PassTime Launches Encore: A Revolutionary Wireless GPS Solution

Completely self-powered, slim design brings simplicity to vehicle asset management

LITTLETON, Colorado—Sept. 24, 2019—PassTime®, a leading provider of GPS Solutions announced today the launch of Encore™, an exciting and revolutionary wireless GPS device.

Encore, with its vast array of cutting-edge technologies, delivers the performance, features and extensive battery life demanded by the asset protection industry in an incredibly small size. Eliminating the need to cut vehicle wires or the professional installation services needed for tapping into vehicle power, Encore’s small form factor and wire-free GPS solution allows it to be placed in a vehicle in minutes, in a variety of locations, while still being easily moved when needed.

Encore will complement PassTime’s already extensive line-up of patented and industry recognized GPS solutions serving auto dealers, auto finance companies and fleets across the country and can serve new markets where traditional device installation has been a barrier.

“Encore is truly a revolutionary product that we think is going to change the industry. Its wireless design that eliminates the need for a professional installation can significantly reduce logistical challenges and overall cost of the solution,” stated Chris Macheca, president & COO for PassTime. “The features, performance, and size of Encore are a feat of engineering and technology.”

With advanced lithium metal battery technology, Cat-M1 LTE connectivity and a suite of components selected for extremely low power consumption, Encore can achieve several years of battery life in an extremely compact design. Various power modes will allow customers to choose the features and reporting frequency they desire while balancing the battery life options that meet their business objectives.

Encore has completed extensive testing and is available now, on the AT&T network.

For more information visit the Encore page, or contact PassTime at 877-727-7846 or info@passtimegps.com.

About PassTime
PassTime is a leading provider of GPS Solutions and has been in business for more than 25 years. PassTime’s GPS telematics products help connect vehicles and protect assets for multiple sectors of the automotive and powersports industries including auto dealers, auto finance companies, fleet transportation providers and consumers. The company prides itself on high-quality, reliable products and unmatched customer support.

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PassTime masterQueue partnership

PassTime and masterQueue Form Strategic Partnership

LITTLETON, Colorado—July 25,  2019—PassTime®, a leading provider of GPS Solutions announced at www.AutoIntelSummit.com it has partnered with masterQueue®, a web-based software-as-a-service platform that automates the skip tracing and debt collections process to efficiently locate and contact customers financial institutions have lost touch with.

The partnership will facilitate integrated solutions which combine the automation of the skip tracing and debt collections processes that masterQueue excels at, with the leading-edge GPS Solutions from PassTime, saving mutual customers time while simplifying the user experience.

PassTime, which has been in business for more than 25 years, provides GPS Solutions for customers to connect their vehicles and protect their assets. The company prides itself on providing high-quality and reliable products, along with unmatched 24/7 live customer care for its clients and consumers.

“PassTime has built its business on bringing innovative solutions to our customers. masterQueue has developed groundbreaking software for the industry which makes them an ideal partner for us, and we’re eager to add their efficiency, regulatory and data privacy tracking tools to our customers’ toolboxes,” stated Chris Macheca, president & COO at PassTime.

masterQueue combines the power of A.I. with data in order to improve productivity and efficiency in collections and skip tracing. Its platform is a single software solution uniquely designed to automate data collection, manage regulatory compliance and data privacy, and to assist lenders in simplifying the debt collection process on the more challenging loans where they lose touch with their customers.  masterQueue will be presenting their FinTech solution in September at www.Finovate.com in New York.

“The opportunity to partner with the original, and still leading-edge GPS solutions provider is so exciting. We’re confident we can help their clients through integrated technology, while at the same time exposing our clients to the power of GPS solutions where there is a need and desire to utilize this technology.  Given the rapidly changing landscape of the auto finance industry, with ride-sharing and other changes coming to the fore front, the timing of this partnership is ideal for everyone,” said John Lewis, Founder and CEO of masterQueue.

