TRG Pontiac GTO.Rs in Mexico with Championship Hopes Petaluma, Calif. -- Marc Bunting and Andy Lally are going to Mexico City with one thought on their mind -- championship. The duo will compete in the final round of the Grand American Rolex GT...
TRG Pontiac GTO.Rs in Mexico with Championship Hopes
Petaluma, Calif. -- Marc Bunting and Andy Lally are going to Mexico City with one thought on their mind -- championship. The duo will compete in the final round of the Grand American Rolex GT Series to held at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City on November 5th.
Teammates Paul Edwards and Jan Magnussen will be attempting to add win number three to their season's worth of accomplishments. Including wins at Watkins Glen and Phoenix, the pair of GM factory drivers have only competed in seven of the thirteen races.
Bunting and Lally are currently leading the GT series standings by just a single point over Porsche driver Craig Stanton. The unfamiliar Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit with its 2.786-mile length and 16-turns will be a challenge for the two GTO.R pilots; however a reduced field of GT cars should help their championship hopes.
Marc Bunting, #65/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R: "We are going to Mexico the same way we went to VIR, with the thought of winning. You can't really change your approach too much and become careful, that is when mistakes can be made. We will take the race as it comes, keeping the 80 car in our sights, or preferably in our rear-view-mirror."
Andy Lally, #65/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R: "With new tracks, I try to gather as much data as possible and see if I can locate onboard footage to get an idea of the general track direction. I want to try and get a visual of how the track flows. I've watched the NASCAR race from there and it looks like a great layout. As far as the championship goes I am racing the number 16 and the 80. We need to keep our focus on those guys and of course will be looking to win."
Paul Edwards, #64/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R: b^0x001cI did some exhibition runs on the circuit in a DP in the early summer, but it was on the abbreviated course. I ran the majority of the layout. What I did take away was the enthusiasm of the fans. I was there on a Thursday and there were about 30,000 people in the stands. I at least have a visual of the way the track goes, more than many of our competitors have."
Jan Magnussen, #64/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R: "I remember watching the Formula 1 race from Mexico years ago. It looks like an exciting layout, a combination of a street and natural road course. I have heard that the track is smooth so we will have a setup on the car right off of the truck. We don't have that much practice time, so we will need to pretty close right when we unload. The team is really good about the prerace preparations."
Kevin Buckler, TRG team owner: "We will have a singular focus on November 5th, that is winning the GT championship. Marc and Andy have done a great job all season and have put together a string of great finishes. We need to keep the momentum going and keep them upfront and ahead of the number 80 Porsche."
The final round of the Grand American Rolex Series will be run on November 5th and televised live on the Speed Channel starting at 4:00 p.m. EST from Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City.