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McCutcheon Returns in TRG Aston Martin for COTA

John McCutcheon to drive TRG-AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 at COTA…

Photo: Rick Dole/IMSA

Photo: Rick Dole/IMSA

After sitting on the sidelines for three years to grow a new business, Texan John McCutcheon will return to racing at Circuit of The Americas, driving the No. 007 TRG-AMR Godstone Ranch Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3.

“I had to retire from racing for a couple of years after buying a company in Houston called On Time Electric,” McCutcheon said. “When you buy a company, that instantly requires an unbelievable amount of time and effort that doesn’t allow you time to do anything else.

“Now I feel is the time to get Godstone Ranch doing what it wants to do. I’m looking forward to being involved in the new organization, and COTA is our home track – a track that I know.”

McCutcheon will co-drive with an Aston Martin factory driver yet to be announced.

“I’ve never driven the car before, but I’m going to test it early next week at a local track,” McCutcheon said. “All I’ve got to do is keep it out of the wall for 45 minutes or an hour.

“To do well, we need to have somebody who really knows the car. I’m not going to be the fastest Pro-Am driver – IMSA has some Pro-Am drivers who are incredible – but COTA is such a long track it’s possible to stay on the lead lap.

“To do well for the last part of the race, you need a guy who’s done some racing, because those pros in GTD are really good.”

Godstone Ranch promotes the two-step life-saving Hands-Only CPR technique, raising awareness and funds for the American Heart Association.

Ally Babineaux – who has had two heart transplants and was dubbed the Bionic Bride by People magazine – will carry the fire bottle over the wall on pit stops.

“Heart health is so critical, that’s why we continue to do what we’re doing,” McCutcheon said. “We’ve gotten a law passed in Texas requiring that Hands-Only CPR be taught in K-12 schools. We’ve got a great mission, and it’s great to have Aston Martin and TRG involved.”

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