TRG Takes Dramatic Podium Finish Salt Lake City, UT (September 19, 2009)- After a dramatic series of closing laps, TRG's Scott Schroeder and Andy Lally, in their No. 66 First Service Commercial RE/AXA/Cohen Financial Porsche GT3, took...
TRG Takes Dramatic Podium Finish
Salt Lake City, UT (September 19, 2009)- After a dramatic series of closing laps, TRG's Scott Schroeder and Andy Lally, in their No. 66 First Service Commercial RE/AXA/Cohen Financial Porsche GT3, took an amazing second place in the Utah 250 at Miller Motorsports Park. After qualifying in eighth place, strong driving by both drivers, clever strategy by Team Owner Kevin Buckler and an on-track altercation by the race leaders led to a jaw dropping series of final laps.
The key decision in the day's race came down to the second round of pit stops and the last minute decision to stay out after the rest of the GT field had committed. This gave driver Andy Lally with a near half-lap advantage over the field until a second caution period allowed the field to catch up. Dropping out of the lead after a dramatic charge from competitors Dirk Werner and Robin Liddell, Andy would fall back to fourth. However, race leaders Werner and Liddell allowed their aggression to get the better of them, coming together with two laps to go and both cutting tires, allowing Lally to finish second.
"Today has just been unbelievable," exclaimed Scott Schroeder, who earned his first career podium in the Rolex series. "Last week we didn't think we'd even be racing, and now we're on the podium. I have to thank everyone at First Service Commercial RE, AXA, Cohen Financial, and Josemanuel Gutierrez for making this happen. Kevin's pit call, along with Andy's sensational laps made the difference, this has been a great day."
For TRG's John Potter and Craig Stanton, a power steering failure led to a hard-fought day, overcoming the odds to an impressive fifth place.
"Towards the end of my stint the power steering started to fade and eventually just stopped," stated Potter, the local hero of the race. "Craig did an amazing job to run the rest of the race with no power steering, and I'm pretty happy with a fifth out of today."
For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, who flew overnight in to Loudon, New Hampshire to oversee his NASCAR operation, can take victory in good solid team work and perseverance.
"Wow, what a race!" said Buckler. "This was a great day. We didn't really have the pace we were looking for, but we were able to finish with some solid driving, pit stops and calls. Scott drove a great opening stint, and Andy pulled his usual miracle run at the end. I was also really happy to see John and Craig take such a strong finish. This is a tough track without power steering but they made it happen. John's qualifying was amazing and Craig was a rock. They are the Iron Men!! We have such a good team here, I really look forward to a strong finish to the season."
With one race remaining in the season, the team heads next to the final at Homestead Miami Speedway, October 8-10. Car No. 66 currently holds third place in Team Points, and the team is looking for a solid end to the season.