VIR: TRG preview

Defending Champions TRG look to repeat at VIR Alton, Va. (April 26, 2007) - Virginia International Raceway was the site of good times for TRG at last year's event, and the entire team is anxiously waiting for a chance to repeat...

Defending Champions TRG look to repeat at VIR

Alton, Va. (April 26, 2007) - Virginia International Raceway was the site of good times for TRG at last year's event, and the entire team is anxiously waiting for a chance to repeat in this year's VIR 400. A late race pit call and stellar driving by all the team drivers gave TRG an incredible 1-2 finish last year en route to sweeping the Team, Drivers' and Manufacturer's Championships in 2006.

This year's VIR event will be split, with the GT Cars in a stand alone 400k or 2-1/2 hour race race on Saturday, April 28th, and the Daytona Prototype cars scheduled to race on Sunday. Twenty-eight GT competitors are expected to take the green flag on race day.

Team owner Kevin Buckler said, "This race really felt like the beginning of our team's dominance last year- everything was working- the team had really 'gelled'. With our team's road course experience and strong history on handling and set-up for tracks like this, I feel we have a little edge here. Our cars are really well prepped and our driver lineup is as strong as ever. I am looking for another win here this year."

The team will field four new Porsche 997 Cup Cars with strong driver lineups throughout. The JLowe Racing Car #64 will return to the TRG lineup with Jim Lowe and Jim Pace behind the wheel, fresh off their podium finish at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The Maxwell Paper Products car #65 will be driven by Panoz GT drivers and Pro Mazda standouts Ross Smith and Dan DiLeo. R.J. Valentine and Andy Lally will attempt to improve their championship standing in the CRG/F1 Air car #66, and Mark Greenberg and Spencer Pumpelly will be back together again in the Nettts car #67.

"We are really sort of trying to stack the deck on this one, but this is a tough class and you never know how things will go", added Buckler. "Having this many good drivers on our squad really makes me proud. All these drivers have lots of laps and race experience here. This should be a good weekend for TRG and our partners."

The race starts at 4:30pm EST, and can be followed on Grand American's live timing and scoring at www.grandamerican.com, with the race being broadcast on SPEED Channel at 8:30pm E.S.T. on Saturday, April 28th.

-credit: trg

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Andy Lally , Spencer Pumpelly , Jim Pace , Mark Greenberg , R.J. Valentine , Ross Smith , Jim Lowe