports Car Series race at Laguna Seca Raceway. Marc Bunting and Andy Lally slipped to second in the GT championship with an 18th-place finish in the No. 65 Auto Gallery/TRG...

difficult day

TRG struggled with mechanical gremlins during the Rolex Sports Car Series race at Laguna Seca Raceway. Marc Bunting and Andy Lally slipped to second in the GT championship with an 18th-place finish in the No. 65 Auto Gallery/TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. Dave Master and Dan Pastorini finished 19th in the No. 63 Master Asset Management/Administaff Porsche. Kevin Buckler and Steve Johnson retired after a half-shaft broke in their No. 88 Comfort Systems USA car.

Dave Master, Master Asset Management/Administaff No. 63:

"I was just trying to stay out of the way of the DP cars, but I got wide in turn nine and went into the dirt and hit the tire wall. It didn't do that much damage to the car, but we went down a lap. When I came into the pits to have the car checked, my co-driver Dan Pastorini wasn't ready to get in the car, so we lost more time there. It was an uncoordinated weekend all the way around."

Dan Pastorini, Master Asset Management/Administaff No. 63:

"That was definitely the most exciting thing I've done in a long time. We knew we didn't have a competitive car, but I stayed out of harm's way of the P cars, let them do their race and just tried to improve. I'm really thrilled with what we accomplished this weekend. We've got the car in one piece -- that's the most important thing -- and we finished."

Marc Bunting, Auto Gallery/TRG No. 65:

"It was a frustrating day for us. We lost the power steering before the race and we had some low-voltage issues, so we had to replace the battery. We just tried to stay out there, stay clean and get the best we could out of it. It was my first time driving a car without power steering. At a track like Laguna where there aren't a lot of straightaways, it was definitely a workout."

Andy Lally, Auto Gallery/TRG No. 65:

"The car was great until we had the problem. The guys did a super job fixing it -- to switch out a battery and only lose five laps says a lot for the team. Unfortunately we just didn't get a chance to go out there and fight everybody. I think we lost the championship lead, but we'll just put our heads down and head to Mont-Tremblant and try to win one."

Kevin Buckler, Comfort Systems USA No. 88:

"At the start of the race, we stayed in the lead of the Porsche brigade. I got hit in the back by Pat Long; he used me as a bumper. The car got a little puncture in one of the tires and we had to come in. Steve went out and did great, but it did cost us a couple of laps."

Steve Johnson, Comfort Systems USA No. 88:

"I think we were in good position. We were running hard and having a good time. It just came to an end. You can't let it get you down -- that's racing."

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