Mid-Ohio: Race report

TRG Pontiac GTO.Rs Finish Second and Thirteenth in GT at Mid-Ohio Lexington, Ohio -- The TRG Pontiac GTO.R driven by Marc Bunting and Andy Lally finished second today at the Grand American Rolex Series EMCO Gears Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic.

TRG Pontiac GTO.Rs Finish Second and Thirteenth in GT at Mid-Ohio

Lexington, Ohio -- The TRG Pontiac GTO.R driven by Marc Bunting and Andy Lally finished second today at the Grand American Rolex Series EMCO Gears Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic. Teammates Paul Edwards and Ron Fellows finished thirteenth with a suspension problem.

In a caution filled start to the two-hour-and-forty-five minute race, three early yellow flag periods tested the teams strategy. Bunting and Lally, behind the wheel of their number 65/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R, had to come through the field to finish second. Andy Lally took over the car on lap 18 and returned to the fight in twelfth place. He was able to bring the car up to second, behind teammate Edwards on lap 63. The duo were lapping in first and second in GT for some 20 laps before Lally had to pit for a splash of fuel, allowing the eventual winning BMW to pass sealing the GTO.R's second place position.

The number 64/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R started by Ron Fellows was able to get through the early carnage safely to pit on lap 44 in third place and turn the wheel over to Paul Edwards. After the shuffling of the pit stops, Edwards found himself leading the GT class. The young Californian was putting in steady lap times as he and prototype teammate Nic Jonsson topped both the GT and the DP fields.

On lap 83, Edwards was going between turns 10 and 11 when a suspension issue on the left front caused him to pit out of the lead. The issue was not able to be repaired in time to complete the race.

Marc Bunting, #65/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R: "This is our best finish in the new car. It was a good points day. My stint was a little hairy early. I was in turn nine and went through some debris from another cars accident, but it didn't affect the car. The GTO.R really performed well. It is nice to get a good finish for the GTO owners club members that came to support us today."

Andy Lally, #65/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R: "The car ran great. We adjusted on it slightly throughout the day, it really responds well to change. We fell back early, but were able to rally back and run at the front. The team did a great job on the pit stops and everything went according to plan."

Paul Edwards, #64/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R: "I was exiting turn 10 and heading to 11 when the front left just dropped. I was lucky that I wasn't into the corner with that side loaded up. I was able to gather it back and get it slowed down. It is tough to bring in a car when it is so good and you are leading. Ron did a good job in his stint and was able to stay out of trouble. He really knows when to push and when to be patient; I think I learned something today."

Ron Fellows, #64/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R: "The car is real friendly to drive. I got passed by a few cars in turn eight when a car went off; I was just on the wrong side of the track and three cars passed me. The GTO.R was fast enough to lead, but I wanted to be extra patient. The suspension problem is just a new car issue that the Pratt & Miller guys will investigate. I had a great time; I really like the series and the competition. Paul did a great job; the team had the fastest car today, but not the best luck."

Kevin Buckler, TRG team owner: "It was a great battle all day. It was fulfilling to have the new cars running one-and-two in GT. The suspension issue is just a new car thing. Paul and Ron ran really well and was the most consistent car on the track. Marc and Andy did a nice job and made up some ground on the points chase."

Round eleven of the Grand American Rolex Series will be run at Phoenix International Raceway on September 9th.

-kc

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Paul Edwards , Ron Fellows , Kevin Buckler , Andy Lally , Marc Bunting , Nic Jonsson