Daytona Test: TRG Friday notes

TRG Porsches On Pace at Daytona Daytona Beach, Florida -- TRG's four Porsches are on pace at the prerace practice session this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. The two 997s and two 996s will compete in the 44th running of the Grand ...

TRG Porsches On Pace at Daytona

Daytona Beach, Florida -- TRG's four Porsches are on pace at the prerace practice session this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. The two 997s and two 996s will compete in the 44th running of the Grand American Rolex Series Presented by Crown Royal Reserve Rolex 24 At Daytona on January 28th and 29th.

Driver of the number 66 Comfort Systems/TRG/Porsche 997 Steven Johnson is happy with his new car and teammates. "I really like the new synchronized gear-box that makes it really easy to drive. The car is a lot stiffer and stops a lot better than the 996. We have a great driver lineup with Cyrille, Stephane and Robert. I really like our chances at the end of the month. We've had a few small set backs with some car damage and a drive train issue, but the crew is after it and we are full speed ahead to the end of the month."

Pat Flanagan, driver of the 67 TRG/Porsche 997, likes the new car"s handling characteristics. "The 997 is a different handling car than the 996. The car has more oversteer, where in the 996 you always had a push. The wider front tires and overall wider stance of the car gives it a different persona on the track. We haven't put a wheel wrong yet and we are getting quality time on the car."

In the number 68 car, Jim Lowe is enjoying his first taste of sportscars. "I have raced at Daytona before in open wheel cars. My first impression of the Porsche is that it really brakes well and the power is really good. We did limited laps yesterday with a fly-wheel problem, but we are making up the time and getting up to speed today. I had a couple of spins, but learning the limits of the track, myself and the car is what these three days is all about." The 68 entry carries sponsors Bernie Robbins Fine Jewelry, Neuromonitoring Technologies, Inc, Surgical Reimbursement Specialists, Barry Feldscher and Associates - Healthcare Managers and Consultants, Century 21 O'Donnell, Kelly's All Pro Landscaping and Healthcare Technology Systems, Inc.

Mark Herrington, sharing the number 69 car, is busy with his co-drivers working on the setup of the 996. "We have been working hard on the setup of the car. TRG has a great handle on these cars, but this is the first time they have run on the wider front tires and we are still coming to grips with the shock and sway bar adjustments to maximize that gain in front grip. We are getting good laps, but there have been a few black flag sessions that interrupt your rhythm and driver exchanges."

"The Porsche guys are really doing a great job," said Kevin Buckler, team owner. "The drivers are learning the track and the cars and getting that quality time behind the wheel for the end of the month. We are having some issues with the wider tires, but between the experienced guys and myself we are easily sorting through the issues."

The TRG Porsche brigade will take to the track for the 24 Hour at Daytona test days, January 5th thru 7th.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Steven Johnson , Mark Herrington , Jim Lowe