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Buckler to Take the Wheel at Circuit de la Sarthe in LaSalle Solutions V12 Vantage GT3
LE MANS, France -- TRG-AMR is heading to France for the Aston Martin Racing Le Mans Festival Race with an impressive eight-car lineup of GT4s and GT3s and a terrific group of drivers. Team owner Kevin Buckler will be returning to the circuit that he knows so well and piloting one of the Teams V-12 Vantage GT3s along with co-driver and fellow racer Robert Nimkoff. Team partner LaSalle Solutions, primary sponsor/partner of the California based team's Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona effort earlier this year, has stepped up to the plate again. This time, they have formed a fun and unique partnership around the team and Le Mans Champion and TRG-AMR CEO Kevin Buckler's No. 81 LaSalle Solutions V12 Vantage GT3 and the return to Le Mans.
Steven Robb, president of the solutions group at LaSalle Solutions, couldn't make the trip across the pond as LaSalle has dedicated a huge presence at the Cisco Live tradeshow in San Diego the same week, but he has committed a Steven Robb bobble head as Steven's stunt-double and stand-in, spending the week with the team and riding through all the practice sessions and the race event with a view afforded to very few people: strapped to the dashboard! The team will build a fun and festive social media campaign around the partnership and stream the info back to LaSalle's big convention in San Diego, Cisco Live.
LaSalle Solutions, Solutions Group President, Steven Robb: "It's great to partner again with Kevin and the entire TRG-AMR team. They've been a true partner in helping accomplish what we have all set out to do with our marketing program late last year. It's been a lot of fun attending their events, working together to accomplish our business goals, aligning our teams, and generally just having a great time working with everyone. It's a rewarding feeling when you walk by and see that one of your employees has set one of the LaSalle Aston Martin Racing cars as their computer screen background -- makes me realize that we're all on the same team, all pulling for the same goal: winning! Thanks, Kevin, for letting me help you on this next part of the journey. Sorry I couldn't be there myself, but you have my bobble head! I am looking forward to seeing that little guy going down the Mulsanne straight at 190 mph!"
TRG-AMR CEO Kevin Buckler: "It's really an honor to be heading back to Le Mans with Steven and LaSalle Solutions on the car. Le Mans in 2002 was around the time it all really started to 'Click' for TRG and myself as a driver and team owner. We had just won the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and were headed over to Le Mans as the true underdog -- in the truest sense of the word. In fact, we were a little one-car team with no experience at Le Mans, very limited parts and spares, and going up against the factory themselves, as well as multiple teams with strong factory ties and years of experience there. But we were calculated and committed and relentless, and we made a little history on that day - and a lot like Steven and LaSalle - we never say 'Can't.' It is a real honor to be working with Aston Martin Racing at their big 'Festival' event and also to be driving again. I asked my friend, partner and fellow racer Robert Nimkoff to be my co-driver, and I hope we can hold the team flag high. I am really looking forward to getting behind the wheel again and to also sharing such a memorable experience with my other teammates. Hats off to everyone at TRG-AMR for putting together this amazing effort and sending an 80,000 pound semi-trailer loaded with parts and equipment and eight race cars to France -- not to mention the logistics of all of the drivers and guests. One thing's for sure: We are going to have a fantastic time and check everyone's 'Bucket List' on this one. Stay tuned for some fun on our social media channels with Steven's bobble head. He and LaSalle are fantastic partners and he has a wicked sense of humor, so here we go!! After this, it's right back to work as we continue our fight in the Pirelli World Challenge and IMSA TUDOR Championships -- stay tuned!"