TRG Pontiac GTO.Rs Under the Lights in Phoenix Petaluma, California -- The TRG Pontiac GTO.Rs will run under the lights for round eleven of the Grand American Rolex Series race to be run at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, September...
TRG Pontiac GTO.Rs Under the Lights in Phoenix
Petaluma, California -- The TRG Pontiac GTO.Rs will run under the lights for round eleven of the Grand American Rolex Series race to be run at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, September 9th.
The 1.51-mile 11-turn modified oval course will see a separation of the Daytona Prototype and GT classes. The Pontiac GTO.Rs will run under the lights starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening.
Andy Lally and Marc Bunting, drivers of the number 65/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R, find themselves in fourth place in the GT drivers standings, just 23 points down.
"I love the thought of running the GT and Prototype classes separate," said Lally. I am not a big fan of the track, but the GTO.R should like it. The infield is real busy; I think the steering wheel is straight for about three-seconds in the infield. That section is constant transitions from one corner to the next on your way to the oval. We are 23 points out of first and just five out of second. If the points leader stumbles we are right there. We will be looking to win."
Marc Bunting shares co-driver Lally's thoughts. "I am excited about the opportunity to go for the overall win, as opposed to the focus being on the DPs. It will be less confusing to the spectators as there is only one class on the track at a time. I don't have to worry about all of the DP traffic and their less than calculated passing moves. It is a challenging track and it will be hot, but it will also be a condensed weekend. We are inching our way up to the top of the points standings. We have been more consistent in the second half than we were in the first half of the season."
Paul Edwards and Jan Magnussen, drivers of the number 64/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R, will be looking to add a second win to the GTO.Rs resume. "The best thing about running separate from the DPs is that we won't get the complaints from the DP drivers about getting out of their way," said Paul Edwards. "It will be good to focus on the road ahead as opposed to lights coming up behind you and diving in at the last moment. I think it should enhance interest in the series as well as thrill the TV audience. The fields are getting larger, so I really like running on our own. There should also be less caution periods."
"The car seems to be getting better every race, as it should," said Magnussen. "As we get more miles in practice and especially race miles, the car will get better. They had a tough race at Mid-Ohio having to retire out of the lead. We will look to complete the run that was started in Mid-Ohio. It is nice to have our own race and not have the give-and-take with the DP cars. It will make for a good race and good TV."
"We had both GTO.Rs running one-and-two at Mid-Ohio for our first sweep of the series in that car," commented team owner Kevin Buckler. "I know that Paul was disappointed as was the team. The small issues with the car seem to only show-up on Paul and Jan's car. Luckily we have been able to run Andy and Marc nearly trouble free as they fight for the championship. Running the GT race separate is I where we believe the series is headed. The fields are big enough at some tracks this year and next year it should be big enough at all of them"
Round eleven of the Grand American Rolex Series will be run at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, September 9th for GT and Saturday, September 10th at 7:00 p.m. for the Daytona Prototypes. The races will be televised on the Speed Channel at on Friday starting at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday for the DPs starting at 7:00 p.m. EST.