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Trench Shoring Company Races into the Rolex 24 The Trench Shoring battalion is on their way to a successful race weekend with Team Sahlen at the Daytona International Speedway. Teammates Tom Malloy and Ernie Becker have turned enough laps at ...

Trench Shoring Company Races into the Rolex 24

The Trench Shoring battalion is on their way to a successful race weekend with Team Sahlen at the Daytona International Speedway. Teammates Tom Malloy and Ernie Becker have turned enough laps at Daytona to prepare for the 45th Rolex 24 Hours. Malloy and teammates are starting the endurance race from a qualifying position of 35th in the GT class on Saturday, January 27. The No. 41 Porsche GT3 Cup car along with the 70 Rolex competitors will be on track battling each other and the grueling 24 hours that will make or break the race.

Long time racer, Malloy is not worried about turning the fastest laps in his class. He knows that the race is won not by the fastest, but the smartest drivers. "I had a chance to a put in a lot of laps during the practice session. My times are consistent and I was happy with them. I have already figured out my race pace. If we keep at this pace all day and night we are going to do just fine."

Malloy is very content with his team and car. " I am real happy with the team. They are the Mid-Western salt of the earth kind of people. They live and breathe this sort of thing. Like I have said before, the driver and the car makes up 50% of the race effort and the rest is the team. As long as we don't do anything stupid we can make it the full 24 hours. I am having fun and I have not torn anything up yet."

While Malloy was adjusting to the Trench Shoring Porsche GT3 Cup car, teammate Ernie Becker was suiting up for the Fresh from Florida 200 in the KONI Challenge on Friday afternoon. Becker along with Team Sahlen driver, Joe Masessa raced the No. 05 GS Trench Shoring Porsche 996 to a 22nd finish Friday afternoon.

When Becker handed over the Porsche to Masessa it was in 12th place. "We had a good consistent race. With so many cars out there it was better off being safe and to score points for the weekend then to do anything crazy," said Becker. Masessa kept the car out of trouble and avoided all on track carnage and finished the car in 22nd. Becker will act as the reserve driver for the No. 41 Porsche during the twice around the clock Rolex event.

Team Sahlen and their hardworking crew will be campaigning three GT cars in the 24 hours. Two Porsche GT3 Cup cars and one Corvette GT will display the Trench Shoring Company logo. With one race over and another just beginning the Trench Shoring drivers are looking forward to the 1:30PM Sunday sunshine hitting their windshield.

-credit: team sahlen

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Joe Masessa , Ernie Becker
Teams Team Sahlen
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