Daytona 24: TRG Pontiac Friday report

TRG GTO.Rs Qualify Fourth and Fifth in GT for 24 at Daytona Daytona Beach, Florida m- TRG will start the 44th running of the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona from the fourth and fifth place...

TRG GTO.Rs Qualify Fourth and Fifth in GT for 24 at Daytona

Daytona Beach, Florida m- TRG will start the 44th running of the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona from the fourth and fifth place GT grid positions.

Paul Edwards qualified the number 64 TRG/GTO.R in fourth place with a time of 1:53.861 good for a second row starting position in GT. Edwards will share the seat with Kelly Collins, Andy Pilgrim and Jan Magnussen.

"The time was the fastest the car has gone all weekend," said Edwards. "We've improved our times every time we went out on the track. We are still working on the handling a little bit; the track has changed since we tested here three weeks ago. We are having a slight problem getting the power down out of the turns, but that is better than talking about reliability issues."

Andy Lally put in a time of 1:53.983, which will have the number 65 car starting from fifth in the third row in GT. Lally is teamed with Marc Bunting, RJ Valentine and Johnny O'Connell.

"I was still dialing the car in when they called me to the pits," said Lally. "I had made a sway bar change on my last lap and the car was still coming in, I thought that I had maybe a tenth or two to gain, but our starting position is good and we are ready to go the full 24. Things have gone really well all weekend, no real mechanical issues or any other problems to mention."

Throughout the practice sessions the TRG crew focused on the race setup of the GTO.Rs. Daytona will be the first time that the cars will attempt to complete and win a 24 hour event."We qualified about where we thought that we would," said Kevin Buckler, TRG team owner. "We giving up a good amount of speed on the oval, in the infield we are very strong. We will need to run a clean race in both cars, keep them on the track and out of the pits. My biggest fear is that one of the Porsches will just run away with us with their speed."

Speed TV will broadcast more than 14 hours of the 24 Hours at Daytona. The first segment will air with the start of the race on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. EST and run air until 6:00 p.m., they will return at 8:00 p.m. and run until 11:00 p.m. On Sunday the show will resume at 8:00 a.m. and run the finish at 12:30 p.m.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Paul Edwards , Jan Magnussen , Johnny O'Connell , Andy Pilgrim , Kelly Collins , Andy Lally