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  • #71 team not returning in 2012? UPDATE: Sirius XM NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody has learned that the #71 TRG Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team will not return in 2012. Sources close to the team say TRG will announce later this week that it has shuttered its NASCAR operation and will compete only on the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series in 2012. TRG finished 36th in Sprint Cup owner points last season, and would not have been a guaranteed starter for the season-opening Daytona 500. TRG Motorsports made a total of 106 starts since joining the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2009, with a pair of Top-10 finishes to its credit. Bobby Labonte claimed a 10th-place finish for the team at Talladega in the fall of 2009, while Mike Bliss finished ninth in the 2010 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. Team owner Kevin Buckler did not immediately return a call seeking comment today.(Sirius Speedway)(1-4-2012)
    UPDATE: Buckler has suspended operations of his #71 Ford, which carried Andy Lally to series' Rookie of the Year honors. TRG Motorsports made 106 starts from 2009-11 and scored two top-10 finishes. Buckler used 11 drivers in those three seasons, including 2000 Cup champion Bobby Labonte and former Truck Series champions Mike Skinner and Mike Bliss. "I want to be in Cup, but I want to be there with a proper program," Buckler said. "I don't think the way the economy is right now and the amount of money required right now that a single-car team can make it as a good program. I don't want to go without a good program." Buckler said he's putting his NASCAR aspirations "on hold" but hopes to return when he collects the right firepower. "I know what to do now," he said. "How many guys say, 'I'm going NASCAR racing,' then make it through the ranks and run Cup for three straight years? I feel very fortunate. I had some great partners that worked with me and backed me and we learned a lot. It was an expensive lesson that won't go wasted. If somebody showed up with a check and wanted to go NASCAR racing, we've got a program for them." And so Buckler's full attention has fallen back to GT road racing and his massive Porsche-based racing operation and extraordinary preparations needed to win the Rolex 24."My enthusiasm for road racing has never waned," he said. "TRG Motorsports is still alive and well. We will continue to look for the right Cup opportunity and right partner. When that happens, we're back in NASCAR."(Daytona Beach News Journal)(1-9-2012)

  • TRG Motorsports would be intersted in Busch: #51-Phoenix Racing, which finished 30th in the owner points this season with Landon Cassill as its primary driver, and #71-TRG Motorsports, which finished 36th in owner points, don't have a driver signed for 2012. Owned by James Finch, Phoenix has one Cup victory with Brad Keselowski at Talladega in 2009. A spokesman for Phoenix said the team was keeping its options open. TRG is interested in Busch, and a spokesman said owner Kevin Buckler hopes to meet with Busch.(Sports Illustrated)(12-8-2011)

  • TRG Motorsports Working on Plans for 2012: TRG Motorsports [#71 Ford] announced today that it has temporarily scaled back on some payroll costs while still continuing to search for sponsorship leading into 2012. TRG Motorsports will continue looking to secure funding to race competitively in 2012 while enhancing their competition side with additional excellent talent in light of all the current layoffs at the major race teams. In addition, TRG is keeping their options open with several winning drivers looking to secure a competitive seat for the upcoming 2012 Sprint Cup season including the upcoming Daytona 500 in February. TRG has some really strong and promising leads as well as some current sponsors heading into next year and will keep working hard on those.
    Team owner Kevin Buckler commented, "I'm sad to announce the layoffs, but reiterated that the TRG Motorsports business model has always been lean and efficient which allows us to have competitive advantages in these difficult economic times. Buckler also noted, "Like many other teams in the sport, these seasonal layoffs are unfortunately necessary with the present economic environment. We have kept our core shop, key business leaders, and the administrative staff, all in place and have actually enhanced our Sales and Marketing side---all in an effort to come back efficient, strong and funded in 2012. With many of the teams in front of us-- downsizing or closing all together, we are even hoping that we could gain a position and re-take a spot in the Top 35, which would be fantastic."(TRG Motorsports)(11-30-2011)

  • Andy Lally returning to Grand-Am Series: Andy Lally will return to the Grand-Am Series in 2012 after spending the last season in NASCAR. Lally will drive for Magnus Racing in the Rolex Sports Car Series GT division next year. He was the rookie of the year in NASCAR's elite Sprint Cup Series. He drove for underfunded TRG Motorsports but left the team before last weekend's season finale. Lally ran 30 NASCAR races this season, with a season-best finish of 19th at Talladega. He's hoping to still run NASCAR, particularly road-course events. Lally is a three-time Rolex Series champion and Grand-Am's all-time mileage and podiums leader. He's also a three-time Rolex 24 at Daytona winner. He will team with owner/driver John Potter. The two teamed together in 2009 in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.(Associated Press/ESPN)(11-23-2011)

  • School Media announces partnership with TRG Motorsports: School Media, which brings positive and inspiring school advertising to districts in desperate need of financial help, announced a unique new partnership with TRG Motorsports and its #71 car. Based in Minneapolis, School Media partners with businesses interested in school advertising to bring positive messages focused on health, nutrition, education and safety into schools across the United States. School Media's logo and website were featured prominently on the front hood and side panels of TRG Motorsports' #71 Ford during the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and in the season-finishing Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "We are really excited to welcome School Media to our team," said TRG Team Owner Kevin Buckler. "This is a great opportunity for School Media to not only to have on-track exposure for a great cause, but to spend some time getting to know NASCAR and what the most powerful marketing program on the planet can do for a company."(School Media)(11-22-2011)

  • Bliss Returns to TRG Motorsports for Homestead: Mike Bliss will pilot the #71 School Media Ford Fusion in NASCAR's season finale this weekend at Homestead-Miami, FL. Bliss is no stranger to the #71 team. Also jumping on board for the last race of the season, Flex-Box will be an associate sponsor on the #71 machine. Bliss holds the highest finish in TRG Motorsports history with his 9th place run at Daytona last July. Bliss has fifteen NASCAR victories to his name, all coming in the NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He is known best for his 2002 championship in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. "It's great to be back racing in the Sprint Cup Series for TRG Motorsports. I'm going to give them everything I can to put this School Media Ford Fusion in the show and earn a solid finish," said Bliss. Team owner Kevin Buckler notes Bliss's reputation as a talented qualifier. "We've worked really hard on the sponsorship side this week and we've secured School Media back for Homestead in addition to FLEX-BOX who'll be taking their first step into the NASCAR realm. On the driver side, Mike is a veteran and knows how to get it done. He is a winner and he is a champion. He is a great qualifier which is exactly what we need right now. I know he is going to give us his all this weekend and I can't ask for more than that."(TRG Motorsports)(11-18-2011)

