TRG in the Spotlight for GT-Only Event at Lime Rock Petaluma, Ca. (May 24, 2006) - The Rolex GT Series Challenge takes place this Monday, Memorial Day, at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT. This event is the sole race this year that...
TRG in the Spotlight for GT-Only Event at Lime Rock
Petaluma, Ca. (May 24, 2006) - The Rolex GT Series Challenge takes place this Monday, Memorial Day, at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT. This event is the sole race this year that will feature GT sportscars racing on the track alone. GT drivers are accustomed to dodging the larger, faster Daytona Prototype class vehicles while concentrating on their own race.
For TRG drivers, this is their time to shine. The double edged attack of the #64 TRG/iRise and #65 TRG/F1 Air Pontiac GTO.R's have been leaving other teams in their wake throughout the 2006 race season. Kelly Collins and Paul Edwards, drivers of the #64 car, have not finished outside the top five after a 13th place finish at the season's first competition in Daytona. Just as impressive are the current points leaders in the GT class, Marc Bunting and Andy Lally, who have piloted the #65 machine to five straight podium finishes, including a class win at VIR last month. Rejoining the team for this weekend will be longtime racer and TRG driver R.J. Valentine.
"It will be good to get back in the driver's seat", noted Valentine. "I drove last week at Mid-Ohio for the IMSA Cup and its just great to be back with my friends at TRG. I've been racing at Lime Rock for twenty-five years and I'm definitely coming home when I drive here. I even competed in my first race here."
"I am really looking forward to being back here at Lime Rock for this traditional Memorial Day weekend of racing", commented team owner Kevin Buckler. "This track should be real good for our cars and we want to extend our 12 straight podiums for the team. It will be a blast to have R.J. back on board for the weekend and we look forward to the same strong results. Having the GT only race will be terrific."
"I'm looking forward to racing at Lime Rock again for many reasons," said driver Andy Lally. "The Rolex Series has not raced here since 2001. I raced that weekend and we won one of the prototype divisions. Lime Rock was also the place where I took my driving school almost 15 years ago and after Bridgehampton closed it was the closest race track to where I lived on Long Island. I will have a bunch of family and friends up for the race and it will be nice for them to get to see what I have been doing up close."
The short, 1.5 mile track at Lime Rock should prove beneficial to the GTO.R vehicles, if recent history is any indicator. TRG teams have run very well on similar length courses in 2006. Just two weeks ago in Phoenix, Edwards and Collins took first, with Bunting and Lally right on their bumper for a second place finish. Look for TRG to again try to squeeze out the competition on this holiday weekend event.
Watch the Rolex GT Series Challenge live on SPEED TV on Monday, May 29th at 2:30pm EST (11:30am PST).
The team would like to thank its sponsors iRise, F1 Air, Alpine Bagel, Adobe Road Wines and CIO Magazine for their support.