TRG GTO.Rs Head to Mexico City Looking for GT Points Lead Petaluma, California -- TRG's GTO.Rs are headed to Mexico City for round two of the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve. The two GTO.Rs have their own scores to...
TRG GTO.Rs Head to Mexico City Looking for GT Points Lead
Petaluma, California -- TRG's GTO.Rs are headed to Mexico City for round two of the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve. The two GTO.Rs have their own scores to settle in Central America.
The number 64 GTO.R driven by Paul Edwards and Kelly Collins will be looking to defend the team's win in the GT race from just four months ago in November. Collins, racing at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez for the first time, will be aided by teammate Edwards' experience around the 2.5-mile, 17-turn track located in the heart of Mexico City.
In the number 65 TRG/F1 Air/Alpine Bagel/GTO.R Marc Bunting and Andy Lally have their own goals. Going into last year's race the duo were locked in a points battle for GT seasons end supremacy when on the last lap an exchange of daring passes saw the pair on the losing end of some of the most exciting racing of the season. Once again the duo are second in points and want to bring the lead back to the states.
"We started well at Daytona, we have a good amount of points which will help going into the sprint part of the schedule," said Andy Lally. "There will be more competition in Mexico, but we should have an edge with our experience there from last year. The organizers adjust the track layout for NASCAR, losing the stadium section and a few turns out back, sections in which our car was particularly strong. However they have also added a few passing zones which is a big help. The GTO.R is very good in transitions, especially where uneven pavement is involved."
Marc Bunting is excited to go back to Mexico City. "It's a new season and we have new priorities early on in the year being second in points. Last year we had a lot less cars than there will be next week. It was the only combined race we did without a caution flag. A larger field means you will pay for mistakes. I am excited to go back, and it will be new for a lot of the teams. We have the base line setup, so we will do some tweaking for conditions and we will be ready. The long straight will hurt us again in regards to top speed and the Porsche competition."
Paul Edwards is the defending GT class winner at Mexico City. "I have a different teammate this year, but we will be looking for the same result. The circuit is different. We have that fast sweeper coming onto the straight; hopefully we can get through there fast and not lose too much down that mile long drag strip. It is nice to be going into the race with the confidence from last year. We are in a little hole in the points from Daytona so a win would be nice."
Kelly Collins will be visiting the Mexico City track for the first time. "It is my first time racing there, I am staying at the W and Paul won there last year, that is all I know, so I have some home work to do by next weekend. Paul knows the track and the car will have good baseline setup on it from last year so it will be up to me to learn my way around. The team will be prepared and the track layout is not too difficult to learn."
"We are coming off two good runs at Daytona in the GTO.Rs," said team owner Kevin Buckler. "We have Marc and Andy second in points and Kelly and Paul will hopefully be able to make up their deficit this weekend. Mexico City is no mystery to us as it will be to some of the other GT teams that chose not to participate last year. We are focused on the GT title and we know that Mexico City played a pivotal role in our championship last year, we will definitely use that as motivation next weekend."
Coming off of the season opening Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona, Marc Bunting, Andy Lally and RJ Valentine find themselves in second in the GT points battle. Teammates Paul Edwards and Kelly Collins are in 13th place.