VIR: The Racer's Group preview

TRG Heads to VIR leading in all 3 Championships Petaluma, California -- On the strength of it's last 2 wins, TRG will head to Virginia International Raceway leading in the Team, Drivers & Manufacturers Championships. The team has won two races...

TRG Heads to VIR leading in all 3 Championships

Petaluma, California -- On the strength of it's last 2 wins, TRG will head to Virginia International Raceway leading in the Team, Drivers & Manufacturers Championships. The team has won two races in a row with the Pontiac GTO.R and will be looking to make it three as the Grand American Rolex Series waves the green flag on round four at Virginia International Raceway this Sunday. The TRG / iRise car 64 drivers Kelly Collins and Paul Edwards are leading the Driver's Championship just four points in front of their teammates Andy Lally and Marc Bunting. TRG is also ranked 1-2 in the Team Championship and Pontiac is on top of a tight manufacturer's battle.

Team Owner Kevin Buckler is confident yet cautious in predicting this weekend's results. "This will be a real battle with the other teams and manufacturers here. This is a Porsche Track, especially with the long back straight but we always rely on the strength of the team as a whole. We haven't won on sheer speed at any of these races. The Pontiac GTO.R has been strong all year and the drivers and crew have played a nearly flawless hand at every event. It has been a combination of all players on our team that has done it. I am proud of all of these guys."

Lally and Bunting were on the podium here in 2005 and look to be back for 2006. "Marc and I had a good run here last year and I believe we can take what we learned last year and apply to an even better result this year. We will start with a very similar set up and go from there. I'm looking forward to the new format this weekend as it should shake things up a bit," commented Lally.

The new format that Lally is referring to will include a Saturday afternoon qualifying race. Virginia will be the first of five races to have a 30 minute sprint race on Saturday to determine the grid for Sunday's race. Only the top 25 GT cars will make the field. Starting order for the qualifying race will be determined by practice speeds.

Join us as the VIR 400 takes place this Sunday April 23rd and will be televised LIVE on SPEED Channel at 1:00pm EST (10:00am PST).

-www.theracersgroup.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Paul Edwards , Kevin Buckler , Andy Lally , Marc Bunting