TRG Daytona 24H hour 16 report

The Racer's Group (TRG) press release

TRG TEAMS CONTINUE THEIR DRIVE FOR VICTORY AS DAWN BREAKS OVER DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

#67 TRG Porsche GT3: Steven Bertheau, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Marc Goossens, Wolf Henzler, Spencer Pumpelly
#67 TRG Porsche GT3: Steven Bertheau, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Marc Goossens, Wolf Henzler, Spencer Pumpelly

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Daytona Beach, FL, January 29, 2012 - It would be hard to decide which was more beautiful - Saturday night’s sunset or Sunday sunrise. TRG, the winningest team in the history of the Grand-Am series, continued its quest for another GT class victory. At the end of sixteen hours of grueling competition, three TRG cars continued to compete in the top fifteen of the GT ranks.

"The race is unfolding pretty much the way we figured it would," observed Kevin Buckler. "There haven't been very many retirements so the traffic is still very heavy out there. That means the chance of hitting someone or being hit are still pretty high. We are still trying to keep the everybody on their toes."

"This race will break your heart if you let it," he added. "You can lead the Rolex 24 for 23 1/2 hours and still go home without that Rolex watch. It has happened to everyone who has run here for any length of time."

Car Number 64: Started the race 34th. The car, driven by the team of Salazar, Ardagna, Costabal, Orjuela and DiGuida, held station over the course of the last four hours and continues to hold 22nd place in the GT class

Car Number 65: Having started the race in 38th place in the GT class, the team of Hedlund, Cox, McCarthy, Michaelian and Castellano also continued to hold on to 26th place in GT, the same spot they held at the halfway point

Car Number 66: The Farnbacher, Pilet, Keating and Simonsen team slipped back down to ninth position by the sixteen hour. The team had run as far down as tenth, but rallied to run as high as sixth before dropping back

Car Number 67::The Bertheau, Goossens,Henzler, Pumpelly and Bleekemolen car has continued to show excellent pace, running in the top three of the GT class for most of the four hours since the halfway point. Only two laps down to the GT leader, a few breaks will put them in a position to fight for first in class

Car Number 68: The Faulkner, Cumming, Estre, Gomez and Keating car, having started 44th in class, continued to earn a hard fought 12th place in GT, despite having lost an additional four laps to the GT class leader

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