Posted by Anthony CarboneMay 12, 2009 at 1:54 pm
Alex Roy and Team Polizei will be making its professional racing debut in the Grand-Am Rolex Series (Mazda Raceway) in Monterey California on May 17th. Henri Richard and Rene Villeneuve will pilot # 63 – Team Polizei 144 Porsche GT3. Both drivers are very familiar with the challenging 2.2-mile, 11-turn Laguna Seca circuit.
Alex Roy currently holds the unofficial driving record from New York to Los Angeles in a staggering 31 hours and four minutes. (Keep in mind that I plan on beating this record before I die)
Team Polizei will compete in the Grand-Am Rolex GT class at Laguna Seca with a TRG prepared Porsche GT3.
“I couldn’t be more proud than to see Team Polizei enter the Grand-Am Rolex Series,” Roy, Team Polizei’s president said. “With Richard and Villeneuve at the helm, and TRG behind us, even I can’t believe it.”
“For me, racing in the Rolex Grand-Am Series is a natural progression towards my ultimate objective of being able to participate to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Hours at Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring,” Richard said. “The Rolex Grand-Am series is truly the premiere road racing series in the US and provides a level of competitiveness that sets the bar and provides a perfect proving ground for endurance racing.”
“Laguna Seca is my home track and my favorite track! I work there daily with the Skip Barber Racing School, so obviously I know the track very well,” Villeneuve continued. “I love the elevation changes and blind corners. Everyone talks about the “Corkscrew” which is fantastic, but I have found that there are other more challenging corners that can be the difference between a good lap and a not so good lap! For me, it is just going to be a matter adapting what I know about the track to the Rolex GT car.”
Kevin Buckler (TRG team owner) is looking forward to introducing the team to Grand-Am racing this weekend!
“Polizei is a great brand and we are excited to bring them into professional sports car racing,” Buckler said. “Their program is exciting and fits well with our aggressive style of brand presentation within the series. It’s very cool what Alex has done in complex viral marketing backed by a very hip and edgy concept with terrific results. I love it. Henri and Rene are an awesome team and have a lot of laps at Laguna and we are looking forward to helping them be very successful in their first Grand-Am GT race.”
TRG was founded in 1993 and has been competing at the top level of motor racing ever since. The team has the most wins of any team in the Grand-Am Rolex Series with 26, including the 2005 and 2006 Rolex Series GT championship trophy to go along with wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.