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TRG Heads to Utah Season Finale Looking for Second Straight Win No. 65 Porsche PETALUMA, Calif. - On the heels of a victory at New Jersey Motorsports Park last month, TRG heads to the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown...

TRG Heads to Utah Season Finale Looking for Second Straight Win

No. 65 Porsche PETALUMA, Calif. - On the heels of a victory at New Jersey Motorsports Park last month, TRG heads to the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 season finale at Miller Motorsports Park looking to close out the season with a second consecutive victory.

TRG will field three Porsches in Saturday's SunRichGourmet.com 1000, and with 1000 kilometers or seven hours of racing on tap, any of the three could find their way to Victory Circle.

"The win at New Jersey energized our whole team and I believe we'll come out strong again at Miller Motorsports Park," said team owner Kevin Buckler. "We've got great driver lineups in all three cars and all of the drivers have proven themselves this season. It would be great to finish out the year with back-to-back wins, and we're ready to do just that."

As was announced last week, No. 67 TRG Porsche GT3 co-drivers Tim George Jr. and three-time Rolex Series champion Andy Lally will be joined by Porsche factory driver Patrick Long for the season finale. George and Lally brought TRG's first Rolex Series victory of the season in New Jersey and will have plenty of motivation in Utah.

George heads into the weekend sitting atop the MESCO Building for the Future Rookie of the Year point standings on the strength of the New Jersey victory and a total of six podium results from his 12 starts thus far.

"Carrying the momentum from New Jersey, I really look forward to coming out to Salt Lake City," George said. "The guys did a great job, and hopefully that can carry over to the next race. Patrick Long will be a great addition, and between Patrick and Andy I'm looking forward to learning a lot, as well as of course going for the Rookie of the Year championship. If we can finish 18th or better we should have the championship locked, which would be huge for me. We still have a shot at third overall in the driver's championship as well, so we'll hope for some good luck. Miller is a long, complicated track to drive, and with a seven-hour endurance race anything can happen, but we're all up for the challenge and I'm looking forward to a huge celebration at the end."

Sharing the No. 66 Mitchell Rubber Porsche GT3 once again are co-drivers Ted Ballou and Spencer Pumpelly, with Bryan Sellers completing the three-driver lineup. Ballou is also wrapping up his rookie campaign in the Rolex Series and goes into the season finale sitting second in the Bob Akin Award standings and third in the Rookie of the Year standings. Since joining forces with Pumpelly at Barber Motorsports Park in July, Pumpelly and Ballou have finished inside the top five in two out of the last three races.

"I really hope we can end the season on a high note," said Ballou. "It's been an up and down 2008, so hopefully the challenge of Miller for seven hours will work in all of our favor. Spencer has been a great teammate for the second half of the year, and I look forward to working with Bryan, so hopefully we can all finish the season with a win."

The TRG/Riegel Autosport team also heads to Utah looking to wrap up its season on a high note, and will field the No. 65 Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing/Total-R Insulation Solutions Porsche GT3 for Josemanuel Gutierrez, John Potter-who hails from nearby Salt Lake City-and 2005 Rolex Series GT champion Craig Stanton.

Since the partnership formed prior to Round 5 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in May, the No. 65 Riegel Autosport/TRG entry has finished inside the top 10 in five of eight races. It will be Potter's second consecutive start alongside Stanton in the No. 65 machine, while Gutierrez returns to the team for the first time since the race at Barber in July.

"I'm really looking forward to driving at Miller and re-uniting with everyone at Riegel Autosport and TRG," Potter said. "The team did a great job at the last race in New Jersey. We drove a very steady race and Craig is simply a fantastic driver to work with. Josemanuel is a great addition to the team. He brings an attitude and an attention to detail that really pushes us all to up our game, and I think the three of us should be a strong combination for the race. This is my home track, so I'm really looking forward to driving in front of the Utah crowd and feeling a little local support."

"I am very happy to be back at the track since my last race," Gutierrez added. "It's been way too long, and with a race like this anything can happen, so I'm very optimistic. It will be my first time driving with John Potter, and I think between John and Craig, we can be a really strong group. This should be a great event."

After a promoter test day on Thursday, September 18, official practice and qualifying sessions are slated for Friday. After a final warm-up on Saturday morning, the SunRichGourmet.com 1000 is scheduled to take the green flag at 11:08 a.m. MT.

-credit: trg

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Lally , Patrick Long , Spencer Pumpelly , Craig Stanton , Bryan Sellers , Bob Akin , Ted Ballou , John Potter