The Racer's Group (TRG)
TRG prepares for a memorable double-header weekend at The Glen
Watkins Glen, NY (August 11th, 2011) - Following a noteworthy performance at their "home track," Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, TRG rejoins the Grand-Am Rolex Series this weekend with a strong one-two punch at the historic Watkins Glen International.
Daytona 24 winner Steve Bertheau will be back with co-driver Spencer Pumpelly. They will pilot the No. 67 Sargent & Lundy/TRG Porsche GT3 Cup. Earlier this season, Bertheau and Pumpelly earned a podium spot at Road America, with a strong car that led much of the race. Pumpelly, meanwhile, is fresh off an American Le Mans Series win at Mid-Ohio a week ago.
"Spence and I work well together," said Bertheau. "We came so close at Road America, and we would like to reel one in for TRG here at this historic track."
Joining the No. 67 Sargent & Lundy/TRG Porsche GT3 Cup on the grid will be the No. 66 Racer's Roast/Fox River Coffee/TRG Porsche GT3 Cup. Driving the No. 66 car will be Duncan Ende and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Andy Lally. Riding the momentum off two straight victories in ALMS GTC class, Ende looks forward to the pairing with seasoned sportscar veteran Lally.
"Working with Steve over the past two years and helping him develop and watch him work so hard towards becoming a strong professional race car driver has been nothing short of delightful," says TRG Team Owner and CEO Kevin Buckler. "Steve is a good friend and his smile and enthusiasm is infectious - especially when he is winning!! Having Duncan and Andy back together is going be awesome!!! Dunc's on a roll and this could be a big week. I am really glad he was available to drive this weekend. I always love returning to Watkins Glen but even more so with these drivers and this team. We sure will be busy, but the entire TRG gang is up for it."
Lally, a Northport, NY native, is seeking his ninth win on his home track and his first on the 2.45 mile, August race configuration. Not only is he vying for another victory, but he will also be doing a TRG doubleheader, wheeling the No. 71 Interstate Moving Services/TRG Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday.
"It's really exciting to be a part of Andy's big weekend," said Ende. "I'm honored that he and Kevin had faith in me to share the car with him. I'm expecting a very exciting race, we'll have a winning strategy and I know the TRG guys will give Andy and me a very fast car."
As for Lally's prediction, "I think you're going to see four guys race to the white flag real close to each other, and you're not going to know the outcome until they get to the checker. It's going to be a pretty wild race."