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TRG Heads to Quebec Seeking 2nd Straight Koni Challenge Win Team TRG goes north of the border in search of their second GS-Class win when Grand-Am Koni Challenge Series competitors head to Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada to contest...

TRG Heads to Quebec Seeking 2nd Straight Koni Challenge Win

Team TRG goes north of the border in search of their second GS-Class win when Grand-Am Koni Challenge Series competitors head to Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada to contest Round 10 of the 2007 schedule on Sunday, August 19th.

TRG was the class of the field in mid-July with a dominant win at Barber Motorsports Park and the northern California-based team will try for an encore performance on the tricky 2.521-mile Le Circuit du Trois-Rivieres street course.

"We are all very excited to head north of the border to race at the famed Trois-Rivieres circuit," said TRG team owner Kevin Buckler. "Our team has had good results here in the past and we know the course quite well. Driving on a temporary street course is a very different experience compared to a full-time road course. It can be surprising at times as to who runs up front. Finding the right set-up for the car will be at a true premium, but I expect us to have our cars set-up really well for this circuit."

TRG will field four cars for the two-hour race, each being fully capable of claiming the top step on the podium in Victory Lane.

The No. 39 car for TRG is the Carlsen Porsche/DigiTrust Group/Adam's Polishes entry of Duncan Ende and Grant Maiman. The pair ran several successful early season events for TRG this year, including leading their first race while at Lime Rock. More recently they mixed it up with the leaders all the way to the checkered flag to post a solid fifth-place finish at Watkins Glen. Expect them to run up front.

Driving the No. 40 Carlsen Porsche/CDI/Carrera Design entry for TRG is John Bibbo and Scott Schroeder. This season-long duo has had flashes of speed and brilliance since the beginning, also leading the Lime Rock race for quite some time and posting a Top-10 finish at Mid-Ohio. Bibbo has driven superbly, including in times of adversity, and Schroeder continues to climb the TRG driver professional development ladder.

The third entry is that of July race winners Ted Ballou and Andy Lally in the No. 41 TRG Mitchell Global/Carlsen Porsche 997. Ballou and Lally contend for the win at every venue on the Koni Challenge schedule and they are expected to do the same at Le Circuit du Trois-Rivieres. In addition to the victory at 'Barber,' the duo has posted four other top-five finishes, including a pair of second-place results.

The final TRG entry is the No. 42 car with a TBD driver lineup.

TRG anticipates the return to Quebec, not only for a chance at it's second win of the season, but also to enjoy the very popular ambiance of Trois-Rivieres.

"It's such a fun place to race because the local people are so passionate about this race," said Buckler. "And as the drivers always point out, the girls are really pretty too. We're looking forward to a great event and to polishing up on our French."

-credit: trg

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Andy Lally , Grant Maiman , Duncan Ende , Ted Ballou , Scott Schroeder , John Bibbo