Utah: TRG Pontiac qualifying report

TRG GTO.Rs Qualify Second and Third in Quest for GT Championship at Miller Tooele, Utah -- TRG qualified second and third at the new Miller Motorsport Park in their quest to win three championships in the final round of the Grand American...

TRG GTO.Rs Qualify Second and Third in Quest for GT Championship at Miller

Tooele, Utah -- TRG qualified second and third at the new Miller Motorsport Park in their quest to win three championships in the final round of the Grand American Rolex GT Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve to be run tomorrow at noon.

Andy Lally took the honor of qualifying the number 65/TRG/GTO/F1 Air/Alpine Bagel/GTO.R and drove to a front row starting position with a time of 2:55.886. Teammate Paul Edwards took the controls of the number 64/iRise/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R and will start third for the nine-hour race posting a time of 2:56.315.

Andy Lally and Marc Bunting are leading the GT drivers championship going into tomorrow's race. The duo has to finish a least eighth to secure the title. TRG is leading the team points and have ushered Pontiac to the top of the manufacturer standings. Teammates Paul Edwards and Kelly Collins sit securely in third in the driver standings. Kris Wilson joins Edwards and Collins in the 64 and Spencer Pumpelly will help bolster the driver lineup in the 65 car.

Andy Lally is happy with his qualifying effort. "I had a good lap going until a former co-driver didn't provide the proper racing etiquette and blocked me. I may not have had a shot at the pole, but I could have gotten a lot closer. We are starting right next to the 72 car which is our pursuer in the championship. So the fans can't ask for anything more than to have the top two cars in the series starting next to each other on the grid for the start. We will need to run a fast clean race and not get caught up in anyones poor judgment."

Paul Edwards might have left a little time out on the track. "On my first clean lap I over cooked it a little in turn three. On my second lap I got blocked and then had a push in the car. I could have probably planned my session a little better, but I really didn't have anything for the pole today. We have a good race car and we will need to try and motor into the lead. The night time is going to be wild; it was like running at Baja out here last night. The DPs come up on you and you don't which one is which, because most guys you run with all season and you know what they are going to do. There are some new drivers out there, so we will have to be alert."

"Andy and Paul did a solid job in qualifying," said Kevin Buckler, TRG team owner. "We have Kendall in the other GTO.R in fourth so hopefully we can keep things sane at the front at the start. Marc and Andy have a lot on the line tomorrow and the team is going to do everything we can in car preparation and strategy to help make their run for the championship as fast and smooth as possible. Paul and Kelly will be going for another win, no real team orders."

TRG's near dream season has been comprised of Lally and Bunting's four wins with 10 total podium appearances on the year. Edwards and Collins have won three races bringing the TRG total to seven wins and 17 podium finishes between the two cars. TRG is also riding a 22 race podium streak.

-credit: trg

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Paul Edwards , Andy Lally , Spencer Pumpelly , Marc Bunting , Kris Wilson