Ace TRG driving duo Derek DeBoer and Sean Gibbons are ready to team up again this weekend in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Texas at Circuit of the Americas. The racing pair were winners last year in both PWC SprintX GTS contests at COTA. They will execute a full season, putting the rest of the field on notice that they are “in it to win it” once again at this exhilarating road course with its mix of some of the best straights and corners in motorsports.
After a long season hiatus, DeBoer and Gibbons are looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the #66 TRG Porsche Cayman GT4 MR to gain a lightening quick jump on the full-season SprintX championship.
TRG’s history of success and achievement certainly extends to Circuit of the Americas. The team had an epic GT win in 2013 with Porsche and also took the GTD pole position in 2014. TRG has achieved numerous wins and podium finishes across many series at COTA, including last year’s PWC double SprintX victories with DeBoer and Gibbons behind the wheel.
DeBoer had a breakout 2016 season with two wins and multiple podiums and took a hotly contested overall SprintX GTS driver championship down to the wire before ultimately finishing second, driving TRG to the 2016 PWC SprintX GTS title. He also scored two second-places in Lamborghini Super Trofeo racing action within that season. Last year at COTA, DeBoer teamed up with Gibbons to win both SprintX GTS races and finished the season with a stellar four wins, two second-place finishes and a third place podium position.
Dallas’s Sean Gibbons, is also no stranger to the podium, having achieved top three finishes in close to 70 percent of his races and is a top contender in everything he drives. He’s a proven winner with the two SprintX victories achieved last year with DeBoer here at COTA. He made his PWC debut in 2017 at St. Petersburg, breaking into the top 10 in both Florida contests, winning the Hard Charger award along the way. Gibbons, an executive at Sirius XM when he isn’t in a race car, is eager to team up once again with DeBoer.
“What a great way to kick off our PWC SprintX championship run — this is my “Dream Team!” says The Racers Group CEO Kevin Buckler. “Derek and Sean are incredible people, both on and off the track but when you put them together, it’s magic!! They’ve really been gearing up for this weekend and can’t wait to defend their SprintX title here at COTA. I’m looking forward to showing what happens when we put consummate professionals together in every category and with the right team.”
Of course, the TRG team is bringing their renowned world-class business and corporate entertainment platforms to the race. Kevin is also eager to showcase his company’s strengths in the paddock. “The future of sportscar racing is just off-the-charts right now and I’m glad to be doing my part in helping to push it forward on all fronts. This awesome B2B environment, as well as our 5-star hospitality events, give our guests a unique and beneficial platform to engage. And, oh yeah… we really love to win!”
TRG Historic Highlights with Porsche
Four Rolex 24 victories in the GT class (2002, 2003, 2009, 2011); 13 Podiums
One of the only GT teams ever to win overall race honors in Rolex 24 history, in 2003
65 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona entries with Porsche starting in 1996 (including running 5 cars there, 8 years in a row)
GT Victory 24 Hours of Le Mans (2002)
Over 75 Porsche professional race victories
TRG: Over 10 seasons running multiple cars in multiple series, including PWC, ALMS, Grand Am, IMSA, IMSA GT3 Challenge, Continental Challenge, Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy, PCA
Source. The Racers Group