For more information please contact PassTime at 877-727-7846 or info@passtimegps.com or masterQueue at 866-563-7547 or demo@intellaegis.com

About PassTime
PassTime is a leading provider of GPS Solutions and has been in business for more than 25 years. PassTime’s GPS telematics products help connect vehicles and protect assets for multiple sectors of the automotive and powersports industries including auto dealers, auto finance companies, fleet transportation providers and consumers. The company prides itself on high-quality, reliable products and unmatched customer support.

About masterQueue
Intellaegis, Inc. dba masterQueue is a debt collection SaaS platform that manages BigData using AI to make collections easy. When there is no contact with a customer, masterQueue makes the early through late stage collection, skip tracing and repossession process more efficient by automatically gathering, organizing and tracking data via dozens of API’s built around an automated workflow process engine that leverages predictive analytics to drive results with regulatory compliance and data privacy layered in.

PassTime Adds AT&T Connectivity

PassTime adding AT&T Internet of Things connectivity to its award-winning automotive products and solutions

LITTLETON, CO, June 17, 2019 — PassTime® will add connectivity from AT&T’s LTE-M network to its family of GPS products and solutions for automotive asset management services. This will enhance asset tracking, dealer management and asset recovery services for PassTime’s customers.

PassTime provides a suite of asset management products and solutions in the automotive and powersports industries including auto dealers, auto finance companies, fleet transportation providers and consumers. Adding AT&T LTE-M connectivity will help these customers connect to their assets reliably and in more places throughout AT&T’s LTE-M coverage area.

“PassTime is excited to provide our customers with the broad reach and connectivity solutions through the AT&T network,” said Chris Macheca, president and chief operating officer of PassTime. “For over 25 years, PassTime has worked hard to provide the best products and services to our customers. AT&T’s extensive coverage and reliable, cost-effective network solutions will help us grow our business and customer satisfaction.”

“We’re pleased to provide connectivity for PassTime’s GPS solutions,” said Joe Mosele, vice president, IoT Solutions, AT&T. “This is an ideal use case for LTE-M. The LTE-M network is designed specifically for the IoT and enables lower costs, compact modules, reduced power consumption and the ability to connect in hard-to-reach locations with carrier-grade security.”

For more information, please contact PassTime at 877-727-7846 or info@passtimegps.com.

About PassTime
PassTime is a leading provider of GPS Solutions and has been in business for more than 25 years. PassTime’s GPS telematics products help connect vehicles and protect assets for multiple sectors of the automotive and powersports industries including auto dealers, auto finance companies, fleet transportation providers and consumers. The company prides itself on high-quality, reliable products and unmatched customer support.

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PassTime Sponsored TRG Wins in Canada

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TRG, sponsored by PassTime, continues its successful season last weekend at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park GT4 America Sprint races.

TRG Win Spencer Pumpelly CTMP

TRG driver, Spencer Pumpelly pulled off a tough battle to take the first place win in race 2, after he came in second place in race one.  Driving the No. 66 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport, he remained in front for the entire race on Sunday afternoon.

With the win, Pumpelly took the GT4 America Sprint Points Lead.

In the SprintX races, Sean Gibbons and Derek DeBoer in the #17 car, finished on the podium in both races, notching 3rd place trophies in both.  Sean now also sits atop the championship drivers lead in the SprintX East GT4 championship points battle as well.

 

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BlytzPay® Partners with PassTime® to Offer Integrated Solutions in Vehicle Payment Versatility & GPS

FinTech Application Optimal For Dealers Using PassTime’s GPS Products

Littleton, CO and Lehi, UT, Today PassTime and BlytzPay® announced an integration partnership between the companies. PassTime—a solutions company that provides high-quality automotive GPS devices to new and used car dealers, finance companies, fleet, and powersports dealers—and BlytzPay—a mobile, text payment solution which allows customers to communicate and pay via text—will be able to offer integrated solutions to dealers and finance companies.

With integrated functionality, BlytzPay’s technology can target an ideal industry for adoption. PassTime customers will be able to provide early warning notifications to mitigate delinquent payments and keep cars on the road.

PassTime, which has been in business for more than 25 years, provides GPS Solutions for customers to connect their vehicles and protect their assets. The company prides itself on providing high-quality and reliable products, along with unmatched 24/7 live customer care for its customers and consumers.

