TRG at the KONI Challenge at Homestead TRG's GS Drivers Take Center Stage at Lime Rock Petaluma, Ca. (May 31, 2007) -The TRG GS (Grand Sport) drivers took center stage this weekend with a 3rd & 4th place finish in Round 6 at the Grand-Am GT ...
TRG at the KONI Challenge at Homestead
TRG's GS Drivers Take Center Stage at Lime Rock
Petaluma, Ca. (May 31, 2007) -The TRG GS (Grand Sport) drivers took center stage this weekend with a 3rd & 4th place finish in Round 6 at the Grand-Am GT Classic at Lime Rock. TRG fielded four GS Porsche 997's, turning some of the fastest laps of the class against a very competitive field. This race will be televised, in a tape delay, Sunday, June 10th at 3pm on SPEED.
The big story of the day was the brilliant drive of TRG's professional drivers Scott Schroeder in his TRG Carlsen/CDI car no.40 & Duncan Ende driving the TRG Carlsen Porsche/ Digitrust /Adams Polish No. 39. Right at the beginning of the race Schroeder & Ende were clearly 2 of the fastest cars on the track and looked absolutely dialed.
At the 25 min mark Scott and Duncan were running solid in 4th & 5th spots a full second faster than the over all leader. Schroeder took over the top spot after a caution with Duncan moving into 2nd. The TRG duo were now in the lead running 1-2 and started to check out, gaining a full 5 second lead over the third place car.
Scott Schroeder was assessed a stop and go penalty after a yellow flag restart dropping him back to 14th.
Duncan Ende, who was the fastest in the morning warm up, took over the lead and drove brilliantly and was solidly in command of the entire GS field. After the driver change co-driver Grant Maiman kept the car near the front & drove flawlessly to bring the car home in 4th position.
Finishing third were No. 41 TRG Carlsen Porsche/Mitchell Rubber Porsche 997 co-drivers Andy Lally and Ted Ballou, who started 35th in the 36-car field. Ballou started the race from the back after an ABS failure and advanced through the field, methodically picking off other competitors.
Lally took over the wheel on the driver change and took the car to third on Lap 75--during the second round of pit stops--and was never challenged for the spot, finishing more than 20 seconds ahead of fourth-place. "It was probably one of the more memorable and most exciting Grand-Am Cup/KONI Challenge events that I've actually witnessed," said Lally. "Almost all of these end with some crazy bang-up, smash-up results at some point in the race, but they all seemed to happen, like, two cars in front of me. I saw some awesome, wild stunts today. You couldn't have planned it any crazier than that. I had fun. The race was great, and Ted did super. We could have left him in for the whole race. He was running awesome times, most of the time running first, second or third in that lap. We just came up through the field.
It was good, I was real happy, and TRG did a super job." The Carlsen Porsche/ CDI/ Carrera Design/ Apex Graphics/ Cohen Financial Car no. 40 with Scott Schroeder and John Bibbo finished 20th and the Serge Glazunov Jr. and Matt Harris' Carlsen Porsche/Harris Racing car No. 42 finished 27th.
"We're very proud of all of our drivers today," said team owner Kevin Buckler. " Having the # 40 car & the #39 actually lead the race commandingly for some time was very inspiring to the program. The 3-4 finish was fantastic, especially in this large & strong field. We have some serious talent developing here with the drivers and the cars are getting better & better!"