  • Lally out of #71 ride; Bliss in Andy Lally has parted company with the TRG Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, with just one race remaining in the 2012 season. Lally was unavailable for comment today, but team owner Kevin Buckler confirmed the move, saying that veteran Mike Bliss will be in the #71 Ford this weekend at Homestead Miami Speedway. "Mikes a great qualifier, and we need to have a good run this weekend," said Buckler. "I'm not sure right now whether we will be able to run the entire race, but we're about 3/4 of the way there (on sponsorship)." Buckler declined to speak specifically on reasons for the driver change, saying, "Let's jut say we're having some internal issues with who's driving the car this weekend, and leave it at that. We're working around some issues with Andy, but that's really all I want to say about it."
    Lally said via Twitter this morning, "Had a hard decision to make this morning, but there are just some things you need to do on principle. I'll keep you updated on things to come."
    Lally is currently 33rd in Sprint Cup Series championship points after failing to qualify last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. He has run unopposed for 2011 Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year honors, and will secure that title despite his apparent dismissal. The #71 TRG Motorsports Ford recently dropped out of the Top-35 in owners points, and trails the #38 Front Row Motorsports team by 28 points in the battle for the final guaranteed starting spot in the first five races of next season.(Sirius Speedway), been told that T.J. Bell will be in the #32 Ford at Homestead.(11-16-2011)

  • Lally to be replaced in #71 for race? NO Andy Lally tweeted Friday evening, "Just a heads up... don't play me yet in your fantasy racing league this Sunday. I'm not sure what the plan is. #ThatsCodeWordTalk".(11-5-2011)
    UPDATE: Another tweet from Lally, "Wow....just tuned into Jayski after getting a bunch of texts... Incredible how wrong a tweet could be read into.".(11-5-2011)

  • HOMESMART sponsoring Sadler/TRG at Martinsville: Hermie Sadler will be piloting the #71 HOMESMART Ford Fusion this weekend as the Sprint Cup Series heads to Martinsville, Virginia for the running of the Tums Fast Relief 500. Sadler has driven the #71 car on two occasions this season and earned a 28th place finish at Martinsville earlier this year. HOMESMART is a specialty retailer offering affordable and flexible rental purchase options for furniture, appliances, computers and electronics. HOMESMART is headquartered in Atlanta and currently operates 56 stores in 10 states.(TRG Motorsports)(10-27-2011)

  • TRG withdraws #77 car: Andy Lally tweeted Wednesday afternoon, "TRG withdrew the 77 this weekend. We need to focus on getting the 71 back in the top 35. I wont be racing this weekend."(10-26-2011)

  • TRG Motorsports Fielding Two Cars in Talladega: TRG Motorsports will once again be fielding two entries in this Sunday's Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Andy Lally will race the #71 TRG Motorsports Ford while T.J. Bell will attempt to qualify the #77 TRG Motorsports entry into the race. On the track, Lally, who finished 19th in the spring race at Talladega, is looking forward to returning to the venue in which he earned his best finish this season. Bell will be seeking to make his fifth Sprint Cup Series start of 2011 on Sunday. The Nevada native holds one career top-10 finish in three career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Talladega. "I'm happy to be here racing with TRG Motorsports this weekend. They are a really great group of guys that have put together a phenomenal program. I saw what they've done at the restrictor plate tracks this season and it was a pretty easy decision that this was the seat to be in this weekend. It's with mixed emotions that we're honoring Dan Wheldon on our #77 car this weekend. His loss is tragic, but I am more than honored to celebrate his life on my car this weekend" says Bell. Wheldon was driving a car numbered 77 when last weekend's tragedy occurred. His name will adorn the namerail of Bell's entry. The team will be honoring the memory of Dan Wheldon in this Sunday's Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Wheldon, a former IndyCar Series Champion and Two-Time Indy 500 winner passed away this past Sunday due to injuries sustained while racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Both Lally and Bell raced with Wheldon as they made their way through the racing ranks and will honor his memory this weekend.(TRG Motorsports), see images of the #77 car on my #77 TRG Team Schemes page.(10-21-2011)

  • TRG to field 2nd car at Charlotte: Hermie Sadler will run the #71 TRG Motorsports Ford at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with regular driver Andy Lally in a 2nd TRG Motorsports car, the #77 Ford. Plans are to run two cars the rest of the season, with Lally in either the #71 or #77 and a 2nd driver in the other car. The #71 is in the top 35 of owners points and currently locked into a guaranteed starting spot, 39 points ahead of the #38 team. Supposedly Sadler will also run in one of the cars at Martinsville Speedway.(10-11-2011)

  • Lally the only rookie left: #71-Andy Lally, unless something unforeseen occurs, will be the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year. Lally, a three-time GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series champion, is the only freshman left competing for the award since #92-Brian Keselowski and #50-T.J. Bell failed to meet the minimum competition requirements. Lally, a native of Northport, N.Y. on Long Island, has been able to expand his expertise in oval track racing without the additional pressure of a multiple driver rookie competition. He finished 25th in Saturday's IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, his fifth consecutive run in the top 30. More importantly, the 36-year-old Lally has been able to finish 20 of his 21 starts to keep Kevin Buckler's TRG Motorsports organization among the top 35 in the owners championship standings, and currently guarantee the team a starting position.(NASCAR)(8-31-2011)

  • #71 team back in the top 35: TRG Motorsports driver Andy Lally picked up a 26th place finish for the #71 Interstate Moving Services Ford Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Lally finished on the lead lap and got the team back in the Top 35 of the Sprint Cup Owners points and a guaranteed spot in the field at Pocono Raceway this coming weekend.(TRG Motorsports)(8-2-2011)

