Watkins Glen III: TRG race report

TRG Pontiac GTO.Rs Finish First and Second in GT at Watkins Glen Three Wins a Row for GTO.R Watkins Glen, New York -- The TRG/Pontiac GTO.Rs ruled the day in GT at the Grand American Rolex Series Crown Royal 250 at Watkins Glen. Marc Bunting...

TRG Pontiac GTO.Rs Finish First and Second in GT at Watkins Glen

Three Wins a Row for GTO.R

Watkins Glen, New York -- The TRG/Pontiac GTO.Rs ruled the day in GT at the Grand American Rolex Series Crown Royal 250 at Watkins Glen. Marc Bunting and Andy Lally drove to victory, followed closely in second by teammates Paul Edwards and Jan Magnussen.Marc Bunting started the number 65 GTO.R from his third place qualifying effort and was forced into the turn thirteen wall on lap one. The Baltimore resident was able to continue at speed. He later handed the car over to Andy Lally in eighth place. Lally took to the track with a vengeance. On lap 42 a large incident in the esses affected many of the duos competitors in the GT championship battle. Lally was able to get through the incident in the lead. With the victory Bunting and Lally are just five points out of the lead for the GT series title.

A smooth consistent race was the plan for Edwards and Magnussen.JStarting from his front row qualifying position, Edwards was able to take the lead on lap 14. On lap 24 he turned the car over to Magnussen who returned to the battle in seventh. Magnussen received Speed TV The Move of the Race for avoiding the accident on lap 42.

The win at Watkins Glen is the second for the GTO.R at Watkins Glen and third out of six races since its inaugural race at Daytona in June.

Marc Bunting, #65/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R: "We are like five points out of first in the championship race. The leading 80 car had some bad luck and that is what we needed to get back in contention. The car was solid all day. When I was exiting turn nine I got shoved out by another car onto the marbles and rubbed the wall. The GTO.R is a tank; it never really affected the handling."

Andy Lally, #65/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R: "I was working with a little understeer in the car and we were taking it easy to see if there was any damage to the right front. Once I had to get back in it hard there were no issues at all. The car performed well all day, the biggest order was avoiding the carnage and parts strewn across the track."

Paul Edwards, #64/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R: b^0x001cThe car ran well all day. We kept it clean and were able to avoid the incidents and come home in second. My stint was good, I think the BMW left early at the start. I was able to eventually make it up and get by. We had a good day and were able to support the number 65 car in their championship run."

Jan Magnussen, #64/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R: "I was in the car for an-hour-and-forty-minutes and I think I did 10 green laps. It was actually a pretty easy race. Paul and the guys did a good job in testing last week and it showed right from the first session, the car was noticeably better. We are in the position now to help the 65 car with their run to the championship and that is what we will do."Kevin Buckler, TRG team owner: "Three in a row for the GTO.R, second win at Watkins Glen and the first win in the car for Andy and Marc. We were clicking all day with the GTO.Rs. The strategy and pit stops were right-on and the drivers did a great job to keep them in the front and out of the wrecks."

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