New Jersey Race Notes: TRG
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August 31, 2008
MILLVILLE, N.J. - Andy Lally and Tim George Jr. co-drove the No. 67 Johnnie-O Clothing/Sirius Satellite Radio Porsche GT3 to TRG's first Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 of the season with an outstanding effort in the Supercar Life 250 at New Jersey Motorsports Park's Thunderbolt Raceway.

It was the 24th class victory in Rolex Series competition for TRG, which already owned more class victories in series history than any other team. George started the No. 67 machine from 14th on the grid and kept the car strongly in contention before turning the car over to Lally at the second set of pit stops.

As he has done so many times in the past, Lally immediately began carving his way through the field and took the lead for the first time on Lap 56 of the 102-lap race. He briefly surrendered the lead to Robin Liddell on a Lap 80 restart, but found his way back into the lead six laps later. A final full-course caution period set up a two-lap shootout for the finish, but Lally got away cleanly on the restart and was never challenged en route to the victory. He led a race-high total of 38 laps.

"It was fantastic," said TRG owner Kevin Buckler. "Other than Daytona, this was probably the most important race we could win this year. It's a brand new track and we had a lot going on out here with four cars. I'm so proud of Tim, Andy and the team. It was perfect. It was a big win for us."

The victory was the first in George's Rolex Series career and allowed him to move back atop the MESCO Building for the Future Rookie of the Year standings. It was also George's sixth podium finish in 12 starts this season.

"It's great to win here," said George. "It's a brand new track, obviously, and it was very treacherous. I felt like I was back at Skip Barber racing since we weren't allowed to drop tires or you'd get called in, so it was a pretty big deal. I've got to thank Andy for helping me get up to speed really quick. I felt like I put a pretty good first stint in, and we were just fighting some gas issues toward the end, but other than that, we came out on top. I'm pretty happy."

Lally, meanwhile, picked up his 19th career class victory in the Rolex Series, moving the three-time Rolex Series champion into a tie with Bill Auberlen for third place on the all-time Rolex Series class winners list. It was the first Rolex Series win for Lally and the team since their triumph at Montreal last season.
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