TRG Pontiac GTO.R Wins Watkins Glen Watkins Glen, New York -- TRG drivers Paul Edwards and Jan Magnussen drove their GT class number 64/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R to victory today in round nine of the Grand American Rolex Series COMPUSA 200 at The ...
TRG Pontiac GTO.R Wins Watkins Glen
Watkins Glen, New York -- TRG drivers Paul Edwards and Jan Magnussen drove their GT class number 64/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R to victory today in round nine of the Grand American Rolex Series COMPUSA 200 at The Glen. Teammates Marc Bunting and Andy Lally had also had a podium run going until a pit stop penalty relegated them to the back of the field; they eventually came back to finish in fourth.
Paul Edwards started the car from their third row qualifying position and had some drama with the number 66 team Daytona Prototype on lap eight. The young Californian was going into turn one, allowing room for the faster DP cars when the Bergmeister racer drifted up into him and causing a flat on the right-rear. Edwards did a nice job to nurse the car around for nearly a full lap for a fresh set of Hoosiers.
Jan Magnussen took over the car from Edwards on lap 21 with an early driver change strategy. Magnussen ran a clean race and assumed the lead under yellow on lap 47 and never looked back, bringing the GTO.R home for Pontiac's first ever victory in the GT class.
What looked like a TRG GTO.R one-two early on in the race ended on lap 48 when the number 65/TRG/Pontiac was summoned to pit lane for a stop-and-go-penalty under green as a result of a pit lane violation. Andy Lally was able to come back in the waning moments of the race to finish a strong fourth.
Jan Magnussen, #64/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R: "It was tight racing with the yellows, but everyone seemed to respect each other. Paul did a good job to recover from the flat tire and keep the car up toward the front. It was good racing at the end with the BMW. We won the race on consistency and strategy, maybe next time we can win on speed."
Paul Edwards, #64/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R: "I was going into turn one and gave him plenty of room and he just drifted into me and knocked the valve stem off of the car. We were able to recover with good pit work and sound strategy. Jan did a good job in all of that traffic at the end to bring it home. It is a great day for all involved. The car ran strong all weekend."
Marc Bunting, #65/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R: "We had a brake bias issue early in the race and I flat spotted my front tires. Then the next lap around I came into turn one, got off line a little and hit a damp spot and spun. I lost a couple of places, but it wasn't too bad. We had a strong car, the unfortunate incident in the pits really cost us as we had to stop under green."
Andy Lally, #65/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R: "We had a strong car today. Marc did a good job and had the car running as high as third place. The pit penalty really hurt. My stint was pretty eventful as the same car that put me into the wall at Daytona once again made an ill advised pass and almost hit me again. Fourth is pretty good considering our green flag penalty."
Kevin Buckler, TRG team owner: "The team did a great job in the pits and on the track with the number 64 car. The recovery from the flat tire was made under calm circumstances and they were able to charge back for the win. Marc and Andy had the opposite situation, we let them down a little in the pits or we would have had both of them on the podium."