TRG’s Four Car Porsche Line-Up
Besides its two Pontiac GTO.Rs, TRG will enter four Porsches in
the Rolex 24 – matching the six TRG GT entries that ran in
the race last year. Two of the cars will be new 997s, the other
two being 996s.
TRG Porsche 997
Dave Master – posthumously
Sadly, we have
to report that Dave Master, who finished eighth in class last year,
in the #63 TRG Porsche, suffered a heart attack and died on December
12 – but the #67 car will carry his name throughout the month
of January. He had been planning to race in the Rolex 24 again.
The four best
placed TRG Porsches last year finished third, fifth, seventh and
eighth in the GT Class: from the look of the line-up in #66 this
year, Kevin Buckler is out to win the class again….
“The 66 car is carrying our lead number by
tradition,” said the team owner (#66 was the winning number,
overall, in 2003). “This has to be one of the strongest line-ups
in the field. My friend Steve Johnson and I talked about what it
would take to win this event and we agreed to get it done. Steve
drove really well last year and is very fast at Daytona - add in
three more pros like Robert, Stephane and Cyrille and this is one
strong program. As a little added insurance we assigned the 66 number
to this car. That number has done pretty well here so I hope to
continue the tradition. Everyone is very excited.
“Our Porsches have a legitimate chance at
winning the GT class in three weeks, but our first goal is to get
all four cars across the finish line after 24 hours.”
and Robert Nearn will run in the full Rolex GT series in 2006.