Daytona 24: TRG / TRG East race report

Peter Baron, TRG East team owner: "The goal right out of the box here is a podium -- that's what's so rough about Daytona. It's so long and there's so much up and down. We all put in so much work that we're thrilled to finish on the podium. This...

Peter Baron, TRG East team owner:

"The goal right out of the box here is a podium -- that's what's so rough about Daytona. It's so long and there's so much up and down. We all put in so much work that we're thrilled to finish on the podium. This is the first time we've had this team all together, and you can't imagine how great all the drivers were, how solid the crew was -- everyone worked together and really, to come in third here is a fairy tale."

Dave Lacey, No. 61 TRG East:

"We had a fuel problem early in the race -- we ran out and it cost us about three and a half laps, and that same fuel issue came back to take out the car we were battling for third position. What comes around goes around and that's racing! We had a half-lap left to go, we never gave up. Peter put together a great team, and this has been a great experience."

Robert Nearn, No. 61 TRG East:

"We had a good fight that went back and forth for nearly an hour and at the Bus Stop on the last lap, I took third position. He was pushing his fuel window. We finished with four liters of fuel and he ran out on the penultimate lap.

David Shep, No. 61 TRG East:

"We got within two seconds of the guy, it didn't look like there was any way we could have caught him and then Robert screams, 'He's out of gas, he's out of gas!' That's a fairy tale ending."

Greg Wilkins, No. 61 TRG East:

"We just feel fantastic -- hard fought race all along. Robert Nearn did a fantastic job trying to chase down the 73 car for the last hour of the race, and I can't believe that after 24 hours of racing, the result came down to a few seconds in the last minuteof the race."

Mark Wilkins, No. 61 TRG East:

"It was unbelievable! It was great to be involved in the event again. We did really well last year [with an SGS podium finish], but it makes such a big difference when you get behind the wheel and you're really part of the team, so it feels really good this year."

Adrian Carrio, No. 16 TRG Team16 driver:

"It feels amazing to have competed in and finished this race, and I'm grateful to my teammates Colin [Braun] and Brad [Coleman] for doing such a great job. From the moment we decided to do this race back in October, we've been working from a plan, and we followed that plan exactly. Ross [Bentley] was a great co-driver and coach, and we're all thankful to him for the help he's given us. I feel we've earned some respect, coming in here and finishing seventh in class in our first 24-hour race!"

Kiichi Takahashi, No. 62 TRG driver:

"It's just a hard day because we had some overheating problems because something broke the radiator, and the way for us to finish the race was to limit the revs on the engine. So, on the banking, we shifted at no more than 7000 rpm, just trying to keep the engine cool. The goal was to finish the race, and we're happy to have run with TRG because of its preparation. We're very happy!"

Pat Flanagan, No. 63 TRG driver:

"The race has been great, we had one little incident at the beginning of the race but other than that, everyone has run consistently -- we gained something like 25 spots overall. I'm happy because last year I finished 14th, so to finish eighth this year is a big improvement."

Kevin Buckler, TRG team owner and No. 65 Auto Gallery/TRG driver:

"All the [TRG and TRG East] Porsches except for one finished -- we had an engine failure on the No. 64 car -- everything else went pretty well in the race. I'm incredibly proud of the TRG East car -- they had an amazing battle to the last lap with another car. The crew did an amazing job -- everyone worked their asses off, and I don't think anyone slept at all."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Peter Baron , Dave Lacey , David Shep , Greg Wilkins , Robert Nearn , Mark Wilkins , Adrian Carrio , Kiichi Takahashi