2007 Season in Review: Lally and Valentine
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When RJ Valentine and Andy Lally re-joined forces with TRG for 2007, they only had one goal: championship. Of course championships are never an easy feat, but with TRG winning two straight team titles in 2005 and 2006, as well as the 2006 driver's championship, the duo knew it was certainly within their reach.

2007 saw one of the most competitive fields we've ever seen in the Rolex GT series, but I knew with RJ's experience and Andy's race-craft we had a really good shot at some big results, quipped TRG team owner Kevin Buckler. We are again firmly committed to Porsche this year because I know they could provide us with the most competitive package over the season, and I knew I had two guys who could maximize this potential.

And maximize they did. In a series that featured: three different winning manufacturers, six different winning teams, and 15 different winning drivers, RJ and Andy's number 66 Porsche GT3 Cup 997 would go on to win five races, nearly double that of any other team. Yet despite winning over one-third of the season's races, finishing in the top-10 eleven times, and finishing in the top-five seven times, bad luck would intervene at the season finale and the team fell just short of the championship.

I really wanted that Champion's watch this year, but I guess it just wasn't meant to be stated the 63-year old Valentine. Everyone at TRG put on a winning program and of course I had the best teammate in the world, but we just didn't have the luck we needed in the end.

Getting off to a rough start, the CRG/F1 Air sponsored number 66 encountered tough luck at the season-opening 24 Hours of Daytona being taken out by an errant Daytona Prototype and eventually finishing 17th. Searching for better results at the next event in Mexico City, the team never quite found the speed they needed and held a steady pace to finish eighth.

Moving on to the high banks of Miami-Homestead Speedway however, the fortunes of the team took a major turn for the better, as RJ and Andy finally found their pace and drove a hard-fought race with the number 70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 to just barely miss the race win.

Homestead was a major turning point for us. We finally found the set-up we liked and the strategy just worked perfect, stated Andy Lally driving for his third Grand-American driver's championship. With their fortunes turned, the momentum of RJ and Andy would translate in to an unbeatable mid-season pace. Starting out with a good use of strategy at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to take their first win, the team's understanding of pit tactics and car set-up would garner four more wins throughout the year, including wins at: The Sahlen's Six Hours at The Glen, The Mid-Ohio Sports-Car Course, Iowa Speedway, and the prestigious Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada.
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