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TRG Gets Ready to Race

The Racers Group, one of North America’s winningest sportscar racing teams, has an action-packed weekend coming up as the team returns to the scenic coastline and rolling hills of the Monterey Peninsula. The famed Laguna Seca circuit plays host to the 3rd Intercontinental GT Challenge, California 8 Hours race and the Pirelli GT4 SprintX West races March 28-30, 2019.

With four talented drivers in the 2 GT4 SprintX races on Friday and three more gridding up for the 8-Hour Race, it’s going to be an action-packed weekend. The event welcomes racing teams and drivers from around the world to California’s Central Coast and it is sure to be an exciting weekend for our drivers, crew and fans alike.

Pirelli GT4 America SprintX West

Co-Drivers – #67 Car:
Chris Bellomo and Kevin Woods

Co-Drivers – #17 Car:
Dr. Jim Rappaport, Derek DeBoer

Driver – Chris Bellomo

Chris Bellomo started his racing career in 2017. After a few local track days with a good friend, he was hooked. A 3-day SCCA school sealed the deal. That led to several SCCA races in a Spec Miata, which then led to his coach introducing him to TRG and his current Porsche Cayman Clubsport MR. Chris started racing his Porsche when he joined the Pirelli Trophy West USA Series at the start of 2018. During the year, Chris garnered 9 Silver Class victories and the season championship. Most recently, he won the GTD class at Rennsport and broke the PCA Racing GTD class qualifying and race lap track records at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Robert Orcutt has been coaching Chris since his first track days and that relationship has been instrumental to Chris’ early success.
Driver – Kevin Woods

Kevin Woods, a California Native, discovered his original need for speed at the age of 10 from his father who used to race at the local drag strip. He wouldn’t actually begin his own motorsports journey until the age of 38, but despite the later than usual start, he was motivated and competitive from the very beginning. During his maiden race weekend at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, Kevin got his first taste of victory. From there he would go on to win an open-wheel championship driving a Pro Formula Mazda in his first full season of competition. Since then, Kevin has been honing his motorsports racing skills in the Pirelli Trophy West USA series where he made a strong name for himself with an impressive tally of podiums, wins, and championships including a spectacular 2018 Season where he racked up an incredible 10 victories and the Diamond Class Championship Title!

Pirelli GT4 America SprintX

#17 Porsche Cayman GT4

Dr. Jim Rappaport and Derek DeBoer

Driver – Dr. Jim Rappaport

Dr. Rappaport’s passion for motorsports racing comes from his appreciation of the beauty of the cars, fascination with the technology and the challenge of perfecting every detail to win. He began racing three years ago with the Sports Car Club of America, where he met his now coach and mentor, Robert Orcutt, and was fortunate to win his first race in GT2 in a Porsche Cayman. He won his next SCCA race also and that was all it took to know this was something he was meant to do. Dr. Jim approached racing with the same dedication, focus and hard work that has made him such a sought after Spinal surgeon for the past 34 years and, with the support of Robert and the TRG team, his skills progressed rapidly and he quickly moved to the Pirelli Trophy Cup series last season. 2018 was a great year for Dr. Jim with a win in the GT4 category at Thermal, multiple second place podiums and a strong finish to the season in second place for the Championship! With such a strong foundation, it is no surprise that he is moving up once again to compete in the 2019 Pirelli GT4 America West races with his co-driver, Derek DeBoer.

Driver – Derek DeBoer

Derek DeBoer has racing running through his veins. Derek’s grandfather raced in the local dirt car circuit and his father followed, albeit in Top Alcohol dragsters, racing in a straight line. Derek’s racing career began 17 years ago at Laguna Seca in a Formula Dodge. Derek has raced in the competitive Formula Renault open-wheel series and spent several years in the ST class of Grand Am. No stranger to the world of endurance racing, Derek won at the 2015 LeMans Aston Martin Festival race, had his first shot at the Rolex 24 at Daytona the same year, and has raced multiple times in the 25 hours at Thunderhill. He’s also competed in multiple Continental Tire Series races. Derek joined The Racer’s Group in 2013 and has been part of the TRG racing family ever since. He is always a threatening contender in the Pirelli GTS and SprintX categories, finishing 2nd in the championship in 2015 and consistently coming away with strong finishes, podiums, and victories and 2019 looks to be especially promising with two co-drivers and a full season covering the Pirelli GT4 America SprintX East and West races ahead of him.

