TRG's Ballou and Pumpelly Fourth at Laguna Seca
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Monterey, Calif.: TRG's Ted Ballou and Spencer Pumpelly kept their consistent streak going by finishing fourth today at the Verizon Festival of Speed at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The duo maintains their Grand-Am Rolex Series GT points lead heading to the six hour race at Watkins Glen.

Ted Ballou started the No. 66 AXA/Mitchell Rubber/Wealth Management Strategies/TRG Porsche GT3 from his Tenth place qualifying position. Wasting no time, Ballou had the Porsche in fourth place by lap 15. Pumpelly took over the drive and was able to keep the rear tires under the car for the remainder of the race and finish in a good points position of fourth.

"We had a really clean run," Pumpelly said. "We are looking for consistency, while maintaining our points lead. It is not as big as when we came here, but we are still leading. We are going to keep being consistent and keep finishing in the top five and take the wins when we can. Ted is doing a great job in qualifying and is very clean during his stints and that is what is making us successful at the end of the day."

John Potter had the wheel of the No. 65 Riegel/Stanton/Cystic Fibrosis Foundation/65 Roses/Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche GT3 at the start. Potter had the car up to seventh when he handed over to Stanton. Veteran sports car driver Stanton was able to maintain the position for the duos best finish of the year in seventh.

"The 65 team has been working on the car and our overall approach on the weekend," Stanton said. "John Bedell (crew chief) and the guys took a look at why we were eighth and ninth. We were seventh today, so we are chipping away at it. Debriefing with John Potter we are getting to know why the car was better today. I think we had good handling, we had good aero on the car and the brake package was right on today. We had some good power as well. We are getting a good feeling for the Pirelli tires and what makes them work best on these cars. The set-up allowed us to run harder longer. We had three great pit stops by the guys and had a strong day."

René Villeneuve started the No. 63 Team Polizei 144/TRG Porsche GT3 and soon had the car in the top ten. Villeneuve put in a double stint behind the wheel, and he soon had the series new comers in the top ten. Villeneuve handed over to Henri Richard who drove some of his best laps of the weekend and was able to bring the car home unscathed in 12th position for the group's first outing.
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