F1 Boston Owner 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.
"Kevin 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."
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).