California 8 Hours

#67 Porsche Cayman GT4

Chris Bellomo, Spencer Pumpelly and Chris Bellomo, Spencer Pumpelly

Driver – Chris Bellomo

Chris Bellomo started his racing career in 2017. After a few local track days with a good friend, he was hooked. A 3-day SCCA school sealed the deal. That led to several SCCA races in a Spec Miata, which then led to his coach introducing him to TRG and his current Porsche Cayman Clubsport MR. Chris started racing his Porsche when he joined the Pirelli Trophy West USA Series at the start of 2018. During the year, Chris garnered 9 Silver Class victories and the season championship. Most recently, he won the GTD class at Rennsport and broke the PCA Racing GTD class qualifying and race lap track records at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Robert Orcutt has been coaching Chris since his first track days and that relationship has been instrumental to Chris’ early success.

Driver – Spencer Pumpelly

Spencer Pumpelly was introduced to racing at a young age while watching his father contest the IMSA GTP Championship in a Ford Prototype during the late 1980s. In 1995 he enrolled in the Skip Barber Racing School and has since raced in many classes of cars successfully. He is a twenty-three year veteran of professional sports car racing and a two- time class winner in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 2016 Continental Sportscar Challenge ST champion. He holds multiple victories in IMSA, World Challenge, and Continental Challenge competition including class victories in six major IMSA endurance races and has appeared in the 24 Hours of Le Mans four times.

Known as one of the most talented drivers in the sportscar racing circuit, Spencer is a highly sought after driver, coach, and race winning strategist. Spencer rejoined TRG in 2018 and is no stranger to success with this team. During his six-year-long relationship with TRG, Pumpelly was a fixture on the podium with four top-three finishes in the Rolex 24, a second-place at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2011, two six-hour victories and more than a dozen wins and numerous podiums, across a variety of series including; Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge, Grand-Am, and American Le Mans. He also scored a podium in the NJMP ARCA NASCAR series and in 2011 brought home an epic GT class win (Pumpelly’s second) at the Rolex 24 at Daytona…with no clutch!!!

Driver – Jason Alexandridis

Jason Alexandridis began his racing career in early 2011 with NASA in the 565NorCal Spec E30 class. HE first tested the V8 Vantage GT4 with The Racers Group at Sonoma Raceway in 2015. His professional debut was the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge. The Racers Group Is thrilled to welcome Jason back for the 2019 season. Jason’s competitive spirit is evidenced by his military and civil career. While serving in the Navy as a hospital corpsman to fund his education, he played on the All-Navy Volleyball team. College followed at San Diego State where he continued to play indoor and beach volleyball. Post graduation, Jason spent 15 years in the Silicon Valley tech industry working for giants such as Excite@Home, eBay, Autodesk, and Salesforce.com. Simultaneously, he purchased and remodeled apartment buildings, condos, and single-family homes. This same work ethic and passion drove Jason to start his own business in 2015 — Rebounderz Trampoline Park and Family Fun Center in Rohnert Park, CA in early 2015. The entrepreneur now has more time to spend with his wife, Maggie, and their two children, Jace and Cassie.

Kevin Buckler, Founder, and CEO of The Racers Group

The Racers Group Founder and CEO, Kevin Buckler, had this to say for the 2019 full season entry, “This is a big weekend for us and we are going “All-In” stated team owner Kevin Buckler. We have a great lineup with Chris and Kevin Woods in the 67 car and Dr. Jim and Derek in the 17 in the 2 SprintX races. Derek knocked it out of the park today and qualified on the pole for his race. Then, Chris, Spencer and Jason Alexandridis are together for the Cal 8 Hours race on Saturday. This is going to be really cool and really exciting for everybody. They are all fantastic drivers and terrific teammates to each other and to TRG. Spencer has been a natural addition since returning to TRG for the Cal 8 Hours race last year and Jason returning to TRG to join Chris and Spencer this year just feels right.

“We definitely want to show all of the teams, and especially those international teams, that California and the West Coast are definitely great places to be for racing. You just can’t duplicate what we have to offer — the beauty of the area, the world-class atmosphere, and the facilities are second-to-none. Gill Campbell and her team here at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca have done a fantastic job of stewarding this world-class racing facility and all that it does for the local community…and are now preparing to take it into the next generation.”

What an amazing racing platform has been created here with Greg Gill and his team from Pirelli GT4 America, and now with the addition of Stéphane Ratel and his world-class SRO racing organization. We have discussed this at length and all agree that GT racing is the way to go and I am so appreciative and supportive of the fantastic racing platform they have given us here in North America, and now globally, with this partnership.

Source. The Racewrs Group

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