“We are very excited about partnering with BlytzPay. The technology is innovative and will be a complementary add for our auto dealers and finance company customers as a valuable communication and payment tool,” said Chris Macheca, president and COO at PassTime. “The ability to expedite payments, and with a timely cash option, allow our customers to offer a billing service consumers can utilize anytime, anywhere.”

BlytzPay provides a financial solution for customers to pay for their cars with payment methods that are convenient to them. BlytPay provides its users convenience without driving back to the dealership, finding an ATM, paying high fees at a cash loan store, or loading a pre-paid debit card, all of which are common hurdles within the auto financing industry.  With multiple ways to pay, including a cash option, which is an accommodation that benefits both dealer and driver, customers are able to avoid delinquency and keep cars on the road.

“From BlytzPay’s inception, we knew the advantages, convenience, and serviceability of our technology would transform payments, particularly within the auto industry. We have seen the difference a mobile point of sale solution makes in the hands of dealers trying to collect from often hard to reach customers in a timely way” said Robyn Burkinshaw, BlytzPay Chief Executive Officer.  “The PassTime/BlytzPay partnership is a significant step toward creating efficiencies, connection, and inclusion for dealers and their customers.”

The BlytzPay integration with PassTime will allow auto dealers and finance companies to include payment versatility to consumers in conjunction with the use of PassTime’s GPS and automated collection technologies. The integration could also tap into DMS (dealer management systems) to provide customers even more options in managing payments, inventory, and their GPS devices.

About Blytz
Blytz is a convenient payment platform allowing companies to directly interact with their customers utilizing the latest mobile technology.  The Blytz SaaS (Software As A Service) simplifies an outmoded bill pay structure, allowing customers to click and pay via SMS interaction. Text. Pay. Done. The wallet technology is an instantaneous way to engender consumer approval and engagement. For more information, visit www.blytzpay.com or call 855-259-8900.

About PassTime
PassTime is a leading provider of GPS Solutions and has been in business for more than 25 years. PassTime’s GPS telematics products help connect vehicles and protect assets for multiple sectors of the automotive and powersports industries including auto dealers, auto finance companies, fleet transportation providers and consumers. The company prides itself on high-quality, reliable products and unmatched customer support.  For more information please contact PassTime at 877-727-7846 or media@passtimegps.com

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PassTime Sponsored TRG Wins Pirelli GT4 America Sprint Race

It was an exciting weekend of the PassTime sponsored TRG team and driver Spencer Pumpelly. Pumpelly won victory in the Pirelli GT4 America Sprint race on the streets of Long Beach.

Driving the No. 66 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport, Pumpelly took the win over No. 50 Panoz Avezzano GT4 driven by Ian James.

This was Pumpelly’s first GT4 America Sprint race win of the season and has seen him take over the lead of the championship heading into next month’s double-header at Virginia International Raceway.

Congratulations to Spencer Pumpelly, TRG, and Porsche racing!

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For a full recap of the race, check out https://sportscar365.com/sro/gt4-america/pumpelly-takes-long-beach-win/

If you’d like to watch the race, you can view it on the GTWorld YouTube Channel: Watch Now

 

Solutions ByText PassTime Integration Partnership

PassTime Integrates with Solutions By Text

LITTLETON, Colorado—March 19, 2019—PassTime®, a leading provider of automotive GPS Solutions announced today that it has completed an integration with Solutions by Text® (SBT), a division of Marketing Response Solutions, focused on streamlining client communication and leveraging the power of SMS to create advanced business solutions in the mobile space.

Through the software integration, mutual customers of PassTime and SBT will have the ability to automatically send consumers text message communications and reminders relating to their vehicle payment and PassTime device. The addition of text message communication to the payment reminders of the PassTime device make it even easier for dealers and finance companies to stay in touch with their consumer customers.

“The integration with SBT is something a lot of customers in the industry are already talking about,” said Chris Macheca, president and COO at PassTime. “We are most excited about providing our customers even more tools to help their business – and that is exactly what the integration with Solutions by Text gives them.”

