Barber Weekend Preview Notes: TRG Changes Driver Lineup
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Change Up in TRG Driver Lineup Could Produce Exciting Results for the Future

July14, 2008
PETALUMA, Calif. - TRG will head to Barber Motorsports Park for this weekend's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 sporting a different-looking driver lineup but with the same overall goal, which is to add to the team's strong history at the state-of-the-art circuit near Birmingham, Ala.

Beginning with this weekend's Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant and continuing for the remainder of the 2008 Rolex Series season, three-time Rolex Series champion Andy Lally will share the No. 67 TRG Porsche GT3 with Tim George Jr., while Spencer Pumpelly-who drove alongside George in the No. 67 TRG Porsche for the first nine races of the season-will now co-drive the No. 66 Mitchell Rubber Porsche GT3 with Ted Ballou.

"We have plenty of good reasons for making the switch and I think it makes a lot of sense," said TRG owner Kevin Buckler. "Tim will be moving to our stock car team next year with Andy, and both of them will be working together on that program and joint sponsorship, so it just made sense for them to also work and develop together in the Rolex Series this year. Likewise, Spencer and Ted are already working on plans to race together next year, so I think it's a win-win for everybody involved to make the change. It will be fun to see how it shakes out."

The No. 66 and No. 67 teams will join two additional TRG Porsche entries this weekend. Once again sharing the No. 65 Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing/Total-R Insulation Solutions Porsche GT3 for TRG/Riegel Autosport will be Canadian racer Hima Maher and 2005 Rolex Series GT champion Craig Stanton, while Josemanuel Gutierrez and John Potter will complete the lineup in the No. 68 TRG Porsche GT3.

Since 2005, TRG has placed at least one of its cars within the top-five positions in Rolex Series action at Barber Motorsports Park, while the team's KONI Challenge Series program picked up its first victory at Barber last year. Included in the team's Rolex Series run of success was a victory by then-co-drivers Lally and Marc Bunting in 2006, a race that also saw TRG drivers Kelly Collins and Paul Edwards finish third. Last year, Lally finished second in the Rolex Series race alongside co-driver RJ Valentine and claimed the KONI Challenge victory alongside Ballou.

In fact, Lally has been in TRG's top-finishing car at Barber in each of the last three Rolex Series races there, with a fourth-place outing alongside Bunting in the team's No. 65 entry in 2005, one spot ahead of Collins and Edwards in the No. 64 TRG machine. This year, Lally has finished inside the top five in three of his four Rolex Series appearances, including top-five runs in each of his last two races and a best result of second in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.
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