TRG Looking for GT Success at Mid-Ohio
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Petaluma, Calif., (June 16, 2009) - TRG is headed to Mid-Ohio for the Grand-Am Rolex Series EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to be run on Saturday, June 20. Spencer Pumpelly is currently second in the GT standings and will partner with his KONI Sports Car Challenge teammate Duncan Ende at Mid-Ohio.

Team owner Kevin Buckler is pulling out all of the stops to keep Pumpelly, just eight points out of first, in the GT points battle. This includes putting Ende in with his front running driver in the No. 66 AXA/Wealth Management Strategies/TRG Porsche GT3. This shows that the TRG racing ladder formula - from the track days, to club, to KONI and into GT is paying dividends for the team with KONI front runner Ende joining Pumpelly this weekend.

"I'm really excited to be in the 66 at Mid-Ohio," Ende said. "Spencer is sitting second in the driver's points standings so I'm coming in to do my part to keep him up there. I haven't been to Mid-Ohio in a couple of years, but I've always liked the track. I'm not sure how we'll stack up to the tube frame cars in the dry, but it usually isn't dry for too long when I've been in Ohio, which should even the playing field. The biggest challenge might be dealing with the ultra-compacted schedule we have with the two-and-a-half hour KONI race finishing up less than an hour before the green comes out for the Rolex race."

Pumpelly is happy to be running with his KONI teammate at Mid-Ohio.

"I have been fortunate to have lots of good co-drivers this year and I have worked with Duncan in the KONI Challenge series so it should be a good weekend for us," Pumpelly said. "Mid-Ohio is a slow technical track which essentially means slow. We will need to work on getting the car to put power down and transition well. Mid-Ohio and I have never really gotten along in the past, but I hope to change that this weekend."

Justin Marks and Andy Lally have endured a very tough season following their dominate win at the Rolex 24 Hour in late January. The duos best finish since the Rolex has been a fourth place at New Jersey in the No. 67 Construct Corps/CRG/No Fear Energy Drinks/Voodoo Ride/K1 Speed/Gemstone Winery/TRG Porsche GT3.

"At this point I'm just going to have fun driving this car, enjoy my time with the TRG guys and just try to win races," Marks said. "We're so far out of it that points don't really come into it anymore. I'm looking forward to going out there and driving with a little more aggression and just getting the most out of my time as possible. The game changes when you have a season like this and now I'm just purely out to win and that's how I'm going to drive. At Mid-Ohio you have to be strong through the technical section of the track but, like any kind of car, you have to be good out of turn one and good out of the Keyhole down the backstretch for the track's two passing zones. I told all the PTG guys in 2005 that I hated Mid-Ohio then went and got the KONI and Rolex GT poles back-to-back. They said "you still hate this place? Haha" and I said "Yep"."
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