PETALUMA, CA (February 22, 2017) – In a bid to continue their success in the Pirelli World Challenge series, TRG will open the season with their Aston Martin program in St. Petersburg, Fla. with an old name but a new twist. The team will be reunited with Aussie standout and former TRG professional driver James Davison behind the wheel of the LaSalle Solutions 007 V12 Vantage competing for the overall win in the GT Class. This will be the season opener for Pirelli World Challenge and for TRG; after finishing on a high note winning the 2016 Team and Drivers’ Sprint-X GTS Championship with their Aston Martin V8 Vantage team and their Team Driver Max Riddle.
Davison, the Australian pro driver who delivered a remarkable 5 pole positions in a row in 2014/2015 in the GT3 is once again reunited with the team and the fierce V12 Vantage GT3 he drove so well. St. Petersburg’s beautiful oceanfront track boasts 14 turns winding along the sunny streets of the Florida shoreline. A peaceful atmosphere of fans sipping champagne on yachts moored between swaying harborside palm trees is broken by the roar of powerful sports cars barreling down the streets at over 160mph. Davison’s ruthless racecraft and keen familiarity with this track earned him 2nd place in the 2016 PWC race. This year, he’ll race the 007 LaSalle Solutions Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 during this festival of motorsports shared with IndyCar and other fan-favorite race series.
“I am excited to be rejoining TRG and the Aston Martin brand after much success together the past 3 years. The Vantage GT3 promises to be strong on the St. Petersburg streets and we look to go one spot better than my 2nd place finish last year,” said Davison. “It will be an exciting weekend for the team and all of its partners and sponsors.”The St. Petersburg Grand Prix is one of TRG’s signature events of each race season. Not only is it an opportunity to watch world-class racing along one of the most beautiful tracks in America, but with TRG’s hospitality program, it’s elevated to a most luxurious experience. Once again, the team has arranged private seating in two locations at the stunning Dalí museum next to the track. Inside, team partners LaSalle Solutions, along with executives from Ring Central, private wealth management and real estate firms will enjoy lunch and drinks throughout each race day. Outside, they’ll share TRG’s private stadium seating with long views of the track, the harbor, and a high definition TV screen showing all of the racing action around the course and turning a spectator event into an experience to remember.“LaSalle Solutions is once again excited to be a part of the special race event in St. Petersburg with TRG. This year we are bringing the Aston Martin 007 with real hope for a podium finish and an extra special event for our clients and partners,” quoted Steven Robb, President of LaSalle Solutions.Two evening events are planned for TRG’s guests. The team’s traditional penthouse dinner, featuring artwork just as stunning as the glittering harbor views, will feature chefs preparing delicious hors d’oeuvres served alongside Adobe Road Wine. Estate owners Carlos and Beverly Yepes are dear friends of the team and are founding supporters of the St. Petersburg Grand Prix. The second luxurious event will be held at the beautiful Aston Martin of Tampa Bay dealership; an evening of exotic machinery on display for car enthusiasts and a selection of Award winning Adobe Road wines for the wine aficionados alike to enjoy. The dealership will have the stunning new Aston Martin DB11 on display next to the team 007 GT3 Racecar. It will be an all Aston Martin night to remember.
The weekend will also be a showcase for several of the team partners headed by LaSalle Solutions and RingCentral throughout this exciting and luxurious venue.“This is going to be a really exciting weekend for the opening round here at the streets of St. Petersburg. We have put together a formidable team and we are coming here to run up front and put on a terrific show for our friends, partners, and fans at this wonderful venue”, stated TRG Team Owner, Kevin Buckler. “We have brought out the big guns with both, the powerful Aston Martin Vantage 007 V-12 GT3 and of course our former team driver and Australian star, James Davison. As usual we have an amazing weekend of wonderful entertainment options planned for all of our business executives and VIP guests. The Pirelli World Challenge series has just done an amazing job on all fronts. Greg Gill and the rest of the team have assembled a first-class organization around world class events and we are proud to be involved. Also a big congratulations to Pirelli for providing a fantastic product and stable tire platform. And a big thanks to our friends at LaSalle Solutions, RingCentral, Aston Martin, Dimmitt Automotive Group, Wells Fargo Private Bank, Carlos and Beverly Yepes, and others for bringing together a fantastic group of friends and clients to share in the experience and to build further relationships around motorsports. We are truly charting new territory both on and off the track and we came here to win. On both counts!”
- The St. Petersburg Grand Prix will be held from March 10-12th.
- TRG will compete in Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2017 GT Pirelli World Challenge race schedule.
- The entire weekend listing of events will be found at [insert dates, world-challenge.com.
- The race will be streamed live on motortrendondemand.com and CBS Sports on Saturday, March 18th at 2pm ET.
- All TRG hospitality packages for this and future events will be found at theracersgroup.com/events
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TRG, based in Petaluma, California, has competed at the top level of motorsports since it was founded in 1992. The team has earned four series championships, four Rolex 24 At Daytona victories, a victory at the fabled 24 Hours of Le Mans, a victory at Petit Le Mans, and nearly 200 combined podium finishes in major North American sports car competition, the third-highest total in history and the most for any privateer team. TRG races with Porsche in IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, operates an Aston Martin Racing (AMR) sports car program in North America, and races in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America program.
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Adobe Road is an award-winning Californian boutique winery located in Petaluma, Sonoma County, producing small handcrafted lots of select varietals and extraordinary blends from both Sonoma and Napa counties. The “A Team” produces world-class wines that owner Kevin Buckler is proud to serve alongside any of the reference point wines in his personal collection. Focusing on capturing the time and place of harvest from extraordinary vineyards these distinctive wines are reflective of terroir in the true French sense. Their accolades are impressive with placements in some of the top restaurants in America and eighteen 90+ ratings from the Wine Spectator as well as numerous awards and medals. A multimillion-dollar winery headquarters and events center is slated to open on the vibrant Riverfront in downtown Petaluma in the summer of 2017. A transitional tasting room, only blocks away, in the Petaluma Mill building, offers visitors a memorable experience and the opportunity to see the progress firsthand. Learn more at adoberoadwines.com.