After consecutive runner-up finishes in the GT Challenge championship of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, TRG announced a new lineup for what it hopes is a run to the 2013 title.
Ben Keating and two-time ALMS race winner Damien Faulkner will drive a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup for Kevin Buckler’s team. Craig Stanton, another past ALMS race-winner in a Porsche, will join the pair at Sebring and Petit Le Mans.
"Ben and Damien are going to be a lethal combo here,”Buckler said, “but you add in a brand-new Porsche GT3, Craig Stanton as the third driver in the long races, some of the best crew in all of GT racing, and of course, TRG; and I believe we are going to have a solid run at a championship this year! I couldn't be happier to be leading the charge for this formidable effort."
Both Keating and Faulkner own previous experience with TRG. Keating’s history includes two Rolex 24 races with the team, and he is a two-time SRT Viper Cup champion.
In Faulkner, TRG gets a two-time Porsche Supercup championship runner-up and two-time champion in the Great Britain’s Porsche Carrera Cup. The Northern Irishman has 13 ALMS starts with GTC victories at Sebring and Long Beach. Five of his six class pole positions came in 2012, and he has four fastest race laps in his ALMS career.
“There is nothing much better than having the real opportunity to stand on the podium at the top level of sports car racing in North America,"Keating said. “I expect great competition and I love a challenge. Damien and I will have a great time this season. TRG knows how to win. We have a great team, a brand new car, a great driver lineup, and all the ingredients to win the championship. What else can you ask for?"
All three drivers are set to take part in the ALMS’ annual Winter Test on Feb. 7-8 at Sebring International Raceway. The season opens with the 61stt Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida on Saturday, March 16.