Watkins Glen: TRG preview

TRG/iRise Head to The Glen On a Roll Petaluma, Ca. (May 31, 2006) - The TRG/iRise GTO's winning ways are becoming one for the history books; the team is truly on a roll. For the third time this year, TRG put in a dominant...

TRG/iRise Head to The Glen On a Roll

Petaluma, Ca. (May 31, 2006) - The TRG/iRise GTO's winning ways are becoming one for the history books; the team is truly on a roll. For the third time this year, TRG put in a dominant performance resulting in a 1-2 finish to nail their 13th straight podium finish at the Rolex GT Series Challenge at Lime Rock Park. TRG has swept the top two steps of the podium in the last two short course races, on tracks that were well-suited for the torque heavy Pontiac GTO.R's. This Saturday, however, the team moves on to historic Watkins Glen, and a 3.4 mile road course that could prove more Porsche-friendly.

"TRG has always been good at figuring out where they need to be fast at Watkins Glen," said #65 driver Andy Lally. "Last year our Porsche was a rocket here and I had a great race with Robin (Liddell) and Wolf (Hensler) before they were teammates in the same car together. The TRG crew had everyone covered in the Porsche and now they are trying to find perfection again in the GTO.R."

Lally continued, "This is another track, like Lime Rock was, that means a lot to me. It is the only pro racing that I have ever done in my home state. It is hands down one of the best tracks in the world, and the history of the Six Hours of The Glen is legendary. It is a long race and every year there seems to be mayhem at one point or another. We have to stay clean if we want to maintain or increase our points lead, and that will be the ultimate goal."

Team owner Kevin Buckler noted that "Watkins Glen is one of the most historically significant road courses in the country, and we have had some of our highest highs and lowest lows here. From a major crash in 2004 to a 1-2 DP finish last year, Watkins has been nothing if not exciting and unpredictable. Our 1-2 finish last year had never happened before in the DP class and we had a great battle in GT to take second place as well. I am a bit worried about the competition this weekend, as this will definitely be a Porsche friendly track. If our competition nail their vehicle setups, they will be difficult to beat. We should know- we qualified on the pole last year- but in a Porsche!"

Along with last years DP success, TRG was also on their game in GT with a Porsche, one of the last races before the team added the Pontiac GTO.Rs to the line up. The team started the 2005 Six Hours of The Glen from pole position in a Porsche and dominated the first half of the race, leading for almost three hours. A broken header at the mid-point in the race slowed them down just enough to finish in 2nd place.

The 2006 Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen will be televised live on SPEED TV, Saturday, June 3 at 2:30pm EST (11:30am PST).

-www.theracersgroup.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Andy Lally