TRG Porsche of Johnson and Nearn Finish Ninth in Mexico City Mexico City, Mexico -- Steve Johnson and Robert Nearn drove their number 66/TRG/Comfort Systems/Porsche 997 to a ninth place finish today at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in round two...
TRG Porsche of Johnson and Nearn Finish Ninth in Mexico City
Mexico City, Mexico -- Steve Johnson and Robert Nearn drove their number 66/TRG/Comfort Systems/Porsche 997 to a ninth place finish today at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in round two of the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve. The team battled setup issues with the changing track conditions all weekend. Beginning with Thursday's practice each session brought about major suspension tuning right up to the race.
Steve Johnson started the race from his twelfth place qualifying position and was able to hold his spot up to the first pit stop. The team called the ex-pro football player in for a driver change on lap 44, just two laps before a caution period. "We finished about where we expected, we had a tenth place car all weekend. We are still a little behind as a result of the trouble we had in practice at Daytona. We have some testing scheduled to really sort out this new car and get it back up the grid where we belong."
Johnson handed over to Nearn who was able to run good consistent laps, while battling an understeer problem that really hampered the overall speed of the 997. "I was fighting understeer, having to lift off of the gas half-way through the turn which really cost me a lot of time, especially in the last long sweeper," said Nearn. "The car ran well and we really didn't make any mistakes on the track. The pit stop was just bad timing, nothing really we could have done about that call. We are not that far away, a few miles of testing and we will be right up there."
"Steve and Robert did a good job today," said Kevin Buckler, TRG owner. "We brought them in for a pit stop just two laps before the yellow, but there was no way to know what was going to happen. Both guys never really put a wheel wrong all race. We have some work to do on the handling, but it was a positive weekend for the Porsche guys."
Round three of the Grand Am series will be the Grand Prix of Miami held at Homestead Miami Speedway on March 25th.