Pilgrim & O’Connell Join TRG At The Rolex 24
Kevin Buckler’s TRG has announced a very strong quartet in
each of the Pontiac GTO.Rs for the Rolex 24 later this month.
The #64 car will be driven by Paul Edwards, Kelly
Collins, Jan Magnussen and Andy Pilgrim, with Marc Bunting, Andy
Lally, RJ Valentine and Johnny O’Connell in #65.
Paul Edwards and Kelly Collins (replacing Jan Magnussen) will be
the full-time pairing in #64 this year, while the #65 car will have
2005 GT runners-up Marc Bunting and Andy Lally at the wheel again,
plus RJ Valentine.
TRG is heading
to the Daytona practice days with high expectations for the Grand
American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve 24 Hours
at Daytona. The hopes will be carried by the strength of TRG’s
proven team and drivers Paul Edwards, Kelly Collins, Jan Magnussen
and Andy Pilgrim in the number 64/TRG/iRise/Pontiac GTO.R and Marc
Bunting, Andy Lally, RJ Valentine and Johnny O’Connell in
the number 65/TRG/F1 Air/Pontiac GTO.R.
TRG has assembled a strong team for the GTO.Rs going into Daytona.
Paul Edwards and Kelly Collins will drive the number 64 car full
time for ’06. Road racing stalwarts Jan Magnussen and Andy
Pilgrim will support Edwards and Collins for the 24 hours.
“We have a driver lineup in both cars with tremendous experience,”
said Kevin Buckler. “Andy Pilgrim, Jan and Kelly have won
Daytona in the past. Along with Paul this will arguably be the most
potent driver line-up in the race. Andy Lally, Marc, RJ and Johnny
are very experienced in long distance racing, with Andy and Johnny
also recording wins here. That is five previous winners for our
two cars and that is strong. The TRG crew, the drivers and myself
all are going into this race with one goal – to win.
“We had a good season last year with the GTO.R in the eight
events that we competed in. However the Daytona 24 Hour is the event
that will prove the cars’ performance. Like Porsche, Pontiac
will need to build up a pedigree in the long distance races. I have
no doubts about the car going into Daytona: TRG has won this event
in the past and we have a strong all around team that understands
how to prepare for and run 24 hour races.”
A repeat of the team’s stunning 2003 performance (overall
victory for Kevin Buckler, Michael Schrom, Jorg Bergmeister and
Timo Bernhard) is all but impossible, but the two Pontiacs start
the year as potential winners every time.