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TRG Pontiac GTO.Rs Looking for Two at Mid-Ohio Petaluma, California -- The TRG Pontiac GTO.Rs are coming off their first win in the Grand American Rolex Series GT category. The team will be looking for their second victory with newcomer Ron ...

TRG Pontiac GTO.Rs Looking for Two at Mid-Ohio

Petaluma, California -- The TRG Pontiac GTO.Rs are coming off their first win in the Grand American Rolex Series GT category. The team will be looking for their second victory with newcomer Ron Fellows behind the wheel of the number 64 car for this weekends running of the EMCO Gears Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic. The 200-mile event will be run on Saturday, August 27th.

The 2.2-mile Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course was apart of the schedule for the teams GTO.R development program. In addition to putting the GTO.R through its paces at the famed road course, the Krohn Racing/TRG prototypes also shared track time.

"We had the opportunity to test there in late May," said Lally.

"We are still operating in a fairly large window as far as handling is concerened. We are really close and not really making huge adjustments. Mid-Ohio has so many different aspects and different kinds of corners - most tracks you can be pretty good in most spots. Mid-Ohio is a compromise, you are not going to be good everywhere, you need to pick your points. Thirty points out of first is not insurmountable, we can conceivably be the points leaders coming out of Mid-Ohio, we need a dark cloud over the guys in front of us."

Marc Bunting mirrors co-driver Lally's thoughts. "When we tested there, Andy and I were just getting acclimated to the car. We may have been able to sort out the gearing and get an idea of the handling so we can unload pretty close on Thursday. The Pontiac motor develops a lot of torque and that will help off of the corners. We will need to set the car up for the many different corner transitions. We can't get it perfect everywhere, but we need to focus on the turns that lead on to the straights. We will be looking to win. When you are in the points battle, like we are, you have to score maximum points every weekend and that means winning."

Fellows will partner with Paul Edwards, who already has one win to his credit in the GTO.R. "Ron has a lot of experience at Mid-Ohio and in these kinds of cars," said Paul Edwards. "I look up to Ron, he has been in the GM family forever. I will be absorbing everything he has to offer. We did some development work there, but it wasn't in the race setting it is in now, namely the restrictor. The car is well balanced and has a great base that we work from. We will practice on Thursday and I am looking forward to Ron's impressions and improvements."

"The team has a victory under their belt already, so I am coming into a good situation," commented Fellows. "The GTO.R was built at the Pratt & Miller shop so I know it is a quality car. Mid-Ohio will be busy with all of the prototypes and GT cars. I will be in a support role to Paul Edwards who I am sure will handle most of the driving chores."

"We are in the middle of a points battle with Marc and Andy," said team owner Kevin Buckler. "On the other side of the equation we have Paul and this weekend Ron who are just looking to win races. It is nice to have these two scenarios working on the track within the same team. The cars have been really performing well the last two races.

Mid-Ohio is where every driver loves to come and we are looking for good things for the GTO.Rs again this weekend."

Round ten of the Grand American Rolex Series will be run at Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course on August 27th and will be televised the next day, August 28th, starting at 12:00 p.m. EST on the Speed Channel.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Paul Edwards , Ron Fellows , Kevin Buckler , Marc Bunting
Teams Krohn Racing