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TRG HEADS TO VIR IN SEARCH OF SECOND KONI CHALLENGE WIN OF '07 PETALUMA, Calif., (October 1, 2007) -- Team TRG's four car Koni Challenge team heads to Virginia International Raceway for the 2007 Grand-Am Koni Challenge season finale on October...

TRG HEADS TO VIR IN SEARCH OF SECOND KONI CHALLENGE WIN OF '07

PETALUMA, Calif., (October 1, 2007) -- Team TRG's four car Koni Challenge team heads to Virginia International Raceway for the 2007 Grand-Am Koni Challenge season finale on October 5-7.

TRG looks to claim its second GS-Class win of the season as well as a potential podium sweep when the 2007 season winds down on the scenic 3.27-mile road course at VIR.

Looking for a repeat of their dominant victory at Barber Motorsports Park in mid-July, the northern California-based team hopes to deliver an encore performance in the six-hour endurance battle that headlines the GT Live/Koni Challenge Series weekend in rural Virginia.

"We're really excited to return to VIR," said TRG team owner Kevin Buckler. b^0x001dIt has been a long season with many challenges, but at the end of the day the entire TRG team has much to be proud of. We built these (GS-class) cars from absolute scratch and entered the Koni Challenge Series knowing this first year was a development year."

"Even so, we challenged up front in nearly every race to post one win, five podium finishes and nine top-five finishes among our four cars. I feel we've made excellent strides forward in our overall program and expect 2008 to be a fantastic year for the TRG Koni Challenge program and all the drivers who are involved."

TRG will field four cars for the six-hour race, each being fully capable of claiming the top step on the podium in Victory Lane. TRG has carefully prepared each car to withstand the rigors of this long race with an eye on the competition that will also be bringing their best efforts.

The No. 39 car for TRG is the Carlsen Porsche/DigiTrust Group/Adam's Polishes/Fox River Coffee 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 and had a fantastic run at the front at Miller. Expect them to be strong.

Driving the TRG No. 40 Carlsen Porsche/CDI/Carrera Design entry 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, icluding qualifying & starting the car at nearly every race, and Schroeder continues to climb the TRG driver professional development ladder with strong showing & top lap times at every outing.

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. In addition to the victory at 'Barber,' the duo has posted five other top-five finishes, including a trio of second-place results. They were also leading the last race at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah when a competitor crashed on pit road preventing Lally from pitting and directly affecting the outcome of the race.

The final TRG entry is the No. 42 TRG/Maxwell Paper Porsche 997 car with Ross Smith, Dan DiLeo and Bryan Sellars. This strong team of drivers can certainly take it to the front at any track. Coming off a disappointing run at Utah, the trio will be looking to rebound at VIR for a strong finish in their meticulously prepared machine.

The Koni Challenge Series weekend brings back the multi-faceted 'motorsports theme park' atmosphere of GT LIVE, including drifting, time attack, karting, rallying, stunt bikes, car and bike shows and music that was so popular with young enthusiasts last year.

-credit: trg

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