Automotive dealers and finance company customers use PassTime’s GPS solutions to connect vehicles and protect their assets. For the auto finance industry, PassTime GPS solutions help facilitate communication between consumers and creditors, helping keep consumers on track with their payments with payment reminders. PassTime, which has been in business for over twenty-five years, prides itself on providing high-quality and reliable products to the vehicle financing industry along with unmatched 24/7 live customer care for its customers and consumers.

Solutions by Text is a division of Marketing Response Solutions, a full-service consulting firm which has been serving the business community since 1995. Solutions by Text leverages the power of SMS for business solutions and has a full suite of services to compliment nearly any business model, from payment reminders to completing a transaction. From answering billing questions, offering loyalty discounts, or promoting products and services, with SBT, customer communication happens in real time.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about creating meaningful relationships. Our partnership with PassTime GPS allows us to provide useful tools to better the user experience.” Said Danny Cantrell, CEO at Solutions by Text. “PassTime GPS is a top tier organization and we are proud to be a part of the team.”

The companies mentioned that the integration is now commercially available.

For more information please contact PassTime at 877-727-7846 or info@passtimegps.com

About PassTime
PassTime is a leading provider of GPS Solutions and has been in business for more than 25 years. PassTime’s GPS telematics products help connect vehicles and protect assets for multiple sectors of the automotive and powersports industries including auto dealers, auto finance companies, fleet transportation providers and consumers. The company prides itself on high-quality, reliable products and unmatched customer support.

About Solutions by Text
Solutions by Text (SBT) is a division of Marketing Response Solutions, LLC, a privately-held corporation whose primary focus is delivering critical information in an SMS format. SBT has developed a proprietary software designed to adhere to regulations within the mobile phone industry. Solutions by Text strives to:  develop a scalable solution with flexibility to meet industry changes and demand, maintain a functional user interface with various user access options, build products delivering a clear consistent value, and construct a suite of services matching the demands of the consumer. For over 24 years, SBT has partnered with a variety of organizations in multiple industries to design/implement a diverse SMS solution. SBT customizes a suite of services to meet Client requirements and maintain ease of use.

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Meet the TRG Drivers

PassTime is proud to be apart of the renowned TRG team this year with some amazing drivers!

#17 Porsche Cayman GT4

Dr. Jim Rappaport, Derek DeBoer, and Sean Gibbons
will be driving a new, 2019 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR for the Pirelli GT4 America SprintX East and West Races.

Driver: Derek DeBoer

Derek DeBoer has racing running through his veins. Derek’s grandfather raced in the local dirt car circuit and his father followed, albeit in Top Alcohol dragsters, racing in a straight line. Derek’s racing career began 17 years ago at Laguna Seca in a Formula Dodge. Derek has raced in the competitive Formula Renault open-wheel series and spent several years in the ST class of Grand Am. No stranger to the world of endurance racing, Derek won at the 2015 LeMans Aston Martin Festival race, had his first shot at the Rolex 24 at Daytona the same year, and has raced multiple times in the 25 hours at Thunderhill. He’s also competed in multiple Continental Tire Series races. Derek joined The Racer’s Group in 2013 and has been part of the TRG racing family ever since. He is always a threatening contender in the Pirelli GTS and SprintX categories, finishing 2nd in the championship in 2015 and consistently coming away with strong finishes, podiums, and victories and 2019 looks to be especially promising with two co-drivers and a full season covering the Pirelli GT4 America SprintX East and West races ahead of him.

“I am beyond excited to be moving into the start of my 5th season with TRG!  Every part and person involved with this program really feels like family and the same goes for the World Challenge staff and paddock.  It is just a year that really feels like things are clicking and going the right direction- Porsche has delivered us a beautiful new weapon, I get to join great and familiar teammates again with Sean and Spencer, FASTLIFE.TV has just launched a 2nd Season on Amazon, and I get to work with Dr. Jim Rappaport in bringing him into his first big steps into Pro Racing!  I just love it and can’t wait for things to kick off in March! There’s no place I’d rather be!”

