PETALUMA, CA (July 29) - Friday's inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix had enough drama for anyone. First there was the weather. It stormed. Then it didn't. Then it stormed again. Then it didn't. Wets? Slicks? Who has best perfected the art of racing in the rain?
TRG's two-car Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car effort of Ben Keating and Jörg Bergmeister (No. 66) and Eliseo Salazar and Eduardo Costabal (No. 64) made it an exciting day as both cars slip-slided away at times early on the slippery road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In the end, however, the AGUNSA/ CCNI/ La Tercera No. 64 duo of Salazar and Costabal continued to earn accolades from team owner Kevin Buckler for their grit, determination and steady performance, while the No. 66 car with Keating driving the treacherous opening stint and Bergmeister driving the closing stint, damn near pulled the rabbit out of the hat with a stunning driving performance.
With less than five minutes remaining in the caution-filled race, Bergmeister had worked the Port Lavaca/Forgeline No. 66 into fourth place. The four leading cars were nose-to-tail with only seconds separating them and the 66 car had just turned the fastest lap of the race. Bergmeister was on a tear and headed to the front.
Bergmeister executed a brilliant pass on the 3rd place No.59 Brumos Porsche driven by Leh Keen on the outside of Turn Six. Unfortunately, the No. 59 slid slightly up into the back end of Bergmeister and sent him spinning into the gravel, ending the teams run for the win and the exciting end of the race.
Comments from the drivers and team owner Kevin Buckler about the inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix.
Bergmeister: "I really thought we had a chance to make a run at it. We pitted earlier than most for our final stop but caught some cautions to conserve fuel, and the tires were holding up. When the No. 70 car got by the No. 59 (with about five minutes left in the race), I just followed and thought I was by him. I tried to give him room but got hit and I ended up in the gravel pit. I felt bad because we had a really good car today. Ben did a great job in the opening stint, and the race was really coming to us. I thought we could have had at least a podium today."
Keating: "It was great to be at Indy, although starting mid-pack in the rain was crazy. I love racing in the rain, but I never got comfortable for