  • TRG, Lally compete in Late Model race: While many Sprint Cup teams stayed home to enjoy the final off weekend of the season, the #71-TRG Motorsports team hit the road to Manassas, Virginia. The team partnered with sponsor Interstate Moving Services to help support the Youth For Tomorrow 150 at the historic Old Dominion Speedway on Saturday. The event featured players from the Washington Redskins and a variety of racing personalities. Proceeds from the event benefit Joe Gibbs' Youth for Tomorrow program. TRG Motorsports driver and defending Rolex 24 at Daytona champion Andy Lally was on hand. The team had its hauler on display and supplied two Sprint Cup show cars for the event.(TRG PR) Lally started the race from the pole, but was wrecked early and did not finish.(7-24-2011)

  • McMullen named General Manager at TRG Motorsports: While this past weekend served as the Sprint Cup Series' first visit to Kentucky Speedway, it also marked the first weekend in which the #71 team was under the direction of new General Manager, Harry McMullen. McMullen's had previously spent over thirty years with the organization now known as Roush Fenway Racing. He was serving as General Manager for the team's Sprint Cup operation when he parted ways with the organization. McMullen believes he has found an organization that is the right fit for him. "TRG Motorsports seemed like the right opportunity for me. I wanted the chance to help guide the growth and progress of a race team. This is an organization that has a committed and determined owner in Kevin Buckler, a young and talented driver in Andy Lally and an experienced and winning crew chief in Doug Richert. There is a lot of potential here and I look forward to being a part of this team as we work to reach that potential."(TRG)(7-16-2011)

  • TRG's Eight Cars in Four Series - Successful! One-Two at Lime Rock: TRG's eight car in four series weekend was a success in three states. Team owner Kevin Buckler and his team managed to get all eight cars in the four different series to the finish line and had a spectacular result with the team producing a one-two finish at Lime Rock Park. The Racers Group (TRG) exciting weekend of racing covered seven Porsches and a Ford Fusion running on tracks that measured one-mile-and-a-half, Lime Rock Park in Connecticut and Kentucky Speedway to the 2.1-mile undulating Mazda Raceway Laguna Sea featuring the famous Cork Screw Turn.
    The highlight of the weekend was the exciting one-two finish by the team at Lime Rock Park. Dion von Moltke and Mike Piera won the two-hour-and-forty-five-minute race in their #68 South African Airways/ PR Newswire/TRG/Porsche in the GTC category. Teammates Duncan Ende and Spencer Pumpelly finished on their tail-pipe in second in their #66 Racer's Roast Fox River Coffee/TRG/Porsche. Von Moltke and Pumpelly crossed the finish line in a made-for-advertising TRG one-two to stand on top of the GTC podium in the American Series presented by Tequila Patron Northeast Grand Prix.
    In the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama series also running at Lime Rock, the TRG trio of drivers had a very strong weekend in their two, forty-five-minute races on Saturday. Dr. Jim Norman finished sixth in the first race and 14th in the second in his #11 Parathyroid.com/TRG/Porsche; Randy Oswald was 11th in the first and came home seventh in the second event driving his #14 Verax/TRG/Porsche, and Carlos Gomez took the checker at 22nd TRG IMSA 75 Lime Rockin the first race and fifth in the second at the wheel of his #75 Capital Managers/Axis of Oversteer/TRG/Porsche.
    Team owner Kevin Buckler and teammate Daniel Graeff in their #4 Children's Tumor Foundation/TRG/Porsche GT3 Cup at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California in the Grand-Am Road Racing Series Continental Tire Sports Car Festival Powered by Mazda finished 12th on day. The duo's success was further measured when they were able to do some fund raising at a charity party hosted by Adobe Road Winery for the Children's Tumor Foundation on Friday evening high atop the Monterey Marriott.
    Andy Lally driving the TRG Motorsports #71 Cool Works Cup/Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway soldiered through the last lap cautions to bring the blue Ford home in 32nd place.
    Steve Bertheau and Ryan Eversley finished the day at Laguna Seca in 11th in their #67 Sargent & Lundy/TRG Porsche GT3 Cup capping a strong weekend. The company's NASCAR operations are headquartered in Mooresville, NC. The team fields a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry and has the capacity to run ARCA, Nationwide and the Camping World Truck Series.(TRG Motorsports)(7-11-2011)

  • Cool Works Cup to sponsor the #71 at Kentucky: Andy Lally will pilot the #71 Cool Works Cup Ford as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series makes its inaugural trip to Kentucky Speedway this weekend. While the race marks the series' first race at the track, it also marks Cool Works Cup's debut as a sponsor in the series. Cool Works Cup is an officially licensed NASCAR product and is proudly made in the USA. Cool Works Cup offers fans the chance to make a statement and support their favorite drivers through its first generation of concept coolers. The cooler is not only a practical ice chest, but a unique and collectible souvenir for any race fan. Cool Works Cup currently offers their ice chests in ten quart and one hundred quart sizes. Over 50 different varieties of the Cool Works Cup are currently available.(TRG Motorsports), see images of the car on the #71 Team Schemes page.(7-8-2011)

  • TRG/Adobe Road Names Bob Dickinson Chief Operating Officer: The Racers Group has named veteran sports executive Bob Dickinson to its newly created position of Chief Operating Officer for TRG and Adobe Road Winery. As COO, Dickinson will oversee and manage business development, marketing, communications, special events and customer relations for TRG's race teams as well as its successful and burgeoning, Northern California based, Adobe Road Winery. Dickinson comes to TRG from the American Le Mans Series where he was Vice President of Media & Communications. Dickinson's career spans more than 30 years in the sports and entertainment industry. He has held executive positions at Turner Sports, the NFL (Atlanta Falcons), and several college athletics departments.(TRG)(6-23-2011)

  • Drivers test at Infineon: Sprint Cup Series drivers #00-David Reutimann, #6-David Ragan, #71-Andy Lally and #66-Michael McDowell, as well as West Series driver and Hayward native Jessica Brunelli, completed a one-day test session at Infineon Raceway on Tuesday in preparation for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 24-26. Reutimann completed approximately 50 laps around the 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course. Reutimann will compete in his fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Infineon Raceway next weekend. He posted a best finish of 20th in 2010. Reutimann was joined at the test session by Lally, who will race the #71 entry for Petaluma-based TRG Motorsports. Lally, who has competed in Sonoma in the American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am Series, will make his first Toyota/Save Mart 350 attempt. All four Sprint Cup Series drivers piloted late-model stock cars provided by a Northern California-based race team.(Infineon Raceway PR)(6-15-2011)

