Craig Stanton and Hima Maher Join TRG Assault for Victories Series Champion and Porsche Veteran Join TRG For Next Round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca No. 65 TRG Porsche PETALUMA, Calif. - In a season that has featured a team driving lineup ...
Craig Stanton and Hima Maher Join TRG Assault for Victories
Series Champion and Porsche Veteran Join TRG For Next Round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
No. 65 TRG Porsche PETALUMA, Calif. - In a season that has featured a team driving lineup which included everything from Rolex 24 At Daytona winners and series champions to standouts from open-wheel and prototype ranks, TRG has added two more veterans to the team, in 2005 Rolex Series GT champion Craig Stanton and experienced Porsche racer Hima Maher.
Stanton and Maher will join forces in TRG's No. 65 Riegel Autosport/Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing Porsche GT3 machine for selected races throughout the remainder of the 2008 season. The duo will make their debut in the No. 65 machine in the Monterey Festival of Speed at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Saturday, May 17. Stanton and Maher will also contest upcoming events at Watkins Glen, Daytona, Mid-Ohio, Montreal, and Miller Motorsports Park.
For 2005 series champion and current Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series points leader Craig Stanton, this is the chance to join forces with a team he's been competing with for more than a decade.
"Joining TRG is both a big honor and a really good opportunity for me" stated Stanton, a long-time team competitor. "Kevin and I have been racing against each for a number of years, and it's going to be a pretty wild experience finally joining forces. Running with a guy like Hima is the icing on the cake, as he's one of the most technically astute drivers I've known."
No stranger to Porsche racing himself, Maher will be re-joining TRG after making his initial foray into the Rolex Series GT category with the team in the 2008 Rolex 24 At Daytona. The Canadian is a veteran of many different levels of Porsche racing, and joins the team with a fresh outlook and an unrelenting enthusiasm. "I've driven with TRG a number of times in the past, but to drive with Craig as part of the TRG team is a great opportunity for me," Maher said.
Returning as sponsors for Riegel Autosport are Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing and Total-R Insulation Solutions. For the Wiegele organization, the involvement in the series is a perfect opportunity to promote its latest development, "The Resort at Saddle Mountain, " located in the Monashee Mountains of British Columbia, Canada.
For team owner Kevin Buckler, the addition of Stanton and Maher is another step forward in his pursuit to deliver the first win of 2008 for Porsche.
"By putting the Riegel Autosport team together, Hima and his partners have made a commitment to a top level racing program and we are honored that they have chosen to partner with TRG," Buckler said. "We are looking forward to giving them our best to achieve their objectives. Craig is a proven winner in every category in which he's driven. He's a class act and one of the best coaches in the world of Porsche racing. Craig will be a perfect addition to the team, not just behind the wheel but also with what he can bring to all of our other programs.
"With Hima, we have a very talented and heads-up driver who runs a professional Porsche tuning shop in Calgary so he knows these cars inside and out. To also bring back Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing is a big honor. We had a blast with them this year at an 'All TRG' boys weekend at their resort at Blue River. Being an old skier myself, I'm really happy to see them come back for the year, and I think they'll really enjoy their experience in sports cars. We all look forward to seeing the No. 65 car back on the track at Laguna Seca. It should be a big event for all of us."