GRAND-AM TO ALLOW PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENTS FOR PORSCHES Petaluma, CA (April 14, 2010)- Following a series of tests and development changes, TRG is proud to announce a number of performance enhancements granted to the marque by officials in the...
GRAND-AM TO ALLOW PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENTS FOR PORSCHES
Petaluma, CA (April 14, 2010)- Following a series of tests and development changes, TRG is proud to announce a number of performance enhancements granted to the marque by officials in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16, as well as in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series.
In GT, competing in the same category as a number of purpose-built, tube-frame racing cars has made it difficult in recent months for the uni-body, production based TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars that TRG has taken to victory, including at last year's Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. Running a top level program featuring top-line drivers such as Andy Lally and Spencer Pumpelly, TRG's growing frustration culminated in the team's decision to sit out at the most recent GRAND-AM round at Barber Motorsparts Park. TRG had never missed a prior round of GRAND-AM competition since the series began in 2000.
In the effort to improve tire wear, straight line speed, and overall handling, Grand-Am has allowed for a number of enhancements to Porsche, including:
-The upgrading from 3.6L to 3.8L engines
-50lb reduction of weight
-1/2 inch reduction of minimum ride height
-Larger air restrictor
-Allowing for the re-introduction to bodywork enhancements to the side of the car.
In the Continental Tire Challenge, GRAND-AM officials have also allowed for two key changes to the team's entry in the efforts to improve straightline speed and handling:
-Upgrading from 3.6L to 3.8L engines
-50lb reduction of weight
As the winningest team in GRAND-AM GT competition, Team Owner Kevin Buckler applauds the series' efforts to put the marque back on track and to work towards parity.
"The most recent round of rule changes from GRAND-AM should have a major impact on our program," stated Buckler. "Our team is built on a heritage of winning, and I pride myself in putting the best crew and drivers in the series under our tent, but recently it's been tough to show just how good the program works. We are a winning team and we've proven time and again that we know how to get it done, and I thank GRAND-AM for realizing just how difficult it's been for Porsche teams."
With preparations already under way for the next race at Virginia International Raceway on April 23-25, TRG is actively welcoming any sponsored drivers looking to join the multi-time series champions in either the Rolex or Continental Tire Series.