  • Special Operations Warrior Foundation on the #71 at Kansas: UPDATE: The Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) will ride on the #71 TRG Motorsports Ford driven by Andy Lally for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 to be run at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, June 5. SOWF provides immediate financial assistance to special operations personnel severely wounded in the global war on terror. Once notified of a special operations soldier, airman, sailor, or Marine hospitalized with a severe injury, SOWF immediately sends funds to the service member (or his/her designated recipient) so the family and loved ones can travel to be at their bedside. To date, the foundation has provided $1.2 million to the families of wounded special operations personnel. The foundation also provides college educations to the sons and daughters of fallen special operations warriors. Funding includes tuition, books, fees, room and board. Last year, the SOWF provided $4.8 million in scholarship grants, counseling and family support to the families of fallen warriors.(TRG)(6-3-2011)
    UPDATE: The Children's Tumor Foundation logo will be carried on the # 71 TRG Motorsports Ford for Sunday's running of the STP 400. The Children's Tumor Foundation is a non-profit medical foundation, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by neurofibromatosis (NF). Founded in 1978, the Foundation is the driving force behind world-class research to end NF.
    AND TRG Motorsports welcomes MINDDRIVE on the #71 Ford for this weekend's STP 400. The team will be featuring a MINDDRIVE Quick Response (QR) code on its Ford. "QR codes allow users of smartphones to scan a unique image that is similar to bar codes," Steve Rees, CEO of MINDDRIVE said. "QR codes can be used to provide a number of unique experiences including directing users to websites, add contact information to a user's phone, compose a text or email message or connect to a wireless network. When users scan the QR code on Andy Lally's # 71 Ford at Kansas Speedway this weekend, they will be taken to a website to view a video from MINDDRIVE. The video features a group of high school students that built a car that is capable of getting fuel mileage exceeding 440-miles per gallon. Through the QR code and MINDDRIVE video, fans will be able to find the link that will allow them to join the MINDDRIVE effort or make contributions to MINDDRIVE."(TRG)(6-4-2011)

  • Lally Competes in Georgia Mixed Martial Arts Event: Andy Lally, driver of the TRG Motorsports #71 Interstate Moving Services Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series used the off weekend to compete in the COPA America Submission Grappling Championship held in Duluth, Georgia on Saturday [Aptil 23]. The COPA America Submission Grappling meet is comprised of different weight, age and skill levels. There is no punching or kicking allowed. Competitors are scored on throws, takedowns, sweeps, reversals, knee on chest, mount, pass guard, rear mount and advantages for near points or near submissions. "I train at Creighton MMA in Georgia," Lally said. "I've got some incredible instructors that I train with every day when I am home. I've been training at an MMA gym for a while with my primary focus being Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It's a great cardio workout and it's something I've been interested in for a long time. I'm a big fan of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) and competitive fighting. Aside from expanding my training, maybe I can find some time in the off season to give it a try on an amateur level for fun. For now, tournaments like these are what I'll look forward to. A bunch of guys I train with will be there as well, so it should be a fun day. Kevin has been good with me for all the years we've been together as far as understanding that I get bored easily and can't just jog on a treadmill to stay fit. I have lots of little goals in life and although I know my primary focus is NASCAR, I still feel like there are things that I will kick myself if I don't try. There is always a risk for injury in a lot of things I do, but I will try to be smart and stay out of trouble. I want to be a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt some day and competing helps continue to drive me to be better." The Copa America Submission Grappling Championships embraces all forms of grappling from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, Submission Grappling, SAMBO, Catch Wrestling, to NO-GI Jiu Jitsu, providing a safe comfortable environment for competition with numerous divisions for any age and skill level, and maintaining the highest quality staff and referees available, COPA is able to give competitors what they deserve in a tournament experience, for more information visit www.cagc.us.(TRG)(4-24-2011)

  • Richert named crew chief for Lally, TRG: Doug Richert has been named crew chief on the #71 Interstate Moving Services Ford for TRG Motorsports. Richert will take over the reins for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 to be run at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, April 17. Richert is a championship winning crew chief and is best known as the crew chief for Dale Earnhardt's first Cup championship as well as guiding Greg Biffle to 10 Cup victories. In addition to having experience across the NASCAR Craftsman Truck and Nationwide Series', Richert is also a familiar face on the SPEED Channel.(TRG)(4-12-2011)

  • TIFCO and TRG expand relationship: TRG Motorsports and TIFCO Industries have expanded their associate sponsorship arrangement on the # 71 Interstate Moving Services Ford for the Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup Series race to be run at Texas Motor Speedway. TIFCO Industries provides their customers with substantial cost savings in the way they purchase, stock and replenish their maintenance and repair products. TIFCO utilizes a national network of Service Representatives to distribute quality maintenance products and provides services to thousands of customers in a variety of markets.(TRG)(4-9-2011)

  • Interstate Moving Services sponsoring TRG for two races; team completes switch to Ford: Interstate Moving Services has signed-on with TRG Motorsports as the primary sponsor on the #71 Interstate Moving Services Ford for the Sprint Cup Series races at Texas and Talladega. The "surf green" colors will ride on the 71 Ford driven by Andy Lally at this weekend's running of the Samsung Mobil 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Interstate Moving Services is part of the Interstate family of companies encompassing a worldwide group of relocation management, transportation and logistics management solutions serving government, corporate, and individual clients. The Springfield, Virginia based company will be with TRG Motorsports as the primary sponsor for both Texas and Talladega. "This is a really big weekend for TRG Motorsports", said Kevin Buckler, TRG Motorsports team owner. "In addition to welcoming Interstate as a new primary sponsor, we have also completed the switch to Ford Fusions with Roush/Yates power. This should provide our team with a big boost."(TRG), see an image on the #71 Team Schemes page.(4-7-2011)

