Daytona 24 Hour Qualifing: TRG
Page: 1  2   3  Links
Daytona Beach, Florida-

TRG has taken the first step towards winning their third Grand-Am Rolex Series Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona GT race. Andy Lally put the No.67 Construct Corps/CRG/No Fear Energy Drinks/K1 Speed/Voodoo Ride/Gemstone Winery/TRG Porsche GT3 on the front row for Saturday's Rolex 24 start at 3:30 p.m.

Lally posted a time of 1:49.540 that will see him go away from the start on the outside of the front row. Lally shares the seat with Justin Marks, RJ Valentine, Patrick Long and Joerg Bergmeister. Lally had the fastest time of the qualifying session right up to the last lap when he was eclipsed by a Mazda.

"We went faster than I thought," Lally said. "The whole GT field went faster. When I put the lap in we were still in danger of losing it. At that point I was starting to go slower and I just pulled in to the paddock. I just got to the tech barn and stopped and my crew said we lost it. I thought he was kidding. But he told me it was the 70 car. I had mixed emotions, but if I was going to loose it to anybody he is the one I would give it up to today." Driver of the No. 70 Mazda Sylvan Tremblay lost his wife, Carol, in a car accident in December.

Spencer Pumpelly drove the No. 66 AXA/Mitchell Rubber/Wealth Management Strategies/TRG Porsche GT3 to a seventh place qualifying effort with a time of 1:50.109. Pumpelly was fighting the cars handling and knows there is room for improvement. Pumpelly will have support from teammates Ted Ballou, Tim George Jr., Emmanuel Collard and Richard Lietz.

"It is disappointing after all of the speed that we showed at the test," Pumpelly said. "I had a lot of oversteer into the car and it feels really loose in the fast stuff. We will have a talk with our teammates, look at the data and make some adjustments in the remaining practices to have a strong car for the race."

Marco Holzer piloted the No. 65 Riegel/Stanton/Cystic Fibrosis Foundation/65 Roses/Magnus Racing/Marquis Jet/Resorts International/IPC/Total Lubricants/TRG Porsche GT3 to a 1:50.445 qualifying effort that will see him start Tenth in GT. Holzer is joined in the 65 by John Potter, Bryce Miller and Craig Stanton.

"The car handled better in qualifying than in practice," Holzer said. "I had a lot of traffic and could not get a clean lap. I have a few more tenths in the car. We have a couple of more practices to get the car perfect for the race and get everyone comfortable. Tenth place is a good place to start for a 24 hour race."
  Next Page >>