SCC: Trois-Rivieres: TRG preview

Fresh From Iowa Victory, TRG KONI Challenge Team Heads North of the Border PETALUMA, Calif. -On the heels of its first victory of the 2008 Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series season, the two-car TRG team makes its way north of the border for the ...

Fresh From Iowa Victory, TRG KONI Challenge Team Heads North of the Border

PETALUMA, Calif. -On the heels of its first victory of the 2008 Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series season, the two-car TRG team makes its way north of the border for the annual Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, the seventh round of the 10-race championship.

After taking his first career KONI Challenge pole position and race victory last weekend at Iowa, Scott Schroeder will once again be joined in the No. 41 Carlsen Porsche/Cohen Financial/Wolf-Tec Inc./www.WTInc.com/Ludwig-Motorsports Porsche 997 by Peter Ludwig. In the No. 39 Carlsen Porsche/The DigiTrust Group/Adam's Polishes/Fox River Coffee Porsche 997 will co-drivers Duncan Ende and Spencer Pumpelly. Both cars compete in the Grand Sport (GS) class.

"We are all so excited to be returning to Trois-Rivieres," stated an exuberant team owner, Kevin Buckler. "We love this place. Coming off last week's win and coupled with the fact that we have always done well at Trois-Rivieres makes for a great event. We have four awesome drivers this weekend and are glad to have Peter back with us. The Canadian fans are always so receptive to our form of racing and for some strange reason, all the drivers and crew really all love this event. I am sure the festive nightlife and pretty French Canadian girls have nothing to do with it."

Schroeder, a full-time competitor in the 2008 KONI Challenge Series, will be making his fifth start of the season alongside Ludwig this weekend at Trois-Rivieres. Last weekend at Iowa Speedway, Schroeder combined with three-time Grand-Am Rolex Series champion Andy Lally to take the first KONI Challenge victory of the season for TRG and the second win in the team's history in the series.

The Iowa performance moved Schroeder into 10th in the GS driver standings. Schroeder and Ludwig picked up their best result as teammates in their most recent outing together when they finished ninth at Barber Motorsports Park last month.

Ende and Pumpelly, meanwhile, head to Canada looking to avenge an abbreviated race last weekend at Iowa where they were forced to retire early due to power steering problems. Even with that setback, the No. 39 duo is still ranked 12th in the GS driver standings on the strength of three top-10 finishes from six races and a season-best performance of second in Round 2 at Lime Rock Park in May.

The No. 41 team is currently sixth in the GS team standings with 121 points, while the No. 39 team-which did not receive points for Round 4 at Watkins Glen as the team ran the No. 40 Porsche instead-is currently 13th in the team championship.

The weekend schedule at Trois-Rivieres gets underway on Friday, August 15 with a pair of practice sessions for the GS class, and Saturday's only GS on-track activity will be qualifying from 9:00 to 9:20 a.m. ET. Sunday's race is scheduled to take the green flag at 9:10 a.m., with a scheduled distance of 80 laps and a one-hour and 45-minute time limit.

-credit: trg

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Andy Lally , Spencer Pumpelly , Peter Ludwig , Duncan Ende , Scott Schroeder