  • Hermie Sadler in the #71 at Martinsville: Hermie Sadler, an Emporia, Virginia native, will be back behind the wheel of the #71 Eco Fuel Saver Chevy in this weekend's Goody's Fast Relief 500. This will mark Sadler's 11th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Martinsville Speedway and his second start for TRG Motorsports. "I had a lot of fun running for TRG Motorsports last fall at Martinsville," said Sadler. "Kevin Buckler asked me if I would be willing to do it again, and I jumped at the chance. It's always fun to get back behind the wheel and it's an added bonus to do it at Martinsville Speedway, a track that is close to home. It means so much to me to be able to race at one of my favorite tracks in front of my hometown fans. I am truly appreciative of the opportunity." Sadler, who will be making his 61st career start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, has one prior start in the #71 machine for TRG Motorsports. The 41-year-old driver piloted the Kevin Buckler owned Chevrolet at Martinsville Speedway in October 2010, bringing home a 26th-place finish, a career best for Sadler and the TRG Motorsports team at the 0.526-mile oval.(TRG)(3-31-2011)

  • TRG drops plans to build facility in New Jersey: The Racers Group [TRG Motorsports], a high-profile diversified motorsports company, has dropped plans to build a $5 million headquarters and racing facility at New Jersey Motorsports Park. TRG also began removing equipment Monday from leased garages at the facility, though several months remain on the company's one-year lease agreement. Kevin Buckler, the company's founder and CEO, criticized the performance of the park's management in a statement explaining the decision. The TRG project represented a major potential commercial investment in the park, as well as an opportunity to enhance its reputation in the racing community. TRG's announcement comes as the Motorsports Park's owners are in federal court trying to salvage their business while retaining control of the three-year-old racetrack facility. "When TRG first came to New Jersey Motorsports Park, we had very high hopes on our future plans together as did the park and its management," Buckler stated. "It was a major East Coast expansion for us, adding to our current successful operations in Petaluma, Calif., and Mooresville, N.C. We loved the local town and its people and their enthusiasm for our involvement in the community. The park has obviously had some challenges and things did not develop as we had hoped for," Buckler added. "We no longer support the management of the facility or its vision for the future."(Daily Journal)(3-31-2011)

  • TRG switching manufacturers? UPDATES: Hearing that the #71 TRG Motorsports team will be switching manufacturers from Chevy to Ford. The team will make the switch starting at Texas after running Chevy at Auto Club Speedway with Andy Lally, then with Hermie Sadler at Martinsville.(3-22-2011)
    UPDATE: Team owner Kevin Buckler confirmed that a deal has been in the works for more than a month to acquire new cars from Roush-Fenway Racing and engines from Roush Yates Racing Engines, beginning at Texas Motor Speedway April 9. "When we first came to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, we were faced with the daunting task of competing at the highest level of NASCAR, and doing it on a budget," explained Buckler in an exclusive Sirius Speedway interview. "At first, our goal was to survive and qualify for races. In time, we were able to raise our sights and shoot for a spot in the Top 35. But ultimately, we are here because we want to win. We don't want to spend our time racing against the bottom 15 teams every week," he said. "We've been winners in every form of racing we have ever tackled, and we want to be a winner in NASCAR. To do that, we need new, state-of-the-art cars and engines; equipment as good as anyone else out there has." Buckler said TRG will campaign new cars as part of a "light technological support program" with Roush Fenway Racing and new Ford FR9 powerplants from Roush Yates Engines. "My partners and I are going to have to shoulder a heavier financial load to do this, and we could not have done this without the support of our sponsor, Super Eco Fuel Saver. But it's time for us to take a big step up and see if we can compete at this level.(Sirius Speedway)(3-23-2011)
    UPDATE 2: Team owner Kevin Buckler confirmed that starting at Texas Motor Speedway his TRG Motorsports Sprint Cup Team will run Ford Fusions supplied by Roush Fenway Racing with engines provided by Roush/Yates Engines. "We are excited to be partnering with Roush Fenway and getting some new equipment in the TRG Motorsports stable," said Kevin Buckler, team owner. "It has been a long few years in figuring out our best options to succeed in NASCAR and we have a golden opportunity to really improve our performance with some shiny new equipment and some technical support. The Fords are on a roll right now and Roush Fenway does it right. A partnership with them and with Roush/Yates Engines will be an outstanding package for our team. We are confident that fielding Ford Fusions will add to the success of our organization and the competitiveness of our performance on the race track." TRG Motorsport's move to Ford follows a three-year campaign in which the team fielded Chevy. "Chevy, RCR and ECR have been great partners for our team and on behalf of TRG Motorsports, I'd like to thank everyone at GM Racing for their dedication and support," Buckler said.(TRG)(3-26-2011)

  • Clapprood to serve as interim crew chief at TRG: Paul Clapprood will serve as the interim crew chief at Auto Club Speedway, where rookie contender Andy Lally will drive the car. Clapprood replaces Jay Guy, who has joined Travis Kvapil's Front Row Motorsports team beginning this weekend.(Fox Sports)(3-23-2011)

  • New crew chief for Kvapil: UPDATE: Derrick Finley, Front Row Motorsports competition director, is the interim crew chief for #38-Travis Kvapil until a replacement is named as crew chief Bill Henderson left the team.(FRM)(3-19-2011)
    UPDATE: Travis Kvapil heads to the West Coast this week with confidence his Long John Silver's Ford will be stronger at Auto Club Speedway this season. He'll also go with a new crew chief, with Jay Guy coming on board to lead the #38 team. Guy is a veteran in the NASCAR garage, having worked with teams such as Penske Racing, Furniture Row Racing, Wood Brothers and others.(FRM/Breaking Limits), no word who replaces Guy as the crew chief of the #71 TRG Motorsports team. Guy had been the crew chief of the #71 since Daytona after being the crew chief for Brad Keselowski at Penske Racing in 2010..(3-22-2011)

  • Wagner Companies joins TRG at Las Vegas: The Wagner Companies will serve as an associate sponsor with Andy Lally on-board the #71 Eco Fuel Saver Chevrolet in Las Vegas. The Wagner Companies, which produce a wide variety of metal products, assisted in developing the safety cage for NASCAR's COT and also manufactures the "Festivus Pole" made popular by the television sitcom "Seinfeld."(TRG)(3-5-2011)

  • Eco-Fuel Saver to sponsor TRG for five races: Andy Lally will drive the #71 TRG Motorsports Chevy clad in the green Eco-Fuel Saver paint scheme at the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix. Eco-fuel Savers will be on board for the next four races as well. Super Eco-Fuel Saver is a revolutionary new fuel additive that reformulates hydrocarbon molecular chains to burn fuel more efficiently in the combustion chamber resulting in increased mileage and dramatic reductions in emissions.(TRG)(2-27-2011)

