TRG-AMR North America has officially entered the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship GTD class with two full season ?Platinum? entries. The entries and approvals by IMSA will guarantee that two of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 vehicles will be a part of the full 2014 season. This marks the first time in more than 30 years that the brand will compete in the North American endurance racing scene with a U.S.-based team.
“I feel like this has been 20 years in the making for all of us,” said team boss Kevin Buckler. “We have been one of the biggest supporters of sports car racing and particularly this class since we started racing in 1992. I am so proud of what TRG has done over the past two decades in evolving into a GT powerhouse and a solid racing and business organization. To have the opportunity to officially represent one of the most iconic and revered, street and racing marques in the world, is a perfect fit for where our organization has now evolved.
“We will be proud to represent and to race the Aston Martin Racing cars here in North America, not only for ourselves, but for any and all interested teams or partners. Bringing an actual official Aston Martin Racing ?mothership? here to North America, to make it easier for all of these things and for other teams to compete was a natural evolution in today’s racing and corporate structures.”
While the driver lineup for both cars have yet to be finalized, the team has used the Balance of Performance tests at Daytona and Sebring, as well as numerous additional test days to undergo driver evaluations. The team expects to announce its driver pairings after the next round of testing in December and early January.
Buckler emphasized his enthusiasm for the newly mergeed TUDOR Championship.
“We have also been huge fans of the new merger and everything that is happening. The timing could be not be more perfect,” he declared. “While other forms of motorsports in the U.S. are struggling, sports car racing is on the uptick and has become more relevant in today’s corporate and marketing worlds. We finally have the unity of two strong organizations into one ” one powerful management team, one amazing schedule and a fantastic TV package. This is truly our ‘magic moment’ in sports car racing and hopefully everybody will jump on board. We are.”