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.