  • #71 team picks up assoc. sponsor for Daytona 500: TRG Motorsports welcomes TIFCO Industries to the #71 Super Eco-Fuel Saver Chevy team for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Daytona 500 to be run at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 20. TIFCO Industries provides their customers with substantial cost savings in the way they purchase, stock and replenish their maintenance and repair products. TIFCO utilizes a national network of Service Representatives to distribute quality maintenance products and provides services to thousands of customers in a variety of markets.(TRG Motorsports)(2-19-2011)

  • TRG Motorsports gets sponsor for Daytona 500: Super Eco-Fuel Saver has signed-on as the primary partner on the TRG Motorsports #71 Super Eco-Fuel Saver Chevy for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Daytona 500. Super Eco Fuel SaverSuper Eco-Fuel Saver is a revolutionary new fuel additive that reformulates hydrocarbon molecular chains to burn fuel more efficiently in the combustion chamber resulting in increased mileage and dramatic reductions in emissions. Consumers can learn more about Super Eco-Fuel Saver at www.ecofuelsaver.com.
    "We are excited to have Super Eco-Fuel Saver emblazoned on the No. 71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Impala SS." Rick Stewart, C.E.O, said. "Super Eco-Fuel Saver is the most innovative fuel additive ever developed to dramatically reduce engine emissions. At the same time we improve fuel mileage from 10% to 40% depending on engine make and condition, while also increasing horsepower from 7% to 15%. Being a part of the Daytona 500 will launch this extraordinary product into the global market place. It's an exciting time for our company". Andy Lally, driver of the #71 Super Eco-Fuel Saver Chevy, will be cloaked in green for the week. "It is great to have Super Eco-Fuel Saver on our car for the 500," Lally said. "I will have it in my truck on the way home to Georgia after the race. I am also ready to give them a good run in the Gatorade 150 on Thursday and an even better performance in the Daytona 500 on Sunday."(TRG Motorsports), see an image of the scheem on the #71 Team Schemes page.(2-17-2010)

  • Lally Files for NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year: Andy Lally, driver of the #71 TRG Motorsports Chevy has filed his application to run for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Rookie of the Year. The quest will begin with this weekend's Daytona 500 to be run at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, February 20. Lally, an accomplished road racer with three Rolex 24 Hour At Daytona wins to his credit, will be attempting to win the NSCS Rookie of the Year for 2011. The Northport, New York born racer is looking forward to the challenge. "It's a really neat opportunity to be able to run for the NASCAR Rookie of Year," Lally said. "To be able to race for such a cool award is going to be great. I am looking forward to the challenge. I am hoping that a few more guys will come out to compete for the award. As a racer I want to compete, having a few more guys running for the prize would add another level of competition to the weekend for me." Lally will be making his ninth NSCS start on Sunday in the Daytona 500. Lally entered into NASCAR racing with team owner Kevin Buckler back in 2007 when Buckler and a group of investors purchased Darrell Waltrip's Camping World Truck Team. Kevin Buckler is ready for Lally to show what he has this season. "Andy and I have been together since 2004," Buckler said. "Andy is one of the most talented and professional drivers I have encountered behind the wheel of a race car. We have won over 30 races, two Rolex 24 Hours and multiple championships together. We are happy to give Andy this opportunity and we are looking forward to what the season will bring."(TRG Motorsports)(2-17-2011)

  • Jay Guy Named Crew Chief for #71 team: TRG Motorsports has tapped veteran NASCAR crew chief Jay Guy to sit atop its #71 pit box for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Guy, who begins his new assignment this weekend in Daytona, will call the race for Andy Lally, who was announced last week as the driver for TRG Motorsports' 500 Daytona entry. "Jay comes to us highly recommended. We're very happy to have him on board," said Kevin Buckler, team owner. "He's got exactly the kind of experience we've been looking for to lead the team and guide Andy through his rookie season. He'll fit in well at TRG. He's got the same kind of passion and desire to win that our team has from top to bottom." Guy, a native of Lancaster, Pa., comes to TRG Motorsports from Penske Racing, where he spent the 2010 season calling the shots for Brad Keselowski's Sprint Cup team.(TRG Motorsports)(2-12-2011)

  • TRG Motorsports to run Daytona 500 with Lally: TRG Motorsports to run Daytona 500 with Lally: TRG Motorsports will field its #71 Chevrolet in the Daytona 500 with Andy Lally at the controls. "We're going to stand on our own two feet," said TRG owner Kevin Buckler today. "We had a lot of people contact us about doing various Daytona 500 deals, but we decided to say `no" to them all. We're going to put Andy Lally in the car for the Daytona 500 and make use of our own owner points." Lally made seven Sprint Cup starts for TRG last year, with a top finish of 18th at Watkins Glen. He is fresh off a GT class win in the ROlex 24 at Daytona driving for TRG, and will be a guaranteed starter in the 500. Buckler declined to comment on what offers he received for his 35th-place 2010 owner points, laughing, "I'm staying completely out of that."(Sirius Speedway)(2-5-2011)
    AND on Jan. 27, Buckler said his friend and partner, Tom Pumpelly, divested his partnership in TRG Motorsports and took the owners' points with him to become an equity partner at Richard Childress Racing. That guaranteed RCR's Paul Menard a starting position in the Daytona 500 for his #27 Chevy. Buckler, who continues to chase sponsorship for his own fleet of Chevrolets which use Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines for power and who have benefited from a technical alliance with RCR, says he'll race the first five races this season "in their entirety," whether or not any sponsors sign up. But there was still the issue of points as TRG embarks on its third full season in the Cup Series. "TRG Motorsports, needing [owners'] points, has now partnered with Richard Petty and we will operate the #71 with Richard's [2010 owners' points] from the 98," Buckler said. "It's as simple as that. We have ourselves teed-up so right for a sponsor right now with a fleet-footed little group of guys with a lot to offer." Buckler said he anticipated naming a crew chief for Lally's car early next week, when cars will enter Daytona for inspection on Friday.(NASCAR.com)(2-7-2011)

