Ian James qualified the ...
Ian James qualified the #66 F1 Air/Gleason Agency Porsche 911 GT3 RS on the front row of the GT grid for tomorrow's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series 6 Hours of Mont Tremblant, splitting the best times of the two factory PTG BMW M3s with a 1:37.27. Team owner Kevin Buckler rounded out an excellent day of TRG driving by qualifying the #66 TRG Porsche in fourth position on the GT grid, just milliseconds adrift of the 3rd placed factory BMW.
Sitting comfortably in 5th qualifying position with one lap remaining in the qualifying session, James got a clear track ahead of him, and wrung the weekend's best time out of his Porsche. "Lars [Giersing, Crew Chief] radioed to let me know that I had time enough for one more lap," he said, "and at the same time the slower car ahead of me peeled off into the pit lane. I knew that there was no traffic to hold me up, so I hung it out a bit, and the TRG Porsche responded beautifully. This is a challenging circuit, but when you get it right, it's very rewarding."
TRG welcomed returning Grand-Am driver Bohdan Kroczek to the fold this weekend. Kroczek, who had a top ten finish in this year's Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in a TRG Porsche, will team with Liz Halliday and Kevin Buckler to drive the #67 car this weekend. "I'm very pleased to be back racing in Grand-Am with TRG," he said. "The crew has given us a good car with great setup, and we're just hoping it doesn't rain. I'm very grateful to be with The Racer's Group again this weekend -- it's a big honor to be with such a great group of people. I'm acclimating well to the track, and learning constantly. It's going to be a very fun race."
Liz Halliday was enthused about the impending race. "The car is really good, and now it's down to the matter of building confidence around some of the high speed turns here. Kevin is throwing down great times, and Bohdan and I are both making good progress -- we'll both knock off a bit of time come the race. I'm recuperated now from our trip to Boston -- it was brilliant. RJ put on a great function, and it was a privilege to be invited. It was nice to get some time with my teammates "out of school."
Kevin Buckler was pleased with his qualifying time. "I feel like we left a little time on the table today, between traffic and some small braking issues, but overall I'm quite pleased with the setup of the car. I'm always happy to see both of our cars up front like this, and feel that our driver lineup is solid and I really look forward to the race tomorrow."
The 2004 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel, beginning at 11 a.m. ET.