Dion von Moltke to Drive for TRG in 2011 ALMS GT Challenge Series

Mar 08, 2011, 18:53 ET from TRG

PETALUMA, Calif., March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Less than two weeks away from the 59th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, TRG will add a second entry in their bid to win the GTC category. Despite four victories at The Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, the 24 Hours of Le Mans as well as last year's Petit Le Mans, TRG has never taken the top step at Sebring, and has now signed the talented Dion von Moltke for the entire American Le Mans presented by Tequila Patron (ALMS) 2011 season, to help steer the team's no. 68 Porsche GT3 Cup car to victory.

Driving under the South African flag, the 20-year-old pro driver is a perfect fit for TRG. A three-time winner in the GRAND-AM ranks, von Moltke, just like TRG drivers Andy Lally, Spencer Pumpelly and Duncan Ende, has driven just about everything in sportscars. From numerous Top-10's in the GRAND-AM Daytona Prototype category, to GT racing at Daytona, to even racing in LMP1 for the American Le Mans Series, von Moltke brings a high degree of experience well beyond his years to complement his speed.

The remaining teammates are still to be announced, and opportunities remain available for sponsored drivers throughout the incredible ALMS season.

For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, the addition of such a strong lead driver is a huge boost for the team.

"When Dion tested with us at Homestead several months ago, I was incredibly impressed on many fronts," stated Buckler. "Dion was instantly on the pace, and has continued to be through all of our subsequent tests at Sebring. He is very mature and marketable and fits our TRG driver mold quite nicely. At a race like Sebring, you need a driver who not only has the speed, but the racecraft and experience to make it a winning effort, and Dion has all of the elements to win. Just like our current top drivers, he's driven everything, and done it well. Sebring remains the one missing in the trophy case, and to have two cars capable of doing it is a big boost."

For von Moltke, the opportunity to drive with such an established team is a huge opportunity.

"I'm very thankful to everyone at TRG for giving me this opportunity," stated the 20-year-old. "I've really been impressed with the team during testing, and heading in to Sebring I am quietly confident that together we will deliver. I am particularly excited to bring my sponsors, PR Newswire and South African Airways, to the top GT racing team in North America."

With the event only two weeks away, the team is still engaging opportunities for the remaining seats in car no. 68.  Interested parties should feel free to contact racing@theracersgroup.com, or call 707.935.3999 or Martin Steger at 321-863-3903.

The 59th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will take place on Saturday, March 19th, and broadcast live on espn3.com before re-airing on ABC several days later.

For information on Dion von Moltke, see www.dionvm.com or www.p1groupe.com

For information on PR Newswire, see www.prnewswire.com

For information on South African Airways, see www.flysaa.com

For information on TRG, see www.trgmotorsports.com

For information on the ALMS, see www.americanlemans.com

For information on P1Groupe, see www.p1groupe.com

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