  • #27 team gets #71 owners points: #27-Paul Menard will be a guaranteed starter in the 2011 Daytona 500 for Richard Childress Racing. A spokesman for Richard Childress Racing confirmed an "equity partnership" had been formed between Childress, who will once again field four Cup Series teams this season, and Thomas Pumpelly. Pumpelly, who in 2010 was part of the partnership group involved with TRG Motorsports, "divested himself from his partnership with TRG and took with him the #71 car points," the spokesman said. TRG Motorsports used eight drivers to finish 35th in the Cup Series owners' standings in 2010 and had been planning to come to Daytona's Speedweeks with a program in place to contest the full Cup schedule, owner Kevin Buckler said in early January. As a new team, Menard's car was going to be forced to qualify on speed until at least the sixth race of 2011, but with the new deal, will be guaranteed a starting position for the first five races of the season, until 2011 owners' points are used. The RCR spokesman said Pumpelly will be the listed owner of the #27 Chevrolet to start the season (NASCAR.com)(2-5-2011)

  • #21 gets #19; #71 gets #98 owners points: NASCAR has approved a reassignment of owners points, according to sources familiar with the situation. Richard Petty Motorsports and Wood Brothers Racing have partnered to create Wood Brothers II LLC. As a result, Trevor Bayne will be locked into the Daytona 500 behind the wheel of the #21 Motorcraft Ford. Richard Petty Motorsports ended last season with four teams inside the coveted top 35 in owner points, which guarantees them a starting spot in the first five races of the season. However, as the organization shrank from four teams to two, it allowed the opportunity to create the partnership with Wood Brothers. Bayne is expected to run 17 Sprint Cup Series races for the Wood Brothers to gain seat time. A decision on Bayne's rookie status in the series has yet to be determined. The Wood Brothers could not be reached for comment.
    A similar deal was worked out between RPM and Kevin Buckler, who will receive the #98's owner points for the #71 TRG Chevy. Calls to Buckler and TRG CMO Torrey Galida were not returned. Sources say Buckler will start the season with Andy Lally behind the wheel. TRG remains a customer of Earnhardt Childress Racing Engines (FoxSports)(2-5-2011)

  • NASCAR's TRG Wins Grueling Rolex 24 Hour At Daytona [GT Class]: TRG's Steve Bertheau, Brendan Gaughan, Spencer Pumpelly, Wolf Henzler and Andy Lally drove the #67 TRG/Sargent & Lundy/South Point Hotel & Casino/Porsche to the GT class victory in the Grand-Am Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No.16 Rolex 24 Hour At Daytona.The #67 was not the only story for TRG. The #4 TRG/Children's Tumor Foundation/Porsche came home in eighth; the #66 TRG/Viper Exchange/Cabana Cachaca Rum/NOS Energy Drink/Porsche was classified as 13th; the #54 TRG/Black Swan/GMG/Porsche classified in 16th, and the #53 TRG/Nadeau Motorsports/North American Baseball League/Porsche finished 21st. Ron Yarab, Daniel Graeff, Richard Zahn, Kenny Wallace and Ryan Eversley in the #4 TRG/Children's Tumor Foundation/Luna-C Clothing/Porsche was made up of a group of veteran racers who took a more conservative approach which resulted in a very rewarding eighth place finish.(TRG Motorsports), The team fields a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry, the #71 Chevy, which is expected to run the Daytona 500 with Andy Lally driving.(2-1-2011)

  • Ganassi wins Rolex 24; TRG wins touring class: America's longest endurance race came down to a one-lap sprint. No surprise, the winner ended up being the guy with more wins in the Grand-Am Series than anybody else. Three-time and defending series champion Scott Pruett drove the last leg of the Rolex 24 at Daytona and held off Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon during a final restart. Pruett's smooth restart helped him pull away from Dixon and third-place finisher Joao Barbosa after the green-white restart and clinch the Daytona Prototype class by 2.42 seconds. It was Pruett's 32nd win in the series and his fourth Rolex 24 victory (1994, 2007, 2008). It could be his most meaningful, too. This one capped the "Ganassi Slam." Ganassi became the only car owner to win the four biggest races in the United States during a 12-month period. His drivers won the Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400 last year. Andy Lally led TRG Racing to a two-lap victory in the Grand Touring class. Lally claimed the pole, but started in the back of the field after failing post-qualifying inspection. The team drove the final 17 hours without a clutch.()(1-30-2011)

  • TRG to run full season; no deal with Waltrip for Daytona 500: Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody has learned that Michael Waltrip will be forced to qualify for the 2011 Daytona 500 on speed, after a potential transfer of owner points from TRG Motorsports did not materialize earlier this week. The #71 TRG Motorsports Chevys finished 35th in Sprint Cup owner points a year ago, securing a guaranteed starting spot in the first five races of this season. TRG owner Kevin Buckler told Sirius Speedway that his team is geared up to run the entire 2011 championship schedule, and will announce a driver and sponsor lineup next week.(Sirius Speedway)(1-29-2011)

  • TRG's owner elected to Road Racing Drivers Club: TRG Motorsports owner/driver [#71 Chevy Sprint Cup Series] Kevin Buckler has been elected to the prestigious Road Racing Drivers Club (RRDC). The 58-year-old organization headed by Bobby Rahal holds a roster of over 350 distinguished members from the worldwide motorsports community. Kevin Buckler Buckler's resume includes championships behind the wheel as well as on the pit box. Prominent in his trophy case as a driver are three Rolex Series Daytona 24 Hour wins in 2002 and 2003, the last was an overall victory in a GT class car. The third win in 2009 was as a team owner. In addition, in 2002 he won the GT category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in that same year he also won the prestigious Porsche World Cup as the most successful Porsche driver of that year. On the pit box his sports car team won two back-to-back Rolex Series GT championships in 2005 and 2006 and holds the Grand-Am win record with 31. As a team owner he expanded his racing footprint in 2007 by adding a Camping World Truck Series team and made the ultimate jump in 2009 with the addition of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team. By a vote of its current members in 2010, the Road Racing Drivers Club (RRDC) elects a small and distinguished group of drivers and supporters of the sport to membership in the 58-year-old organization. This year's list includes the likes of Chip Ganassi and Arie Luyendyk.(TRG Motorsports)(1-12-2011)

