Stock Car Standout, Bryan Silas, Joins TRG for the 2009 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona Petaluma, CA- On August 30th, 2008, Bryan Silas made his first Grand-Am start in the No. 40 Carlsen Porsche/TRG Porsche 997 at New Jersey Motorsports Park's ...
Stock Car Standout, Bryan Silas, Joins TRG for the 2009 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona
Petaluma, CA- On August 30th, 2008, Bryan Silas made his first Grand-Am start in the No. 40 Carlsen Porsche/TRG Porsche 997 at New Jersey Motorsports Park's Thunderbolt Raceway. Despite having next to no experience with Porsches, or with road racing in general, Silas would finish 14th, leading the TRG three-car entry. In 2009, Silas will expand his road racing resume to include three additional KONI Challenge series races, as well as making his Grand-Am Rolex series GT debut in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.
"I'm really excited to be back with TRG," said Silas. "TRG has the best prepared and fastest cars on the grid, their hospitality is second to none, and they're simply everything I look for in a team."
"Bryan did such a great job for us in New Jersey. We were all very impressed," explained Team Owner Kevin Buckler. "The original goal was to get him some valuable road course experience for his upcoming ARCA race, all of this was new to him. It was slow going in the beginning but his progress continued...and continued... We recently tested the more powerful GT cars with Brian at Daytona and by the third day Bryan was turning lap times comparable with many of the seasoned road course veterans. We were all just thrilled! He is a positive young driver with a great attitude and tons of potential."
"The Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona is the type of race that every driver should experience. After my KONI race with TRG, I knew that I wanted to be back with them in 2009," Silas exclaimed. "They do a great job, and their history at the track speaks for itself."
Silas has been racing everything with wheels since he was 14. His diverse background includes Karting, Legends, Late Models, the Hooters Pro Cup, ARCA/ReMax series and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series. He won the Sportsman Late Model Series Rookie of the Year in 2006 and competed full time in the ARCA/ReMax series and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series in 2007 and 2008.
"Running road course races is absolutely critical to me. A lot of stock car drivers neglect their road racing skills, but to me, it's important to be fast and run up front regardless of the track's layout," commented Silas. "I love the Porsches, they've got amazing brakes, and it's a lot of fun having the engine behind you! It handles great!"
Silas had his first test with TRG at the brand new New Jersey Motorsports Park in August of this year. There he piloted a KONI Challenge GS Porsche 997 Carrera around the track in preparation for the upcoming race there later that month. He paired with Grand-Am veteran, Bryan Sellers, for that event.
"Bryan has showed a ton of improvement and eagerness to learn how to drive a Porsche," stated Sellers. "It's a big jump coming from stock cars over to Porsches. He turned his fastest lap of the weekend on the final lap of the race! He was constantly improving. It was a pleasure working with someone so enthusiastic and I think he could have a very good future in sports cars if he pursues it."
In preparation for his Rolex series GT debut, Silas tested the TRG Porsche 997 GT3 Cup cars at Daytona in September and October. He was able to get up to speed quickly, react to coaching and data analysis, and improve dramatically over the course of the testing periods. Bryan also got his first chance to run under the lights at the Florida superspeedway.
As January approaches, TRG will continue to test for the historic Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona and are planning once again to bring a formidable armada of cars to the event. Porsche factory drivers and seasoned TRG veterans who, along with Silas, are set to have a memorable running at this storied event.