PETALUMA, Calif. – The Racers Group is set to launch the SRO GT4 America season with a strong lineup of dedicated drivers and a returning sponsor.
The three 2019 Porsche GT4 Clubsport MRs will compete in two classes: Sprint and SprintX. Spencer Pumpelly, Dr. Jim Rappaport, Derek DeBoer, Jason Alexandridis and Craig Lyons, who joins the lineup for the first time since 2017, will all drive for the team this year.
Pumpelly will be racing No. 66 TRG/Lasalle Solutions Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, and in SprintX, Pumpelly will drive No. 23 TRG/Stor-it/Mobettah Classic Cars Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport with co-driver Lyons.
DeBoer will be driving No. 17 TRG/FASTLIFE.TV/Silver State Consulting/Sierra Pacific Spine Institute/Rebounderz/BRM Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport with co-drivers Rappaport and Alexandridis.
“It is fantastic to have a powerful three-car team heading into our first big event at Circuit of the Americas in Austin and to be running with five such incredibly passionate and talented drivers for the full season,” said TRG Founder and CEO Kevin Buckler. “We are gunning for three championships, Sprint Pro, SprintX Pro-Am & SprintX Am.
“Derek and Jim are going to make a solid duo in their second season racing together in the Pirelli GT4 America SprintX races and will be sharing the No. 17 car throughout the season with Jason Alexandridis, whom we are excited to partner with Derek again this year for a handful of Pirelli GT4 America SprintX races. They are all terrific drivers, and we are all friends, which makes it even more awesome.
“The return of Spencer Pumpelly to the TRG team for this year’s championship run will be exciting. Spencer raced with TRG for many years, starting in 2006, and having him back behind the wheel of our TRG/LaSalle Porsche is going to be fantastic. We have such a strong history of several big wins together, including Daytona, so we know this is going to be an exciting year on the track. We are definitely running for a championship and hope to make Porsche proud.”
In addition, LaSalle Solutions will be back on board as the team’s primary sponsor for the sixth-straight year.
“Over a half decade LaSalle Solutions and TRG formed a marketing partnership leveraging the racing program and Winery,” Steven Robb, President Solutions Group at LaSalle Solutions. “As with everything we do our expectations were high, but I would not have imagined how successful the program has worked out for us. LaSalle has not only stood on the podium, competed for championships and brought a unique experience to our customers, prospects and partners, but we have also been featured in the NY Times and numerous forms of media. The icing on the cake was to be associated with an Amazon Prime show FastLife.TV and have customers and partners comment after binge watching the racing reality TV show.”