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Two Podiums in One Day for Pumpelly at COTA

AUSTIN, Texas (March 4, 2013) – Spencer Pumpelly backed up a thrilling runner-up finish in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge with a class win in the Rolex Sports Car Series a few hours later to complete a successful weekend at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas.
 
Saturday’s racing action began with the Continental Tire race, where Pumpelly teamed with Dr. Jim Norman to drive the No. 38 BGB Motorsports Porsche Carrera. The race would be an uphill battle for Pumpelly and crew, as strict qualifying rules eliminated Norman’s two best qualifying laps, putting the team back to 16th on the starting grid.

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Flying Lizard Successfully Completes 2013 ALMS Winter Test; Spencer Pumpelly Quickest in GTC

Flying Lizard Successfully Completes 2013 ALMS Winter Test; Spencer Pumpelly Quickest in GTC

February 8, 2013 – Sebring, Florida – Flying Lizard Motorsports wrapped up two full days of track time at Sebring Raceway, continuing to work on coming up to speed with its 2013 No. 44 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in the American Le Mans Series GTC class. Along the way, the team recorded multiple lap times quicker than last year's 12 Hours of Sebring GTC pole and made significant progress on its understanding of the necessary engineering setup of the car and the Yokohama GTC tire.

Drivers Spencer Pumpelly (USA), Nelson Canache Jr. (Venezuela), and Archie Hamilton (UK) completed more than 70 laps each and over 80% of the Sebring race length in total over the two day test. "This test was a great full introduction to the team in the ALMS environment." Nelson added, "I am very happy with how the team runs and it's one of the most professional teams I have had the chance to work with. Spencer did a great job and I've learned a lot from him while working on finding good pace. We've done quite a bit of setup work and are headed in the right direction."

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TRG Announces First GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Entry For 2012

Petaluma, CA (December 15th, 2011) - The Racer's Group announced today that two stalwarts from its 2011 Daytona 24 champion GT team. Spencer Pumpelly and Steve Bertheau, will not only return to defend their title but will embark on a full-season effort in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series in 2012.  Pumpelly and Bertheau will form the nucleus of the defending championship team that will take to the high-banks of Daytona before the duo continues the 13-race Grand-Am Rolex Series schedule. The two will compete in a 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, wearing the No. 67 Sargent & Lundy/TRG banner.

While TRG's complete driver lineups for the Daytona 24 have yet to be announced, team owner Kevin Buckler indicated that he is expecting another armada with which to attack America's 24-hour endurance classic for its historic 50th Anniversary celebration. A year ago, TRG fielded five cars, and Buckler anticipates another similar assault from GT class again for 2012.

"I can't even begin to express how thrilled I am to have a guy like Steve back in the car and back with TRG for 2012.  He has been a great driver and a great friend!" team owner Kevin Buckler states. "Watching Steve work so hard on his driving and now be able to come back to tracks for the 2nd time---well this should be good.  And to be able to pair him up with a proven sports car veteran like Pumpelly... this is what TRG is all about! The 2012 season is sure to be exciting!"

"Winning Daytona last year was one of the biggest thrills of my life and certainly the the highlight of my race career to date," said Bertheau. "To have the chance to defend with Spencer and a team like TRG is a once in a lifetime moment. It's a long race and anything can happen, but I know we will be ready.  And I am really looking forward to a full-season as well.  Who knows what could happen there!"

Last season was another landmark year for The Racer's Group, which yielded 12 professional sports car podiums, including GRAND-AM wins at Daytona and Watkins Glen. The trip to victory lane at one of the world'smost famous endurance races tobegin the 2011 season was not unprecendented.  TRG has won the prestigious 24-hour American race four times, including once overall from the GT class in the now famous Monster Cable Porsche.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Coming back to Daytona with Steve and all of the TRG guys to defend our 2011 victory is really going to be neat." Pumpelly states. " We made memories last season that we'll never forget. I can't wait to find out what 2012 has in store."

"We have been working diligently and feverishly during the off-season to defend a title that has become very important to us and is the pinnacle of endurance racing in the U.S.," said Buckler.  "As further announcements roll out, I think you will see how serious we are about winning this race in this very historic year."

The No. 67 Sargent & Lundy/TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup will begin preparation for its defense at the January 6-8 "Roar Before the 24" event at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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TRG Surges into the Baltimore Grand Prix with a One-Point Championship Lead.

Baltimore, MD (August 29th, 2011) – The Racer’s Group eagerly anticipates another weekend of racing in the GTC class of The American LeMans Series in this weekend’s inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix, a temporary street-circuit around the city’s Inner Harbor. The team currently holding a slim one-point margin in the GTC team championship, hopes to put some distance between itself and Black Swan Racing on the tight Baltimore city streets.

TRG sports a two-car effort for the championship battle. The No. 68 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Porsche will be branded Team Baltimore Racing for this historic event as local hero and previous TRG Championship winning driver, Marc Bunting returns to the series, pairing with Series regular and young hot-shoe, Dion von Moltke in the Team Baltimore Racing/PR Newswire/Marriott Baltimore/South African Airways race car.

“We are especially excited about at pairing up with Team Baltimore Racing who is using this opportunity to give back to the community," said TRG team owner Kevin Buckler. "Having local driver, Marc Bunting back with TRG is great! Read more...

Fuel Mileage Dictates a Last Lap Thriller at Road America

Elkhart Lake, WI (August 22nd, 2011) – TRG celebrated another solid American Le Mans Series finish in GTC class at the Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase at Road America after a last-lap thriller ended with fuel mileage dictating the results at the historic circuit.

The team entered the weekend with its sights set on a fourth straight class victory, having won the past three ALMS outings. Duncan Ende opened the race with a spectacular double stint and handed the car off to Spencer Pumpelly who was focused on conserving fuel while staying ahead of the hard charging 2nd and 3rd place cars throughout the race and then a sprint to the end. While the impressive streak did not continue, the second place finish in the highly-competitive class kept the Pumpelly-Ende No. 66 Racer’s Roast/Fox River Coffee team, in first place in GTC class by a mere point.

“We had a great run today" said Duncan Ende. "The 66 car was strong as always. The safety cars never did us any favors on our strategy, but we’re happy to take home another podium.”

TRG’s sister car, the No. 68 PR Newswire/South African Airways Porsche 911 GT3 Cup finished the day with a hard-fought sixth place result after early on-track issues. Team newcomer Emilio Di Guida put down solid times as he became accustomed to American Le Mans, multi-class racing. Di Guida’s teammate and series regular, Dion von Moltke, demonstrated lap after lap his potential to become one of the best, meticulously moving up through the pack after taking the reins from Di Guida. Read more...

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