New Aston Martin Racing partner, TRG (The Racers Group) are preparing to make their competitive debut in the first Grand-American Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race of the season at the Daytona International Speedway from today, racing Aston Martin's Vantage GT4 race car.
The TRG-AMR team will be joined in the field by entries from Automatic Racing and Multimatic Motorsports; both each also entering Vantage GT4s together comprising a total of six Aston Martins in action on the 3.56-mile circuit. Multimatic Motorsports field four Vantage GT4's and amongst them, debut new additions to their driver lineup; David Empringham and John Farano who were championship winners in 2012.
Seasoned Aston Martin Racing drivers Darren Turner (GB) and Stefan Mücke (Deu) - more usually found in Works cars in the World Endurance Championship - will be on hand to share driving duties as the TRG-AMR team make their first race appearance with high hopes of a competitive showing.
Kevin Buckler, Chief Executive of TRG said: "We always bring a strong line-up to Daytona, but having Darren and Stefan in the car is a massive opportunity to really kick off our new partnership with Aston Martin Racing.
"We want to show the potential of not just the Vantage GT4 race car, but of the entire program and what TRG-AMR is bringing to the series and to the Aston Martin fan around the country."
TRG-AMR formed a new partnership in late 2012 with the aim of bringing Aston Martin race cars to all of the major sports car racing series' in the United States.
California-based The Racers Group (TRG) has a legacy of motorsport success tha dates back to the 1990's with extraordinary wins and championships that include the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona (four times, once overall), the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Petit Le Mans and two Grand-Am championships amongst a host of podium finishes.
The Aston Martin GT4 race car is based on the critically-acclaimed V8 Vantage Coupe, with a bespoke 4.7 liter V8 engine producing 420bhp and 346lb.ft of torque.
The advanced body structure of the V8 Vantage is the key to its superb handling and responsiveness making it a class-leading chassis for race car transition. The new GT4 scored 11 race victories in its debut season.
Aston Martin returned to GT racing as a factory team in 2005 with the DBR9 GT1, which went on to record back-to-back victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2007 and 2008, as well as winning the FIA GT1 World Championship in 2011.