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TRG Set for IMSA Return with Aston Martins at Lime Rock

James Davison, Brandon Davis entered in TRG Aston for Lime Rock…

Photo: Scott LePage/IMSA

TRG is set to make its return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the first time since Long Beach, with James Davison and Brandon Davis entered in its Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 for next weekend’s Northeast Grand Prix.

The GT-only race will mark the first start of the WeatherTech Championship season for the team’s Aston Martin, after competing in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Long Beach rounds with a Porsche 911 GT3 R, which has since been sold.

According to team principal Kevin Buckler, the GT Daytona class entry is currently earmarked as a one-off race, as the California-based squad evaluates its options for next year.

“We have a super high-end group with some potential sponsors that are sniffing for next year, so we’ve got a great agenda,” Buckler told Sportscar365.

The team will also make its return to the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, with an Aston Martin Vantage GT4 entered for Craig Lyons and Kris Wilson.

Other changes in the entry list for the eighth round of the season include BMW Junior driver Jesse Krohn rejoining Turner Motorsport in the No. 96 BMW M6 GT3 alongside Jens Klingmann, as well as the absence of Alegra Motorsports’ Porsche 911 GT3 R.

The Daytona class-winning Porsche has contested the entire season to date, after initially announcing a Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup-only campaign.

No reason has been given for Alegra’s absence, which results in only two Porsches being on the grid in GTD.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. Brad

    July 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Will TRG ever get its shit together? Stay tuned

    • Craig

      July 20, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      Ahhhh. The bliss of ignorance. you’re cute

  2. P

    July 12, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes!

    Aston is coming back, good luck.

  3. Mike S.

    July 12, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Davison has been a man on fire a bit. He drove some pretty good races in PWC in the Aston early on. And what he did even though he crashed at Indy in a car that was purposely slowed due to a lack of parts from the Dale Coyne crew after Bourdais crash (and at Phoenix too) was pretty remarkable with no seat time.
    What is with the Porsche GT3’s? Internationally they started the season off pretty strong but seemed to be non-existent now in competitiveness. Is this a Porsche changing directions and putting more resources to GT4 and Cayman and not GT3? Is it a balance of performance issue? It has been nagging me lately where the GT3 Porsches have been hiding.

  4. Luna

    July 12, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    The clowns are back?

    • Jason

      July 12, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      They ain’t no clowns. TRG are the overall winners of the Daytona 24 in 2003

      • Luna

        July 13, 2017 at 6:41 am

        That was long time ago. Look to the results of the last years and the behavior of Kevin Buckler, the clown in chief..

        • Craig

          July 20, 2017 at 3:06 pm

          Do you actually know Kevin Buckler? Hardest working guy I know. Not sure what your gripe is. Not sure you know either. Is Luna short for Lunatic?

  5. David Chaste

    July 12, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I remember when they used to field 4 or 5 cars in Grand Am Gt for Daytona with a porsche factory driver embedded in each car. They were riding high then and customers were paying premium prices for the experience. The lack of championships diminishes the premium feel

  6. joekramer

    July 12, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    I thought they left because the Conti’s were junk. I guess they are not for the AM?

    • jaysfan

      July 13, 2017 at 3:40 am

      Who knows, Kevin Buckler also said a while back that Aston Martin was not paying the entry fee to IMSA to race GTD class

  7. seth

    July 13, 2017 at 8:48 am

    TRG races when it has funding and doesn’t when it does not. Not sure why everyone gets all upset and trashes Buckler. Did you not get the memo that nobody is really making any money in sports car racing?

  8. sunset bend

    July 13, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    I don’t think TRG are cashing checks for Davison or Davis. Could be good.

  9. Jeremy

    July 13, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    I wonder what makes Buckler decide which events he chooses to participate in. I don’t see lime rock as a “prestigious ” event (not to take anything away from such a beautiful track ) but IMSA should be offering a bonus incentive to get these “one off” teams to commit to full or more streamlined partial season efforts or at least both of the GT only rounds and offer bonus points. It amazes me that most of the teams like TrG , Lonestar choose to skip such tracks as Watkins Glen , Mosport ,VIR etc. But they show up for Street races or extra long endurance events .

    • Radio

      July 13, 2017 at 8:35 pm

      Follow the trail of money. Street races are dumb, but real easy to have VIP experiences for your sponsors…food, hotel access etc.

      Long races means instead of one or two pay drivers you sign up three or four.

      IMSA doesn’t care..they make more money of teams don’t sign up for a whole year (I’m pretty sure single entry fees are very expensive vs whole year fees).

      These smaller teams can’t afford traveling all over and paying 15 weekends of full time they do piecemeal schedules.

    • Andy Flinn

      July 13, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Jeremy, TRG raced the Aston at Lime Rock in 2013. It was the Grand-Am series finale.

      TRG must like the track or the fact that it is a GT-only race next weekend.

  10. oldracer

    July 20, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Hard-working? you bet,, he is also probably one of the most clever and nicest guys in that paddock right now and is definitely “our hero”. We have stopped by their tent so many times and he always has time for us and our kids and he always puts on a good show for the team and his driver’s. this sport is hard and he is still here after starting with Porsche club in the 90s… good on him!!

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