PETALUMA, Calif. – With just under two months before the start of the 2013 American Le Mans Series season, The Racer’s Group (TRG) has put together a program likely to be one of the most competitive programs ever seen in the GTC class.
The combination of experienced drivers Ben Keating and Damien Faulkner coupled with the brand-new Porsche 997 GT3 Cup car and backed by one of the top GT teams in motorsports has TRG positioned for a championship run.
Both drivers are signed on for the full season. Keating has raced multiple times with TRG, including two Rolex 24’s at Daytona. He is coming off his second SRT Viper Cup Championship, winning six races and earning eight podiums.
Damien Faulkner joins Keating with an abundance of experience and seat time in Porsches, having competed in the Porsche Supercup and Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain before that. The veteran Porsche driver ran with TRG at Daytona a year ago and has been one of the fastest drivers in the ALMS in recent years with a pair of victories that included the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2011, six poles and four fastest (race) laps.
Adding even more skill and familiarity to the team is the addition of veteran professional driver Craig Stanton for the endurance races – Sebring and Petit Le Mans. Stanton has driven numerous times for TRG and has been quick and consistent throughout his driving career.
“Ben and Damien are going to be a lethal combo here, but you add in a brand-new Porsche GT3, Craig Stanton as the third driver in the long races, some of the best crew in all of GT racing, and of course, TRG; and I believe we are going to have a solid run at a championship this year,” said TRG owner Kevin Buckler. “I couldn’t be happier to be leading the charge for this formidable effort.”