PETALUMA, CA – TRG welcomes the return of drivers Drew Regitz and Kris Wilson to the team’s Aston Martin squad for the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge competition schedule. Both drivers will race the beautiful No. 007 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 in PWC’s GTA SprintX races, with plans to continue TRG’s previous season success in the SprintX series, winning GTS Team and Driver championships. Their first race will be at Virginia International Raceway, April 28-30.
Regitz raced with TRG in 2013 for seven Pirelli World Challenge GTS events. In 2014 Drew returned for his first pro season recording five top 10 finishes and two third place podiums with the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. In 2016 he achieved a first place finish in SprintX and both a 2nd and 3rd place finish in the Sprint GTA category of which he competed in 18 events.
Drew had never sat in a race car until 2012 and was hooked immediately. He credits his relatively short advancement to becoming one of the top in his class, to coaches like former TRG staff member Steve Cameron (two-time Daytona 24 class winner), Justin Wilson (past F1 Driver and IndyCar Driver), TRG pro driver James Davison (current Pirelli World Challenge and IndyCar Driver), TRG pro driver Brandon Davis (former Pirelli World Challenge GT Driver’s Champion and former NASCAR Driver), Dane Cameron (2014 United SportCar Champion), and veteran TRG driver Kris Wilson, his current Driver Coach and respected Skip Barber Instructor.
Regitz and Wilson have raced with TRG in the past, but this will be the first time they share a car. The two met each other by accident – literally crashing into each other at a kart track in Denver. Both Colorado residents still go karting and do simulator work together, refining both their driving and teammate skills in the offseason.
Wilson has been with TRG for multiple seasons as well and is regarded as an expert with the highly competitive Aston Martins. Most recently, he and Max Riddle won the PWC Drivers Championship in the SprintX GTS class. Wilson and Regitz raced separately in TRG’s Aston Martin program in 2014 and will enjoy a reunion in the V12 Vantage for 2017.
“It’s great to be back with TRG for the 2017 SprintX season. It’s where I started my professional racing career and where many of my best driver coaches hail. Looking forward to a concerted Championship effort in the awesome Aston Martin GT3 #007 car with Kris Wilson!” stated Regitz.
“I’m looking forward to running with Drew in the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 car,” said Wilson. “He and I do a lot of sim work together but we haven’t actually been teammates before. The Aston Martin is an awesome platform for SprintX and I love the scream of the V12. TRG knows the car inside and out and we have high expectations to contend for the championship. After winning the GTS championship last year, we are eager to bring home a GT trophy as well.”
Kevin Buckler, TRG team owner and master strategist had this to say… “We are super excited to have this program pairing together Drew and Kris. We have been working on this since last year and have put everything together properly. We are coming to the series to chase down the GTA championship in SprintX. The Pirelli World Challenge is doing a fantastic job on all of these programs and we are happy to be involved. We are very proud to have Drew back on board and are going to give him an awesome car, and a solid team to back it up. I love the way he approaches his racing and we have all been preparing in the off-season and will be ready to go in Virginia. He is fast and fit and smart and will be a great teammate with Kris. The Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 is just an awesome machine and we are confident that this is a winning combination all-the-way around!”