TRG Finishes Second at New Jersey Motorsports Park
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Millville, New Jersey, (May 3, 2009) - TRG's Ted Ballou and Spencer Pumpelly finished second in today's running of the Grand-Am Rolex Series Verizon Wireless 250 at New Jersey Motorsports Park. With the finish, Ballou and Pumpelly assume the GT championship points lead. The whole team had a great day with the other three entries finishing in the top ten as well.

The race started under a torrential down pour with the first caution flying before the first lap was completed. Justin Marks in the No. 67 Construct Corp/No Fear Energy Drinks/Voodoo Ride/Kartel Motorsports/K1 Speed/Gemstone Winery/TRG Porsche GT3 put in a brilliant drive and took over the lead on lap 15, sixth overall. Marks led up to lap 21 when he handed the green and black Porsche to co-driver Andy Lally. As the pit stops shuffled through, Lally was able to return to the track in the lead and drove a strong second stint. On lap 47, when he was passed by teammate Spencer Pumpelly who then proceeded to lead 17 laps until his rear tires started to go off and had to settle for second place.

Ted Ballou started the No. 66 AXA/Mitchell Rubber/Wealth Management Strategies/TRG Porsche GT3 from his seventh row qualifying position. Ballou drove extremely well handing the car over to Pumpelly who proceeded to drive to the lead. Pumpelly, coming off a win for TRG in the KONI Sports Car Challenge Series race yesterday, had another strong drive capping his one - two weekend.

"Yesterday, believe it or not, I learned a little bit from the KONI car," Pumpelly said. "We learned about how the car behaves over a stint, usually the cars are not very similar. We took a little bit of a gamble on the setup and it turned out right. Our biggest issue was with our rear tires. That issue is with the life that we get out of them. If I had to do it again, I would have put on fresh rears when we stopped the last time. I think when I took the lead I might have been a little too aggressive with the car and the tires. I was struggling there at the end. It was a great day for TRG. I think we have the points lead back."

Justin Marks started the No. 67 Porsche GT3 and had his best drive of the young season as he took the lead on lap 15. Visual problems out of the windshield did not stop the Californian as he handed co-driver Lally the lead GT car. Lally took to the track and surrendered the lead to Pumpelly, who had clear vision, and was able to hold on to a strong fourth place finish.
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