Phoenix Champions TRG Return to Defend Historic Title Petaluma, Ca. (May 11, 2006) - At Phoenix International Raceway in 2005, TRG made history by becoming the first team ever in Grand American Racing to take first place in both the Daytona ...
Phoenix Champions TRG Return to Defend Historic Title
Petaluma, Ca. (May 11, 2006) - At Phoenix International Raceway in 2005, TRG made history by becoming the first team ever in Grand American Racing to take first place in both the Daytona Prototype (DP) and Grand Touring (GT) class. The (now retired) Krohn Racing/TRG #66 DP and the #64 TRG Pontiac GTO.R shone brilliantly under the lights that weekend, making history, and making TRG's Kevin Buckler one ecstatic team owner.
"Last year at PIR was a true milestone in the racing history of this organization. The race was split last year, and we left the track Friday night very satisfied after winning the GT class. Going in Saturday and winning the DP class put the entire team on top of the world," commented Buckler. "We are hoping to repeat last year's excellent performance. It will be a tight battle in GT with the combined race this time around, and there will be no margin of error."
This year, TRG arrives at Phoenix atop the points board with both of its GT racing teams. Drivers Andy Lally and Marc Bunting bring the #65 TRG/F1 Air Pontiac GTO.R to the grid with a four point lead in the drivers and team competition. Kelly Collins and Paul Edwards pilot the #64 TRG/iRise Pontiac GTO.R, just 12 points behind their teammates in third place.
Lally is psyched to go back to Phoenix with the 65 car running so well lately. He commented, "with the historic finishes for the TRG team last year, taking first place in both classes on the same weekend, it really helps us feel like we know the track and how the cars should be set up to win here. We can't win in two classes this year, but we can certainly attempt to finish 1-2 in the GT class and extend our points lead in the 65 car."
Races at the Phoenix International Raceway take place into the night. The track is a 1.51 mile modified oval and the GT and DP races will be run concurrently.
The qualifying race, which awards points that affect the series standings, will take place Friday evening, May 12th at 7pm PST. The main event will happen at 7pm PST on Saturday, May 13th. For any fans that can't wait for the tape delayed race coverage on on Sunday, you can visit www.grandamerican.com for live timing & scoring during the race. SPEED TV will air the race on Sunday the 14th at 3pm EST and on Tuesday the 16th at 12pm EST.