VIR: TRG qualifying report

Alton, Virginia -- The TRG/Pontiac GTO.Rs will start the VIR 400 Grand American Rolex Series GT race from the front row and the fifth row for tomorrow's race. Due to rain the qualifying session was scuttled and the cars will be gridded according...

Alton, Virginia -- The TRG/Pontiac GTO.Rs will start the VIR 400 Grand American Rolex Series GT race from the front row and the fifth row for tomorrow's race. Due to rain the qualifying session was scuttled and the cars will be gridded according to team points.

Marc Bunting and Andy Lally will pace the GT field in their number 65/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R. The duo are locked in a points battle that they hope will widen as they go into the final round in Mexico in a month.

Teammates Paul Edwards and Jan Magnussen will start from the fourth row. The two have not accumulated many points this year as they have only joined the series at the July Daytona race.

The team tested at VIR for two days, three weeks ago and the conditions were sunny and dry. Every official practice this weekend has witnessed rain. The team will be ready for the conditions and to adjust the Pontiacs on the fly.

The 400-mile race will start at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow and the weather report is a mix of sun of and clouds with a chance of rain.

Marc Bunting, #65/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R: 'We tested here three weeks ago and it was dry and sunny, about 85-degrees. The weather is supposed to clear up for tomorrow so we can put the setup on the car that we tested with. If it is wet or changing conditions we are ready for that as well. Starting from the pole will definitley be an advantage, especially if it rains."

Andy Lally, #65/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R: 'The car is very adjustable. We are able to dial in different sway bar settings from the cockpit. Our test here was dry and the practice has been nothing but wet. We are ready for anything. Marc and I need to run a clean race and finish up front to keep our points lead.'

Paul Edwards, #64/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R: 'We have been in the top three all weekend in all conditions. We have a good car and the team can adjust on it fast to match the conditions. We will again support Marc and Andy for their run for the championship.'

Jan Magnussen, #64/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R: 'We are good in all conditions. We don't really care if it rains or it is sunny. The car is very predictable and we know how to tune it for every kind of weather. The track is fun to race in the dry and it will be an exciting race despite the weather.'

Kevin Buckler, TRG team owner: 'The GTO.R drivers have done a great job all week negotiating the rain and working with the crew on the setups with the changing weather. Marc and Andy are focused on the championship and Jan and Paul will play a supporting role.'

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