Watkins Glen: TRG preview

TRG LOOKS TO EXTEND RECORD OF PODIUM FINISHES AT WATKINS GLEN Petaluma, Calif., June 5, 2007 -- TRG looks to add a new chapter to its successful history at Watkins Glen International Raceway during the upcoming Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen.

TRG LOOKS TO EXTEND RECORD OF PODIUM FINISHES AT WATKINS GLEN

Petaluma, Calif., June 5, 2007 -- TRG looks to add a new chapter to its successful history at Watkins Glen International Raceway during the upcoming Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen. The Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve arrives at the historic New York road course on Saturday, June 9 for Round Seven of the 2007 schedule.

With a Grand-Am resume' including everything from a 1-2 finish at Watkins Glen in the Daytona Prototype division to a 1-2 finish just two weeks ago at Laguna Seca, it shows that TRG has the versatility to be competitive in any class. Additionally, they've claimed victory with both Pontiac and Porsche nameplates proving that TRG can win with virtually any marque. With the victory at Laguna Seca, TRG has become theteam with the most wins in Grand-Am history.

Having returned to competition this year with a stable of four Porsche GT3 racers and an equally stout driver lineup, Team TRG is expected to battle for top honors at this year's edition of the Six Hours of the Glen and continue its streak of podium finishes at the famed track.

"We are extremely well prepared for this weekend's six-hour race," said TRG team owner Kevin Buckler. "Watkins Glen is one of the most important races on the calendar. With all the testing and development work we've done all season, as well as having four good teams and a great group of drivers, I'm confident our team is ready to continue its winning tradition."

Leading the charge for TRG will be the No. 64 Lowe Racing TRG Porsche with drivers Jim Lowe and Jim Pace. Lowe and Pace are a great combination with a tremendous number of laps on the 3.4-mile Watkins Glen road course, in both wet and dry conditions. They look for a strong race, especially with Pace having led last year's event for more than a full hour before finishing a solid fourth.

Piloting the Maxwell Paper Products TRG No. 65 GT3 is the new super-star team of Ross Smith, Dan Dileo and Brian Sellers. Fresh off an astounding second-place finish at Laguna Seca, the #65 has done a great deal of the team's development work and big things are expected from this group during the remainder of the season.

Perhaps one of the strongest driver lineups in the field will be that of TRG's No. 66 CRG Porsche entry with veteran drivers Andy Lally, RJ Valentine and Spencer Pumpelly. For Lally, competing at Watkins Glen is always a bit of a homecoming.

"Having grown up in New York, returning to Watkins Glen is always one of my favorite places to go during the (race) season," Lally said. "Not only is it a legendary track, but it holds a lot of significance for me personally. I've been part of a winning effort there before, so between the race track itself and the northeast part of the country, I absolutely love the whole experience."

Lally likes his chances in the race from the perspective of his equipment and his co-drivers.

"We're (TRG) coming back to the Six Hours of the Glen with a Porsche for the first time since 2005," stated Lally. "I had pole position for that race and we finished second, so I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do with our '07 version. Something else that's neat is that Spencer will be driving with RJ and me for this event. He's driven with us before and it will be very cool to have him back in our car instead of racing against him"

Rounding out the TRG stable will be the T.Weisel Partners/Driving for Donors car No. 67 of returning veterans Brent Milner and Murray Marden who will be joined by Rolex Series newcomer John Potter. Milner and Marden co-drove this same car at this year's Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona as well as posting it to a top-10 finish in the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen in 2006. The 'Driving for Donors' charity featured on the car is on behalf of Marden's nephew Pat Pedraja.

-credit: trg

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Andy Lally , Spencer Pumpelly , Jim Pace , Ross Smith , Murray Marden , Jim Lowe , Brent Milner , John Potter