TRG’s First Class Weekend in Long Beach and a Hard Fought Third Place Finish
PETALUMA, Calif – TRG returned to the sun-soaked streets of Long Beach for the 44th running of the Long Beach Grand Prix, battling to a hard-fought third-place finish in Sunday’s Pirelli World Challenge GT4 Invitational Sprint race in the #66 TRG | LaSalle Solutions | Adobe Road Winery Porsche Cayman GT4 MR. Driver Spencer Pumpelly handled the challenging oceanside street course with skill and determination in front of a large crowd of TRG guests that included the team’s longtime partner LaSalle Solutions, additional clients and friends.
The weekend began on the track with a solid practice session on Friday afternoon. The car performed well and the team received key data in preparation for Saturday’s qualifying session. A quick 20 minute early morning practice session Saturday was immediately followed by qualifying. Pumpelly laid down a quick lap of 1:26.418, within a half second of of the lead car.
“It was a fantastic weekend for the #66 TRG Porsche and everyone on the TRG team,” says Pumpelly. “We were quick in practice and able to start Sunday’s race on the front row. We had a great car all weekend and challenged for the lead but we cannot keep up on top speed with the front running cars in our class.” On the restart, Pumpelly found himself shuffled back one spot, but the car remained in contention until the checkered flag. “Long Beach is an amazing event with great energy and it was an honor to be part of TRG this weekend,” he continues. “I appreciate everyone who supports our team and makes these race weekends possible.”
The team and invited VIP guests began the weekend in style at an intimate, behind the scenes tour of the First Class lifestyle aboard the Queen Mary when it sailed in its glory days and finished with a fabulous Adobe Road Winery dinner at Sir Winston’s Restaurant. Sir Winston’s boasts impeccable service, a gourmet menu and unparalleled ambiance that harkens back to the heyday of this iconic luxury liner. All of this was the perfect backdrop to a memory making “first class” evening featuring an array of Adobe Road’s award-winning wines. The guests were even paid a visit by the restaurant’s namesake, Sir Winston Churchill and the ship’s Commodore who came to the tables and engage with the group.
Beginning on Saturday, TRG and LaSalle Solutions guests and partners were immersed into the high adrenaline world of sportscar racing the minute they arrived at the track. TRG’s one-of-a-kind platforms expertly delivered maximum thrill and opportunities for business engagement with the exclusive backstage access, elevated hospitality, luxury suite access, food and concierge service that have become TRG’s hallmark.
“We had a rocking race weekend at one of our favorite tracks,” says TRG CEO Kevin Buckler. “It was very disappointing on the racing front, but the team delivered a fantastic racecar and Spencer drove the wheels off the car but we are unable to pass several of the cars that seem to be a bit “out of control” with top speed and there is just no way to catch them on the straightaways. Very disappointing as we had every box checked with the “best of the best” in all categories, but no chance to win, so the series needs to fix this. This is not the way top organizations like us will race.”
“I really loved having so many partners and friend with us all weekend long. A big round of thanks to our friends at LaSalle Solutions who are on the cutting edge of the B2B opportunities in our sport, the Pirelli World Challenge Series that continues to evolve into one of the top motorsports series in the world and all of our friends and guests. Bringing people together for a unique experience that leverages our accomplishments in the worlds of motorsports, B2B and elevated hospitality is our passion. And we really are the leader in the field. We bring excellence to everything we do from our preparation before race weekends on and off the track to the attention to detail as we activate throughout each weekend — and beyond — with all of our guests.”
Stay tuned as TRG heads to historic VIR for Pirelli World Challenge SprintX racing April 28-30 with season drivers Derek DeBoer and Sean Gibbons.
Pictures of Hope, helmed by award-winning photojournalist and philanthropist Linda Solomon, encourages disadvantaged children of all ages to express themselves through photography. The program is a proven winner, going directly to the schools and shelters where Linda and her mentors can have the most impact. Now, partnering with Derek DeBoer and TRG, Pictures of Hope will provide one full-ride four-year college scholarship in each SprintX racing community to Blackburn College in Illinois — a $100,000 value. TRG friends, partners and sponsors are helping to fund the program with a two-to-one donation match.
“Pictures of Hope is so very honored to work with Derek DeBoer,” Solomon says. “He’s devoted to helping homeless and disadvantaged youth believe in AND achieve their dreams. Because of Derek, kids all over the world are now on the ‘Circuit of Dreams.’”
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