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TRG-AMR Works Hard For Strong Finish In The 007 Entry At Laguna Seca
Posted by: newsla on May 06, 2014 - 06:07 AM
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TRG-AMR Works Hard For Strong Finish In The 007 Entry At Laguna Seca

Teammates Al Carter and James Davison, drivers of the No. 007 TRG-Aston Martin Racing North America V12 Vantage GT3, finished 13th in the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda GTD/PC race on Sunday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The TRG-AMR team was hoping for a second visit of the weekend to victory circle after a third-place podium finish in Saturday's Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race.


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Co-driver Al Carter started in the No. 007 Aston Martin and had not yet reached the famed Andretti Hairpin, when he was involved in a small contact incident that was out of his control. Carter, who competed in three different support races this weekend, started the No. 007 from the 18th position in the 22-car field and quickly made up ground on many of the competitors once returning to the track. During his full stint, Carter turned his fastest laps of the weekend and kept pace with the top GTD competitors.

Midway through the race, co-driver, James Davison took the wheel and advanced through the field through a fuel strategy call that ultimately did not play out. Because of recent Balance of Performance changes that unfortunately went against Aston Martin, the car and team was unable to keep pace with the front running competitors and elected to go with this strategy that would hopefully allow the car to stop one less time than the other competitors. Unfortunately, they were forced to take the "splash-and-go" fuel stop with only 10 minutes to go in the two-hour race.

Al Carter, driver, No. 007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3:

On his race-

"I made contact on the first lap so we had to do a quick tire change and we also added fuel and got back out. We drove in a fuel conservation mode, making the first half run nice and easy. Once we worked on the car we didn't quite have the pace to get all the way up to a Top Five spot. The TRG crew will keep at it, we'll keep getting better and we'll get this Aston Martin car up front."

On the Laguna Seca circuit-

"Laguna is by far the most fun track to drive. They mess it all up when they put all these other cars out there with you; you just can't enjoy the scenery. It's a fun, iconic track that's just a pleasure to drive. It's not easy. It's a real challenge out there with the Corkscrew and zipping down the hill to turn two, but it's a great place to race, a great venue, big crowds, it's nice to have Tudor and Continental do all this fancy stuff so our Aston Martin goes out there and looks good."

James Davison, driver, No. 007 TRG-Aston Martin Vantage GT3:

"Our race began before this last weekend. We received a BOP penalty that we strongly disagreed with and that put us in the position that the only way that we would get a result is on strategy or attrition. So we ran a fuel mileage race, which was a new experience for me, and our car was simply not competitive with these new rules."

"Al did a good job. His fastest lap was only a second off mine, which I'm really pleased with at this point in season. It's only a matter of time before we get the result we deserve."

In Other News

The TRG-Aston Martin team had a hugely successful day on Saturday in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race when the No. 07 TRG-AMR of Max Riddle and Kris Wilson finished third in a last lap shootout.

Randy Fisher, Marketing Director, Royal Purple, in attendance at this weekend's event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca:

"Overall it was a great weekend. We finished on the podium, I got to enjoy the celebration and know that our Royal Purple products are helping them get there."

Up Next

GT4 Challenge North America:

The next race for TRG-AMR is the inaugural GT4 Challenge North America race weekend at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship:

The next race, Round Five of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GTD class will be held at the Raceway on Belle Isle Park, Detroit, Mich., on May 30-31, 2014.

Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge:

The next race, Round Four of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge will be held at Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Conn. will be May 23-24, 2014.

Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of North America is a seven-event, multi-round series that competes on some of the finest road courses in North America and is filled with the prestigious, world-renowned spirit of the Aston Martin brand. The series, owned and operated by TRG-AMR North America, starts May 16-18 at Watkins Glen International and ends Nov. 21-23 at Sebring International Raceway.

Aspiring competitors will drive the evocative Aston Martin GT4 Vantage cars they have acquired, with order options available from TRG-AMR for interested drivers who do not own a GT4. Comprehensive leasing and testing arrangements on a race-by-race or seasonal basis also are available through TRG-AMR or one of its authorized partners or Aston Martin dealers around the United States and Canada.

2014 Aston Martin GT4 Challenge

of North America Schedule

May 16-18 Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, N.Y. June 6-8 Virginia International Raceway, Alton, Va. July 25-27 Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Mont-Tremblant, Quebec Aug. 29-31 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, Calif. Sept. 12-14 Monticello Motor Club, Monticello, N.Y. Oct. 10-12 Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. Nov. 21-23 Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Fla.

TRG-AMR North America, LLC is a full-service motorsports company focused on winning competition at every level, with one of the most successful track records of any North American racing operation. TRG-AMR exclusively operates the Aston Martin sports car racing program in North America.

In 2014, TRG-AMR fields two V12 Vantage GT3 cars in the GT Daytona class of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, multiple Vantage GT4 cars in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and four entries in the Pirelli World Challenge. This year, TRG-AMR is also launching a one-make series, the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of North America, and services multiple customer racing programs through its total driver ladder approach.

TRG-AMR, based in Petaluma, Calif., has competed in the top levels of motor racing since it was founded in 1993. The team has earned four series championships, four Rolex 24 At Daytona victories, a victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a victory at Petit Le Mans and entered 2014 with 122 combined podium finishes in major North American sports car competition, the third-highest total in history and the most for a privateer team.

The company also offers comprehensive sponsorship and business opportunities, including traditional sponsorship, executive events, business-to-business and experiential marketing. These programs can be activated from events ranging from track days through professional motorsports.

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