New York, NY (July 18, 2011) In honor of their first- and second-place sweep at the Lime Rock Park circuit of the Northeast Grand Prix at this year’s American Le Mans, Dion von Moltke and his teammates at TRG were featured on a prominent billboard in Times Square last week.
Von Moltke, sharing the No. 68 South African Airways / PR Newswire / Analog.Man / TRG Porsche with teammate Mike Piera, took first place, while teammates Duncan Ende and Spencer Pumpelly, driving the No. 66 Racer’s Roast Fox River Coffee / TRG Porsche walked away with second. The victory was especially sweet for von Molke, as it was his first at ALMS. An American of South African descent, the twenty-year-old is already a three-time winner in the GRAND-AM ranks. Piera was competing in his first race at the American Le Mans Series, presented by Tequila Patron.
Von Moltke called the race “amazing,” saying, “The guys at TRG have given us a great car at every event, and I’m glad we were finally able to showcase it. Mike Piera drove a great opening stint, and we’re lucky that the strategy worked as well as it did.” Thanks to a late race caution, von Moltke was able to overcome a sizable gap behind the No. 66 car, who despite fading tires had maintained a healthy lead. While Pumpelly would have preferred the first place win, he and Ende were pleased with the race, as it showcased the strength and depth of the TRG team. “We’re absolutely thrilled to have pulled it off,” said Pumpelly.
Duncan Ende, one of racing’s fastest rising stars, has won at the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and IMSA Lites. His breakthrough came last year in the ALMS, when he won the Petit Le Mans driving for TRG. The second-place win at Lime Rock adds to an already impressive resume of racing victories.
While the race itself was a huge victory for von Moltke, Piera, Ende, Pumpelly, and the entire TRG team, being featured in Times Square before thousands of New Yorkers was an incredibly special and unique honor in itself. The billboard, presented by PR Newswire of United Business Media, went up at the corner of 7th Avenue and 43rd Street, across from the famed Hard Rock Cafe and One Times Square.