TRG Results from KONI Challenge Fresh from Florida 200
Daytona Beach, Fl. (January 26, 2007) - Serge Glazunov and Matt Harris led home TRG's contingent of Porsche 997s at the Grand-Am KONI Challenge Fresh from Florida 200 today at Daytona International Speedway, finishing 12th out of a class of 59 GS cars in the #42 TRG/Carlsen Porsche. The race broke records for entry size; 105 cars took the green flag on a gorgeous day in Daytona Beach.
Serge Glazunov, making his first professional race start, said, "That was an awesome race - I brought the car from 43rd to 20th before handing it over to Matt, who did a great job. I was totally comfortable in the traffic - the slower cars are kind of fun, you can almost use them like a pick. I learned today that it's not outright pace that wins races, but consistency."
Matt Harris, who had the fastest race lap of any Porsche in the field, said, "Serge was fantastic in the car today - he gained I think 23 positions in his stint. Starting from 43rd, it was excellent to see him dice through the field like that. I got in the car with new tires and a full tank of fuel, and got into a good groove. We had a little mistake in the pits, but in the last 45 minutes we were able to more than hold our own. At a track like this where top speed plays such a big part, there's just no competing with the Mustangs. Despite the teething problems we had with the car before the race, to be quickest during the race is really satisfying."
Scott Schroeder and John Bibbo finished 21st in class in the #40 TRG/Carlsen Porsche/CDI/ Cohen Financial Porsche 997, 29.74 seconds behind the winner and finishing on the same lap. Schroeder took over driving duties from Bibbo at the first caution period, not realizing he was about to embark on the longest driving stint of his young career.
"I got into the car in the middle of the field, and any notion I had about easing into my first KONI Challenge race immediately went out the window. I was able to pace myself, but I've never driven more than a 30-minute sprint race before - I ended up driving the last two hours and 15 minutes of the race. It was a great learning experience for me, and I felt that John and I were competitive."
Andy Lally and Ted Ballou finished 29th in the #41 TRG/Carlsen Porsche/Mitchell Rubber Porsche 997, in their first KONI Challenge race together, 1 lap down from the winner with 63 laps. Both drivers, who split time this weekend by driving in the KONI Challenge as well as the Rolex 24, are looking forward to getting more comfortable in the #41 997 and moving up the KONI Challenge standings.
Duncan Ende and Grant Maiman finished 36th in class in the #39 TRG/Carlsen Porsche/DigiTrust/Adam's Polishes Porsche 997, 2 laps off the winner's pace. Ende, of Los Angeles, CA, commented on his race. "Our car was a bit of a mess, the engine didn't cool properly and we had a bit of heat soak, which diminished our power. I was able to move the car up the field nine or 10 positions, but as the engine heated up, we started to lose time in the straights - which here at Daytona is a lot of the track. When Grant got in the car, the muffler broke, and the crew was able to fix it quickly. In the end, the car drove great, which bodes well for the rest of the season. Once we get the car sorted, I think we've got the pace to challenge for wins. I can't wait to get to Homestead, where we'll have a track that suits the car."
Team owner Kevin Buckler commented on the team's inaugural KONI Challenge effort. "What a great first weekend with the TRG debut in the KONI Challenge Series. After months of developing these cars from scratch it was fantastic to see all four cross the Start/Finish line. My hat is off to our shining star, car #42 with Serge Glazunov and Matt Harris, for their stellar performance, and especially Matt turning in the fastest Porsche lap of the race. Our driver pairings of Serge and Matt, as well as Andy and Ted, John and Scott and Duncan and Grant all performed extremely well in this first weekend of competition. I know we will be taking big strides in performance over the next few months, and we are all looking forward to the challenge."