SCC: Mid-Ohio: TRG preview

TRG Ready for KONI Challenge at Mid-Ohio Petaluma, Calif., (June 17, 2009) - TRG has its two Porsche 997 KONI Sports Car Challenge Series cars ready for the twisty Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course race to be run on Saturday, June 20. Following a...

TRG Ready for KONI Challenge at Mid-Ohio

Petaluma, Calif., (June 17, 2009) - TRG has its two Porsche 997 KONI Sports Car Challenge Series cars ready for the twisty Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course race to be run on Saturday, June 20.

Following a solid run at Watkins Glen International Raceway where John Potter and Andy Lally took the win in their No. 41 Magnus Racing/Intercity Lines/TRG Porsche 997, the duo has climbed to eighth in the KONI Challenge points standings.

"We have two races in one afternoon and we're expecting rain so it should be fun," Lally said. "Mid-Ohio is certainly one of my all time favorite tracks. I have so many awesome memories there, I could go on forever. I had three pole positions in one weekend that turned into two wins and the perfect weekend was in the bag until a half-shaft broke while in the lead of the third race. I have more wins here than all other tracks except for "The Glen" with the last one coming in a dramatic finish in 2007 with my teammate RJ Valentine in the Rolex race. I love this place."

Duncan Ende and Spencer Pumpelly have also been fixtures at the top of the KONI Challenge series standings. Ende is currently fifth in points behind the wheel of the No. 39 DigiTrust Group/Adam's Polishes/Racer's Roast Coffee/Intercity Lines/TRG Porsche 997.

"Qualifying and our performance in the pits are going to be huge keys for our KONI cars around Mid Ohio," Ende said. "This track is really hard to pass at in cars of equal performance and it will be even worse for us if we are watching the Mustangs and BMWs rocket away from us down the back straight, so qualifying up front and breaking away from the high power cars through the back section of the track is going to be the name of the game. Getting in and out of the pits quickly could make our race as well, especially since we can expect to be pitting under yellow along with the guys we are racing. If we put together the sort of performance we pulled off last month in New Jersey we are going to have a really good shot this weekend."

"The key to doing well at Mid-Ohio in a Porsche is getting off the corners well," Pumpelly said. "The track is a horsepower track which we lack so we need to handle well. If we get the lead we can hopefully keep it, but if we have to come through the pack, the Mustangs will win. We need to transition well and have drivability. We will definitely be looking at the series of turns starting in six and through 12 to focus the setup of the car on this weekend."

Kevin Buckler, TRG team owner, is happy with the way his KONI Challenge Porsches are performing this season.

"Our KONI season, so far, has been one of opportunity," Buckler said. "We are not the fastest cars on the track, but we have been able to capitalize on our competitors errors in the pits and on the track as well as just fantastic driving by all four of our drivers. Both cars have seen success this year with Duncan getting a pole and win at New Jersey, John and Andy getting a win at Watkins Glen in the last round and we have the guys in contention for the championship. The next upcoming races will favor big horsepower, so we will have to be on our game in the pits and once again take full advantage of our competition's hick-ups."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Andy Lally , Spencer Pumpelly , Duncan Ende , John Potter