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TRG Completes Test Days for 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona Daytona Beach, Fl. -At the scene of some of the team's greatest racing achievements - Daytona International Speedway - TRG and its nine Porsches, split among two racing series, finished the ...

TRG Completes Test Days for 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona

Daytona Beach, Fl. -At the scene of some of the team's greatest racing achievements - Daytona International Speedway - TRG and its nine Porsches, split among two racing series, finished the traditional testing period for the Rolex 24 At Daytona strongly. Andy Lally, last year's Rolex GT driving champion, set the team's quickest time of the test on Friday, his lap of 1:52.791 good for 2nd overall on the weekend. Lally will share the #66 CRG Karts/TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car with Spencer Pumpelly, Mark Greenberg, R.J. Valentine and Kevin Buckler at the Rolex 24 later this month.

TRG will field a total of nine cars at the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Daytona 200 in the rechristened KONI Challenge Series on January 25-27. TRG's five Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, competing in the Rolex GT class and four Porsche 997s, competing in the KONI Challenge, present a new level of logistical coordination to a team familiar with operating efficiently at scale.

Team owner Kevin Buckler, himself an overall winner of the Rolex 24 in 2003, commented on the weekend's activities: "What a fantastic test weekend for our GT boys," he said. "Five cars and 20 smiling drivers, putting in great times and with some of our drivers turning their very best laps at the end of the last session - that's a great way to end the test. I'm proud of our crew members - they worked hard and had us ready to go right out of the box. We're headed back to California with all of our cars, and are going to put our heads down and get to work. We're going to come back here in a few weeks prepared and ready to win this race."

Regarding TRG's four-car KONI Challenge effort, Buckler commented, "The KONI Challenge weekend for us had heavy emphasis on 'Challenge'. The state of the art cars that we built are beautiful, but they all need more test time. The crew and drivers did a great job, but we've got a lot of work ahead of us before the Daytona race here in a couple of weeks. We'll be back and ready to kick off the season in style."

The 2007 Rolex 24 at Daytona and Koni Challenge Daytona 200 will run on January 25-28, 2007. TV coverage will be split between Fox and Speed Channel.

-credit: trg

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Andy Lally , Spencer Pumpelly , Mark Greenberg , R.J. Valentine