Following a six-year absence from the endurance sports car classic, TRG returns to the 13th Annual Petit Le Mans this Saturday, the final round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron.
Having won several of the world’s most famed endurance events, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans and three wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the 10-hour endurance classic remains an elusive element in TRG’s ever-expanding trophy case.
Returning to the no. 63 Freescale Semiconductor/Future Electronics/Green Hills Software/LifeStudio by Hitachi/Racer’s Roast Coffee/NOS Energy Drink Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car will be full-time teammates Henri Richard and Andy Lally, who will be joined by long-time TRG driver Duncan Ende.
Richard, who has campaigned all but one ALMS race in the 2010 season, returns to the team after an extensive series of travels for business outside of the track. Having driven at all of the greatest endurance events in North America this year, including the Rolex 24 at Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring, Henri will join the team for his first ever Petit Le Mans, though he has driven several times at Road Atlanta.
“It’s been a very busy few weeks and I’m really looking forward to coming to Road Atlanta,” stated Richard. “Racing at Petit Le Mans is a dream for any fan of sports car racing, and with Andy and Duncan as my teammates I know we have a good shot. We’ve had some bad luck in the last few races, and I believe finishing the season on a high will create great momentum heading in to 2011.”
For driver Duncan Ende, who will also make his Petit Le Mans debut with TRG, the opportunity to race at the famed event will be a career highlight.
“Petit Le Mans is something that I’ve always wanted to do, and I thank everyone at TRG for providing the opportunity,” stated Ende. “At the two ALMS races we’ve run together this year, Sebring and Road America, the team has provided a great car, and we have a great shot at this.”
Andy Lally, a veteran of the race, looks forward to leading the team to its second victory of the year.
“There’s going to be some very, very strong competition this year,” stated Lally. “Henri and Duncan both bring a lot of talent and capability, and with all the guys working as hard as they have, we’re definitely in the fight. We simply have to make no mistakes, be it on the track or in the pits.”
Team Owner Kevin Buckler looks forward to finally returning to the event, and hopefully adding another victory to his team’s resume.
“Petit Le Mans is a truly historic event, and I look forward to this weekend,” stated Buckler. “A race like this can get very complicated with the different scenarios and strategies that can unfold over 10 hours, and this will play to our strengths. Henri has come a long way as a driver this year–really mixing it up in the big leagues with the best, and we’ve all very much enjoy our partnership together. Duncan has of course been part of TRG’s development system since 2007 and has just been fantastic. We were so proud to deliver his first professional victory to him last year… we’d love to deliver his second! Andy will of course be a great leader throughout the whole event, and there simply won’t be anyone better when the time comes to push. The guys have been working hard to get here; we just need to make no mistakes. We will have almost 200 guests and VIP’s from our sponsors and partners, and I hope they can really see just how strong our program is, and what more we can do in 2011.”
The 13th Annual Petit Le Mans will take place on Saturday, October 2nd, with live coverage beginning at 11AM EST on SPEED tv and continued coverage throughout the event.
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TRG was founded in 1993 and has been competing at the top level of motor racing ever since. The team has three wins and 16 podiums in the ALMS, as well as the most wins of any team in the Grand-Am Rolex Series with 30, including the 2005 and 2006 Rolex Series GT championship trophy to go along with wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
TRG is based in Petaluma, California, near its home track of Infineon Raceway in Sonoma. The company’s NASCAR operation is based in Mooresville, North Carolina and competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the No. 71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Impala SS. TRG is also developing a new state-of-the-art motorsports complex at the New Jersey Motorsports Park that should be finished in early 2011.