(PETALUMA, CA – July 30) It was a good week for TRG-AMR North America. The California-based sports car team signed two new drivers for the Pirelli World Challenge and sold two Aston Martin Vantage GT4 race cars in the process. PWC drivers Mark Klenin and Drew Regitz join the team for the remainder of the PWC season in a pair of TRG-AMR GT4's.
The pair had been running BMWs this season, but made the move to Aston Martin full-time moving forward.
Despite having never driven the Vantage GT4 and registering only four prior laps at Lime Rock Park, Klenin decided to jump in with both feet and start the Saturday race of the Lime Rock Grand Prix in the new Aston. The car ran flawlessly and Klenin picked his way through the field and managed to stay on a strong pace and have a hugely impressive day for the team. For the remaining three races, both Klenin and Regitz will receive full team support from TRG-AMR and facilitate a full season effort in 2014.
Klenin, a Colorado resident, came right out of the National Auto Sport Association and ran in Pirelli World Challenge last year. After a top 10 at Detroit, and numerous other finishes close to that last year, he’ll look to be in the top 10 at every race in the Aston. That success can start as early as this weekend at Mid-Ohio. At NASA Nationals, he briefly set the track record there before finishing third.
Drew Regitz, also of Colorado, will join Klenin at Mid-Ohio in his own Vantage GT4. Regitz has been competing in World Challenge this year, having run races at St. Petersburg and Lime Rock in a BMW. This will be his first race at Mid-Ohio, and the first in an Aston Martin after having a great test with the team earlier in the month.
Both drivers will make their debut this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The 2.5-mile, 15-turn track will play host to the seventh round of the Pirelli World Challenge. TRG participated in two of the race weekends in the 2013 season, and had top ten finishes in both. The Aston Martin Vantage GT4 is showing to be incredibly strong in the GTS class, and the team is excited to get two experienced full-time drivers behind the wheel.
TRG has one of the strongest records of any team in professional sports car racing at the Mid-Ohio circuit with six wins and eight podiums and will provide full support to Regitz and Klenin.
Kevin Buckler on welcoming Mark and Drew to the program:
"I couldn't be more thrilled having Drew and Mark jump on board with us with our new Aston Martin GT4’s and our new, full-time Pirelli World Challenge program. There is so much potential with this new program in all categories and it is one of the reasons that they decided to join us.
The cars are fast and super reliable. This brand definitely has advantages when it comes to attracting partners, sponsors and drivers. Everyone at PWC has been extremely professional and really encouraging about our involvement so it is going to be a pleasure to race with them moving forward. Adding these drop-dead gorgeous Aston Martin race cars to the grid doesn't hurt either, and we look forward to really delivering with Drew and Mark and continuing to have them develop as professional drivers."
Drew Regitz on switching manufacturers and coming to Aston Martin:
"Mark and I have been researching lots of various options to run in World Challenge, after being frustrated with our current manufacturer. The car we were most impressed by was the Aston Martin for its potential, the reliability, and the fact that it’s a factory-built race car."
Regitz on driving for TRG-AMR North America:
"Racing is a lot more than just the car and the driver. It’s about the team. With what TRG-AMR brings to the table, it’s pretty phenomenal and unparalleled in terms of qualifications, experience, and achievements."
Mark Klenin on joining TRG-AMR North America:
"I chose TRG-AMR for its reputation. They’ve always been professionally operated, and I’m excited to have a car that’s setup so it’s competitive. I’m thrilled to be working with Kevin [Buckler] and the team, Drew and I are glad we found a great organization to run with together!"
Klenin on driving the Vantage GT4 at Mid-Ohio this weekend:
"The car is really strong and the brakes are amazing. I feel like we’re going to do really well, and my goal is to finish in the top 10 this weekend."