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TRG Looks For First Win of 2008 Season in Six Hours of The Glen TRG Won 2007 Six Hours of The Glen PETALUMA, Calif. - With a talented driver lineup and five impeccably prepared Porsche GT3s ready for action, TRG is set to return to the historic...

TRG Looks For First Win of 2008 Season in Six Hours of The Glen
TRG Won 2007 Six Hours of The Glen

PETALUMA, Calif. - With a talented driver lineup and five impeccably prepared Porsche GT3s ready for action, TRG is set to return to the historic Watkins Glen International for Saturday's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen well-positioned to return to Victory Lane.

"Everything is certainly in order for us to have a shot at the victory in the Six Hours of The Glen this weekend," said TRG owner Kevin Buckler. "All three drivers that won the GT class last year with us are back in TRG Porsches this weekend, and five of our drivers finished inside the top five in the six-hour at The Glen last year. Since Lime Rock, Grand-Am has also gone to some lengths to attempt to level the playing field a bit. Even though it is clearly still out of balance, I am optimistic about our chances this weekend. This is one of only two tracks remaining on the circuit that possibly favor our cars."

Last year, the No. 66 TRG Porsche GT3 earned one of a series-leading five GT victories in the Six Hours of The Glen with co-drivers Andy Lally, Spencer Pumpelly and RJ Valentine. Lally and Pumpelly will look to defend their title this weekend alongside co-driver Tim George Jr. in the No. 67 Porsche GT3.

Pumpelly and George - who are sharing the No. 67 machine on a full-time basis in 2008 - are currently second in the GT point standings, 19 points behind class co-leaders Kelly Collins and Paul Edwards. Lally, a full-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitor in the No. 7 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet, will be making his third Rolex Series appearance of the season.

Valentine, meanwhile, will once again share the No. 68 CRG/Maxter/Rotax/MBA Group/F1 Air Porsche GT3 with Bryan Sellers. Both Valentine and Sellers will be making their sixth Rolex Series starts of the season, and both drivers earned their best results of the '08 campaign in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona. Sellers finished third in the No. 67 machine with Pumpelly, George and Porsche factory drivers Emmanuel Collard and Romain Dumas, while Valentine was fourth alongside Jim Lowe, Jim Pace, Tim Sugden and Johannes van Overbeek.

Lowe, Pace and Sugden have also been reunited in the No. 64 SRS/Globus/Adopt A Pig Porsche GT3 for TRG/J Lowe Racing. It will be Sugden's first Rolex Series appearance since the Rolex 24, while Lowe and Pace will be making their fourth appearance in seven races this season. Like Valentine, the No. 64 trio is also looking to improve on their season-best result of fourth from the Rolex 24.

In addition to fielding the three drivers who won the GT class in the 2007 rendition of the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, TRG has also entered two of the three drivers who finished second in class last year, and one of the fourth-place finishing drivers.

Last year, Bryce Miller and Craig Stanton made up two-thirds of the second-place finishing entry, while English Porsche factory driver Richard Westbrook was fourth in the six-hour enduro in upstate New York. This year, Miller and Westbrook will share the No. 66 Marquis Jet/Mitchell Rubber/Resorts International/IPC/Total Lubricants Porsche GT3 with Ted Ballou. Miller and Ballou, who are contesting the full 2008 Rolex Series season in the No. 66 machine, finished a season-best second in the Rolex 24 with Westbrook and Lally. This weekend, Westbrook will be making his first Rolex Series appearance since January's twice-around-the-clock event.

Stanton, meanwhile, will make his third appearance of the season in the No. 65 Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing/Total R Solutions Porsche GT3 for TRG/Riegel Autosport. The 2005 Rolex Series GT champion will co-drive the No. 65 machine with Canadian racer Hima Maher and Rolex Series newcomer Josemanuel Gutierrez from Monterrey, Mexico. Gutierrez has previous experience in club events aboard TRG Porsches, but is making his first Rolex Series start this weekend.

"I'm pretty excited about all of our driver lineups," said Buckler. "Every car has experienced, race-winning drivers. In a six-hour race, there are lots of opportunities for those drivers to put themselves into position for the win. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if a couple of our cars were in contention for the victory well into the last hour of the race."

A compact weekend schedule will see the TRG Porsches on-track for the first time on Friday morning for practice with qualifying slated for Friday afternoon. Saturday's race day schedule calls for a 30-minute final practice session from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. ET with the green flag slated to fall on the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen at 11:15 a.m. ET.

-credit: trg

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Paul Edwards , Emmanuel Collard , Kelly Collins , Johannes van Overbeek , Spencer Pumpelly , Jim Pace , Craig Stanton , Romain Dumas , Tim Sugden , Bryan Sellers , Hima Maher , Jim Lowe , Ted Ballou , Richard Westbrook , Tim George Jr. , Bryce Miller