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.

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