Driver: Dr. Jim Rappaport

Dr. Rappaport’s passion for motorsports racing comes from his appreciation of the beauty of the cars, fascination with the technology and the challenge of perfecting every detail to win. He began racing three years ago with the Sports Car Club of America, where he met his now coach and mentor, Robert Orcutt, and was fortunate to win his first race in GT2 in a Porsche Cayman. He won his next SCCA race also and that was all it took to know this was something he was meant to do. Dr. Jim approached racing with the same dedication, focus and hard work that has made him such a sought after Spinal surgeon for the past 34 years and, with the support of Robert and the TRG team, his skills progressed rapidly and he quickly moved to the Pirelli Trophy Cup series last season. 2018 was a great year for Dr. Jim with a win in the GT4 category at Thermal, multiple second place podiums and a strong finish to the season in second place for the Championship! With such a strong foundation, it is no surprise that he is moving up once again to compete in the 2019 Pirelli GT4 America West races with his co-driver, Derek DeBoer.

“I am elated to be making the jump so quickly to the Pirelli GT4 America series. I have been watching the series from the sidelines the last three years and, with the assistance of my awesome coach, Robert Orcutt, and the entire TRG team, we’ve turned a very aggressive 3-year plan into reality. I could not be more excited to be sharing the car with such an incredible co-driver like Derek DeBoer this season and to be backed by a team with the incomparable heritage of The Racers Group. I have always loved racing. The constant challenge and incredible fun of seeking endless perfection to win on the track have so many similarities to my 34-year career as a spinal surgeon and that really resonates with me. The bonus is the fantastic group of people and the whirlwind of social events that surround the tracks all season. I am truly ‘living the dream’ and this is going to be a fantastic season!”

Driver: Sean Gibbons

Sean Gibbons TRG Racing PassTime GPS SolutionsSean Gibbons started racing later in life though he’s always had a strong passion for sports cars along with the focus, drive, and determination it takes to succeed as a driver. Sean graduated from the Skip Barber racing school’s MX-5 cup program and entered his first race in 2012 in the highly competitive PCA Spec Boxster class. He won rookie honors that weekend, finishing second in his first race. Since then Gibbons has put his car on the podium nearly 70 percent of the time and set a number of track records in both the PCA and NASA series. With only 8 professional races, he has been on the top step of the podium twice and a runner up once. In 2019, Sean will once again be teamed up with Derek DeBoer for the Pirelli GT4 America East races in the new, #17, TRG / Passtime / Lasalle Solutions 2019 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR.

“I am super excited to be picking up where we left off at the close of last season with TRG. We had a really good result in the SRO California 8 hour and look forward to pairing with Derek in the Pirelli GT4 America SprintX East Coast races in a brand new Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. With our continued support from LaSalle Solutions and the return of Passtime GPS Solutions, we are going to have a great 2019 season.”

Porsche Cayman GT4

– Spencer Pumpelly – 
Spencer Pumpelly will be driving the new, TRG / LaSalle Solutions, 2019 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR for the Pirelli GT4 America Sprint Races.

Driver: Spencer Pumpelly

Spencer Pumpelly was introduced to racing at a young age while watching his father contest the IMSA GTP Championship in a Ford Prototype during the late 1980s. In 1995 he enrolled in the Skip Barber Racing School and has since raced in many classes of cars successfully. He is a twenty-three year veteran of professional sports car racing and a two- time class winner in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 2016 Continental Sportscar Challenge ST champion. He holds multiple victories in IMSA, World Challenge, and Continental Challenge competition including class victories in six major IMSA endurance races and has appeared in the 24 Hours of Le Mans four times.

Known as one of the most talented drivers in the sportscar racing circuit, Spencer is a highly sought after driver, coach, and race winning strategist. Spencer rejoined TRG in 2018 and is no stranger to success with this team. During his six-year-long relationship with TRG, Pumpelly was a fixture on the podium with four top-three finishes in the Rolex 24, a second-place at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2011, two six-hour victories and more than a dozen wins and numerous podiums, across a variety of series including; Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge, Grand-Am, and American Le Mans. He also scored a podium in the NJMP ARCA NASCAR series and in 2011 brought home an epic GT class win (Pumpelly’s second) at the Rolex 24 at Daytona…with no clutch!!!
“The upcoming Pirelli season should be a fun challenge in the brand-new, Porsche Cayman GT4. The field will be strong and the short races make for an intense on track battle every time we take the green. The schedule takes us to some exciting venues and, with the Support of LaSalle Solutions, Adobe Road Winery, and The Racers Group, we are positioned for a great 2019.”

