Watkins Glen II: TRG qualifying report

TRG Pontiac GTO.Rs Qualify Fifth and Sixth on Watkins Glen Short Course Watkins Glen, New York -- TRG Pontiac GTO.R drivers Paul Edwards and Marc Bunting recorded qualifying times today that were good enough for fifth and sixth place starting ...

TRG Pontiac GTO.Rs Qualify Fifth and Sixth on Watkins Glen Short Course

Watkins Glen, New York -- TRG Pontiac GTO.R drivers Paul Edwards and Marc Bunting recorded qualifying times today that were good enough for fifth and sixth place starting positions in GT for tomorrow's round nine of the Grand American Rolex Series COMPUSA 200 at The Glen.

The qualifying runs of Edwards and Bunting are the best so far for new TRG GTO.R program. Edwards recorded a time of 1:16.114 and 116 mph putting the young Californian on the third row for tomorrow's race start.

"Qualifying was good," said Edwards. "I only did one flying lap and was able to set a good time on the first try. We had a funny set of tires in Barber two weeks ago and I wanted to have as much rubber under the car at the start of the race as possible. We have a car that is very consistent and relatively easy to drive fast. Our times don't really fall off during the session; I hope we can carry that over to the race." Edwards is teamed with Jan Magnussen in the number 64/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R.

Marc Bunting, driving the number 65/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R drove to a sixth place starting position with a time of 1:16.126. "I was able to get good clean laps in the qualifying session," commented Bunting. "The car is really nice to drive, it handles the curbs well in the Bus Stop and it feels really stable in the high speed turns. We have a good starting position and it will be up to Andy and I to keep the car at the front tomorrow." Bunting and teammate Andy Lally are in the thick of the GT points battle. They currently lie fourth in points with 195, just 33 out of first place with six races remaining.

"The times for the GTO.Rs are very competitive," said team owner, Kevin Buckler. "We are losing some distance down the straight, but the handling of the car is keeping us close. We have a strong car, strong drivers and a strong crew; everything is in place for a good run tomorrow."

Round nine of the Grand American Rolex Series will be run at Watkins Glen tomorrow, August 12th, and will be televised the same evening starting at 10:00 p.m. EST on the Speed Channel.

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