Watkins Glen: TRG preview

DOYLE, BERTHEAU HIGHLIGHT TRG RETURN TO WATKINS GLEN Watkins Glen, NY (June 4, 2010)- Returning to Watkins Glen International Raceway, the site of numerous successes over the years in GRAND-AM, TRG returns to both the Rolex Sports Car Series ...

DOYLE, BERTHEAU HIGHLIGHT TRG RETURN TO WATKINS GLEN

Watkins Glen, NY (June 4, 2010)- Returning to Watkins Glen International Raceway, the site of numerous successes over the years in GRAND-AM, TRG returns to both the Rolex Sports Car Series Series presented by Crown Royal Cask no. 16, as well as the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

Driving the historic no. 66 TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in the Rolex Series event, Bob Doyle will be returning to the fold alongside team regulars Andy Lally and Spencer Pumpelly. Doyle, a former star of AMA motorcycle racing, has unfinished business with TRG and GRAND-AM, having made his series debut during this year's Rolex 24 at Daytona before retiring during the night.

Rejoining the team with his personal sponsor r u focused? sportswear, Doyle is looking forward to Saturday's event.

"I really enjoyed my experience with TRG during the Rolex 24, and this weekend's race should be really fun," stated Doyle. "This whole program has come together in a very short amount of time, but everyone on the team has been great about jumping in to it. I have two of the best Porsche drivers in the world to share information with, so I'm looking forward to a great race."

Known for its high speed corners and high top speeds, a recent set of rule changes for Porsches in the GT ranks should make Saturday's Six Hours at the Glen a more competitive one for the team. TRG won their last Rolex Series race they entered during last month's event at Virginia International Raceway, and most recently won the Six Hours at the Glen in 2007.

Meanwhile, returning to the series after a month away, the team will also return to the Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge in the Sargent & Lundy Porsche 911 GT3, where the team's regular driver Spencer Pumpelly will be joined by GRAND-AM debutante Steven Bertheau. Hailing from Illinois, Steven joins the team as an experienced Porsche racer, having driven in a number of Porsche Club of America events over the last three years.

Running in his first professional race, Bertheau looks forward to a great experience.

"In my first experience with the team, I've been very impressed by the organization and professionalism of TRG," stated Bertheau. "Spencer will be a great teammate, not only is he fast but he gives great advice and is a valuable asset in running my first race at this level."

Of course using the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge as a ground for delivering winning results is a common trait for TRG. In 2008, TRG's Scott Schroeder won his first professional race at Iowa Speedway, followed last year by series regular John Potter at Watkins Glen, as well as TRG team driver Duncan Ende, who was also teamed with Pumpelly for his victory. Ende is an especially strong example of TRG's development program, now driving full-time as leader driver in both the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, but also as a TRG driver in the American Le Mans Series.

For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, hopes are high for the team's return to the Glen.

"We're absolutely thrilled to return to GRAND-AM with entries in both series," stated Buckler. "Bob showed very well with us at Daytona, and he's just a stand up guy. It's rare to find someone with his business background who's also as solid and fast, and with his additional motorcycle racing background, we're fortunate to have him on board. With Bob, Spencer, and Andy in the car for six-hours, it should be a great race. In GS, I'm thrilled that Steven could join us for this race. He's had a great run with PCA for the last few years and has the distinction of owning and driving our very first TRG professional racecar! That car was very special to me and we are glad to see it in good hands. I look forward to seeing how he develops throughout the next few days and am glad to have him on board with us."

-source: trg

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Andy Lally , Spencer Pumpelly , Duncan Ende , Scott Schroeder , John Potter , Bob Doyle , Steven Bertheau