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PassTime and AFS Dealers Complete Software Integration

LITTLETON, Colorado—March 12, 2019—PassTime®, a leading provider of automotive GPS Solutions and AFS Dealers, a software, training and consulting company to Buy-Here-Pay-Here and Lease-Here-Pay-Here dealers, announced they have completed a software integration and strategic partnership between the companies.

AFS Dealers’ DMS, integrated with PassTime’s GPS Solutions gives mutual customers a simplified way to manage their inventory, accounting, sales, and GPS devices within a single system.

“AFS Dealers provides a great service to the BHPH and LHPH industry and we are pleased to partner with them and provide an integrated solution,” said Chris Macheca, PassTime President & COO. “The team at AFS Dealers has tremendous experience and can be a great resource to just about any dealer out there.”

Buy-Here-Pay-Here dealers and finance company customers use PassTime’s GPS solutions to protect their assets, enhance collection processes and reduce delinquencies and repossessions.  PassTime, which has been in business for over twenty five years, prides itself on providing high-quality and reliable products to the vehicle financing industry along with unmatched 24/7 live customer care for its customers and consumers.

AFS Dealers offer BHPH/LHPH software, training & consulting solutions to the issues encountered in today’s pre-owned auto business. The company specializes in everything from lender relations to site selection to inventory to hiring and training associates. With over 200 years of combined experience in the BHPH/LHPH space, AFS Dealers can help clients with whatever goals they may have.

“PassTime has always been an industry leader and innovator in the BHPH/LHPH business and we are proud to have partnered with them,” said Bill Elizondo, COO of AFS Dealers, LLC.

The integration is complete and is commercially available.

For more information please contact PassTime at 877-727-7846 or info@passtimegps.com

About PassTime
PassTime GPS has been in business for more than 25 years in the global transportation industry. Its wireless GPS telematics products are available for multiple sectors of the automotive industry including auto dealers, auto finance companies, auto leasing companies, insurance companies and fleet transportation providers. Its products are available in the USA, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. The company designs, engineers, manufactures and distributes its own products and has more than 25 patents protecting its technology.

About AFS Dealers
AFS Dealers, LLC is an innovative provider of Solutions Software, a web-based Buy Here Pay Here/ Lease Here Pay Here DMS, as well as Dealer Controlled Financing consulting and training.  Solutions provides real-time information to multi-unit and single dealership owners, managers, or lenders. It has integrated an Inventory Control Center module, Collections (text, robo calls, email) module, Related Finance Company, and accounting module to name a few. The training and consulting is a real-world relationship approach with the customer that is complimented by Solutions. The consultants have managed, operated and owned 470+ dealerships.

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PassTime Joins the The Racing Group

PassTime is proud to join the dedicated and successful TRG team for the 2019 season!

PETALUMA, CA: The TRG team is set to launch the 2019 Pirelli GT4 America season with one of its strongest lineups to date. With three new, Porsche GT4 Clubsport MRs, competing in two classes, the team is prepared to surpass their 2018 PWC season. TRG welcomes the return of drivers Spencer Pumpelly, Chris Bellomo, Dr. Jim Rappaport, Derek DeBoer and Sean Gibbons to the 2019 season and welcomes Kevin Woods to his first season with TRG.

A full season in Pirelli GT4 America means that guests and team supporters can expect an exciting calendar of race-weekend entertainment provided by the TRG business and hospitality crew. From private race seating and cocktails at The Dalí Museum during the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg to Adobe Road Winery dinners at Weathertech Laguna Seca, this experienced team truly knows how to throw a party! After the incredible sponsor and guest turnout during the National launch of our new wine brand, The Racing Series, in January, it is clear the group’s track record for blending racing and entertainment in new and exciting ways is continuing to draw potential partner/sponsors from all over!

