TRG in Search of Point Lead in Birmingham
Petaluma, CA (April 4, 2011)- Headed in to the third round of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series a mere three points away from the lead, TRG heads to this weekend’s Porsche 250 in search of strong results for the no. 67 Sargent & Lundy Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.
Still on a high from taking victory at this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, drivers Steve Bertheau and Spencer Pumpelly will continue their strong partnership together at the challenging Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, a 2.3 mile, 17-turn track known for it’s constant series of turns combined with sweeping elevation changes.
The duo, who have taken two victories together in GRAND-AM competition, currently sit a mere three points out of the championship lead, and head to a track that could be well suited to TRG’s ability to call incredible race strategy and capitalize on unique opportunities as the race unfolds.
For Steve Bertheau, a resident of Chicago, the opportunity to come to such a challenging track as Barber Motorsports Park is a welcome one.
“I’ve never been to Barber Motorsports Park but it’s always looked like a really nice course,” stated Bertheau. “I know the heat and the demands on the tires will be a constant challenge, but this team does a great job of keeping a car under me, I think if I can hand it over to Spencer in a good position we could be a real threat. We’re so close in the points I really hope this weekend works out, it should be a lot of fun.”
For Spencer Pumpelly, residing in Atlanta, the confidence in his teammate and his crew is unwavering.
We really want this championship bad.
“Barber is a challenge in any car, and this weekend should be a really good test for our guys,” stated Pumpelly. “Steve is coming to this race really hungry for a result, and I think we can really deliver for him this weekend. We have a great group of guys with us, and as long as we can manage the tires, we’ll see how the Porsche fares up against some of the competition.”
For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, tire management and strategy will be the keys to success.
“We really want this championship bad, and I know we have the team and drivers to deliver,” stated Buckler. “Steve is extremely committed and focused on improvement, fitness and success, and I’m very confident he can adapt to this new track. Barber is undoubtedly one of the more challenging courses, but we have all been preparing. This sort of course really suits Spencer’s aggressive driving really well, and there’s no doubt we have the best crew in the business. Tire management on our Porsche will be absolutely critical, but I think if we get the right yellows and make the right calls, we’ll be there at the end, and hungry for the next race.”