Millville: TRG qualifying report

TRG Qualifies Solidly at New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, New Jersey, (May 2, 2009) - TRG qualified their four GT entries solidly for the Grand-Am Rolex Series Verizon Wireless 250 to be run at New Jersey Motorsports Park tomorrow ...

TRG Qualifies Solidly at New Jersey Motorsports Park

Millville, New Jersey, (May 2, 2009) - TRG qualified their four GT entries solidly for the Grand-Am Rolex Series Verizon Wireless 250 to be run at New Jersey Motorsports Park tomorrow afternoon, May 3.

Justin Marks in the No. 67 Construct Corp/No Fear Energy Drinks/Voodoo Ride/Kartel Motorsports/K1 Speed/Gemstone Winery/TRG Porsche GT3 led the team's qualifying effort and will start from the fourth row tomorrow based upon his time of 1:23.223. Marks is teamed with last years New Jersey race winner Andy Lally.

"The car was like we set it up to be in practice," Marks said. "It is a little bit free in the high-speed stuff so it was a little tough to really get after it. I am happy with the lap that I put in. I think we have a good car. We need to adjust on it a little bit in tomorrow's warm-up before the race. We just aren't fast enough to be at the front with the Pontiacs right now."

Ted Ballou, piloting the No. 66 AXA/Mitchell Rubber/Wealth Management Strategies/TRG Porsche GT3 posted a time of 1:24.125 and will start from the seventh row. Ballou and teammate Spencer Pumpelly are looking to complete what was a strong run last year before it was ruined by a mechanical issue.

"The car was running good," Ballou said. "The crew has the car setup well and it is very well balanced. I was working hard out there, but the car felt good. I don't know that we have it for the Pontiacs this weekend, that will be a little tough. Spencer will run strong and we will run as hard as we can. It is looking like rain tomorrow, the great equalizer. Usually our cars are good in the wet and we will see what happens."

John Potter qualified the No. 65 Riegel/Stanton/Cystic Fibrosis Foundation/65 Roses/Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche GT3 in 13th with a time of 1:56.304. Potter is teamed with 2005 Grand-Am GT champion Craig Stanton.

"I have been feeling a little uncomfortable in the car all week," Potter said. "It is always nice to put in your fastest lap of the weekend in qualifying. It was good that the weather held off for qualifying. The car feels good. We are as ready as we can be for the race tomorrow. We will see what happens if it rains. Maybe it will rain this afternoon while I am out in the KONI race to get some laps in the wet."

68 jersey qual RJ Valentine, one of the New Jersey track principals, was at the controls of the No. 68 Cabana Cachaca/CRG/Ruby Tuesday/F1 New Jersey/Maxter/TRG Porsche GT3. Valentine put in a time of 1:26.397 which will see him start from the eighth row. Valentine is joined by ARCA/REMAX and last year's co-driving GT race winner Tim George Jr.

"I had a great run in qualifying," Valentine said. "These guys have improved the car every session. I have been out of the car since Daytona, but I am ready to get back in there and race tomorrow. I am going to kick-butt, take names and deliver the goods to TRG."

Team owner Kevin Buckler is happy with the driving effort in qualifying but needs some help from the Grand-Am rules makers.

"The guys all put in really good laps in qualifying," Buckler said. "It is frustrating that we are so far off of the Pontiacs and Mazdas. If it stays dry tomorrow they are going to drive off into the distance. We can only hope that it pours and equalizes the field a little more."

-credit: trg

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Andy Lally , Justin Marks , Spencer Pumpelly , Craig Stanton , Ted Ballou , Tim George Jr. , John Potter
Teams Magnus Racing