Daytona 24: The Racer's Group Thursday report

TRG Porsches Qualify for 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona Daytona Beach, Fl. (January 25, 2007) - Andy Lally qualified the ...

TRG Porsches Qualify for 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona

Daytona Beach, Fl. (January 25, 2007) - Andy Lally qualified the #66 CRG Karts/iRise/TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in 4th position in the GT class for the 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona today, pushing the car around the historic Daytona track in 1:52.237. Lally had led the qualifying session for nearly the first half of the allotted time, but was eclipsed in the closing minutes of the session. The field for the 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona is arguably the deepest in history, as evidenced by 11 cars qualifying within one second of pole position. Andy will take the green flag in Saturday's race from the outside of the 2nd row.

Jim Pace qualified the #64 JLowe Racing/SRS/Globus Medical Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in 17th position in the GT class, with a time of 1:53.481. In a twist to this year's qualifying rules, the top 20 times in today's pre-qualifying session lock in teams' starting positions; the 23 remaining GT-class cars, including three TRG Porsches, will re-qualify tomorrow, Friday.

Lally said, "Our car is awesome out there. All day today, we anticipated a bit of a handling issue with our car, and just prior to the start of qualifying, we dialed back some of the understeer, which had a great effect on the car. I got blocked a little bit on my flyer lap, and I feel that without that, we had a great shot at the pole. Regardless, I've got a good feeling about our car; we've got a great driver lineup and a fantastic group of guys preparing the car. I'm excited to go race!"

Team owner Kevin Buckler, himself part of the driver lineup for the #66 car, was happy with the team's performance in practice and pre-qualifying today, and discussed his strategy for the Rolex race. "Qualifying went very well for us, all of our cars are fast and set up well for the race. I'm proud of our drivers and our crew - Daytona's a huge challenge and a great deal of work, but year after year, they impress me with their dedication. Our drivers have the right attitude right now - the best strategy for the race isn't to build the fastest car on the track, but rather focus on getting a solid setup that lasts. The only way to win this race is to first finish it - our drivers' first priority is to make no mistakes, and second is to worry about their pace."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Andy Lally , Jim Pace