Watkins Glen II: TRG Motorsports preview

TRG Ready for The Glen Part II Petaluma, Calif., (August 4, 2009) - TRG heads its second race of the season at the historic Watkins Glen International Speedway for the Grand-Am Rolex Series Crown Royal 200 at The Glen to be run on...

TRG Ready for The Glen Part II

Petaluma, Calif., (August 4, 2009) - TRG heads its second race of the season at the historic Watkins Glen International Speedway for the Grand-Am Rolex Series Crown Royal 200 at The Glen to be run on Friday, August 7. The series shares the weekend with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

The Grand-Am competitors will run the short course, the same layout as the Sprint Cup Series. The 2.45-mile, eight-turn Watkins Glen short course is a mile shorter and three turns less than the long course the series ran in June.

Justin Marks and Andy Lally are teamed in the No. 67 Construct Corps/CRG/No Fear Energy Drinks/Voodoo Ride/K1 Speed/Gemstone Winery/TRG Porsche GT3. The pair is pulling double duty with Marks in the No.10 Braun Racing Nationwide entry and Lally in the No. 71 TRG Motorsports Sprint Cup car. The first race of the year, the Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona remains the highlight for the team when they won there in February. Since that race, the team has a podium finish at Mid-Ohio and is currently seventh in the points standings.

"The Nationwide and Porsche cars are polar opposites," Marks said. "The transition won't be so difficult because the environment is just so different. You know exactly what car you're strapping yourself into. My focus will be primarily the TRG Porsche until Saturday morning, but the NNS practice between Rolex practice and the race will be very important for Saturday's race. I'm looking forward to the weekend because I want to end my season with TRG strongly and hopefully with a win, and the NASCAR race will be one of the biggest of my career with a great team, so it's going to be an awesome few days."

"The good thing is that the cars are very different," Lally said. "The tricky thing is that so are your braking markers. I've done it so many other times with different cars that it gets easier, but you really just need to have your head on straight and be focused. The setup from the last time we were here will be very similar with shocks and springs, but may differ a little in gears and downforce levels."

John Potter and Craig Stanton in the No. 65 Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche GT3 are looking forward to running The Glen short course. The duo is ready for the abbreviated practice schedule that comes with running on a NASCAR weekend.

"I like The Glen short course, it is fast so you have to carry a lot of momentum," Stanton said. "I think we have a good car. We have to work on a few little things when we get there, as there is not a lot of practice time. I have been working John Bedell (crew chief) and John Potter to be ready to get right to it quickly when we are on the track. I like running the long course, but I also like the short layout. It is like a road racing version of Bristol, like a Bull Ring. Traffic will play a big part. Setup of the car for the long run will be important. Tires won't be as big of an issue like they were at Barber. We will get the car real slippery for the high speed stuff and haul-butt there this weekend."

Josemanuel Gutierrez and Scott Schroeder in the No. 68 Cohen Financial/TRG Porsche have turned laps on the short course. Both drivers had the opportunity to test the abbreviated Glen layout after the six-hour and are ready for a competitive race on Friday.

"The short course is a lot faster and it will be far busier," Gutierrez said. "It should be a real treat for the fans too. The strategy varies as it is only a two-hour race, we will define it next Thursday and have it all perfectly programmed. We will adjust it as the race progresses. I learned the track at the six-hour race much better than before, the short course seems to be slightly different, however it is so much faster. The carousel now goes on and on forever and the braking zone at 10 is at another spot, as you are getting there much faster."

"I think Watkins will be a good track for us," Schroeder said. "We have had a good car there in the past and Josemanuel and I had a good test day on the short course after the six-hour. Since it is a shorter race the strategy is a bit different and it's now an all out sprint race instead of a six-hour enduro."

Team owner Kevin Buckler is bringing three Rolex GT cars and two NASCAR Sprint Cup cars to The Glen.

"We will have five cars competing this weekend," Buckler said. "Andy and Justin are doing double duty and that will get them a lot of track time, which should benefit their Porsche effort. John and Craig are ready to have a strong weekend and had a good finish here in the six-hour. Josemanuel and Scott stayed over for the test after the six-hour and did a lot of laps on the short course, so they are ready. We are looking forward to a very competitive weekend with the sports cars and the Sprint Cup cars."

-credit: trgm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Andy Lally , Justin Marks , Craig Stanton , Scott Schroeder , John Potter
Teams TRG Motorsports , Magnus Racing