TRG Finishes Second and Sixth in Rolex GT at Infineon Sonoma, Ca. (August 28, 2006) - TRG's Marc Bunting and Andy Lally continued their quest for the Grand Am GT championship by finishing second in today's running of the Grand American Rolex ...
TRG Finishes Second and Sixth in Rolex GT at Infineon
Sonoma, Ca. (August 28, 2006) - TRG's Marc Bunting and Andy Lally continued their quest for the Grand Am GT championship by finishing second in today's running of the Grand American Rolex Series race at Infineon Raceway. Teammates Paul Edwards and Kelly Collins had a misstep in their last pit stop and finished sixth on the day.
Marc Bunting started the number 65/TRG/GTO/F1 Air/Alpine Bagel/Pontiac GTO.R from his eighth place qualifying effort. The Maryland resident was able to run fast consistent laps and move up to seventh place before handing over to co-driver Andy Lally on lap 24. Lally took the 65 GTO.R back to the fight in ninth and was able to negotiate the traffic and DP cars to eventually lead in the last third of the event. A late race pit stop for a splash of fuel put the duo back to second. Bunting and Lally still lead the championship going into the last race, just seven days away.
Kelly Collins started his number 64/iRise/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R from the front row. The Californian maintained the second position right up to the driver change on lap 24. Handing over to fellow California resident Paul Edwards, he returned to the race in fourth. On lap 43 after shuffling through pit stops Edwards assumed the GT lead. Edwards was swapping the lead with the number 72 car throughout his stint. On lap 76 Edwards pitted and the team had a misstep with the left rear wheel lug nuts and he had to return to the pits to secure the wheel dropping the 64 team back to sixth.
Marc Bunting, #65/TRG/F1 Air/Alpine Bagel/iRise/Pontiac GTO.R, "I had a good start. The car was really handling well and I was able to move-up. Andy did a great job and was able to lead some laps. We had a good clean run today and scored maximum points. Unfortunately the 72 car had a better day and won the race. That tightens up the points going into the last race in Utah."
Andy Lally, #65/TRG/F1 Air/Alpine Bagel/iRise/Pontiac GTO.R, "Marc did a good job to have a really uneventful stint. He turned the car over to me in excellent shape up toward the front of the field. Traffic was really tough today, the DP cars were all over and some of the GT guys were not too polite. We steered clear of all of the mayhem and came home second. I really didn't have anything for the 72 car at the end because we developed a loose condition. Utah is going to be exciting in seven days."
Kelly Collins, #64/TRG/iRise/Pontiac GTO.R, "I had a good start and was able to keep within a couple of car lengths of the 72. Paul did a good job to get us up into the lead and we were really set for a win. The pit stop was tough; we went from hero to zero in a matter of seconds."
Paul Edwards, #64/TRG/iRise/Pontiac GTO.R, "Kelly gave me the car in excellent shape. When we cycled through that set of pit stops we were in the lead and looking for a win. The car was up to it, it seemed to get better with the more laps that I put in. The pit stop was just one of those racing things, the competition is so tough that you can't afford any errors or you are going to get beat."
Kevin Buckler, TRG team owner, "Marc and Andy did the best they could with what they had today. We settled for maximum points and second is a good finish. Kelly and Paul suffered some disappointment with the pit stop. Both cars lead laps and we looked very strong at the head of the field in front of our home crowd. Now it all comes down the nine hour next Saturday, we will be ready!"
The final round of the Grand Am series will be The Discount Tire Chaser nine hour race at Miller Motorsport Park in one week, Saturday, September 2nd.