Watkins Glen II: TRG race report

TRG Finishes Top Ten at The Glen in GT Watkins Glen, NY, (Aug. 7, 2010) - TRG's Steve Bertheau and Andy Lally drove the No. 66 Sargent & Lundy/TRG/Porsche to a ninth place finish in this evening's running of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car...

TRG Finishes Top Ten at The Glen in GT

Watkins Glen, NY, (Aug. 7, 2010) - TRG's Steve Bertheau and Andy Lally drove the No. 66 Sargent & Lundy/TRG/Porsche to a ninth place finish in this evening's running of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Crown Royal 200 at Watkins Glen International Raceway.

Finish Bertheau had the wheel for the start of the two-hour race. He was able to keep the No. 66 in strong contention during his stint. Handing off to Lally, the sports car ace set out turning fast laps with a cautious tone. The front left tire was witnessing a lot of wear due to the high-speed right hand turns. Lally had to be consistently quick, while still trying to preserve the rubber as team owner Kevin Buckler was strategizing for the second and final pit stop. In the end a few well placed cautions would have helped the team break into the top five.

"We put this deal together at the last minute," Bertheau said. "The team always puts together a great car. I did a lot of laps in practice and was pleased with my improvement. We were doing some pretty good lap times during the race and it was looking like it was coming together. Andy was really fast. We needed an early yellow to go along with the one that came late, and then we would have been in contention. I had a really fun weekend. We will turn our attention to Andy for tomorrow's NASCAR race."

Although Lally was not able to follow-up on the win from the Sahlen's Six Hour here in June, he was still pleased with the performance of the entire team.

"Steve and I had a fast car today," Lally said. "This track really suits the strong points of our Porsche. We had a good set-up from the six-hour that we adjusted on for the short course and it was fast. The crew did a great job to prepare the car. Kevin and Debra Buckler work really hard to put this program on the track. We put this weekend together late and we still show-up with a car that is capable of winning. That says a lot about the whole team."

Kevin Buckler had the strategy set; all that was needed was a timely caution for it all to come together.

"We had the strategy down, we really needed an early yellow to compliment the one that came late in the race," Buckler said. "The guys did a great job to prep the car. Steve drove a strong, smart first stint and did a lot of laps for us in practice which really helped with the set-up for the race. He was our "set-up" guy this weekend and is on a fast track development program with TRG. Andy did a great job to go and put down fast lap times. We had an uncharacteristic bobble in the pits, but it didn't affect our outcome."

Lally will be at the wheel of the No. 71 Adobe Road/TRG Motorsports Chevy for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Helluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen that will take the green flag at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow.

The Grand-Am Series will travel north of border to Montreal, Quebec for the 11th and penultimate round on August 28.

-source: trg

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Andy Lally
Teams TRG Motorsports