F1 Boston Founder RJ Valentine Wins Grand Am Rolex GT at Daytona
Daytona Beach, FL, (July 3, 2010) – Local businessman, owner of F1 Boston and Hingham resident RJ Valentine won the Grand-Am Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve Cask No.16 Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway, with TRG teammate Andy Lally.
Valentine started the No. 66 Advanced Aerosol Acquisitions/MBA Group Holdings/TRG/Porsche and put in a very strong first stint. Turning the car over to Lally, the Dacula, Georgia resident, proceeded to make his way to the front of the field, taking the lead on lap 40. Ten laps later Lally reported a vibration. With the possibility of rain looming, team owner, Kevin Buckler called Lally to pit lane to change tires and get fuel, giving up the lead to the No. 94 BMW.
Lally returned to the action some eight seconds down. He proceeded to take time off of the lead and got to the bumper of the yellow M6 on lap 74. The pair went side-by-side for two laps until he passed for the lead on lap 76 and cruised home to the checker seven laps later.
"TRG Owner Kevin Butler called me three weeks ago and asked if I wanted to do Daytona," Valentine said. "It has been a year-and-a-half since I have been in the car. Should I do this? One of my partners walked in and said go do it. I think I turned the fastest times I have ever run here. The car was really good and Andy does a great job to coach me around here. TRG always has a well prepared car and they really know their way around this track."
"It was a typical hot, greasy day at Daytona," Lally said. "We made a change on the car after RJ’s qualifying run and that made it better. On that last pit stop we took four tires, the BMW took two and that helped me to charge and catch them toward the end for the win. I always have a good clean battle with Joey (Hand, BMW driver) on the track, it is fun. I also think he hit some traffic at some unfortunate spots on the track. When I caught Joey my tires were gone. We had a good battle. RJ took a year-and-a-half off and he jumped back in and drove some incredible laps and was back in his usual top form. The team did a great job with the car and pit stops all day. It was a good points weekend."
The next Rolex Series event will be run at New Jersey Motorsports Park, July 16 - 18. Valentine is a partner in the 700 acre multi-use project (www.njmp.com).
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 29, 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.