TRG's Potter and Lally Earn their First Podium of Young KONI Season at Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead, Florida, TRG's John Potter and Andy Lally just missed winning round two of the Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge Series today ...
TRG's Potter and Lally Earn their First Podium of Young KONI Season at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead, Florida, TRG's John Potter and Andy Lally just missed winning round two of the Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge Series today at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The team was edged, by another Porsche, for the top spot in the GS category by a mere 0.133 seconds. In the team No. 39 DigiTrust Group/Adam's Polishes/Fox River Coffee Racer's Roast/TRG Porsche 997 for Duncan Ende and Spencer Pumpelly ended the two-and-a-half-hour race in 22nd.
41 home fin With just 30 minutes left in the race, the team called Lally to the pits on lap 79 for a fresh set of Hoosier tires. Lally proceeded to hunt down the leading No. 18 Porsche. With just four laps remaining, without the help of caution flags, Lally was gaining on the leader by almost a second a lap. On the final lap Lally used his NASCAR drafting skills to try and draft by the leader but came up inches short of victory.
Potter started the No. 41 Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche 997 from his 11th place qualifying position and turned the car over to Lally in a position to win.
"I was really happy with how this entire weekend shaped up," Potter said. "We had a strong and flawless car all weekend and of course Andy's drive was nothing short of incredible. Hats off to the TRG crew and I look forward to racing against Andy at VIR and possibly teaming up more in the future."
"It was a great day again for TRG and the entire TRG crew," Lally said. "TRG again prepared an incredible car that I could drive to 10/10ths. It was hopefully the first of many podiums for John and me. This was a great jump in the points for us. It was a great call to take tires when we did. We just came up a couple inches short."
39 home gin In the No. 39 DigiTrust Group/Adam's Polishes/Fox River Coffee Racer's Roast/TRG Porsche 997 Ende and Pumpelly had a challenging day that included contact and some mechanical issues placing them in 22nd on the day. Ende had a great qualifying effort putting the No. 39 in the fifth row on the starting grid.
"It was a rough day for the 39 car," Ende said. "We had a solid car, and performed an awesome pit stop. Unfortunately right after Spencer took over something broke. The guys did am awesome job getting the car back out on track for us to get some points. We are still in points contention and looking forward to the next event."
"Duncan put in a fantastic stint and we had a great car unfortunately we had a mechanical failure right after the pit stop," Pumpelly said. "We had some light contact afterward, but nothing serious. The TRG guys did an awesome job getting us back out on track and able to finish for some valuable points."
Kevin Buckler, TRG team owner, was thrilled with the results but still wants more.
"John and Andy did a great job all weekend," Buckler said. "We made the right call to get Andy on fresh tires for the run to the checker. We just came up a few inches short. It was great to watch. Duncan and Spencer had a little tougher day. We had unforeseen part issue and then some on track contact. They qualified well, raced well and will be back stronger than ever at New Jersey. We just need some power. Our team performs flawlessly, but we never pass anyone. We have to rely on others mistakes or misfortunes and that is not racing."
The Grand-Am KONI Challenge Sports Car Challenge Series will run round three at New Jersey Motorsports Park on May 2.