TRG to Start on Sixth Row in GT at VIR Alton, VA, (April 23, 2010) - TRG's Ted Ballou qualified the No. 66 AXA/TRG Porsche in the 11th position for tomorrow's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask no. 16 GT race to be ...
TRG to Start on Sixth Row in GT at VIR
Alton, VA, (April 23, 2010) - TRG's Ted Ballou qualified the No. 66 AXA/TRG Porsche in the 11th position for tomorrow's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask no. 16 GT race to be run at Virginia International Raceway (VIR). The team is making a return to Grand-Am competition after a one race hiatus.
TRG 66 GT VIR Ted Ballou set a lap time of 1:53.682 that will see him start from the sixth row for tomorrow's two-hour-and-forty-five minute race. The team installed a new 3.8-liter motor, per the rules adjustment, which was supposed to put the Porsche teams in a more favorable competitive position compared to races previous. Teamed with Andy Lally, Ballou is ready for Saturday's race.
"Practice was pretty good," Ballou said. "The car is a little better now that we have some more horsepower in the car. We are faster than last year but still not even close to the front runners. It is very discouraging. We were hoping for faster times and we are seeing that to some degree. I had a little trouble in qualifying flat spotting my tires after a spin. The possibility of rain tomorrow will make the race very interesting."
Lally will make history when he gets behind the wheel of the AXA Porsche tomorrow. The Dacula, Georgia resident will make his 100th start in Grand-Am competition. Lally is somewhat pleased with the changes to the Porsche and is looking forward to having a competitive run.
"To our car the rules adjustments have helped," Lally said. "However it seems adding 75 lbs. to the Mazda makes it go a good two seconds faster. The adjustments definitely helped, but we are still down. I need a couple more liters and a rotary under the hood. We are praying for rain which is sad."
Team owner Kevin Buckler is left in amazement at the delta that still exists in the GT field.
"The series made a great effort to help the Porsche teams with the recent rules adjustment," Buckler said. "I guess the Mazda guys just plugged in the lap top and negated our adjustments. I am not sure how you can add weight to that car and it still goes faster. Rain seems like our only hope tomorrow. This is very discouraging to be racing with no chance to win unless it rains."