Kevin Buckler, Founder, and CEO of The Racers Group

The Racers Group Founder and CEO, Kevin Buckler, had this to say for the 2019 full season entry, “It is fantastic to have a powerful two-car team heading into our first big event at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin and to be running three cars, with 6 such incredibly passionate and talented drivers, for the full season! We are gunning for two championships… One in PRO and one in AM.

Derek and Jim are going to make a formidable duo in their first season racing together in the Pirelli GT4 America SprintX West races and will be sharing the #17 car throughout the season with Sean Gibbons, who we are excited to have partnered with Derek again this year for the Pirelli GT4 America SprintX East races. They are all terrific drivers, with great relationships with each other, which makes it even more awesome!
Having Chris Bellomo back, with professional coach and long-time TRG partner, Robert Orcutt, is another major bonus. Chris is a talented driver and a terrific guy with so much potential and his co-driver, Kevin Woods, is an amazing addition to the TRG team. Having a driver like Kevin, who is not only fast, but just incredibly solid across the board, is the perfect complement to Chris and they will make a formidable team. We are excited to have such a great matchup with this pair and look forward to winning some races together!

The return of Spencer Pumpelly to the TRG team for the Cal 8 Hours race in 2018 was big for us. Spencer raced with TRG for 6 years, starting in 2006, and having such a dynamic driver come back for a major race last season and then go “all in” this season says a lot about our relationships. We have such a strong history together, including several big GT class wins, so we know this is going to be an exciting year on the track. We are definitely running for a championship and hope to make Porsche proud.

I often get asked what I love most about racing (and why I keep doing this) and I tell them that what is probably the most important thing to me is that all of the people who are with us throughout the year from our drivers, sponsors, and guests to our team members who keep things running behind the scenes, is that they are also my friends and our “racing family”. We have close relationships with all of the drivers and their families — moms, dads, spouses, and kids — and this makes the weekends just that much more special to look forward to.

We are also thrilled to have Steven Robb and LaSalle Solutions back as a partner again this year. The company is a leading provider of IT life-cycle asset and maintenance contract management services, one of the largest Cisco resellers and the partnership with TRG focuses on strong business-to-business, co-branding and high-end corporate hospitality events. Steve totally gets it and is a “model” for other businesses that are looking to extend an advertising budget and are looking at motorsports. Many of the companies we have worked with say that this provided them with the strongest ROI of any of their marketing budget investments. I always say that the paddock is the most “fertile fishing ground” that you can find and Steve and I always find ways to partner with other companies to help them understand the wonderful benefits of the motorsports sponsorship and make sure they receive a solid ROI. He is amazing.  We are also pleased to welcome back PassTime GPS as a season-long sponsor partner with Sean Gibbons and TRG. They make some amazing, cutting-edge, tracking devices that are really the rage right now and everybody should check them out!

“I have to say we are all very excited to be racing the entire season with Pirelli GT4 America. The Series has put together an awesome schedule that makes it’s easy for us to compete and to put together the budget. I have a strong personal relationship with most of the staff and they make you feel like “family”. The series has really grown through the acquisition and vision of Stéphane Ratel and SRO, and with Greg Gill’s leadership and tenacity, these guys are here to stay and are only going up! I really respect what the Series is doing and will make my home there this year.”

“We could not do any of this without the fantastic support of Porsche and Porsche Motorsports. A big shout out to Daniel Armbruster and his team at PMNA for another awesome Porsche racecar and the ever present professional support that we receive. This is our 27 year in motorsports and most of it with Porsche and I have seen all sides of how the different manufacturers provide support, and work with their teams but there’s just nothing like the family that Porsche has created and the results that we have seen together. Sometimes I look back and almost shake my head at some of the things that we have accomplished together but it is all part of the 4 letter word I love to use….TEAM…. and we are all part of this winning team and we could not do it without our friends and family at Porsche and Porsche Motorsports.” – Kevin Buckler

After the season opener in Austin, TRG will head to the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg for a weekend of action-packed racing and opulent hospitality including fabulous dinners featuring Adobe Road Winery and The Racing Series, intimate access to The Dalí Museum, and up-close access to the race team.