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TRG To Jump To Fords

| , RacinToday.com Friday, March 25 2011

TRG trading bow tie for blue oval. (Photo courtesy of NASCAR)


Mooresville, N.C. – NASCAR team-owner Kevin Buckler has confirmed that his TRG Motorsports Sprint Cup Series team will switch from Chevrolet Impalas to Ford Fusions supplied by Roush Fenway Racing beginning at Texas Motor Speedway next month.

Additionally, power will be provided by Roush/Yates Engines beginning with practice and qualifying for the Samsung Mobile 500 in Fort Worth on Saturday night, April 9.

“We are excited to be partnering with Roush Fenway and getting some new equipment in the TRG Motorsports stable,” Buckler said in a statement. “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 racetrack.”

TRG Motorsports’ move to Ford follows a three-year campaign during which the team fielded Chevrolets in a partnership with Richard Childress Racing. “Chevrolet, 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.

The Racer’s Group was founded in Petaluma, Calif., in 1993. The team’s Porsche lineup boasts Rolex Series GT championships in 2005 and 2006 and holds the record for most wins in Grand-Am with 32. The team’s resume is highlighted by five championships, four Rolex 24-Hour at Daytona victories and a Le Mans 24-Hour win.

TRG fields the No. 71 entry for rookie Andy Lally in the Sprint Cup Series and has the capacity to run ARCA, Nationwide and the Camping World Truck series.

“I know Kevin has been a fierce competitor as a driver and team-owner in all different motorsports series,” said Jack Roush, co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing. “We’re happy to have him as a new member of the Ford camp and are looking forward to helping put another Ford team in a position to hit their marks.”

Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing, also welcomed TRG Motorsports into the Ford camp. “TRG has a fantastic pedigree and a great history in sports car racing,” Allison said. “We’re pleased TRG has decided to make this switch to Ford. It says a lot about the quality of our Fusions and the performance of the FR9 engine, and we wish them all the success in NASCAR’s top series.”

| , RacinToday.com Friday, March 25 2011
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