PETALUMA, Calif. – After a historic win two weeks ago at Sonoma Raceway with the Aston Martin Vantage GT4, TRG-AMR North America will make its Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series debut with the V12 Vantage GT3 this weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
After eight months in the planning, the time has come for TRG-AMR to launch the amazing Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 racecar and no better place than at its home track at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The teams from the U.S. and U.K. have been preparing for this monumental event. The unveiling of the new race car in U.S. endurance racing should mark an important moment in history of Aston Martin Racing here in North America.
“The GT3 is an incredible race car and has been built specifically to race here in the Grand-Am series,” said TRG-AMR CEO Kevin Buckler. “With one of Aston Martin’s most decorated and successful drivers on our team along with a talented champion like Brandon, we believe we can really be strong for this opening weekend. The team has been testing and all of the guys have been working so hard to be ready.”
Driving the inaugural event of the GT3 will be Aston Martin Racing factory driver Darren Turner and Sonoma race winner Brandon Davis. Turner comes to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca fresh off a second place at the WEC event in Brazil last week. He is the current championship point leader in the FIA World Endurance Cup. Turner has been a long-time factory team member, and his accomplishments include 2007 and 2008 GT1 victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans driving the Aston Martin DB9.
Davis comes off Aston Martin Racing’s inaugural North American win this season for TRG-AMR driving the Vantage GT4 at Sonoma Raceway. He has a long association with TRG racing a variety of cars. Earlier this year, Davis piloted TRG-AMR’s GT4 run at the Long Beach Grand Prix and has a long and successful history in professional sports car racing.
Highlighting the team’s first Grand-Am Rolex event are several important corporate partners. PayPal and Hewlett-Package (HP) have come on board for the race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
ACS returns to the TRG-AMR North America team after the teams’ win in Sonoma. The partnership connects three progressive Silicon Valley-based companies to this inaugural endeavor and highlights the value of sports car racing and what the future will hold with the new United SportsCar Racing Series.
Houston based Royal Purple has also come onboard as a partner for this weekend and for the upcoming Lime Rock Grand-Am Rolex round. Royal Purple is an American manufacturer that produces lubricants for automotive, industrial, marine, motorcycle and racing use.
In addition to the above partnerships for the weekend, Aston Martin Los Gatos/Los Gatos Luxury Cars will be a big part of the weekend as the dealer/partner for this race. They are the dealer of choice for Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Lotus in the San Francisco Bay Area. They will be at the track during the week and supporting the team with a beautiful new Aston Martin Vanquish streetcar on display.