SCC: Watkins Glen: TRG preview

TRG Heads to The Glen for KONI Challenge All four TRG drivers in top 10 Petaluma, Calif., (June 3, 2009) - TRG is looking for another strong finish at this weekend's Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge Series race at...

TRG Heads to The Glen for KONI Challenge
All four TRG drivers in top 10

Petaluma, Calif., (June 3, 2009) - TRG is looking for another strong finish at this weekend's Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge Series race at Watkins Glen International raceway to be run on Friday, June 5.

Duncan Ende and teammate Spencer Pumpelly will be looking to get back into top form in the No. 39 DigiTrust Group/Adam's Polishes/Racer's Roast Coffee/TRG Porsche 997. After a great start to the season an uncharacteristic off at Lime Rock by Pumpelly due to a part failure from early race contact, the duo is ready to get back on the podium. Despite the setback, Ende is fifth in the GS standings and Pumpelly is tenth.

"The result we take home from Watkins Glen is going to be pretty dependent on our strategy and if we catch any luck over the course of the race," Ende said. "We should be reasonably competitive on lap times, but we sure aren't going to be able to drive off into the distance and leave the field in our wake. There is so much straight at the Glen that our power disadvantage can really bite us, especially if we get caught out working ST traffic while trying to fend off Mustangs and BMWs from behind."

John Potter and Andy Lally in the No. 41 Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche 997 will be looking for back-to-back strong runs this weekend. Two weeks ago at Lime Rock, Potter and Lally finished a close second place. With the strong finish, Potter and Lally are ninth in the GS driver's points order.

"We will need good strategy and obviously some good luck, but you really need pace at The Glen," Lally said. "It is a horsepower track for sure and you need to be able to keep up with the fast cars. You need to be able to really fly through the Bus Stop, it is key to a good lap time there. Our cars handle very well, but we are down on torque and that is an important thing to have at The Glen. We may be able to hold the lead if we can get out front, but passing cars will be difficult there. It's the same thing everywhere we go with these cars, excellent handling but down on grunt."

Kevin Buckler, TRG team owner, knows that the so called "Porsche tracks" are behind the team now.

"We have exhausted the so called handling tracks on the KONI schedule," Buckler said. "The rest will favor the big horsepower of the Mustangs and BMWs. Our guys will have to run mistake free and we will need to be on our game in the pits and of course with our strategy. We are not out by any means, but a boost from the rule makers would make the show better at the front for the fans. We have all four guys in the top ten in points, just barely, so we are going to put every effort forward this weekend."

Round six of the KONI Challenge Sports Car Series will be run at Watkins Glen International Raceway on June 5th and will be televised on the SPEED Channel, tape delayed, on June 14 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

-credit: trg

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