TRG Finishes 8th and 11th at Mexico City Mexico City, Mexico. (March 3, 2007) - TRG endured an unusual race at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City this weekend, snapping their south-of-the-border win streak but maintaining strong ...
TRG Finishes 8th and 11th at Mexico City
Mexico City, Mexico. (March 3, 2007) - TRG endured an unusual race at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City this weekend, snapping their south-of-the-border win streak but maintaining strong championship points. R.J. Valentine and Andy Lally, driving the #66 CRG Karts/TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car, finished 8th in the GT class. R.J. Valentine, of Boston, Massachusetts, qualified and started the #66 car, and drove consistently quick laps before the Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.Rs collided with each other. TRG and the rest of the field expected a caution flag to be thrown, but the TRG Porsche lost a lap before Andy Lally assumed the controls. The entire 400k race was run under green-flag conditions, negating the potential advantage of yellow flags and pit strategy. Scheduled for 400 kilometers or two hours, 30 minutes, the event turned into an all-out sprint race.
Team owner Kevin Buckler said, "Normally with the car counts that enter Rolex Series races, we count on at least one caution period to bunch the field back up, but with no gravel traps, it was an sprint from beginning to end. The #66 had a tough race this time, but I'm happy with the recovery that the team was able to make. We need to improve our average results starting at Homestead to get closer to the sharp end of the championship hunt, but I'm confident we've got the right car, right drivers and right crew to make it happen. Andy and RJ work very well together - R.J.'s an excellent student of the details of racing, and with Andy's guidance, he's putting down fast and reliable lap times with all the other pros."
The #67 TRG Porsche 911 Cup Car of Spencer Pumpelly and Scott Schroeder was bedeviled by a fuel pickup problem, costing the duo two green-flag laps and relegating them to an 11th place finish. The #67 car, which ended Thursday practice at the top of the time sheets, showed excellent pace throughout the weekend, but mechanical issues cost the team. Scott Schroeder, 19 and of Piedmont, California, made his Rolex Series debut, gaining valuable experience and the admiration of the TRG team.
Buckler said, "I'm extremely proud of the job Scott did this weekend. The Rolex Series is among the most competitive in the world, and this track can be pretty tricky even for the most experienced drivers. Scott came to Mexico with a fantastic attitude, and worked very well with the engineers and team to learn all he could. He drove a mistake-free race and showed that he's got the skill to compete at this level. We hope that we can help him develop more as a driver - he's an outstanding young driver and a terrific teammate."
The Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series races next at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 24, 2007.