TRG Pontiac GTO.Rs Looking for Third Win at Watkins Glen Petaluma, California -- TRG drivers Paul Edwards and Jan Magnussen will be looking to add a third victory to the resume of the GTO.R in round twelve of the Grand American Rolex Series...
TRG Pontiac GTO.Rs Looking for Third Win at Watkins Glen
Petaluma, California -- TRG drivers Paul Edwards and Jan Magnussen will be looking to add a third victory to the resume of the GTO.R in round twelve of the Grand American Rolex Series Crown Royal 250 to be run at Watkins Glen this weekend.
Returning to the site of the team's first win with the GTO.R, after adding another victory in the last race at Phoenix two weeks ago, TRG is looking to further pad the resume of the new GT entry. Paul Edwards and Jan Magnussen account for the teams two wins, while teammates Marc Bunting and Andy Lally are focused on accumulating points towards the championship, currently sitting fourth with 283 points, 21 out of first and just four out of second.
"I hope that the third time there is a charm," said Lally. "Between the Grand Am Rolex series and Grand Am Cup I have a pole, a win and a second place finish. To make it a complete year, I would like to add a win in the GT class. I love the track, especially the long layout, the more turns the better. It is a good place for us to gain on points for the championship. If you win the points take car of themselves. We need to go flat out."
"Life is good, Watkins Glen is close to home," commented Marc Bunting. "I always look forward to racing at the Glen. I think the car will be better suited for the long course than the short. The car does well in the technical sections which are in the boot. Andy and I are looking for our first win in the GTO.R. The best we can do is try to win and hope for a gap to the series leading Porsche. Strategy will be up to the crew and Kevin. We have to start working out the different scenarios to the end of the season to try and win the GT class overall."
Teammates Jan Magnussen and Paul Edwards, having joined the series at Daytona in July, will be looking for their second win at Watkins Glen. In the July race with NASCAR the duo outfoxed the rest of the field on strategy and posted the first victory for the GTO.R. In the last race at Phoenix, they used speed and handling to take the win.J J "We will be going for two in row with wins and our second at Watkins Glen," said Magnussen. "The car gets better every race as we get more familiar with what it needs to go fast. I am hoping that more turns, running the long course, will mean more opportunities to stay ahead of the field. The car really handles well and is easy to drive when we set it up right. Paul and I will be shooting for our third win of the year."
"We have a few more test days in the car since the last time we were at Watkins Glen," commented Edwards. "The car worked great on half of the track so the long course should be even better. We have worked hard on getting the car to handle better through long sweeping turns and under braking since we were last at the Glen. I hope that we can backup our first win there from July "
"The GTO.R gets better every time we take it on the track," said Kevin Buckler, team owner. "The team gets more familiar with the car and the crew gets more attuned as well. The car will run the long course for the first time, so we will have a little more work than the rest of the field, but we should be right up there by race day."
The Grand American Rolex Series will run at Watkins Glen International for round twelve on September 24th. The race will be televised live starting at 3:00 p.m. EST.