  • Brendan Gaughan to Run Rolex 24 Hour with TRG: TRG announced their third entry in the 2011 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona. The three-time Rolex 24 winners will field the TRG/HP/South Point Casino/Porsche 997 with drivers Steve Bertheau, Brendan Gaughan, Andy Lally, Spencer Pumpelly, and a Porsche Factory Driver to be named later, for the twice around the clock race to be run at Daytona International Speedway on January 29th. Bertheau and Gaughan will be taking part in their first Rolex 24 Hour race. Bertheau is a product of the TRG driver ladder competing in Continental Challenge and Rolex Series GT events over the last 18-months. Gaughan is a seasoned NASCAR competitor. Gaughan raced a sports car with TRG at Montreal in 2009, ran the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race last weekend at Phoenix and is looking forward to his first Rolex 24 Hour. This entry will give TRG three cars, so far, for 2011 and a record 64th entry in the Rolex 24 Hour. The team that has traditionally prepared strong multi-car programs for the race has several more announcements pending.(TRG Motorsports)(11-25-2010)

  • Gaughan in #71 South Point Chevy at Phoenix: NASCR veteran, Brendan Gaughan will drive the TRG Motorsports #71 South Point Chevy at this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Gaughan, from Las Vegas, is fresh off of a 17th place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in his season long Nationwide South Point Toyota. Gaughan last made a NSCS start in 2005 at Pocono, subbing for an ill Mike Bliss. His Phoenix resume is rich in top finishes including a fourth place in the Nationwide race this past Spring and six top 15 finishes in the Camping World Truck Series.
    South Point Casino is located in the heart of the premiere southwest Las Vegas valley, just minutes away from the famous Las Vegas Strip. Some of the amenities include a 16-screen Century Theatre movie complex, 64-lane bowling center and a handful of restaurants that cater to all appetites and tastes. TRG would also like to thank Anderson's Maple Syrup, Savory Thymes and Adobe Road Winery for their support.(TRG Motorsports)(11-9-2010)

  • Kenny Wallace to run Rolex 24: Continuing TRG's strong heritage as the premier team at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, TRG and the Children's Tumor Foundation (CTF) have agreed to partner for the Racing4Research program at the 2011 race. This is the first time the Children's Tumor Foundation will run with the team, and the first of several upcoming announcements for the three-time winners of the event. Daytona 24 veterans Ron Yarab, Daniel Graeff, and Pierre Bourque will be joined by NASCAR star Kenny Wallace as the Children's Tumor Foundation team seeks to exceed $1 million in total donations since its founding in 2007. Known for his nine wins in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, as a colorful host of numerous SPEED programs, as well as a three-time recipient of the Nationwide Series' "Most Popular Driver Award," Kenny Wallace will be joining the team for his second Rolex 24.(TRG)(10-19-2010)

  • Labonte finds ride for 2011: JTG Daugherty Racing announced that 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte will take the reins as driver of the #47 Toyota Camry for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 36-race schedule. "JTG Daugherty Racing is a solid race team that has come close to winning races with Marcos Ambrose and I'm looking forward to developing our new partnership in 2011," Labonte said. "The team is thriving and their technical alliance with MWR (Michael Waltrip Racing) is intact. It's great to have next year already set in stone so when this season ends we can begin focusing on next year right away. Everything is in place and we have all the right ingredients to win races together."
    Labonte's credentials speak for themselves. The Corpus Christi, Texas native is a 21-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner with 26 pole awards, 114 top-five and 199 top-10 finishes. Team owners Jodi and Tad Geschickter and Brad Daugherty are pleased Labonte accepted the offer to drive the JTG Daugherty Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry as they enter their third full-time season of competition at Daytona International Speedway on February 13th.
    "We are really happy Bobby has decided to join our team because I have known him for a long time and I have always admired him as a professional driver and as an individual," Daugherty said. "He will do an outstanding job representing our products and team. He has gotten to a point in his career that he still has some things to accomplish. He is highly experienced with a championship on his résumé' and we know he is capable of winning."
    "We would like to give a warm welcome to Bobby as he joins the JTG Daugherty Racing family," said Jodi Geschickter. "We know he is an amazing fit for our sponsors and racing organization. The Labonte name has a history of excellence. Bobby is a proven winner, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and his character is solid. We share similar goals and views regarding the future. We are pleased that he has accepted the offer to join JTG Daugherty Racing in 2011."
    JTG Daugherty Racing's partners concur. "We are extremely excited to have Bobby coming on board," said Grant LaMontagne, Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer of The Clorox Company, the longest running sponsor partner of JTG Daugherty Racing. "He's a champion and a great fit for our brands. We expect to have a serious run for the Chase next season." This announcement follows Marcos Ambrose's decision to part ways with JTG Daugherty Racing at the end of the year, which was confirmed on Tuesday by team officials.(JTG Daugherty Racing)(7-28-2010)

  • Labonte talks about leaving TRG and future: When Bobby Labonte starts the 2010 Brickyard 400, he will be making his 600th consecutive start. Well, for right now, that's if Labonte starts the 2010 Brickyard 400. Labonte likely will have a ride for that event  considering he is a past Cup champion (he won the title in 2000) and has access to past champion provisionals. So even if a team isn't in the top 35, he'd be in the race. But Labonte was prepared last Monday to see that streak end this weekend. He was prepared to leave TRG Motorsports and the #71 car because he couldn't stomach the start-and-park plan for the organization's unsponsored races. He had done three of them and that was enough. He didn't have a ride until Tuesday afternoon when he got a call from Robby Gordon, who needed someone to drive his car while he went to Argentina on a business trip for his off-road racing team. The streak  which includes all but two of his career Cup races  is not that huge a deal to Labonte, who is driving for Gordon this weekend at New Hampshire and then #09 Phoenix Racing the next two weekends at Daytona and Chicago. Gordon has talked about entering a second car [#07 Toyota] for Labonte at Indianapolis but nothing is certain yet. "It's there, but it's not like one of those things I've got to sit there and say, 'Hey, I'm only doing it because of that,'" Labonte said about the streak. "I'm doing this because of the passion I have for it and what I want to do." It is possible that Labonte will drive for #71 TRG Motorsports in a few races later this year if the races are fully funded. Beyond that, he is not sure what will happen for him after Chicago and into 2011. "It's pretty early in the year to be looking," Labonte said. "It's good to be looking that far ahead but we're not quite there yet [where teams are deciding for 2011]."(SceneDaily)(6-27-2010)

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