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Doug comments, "The Judge character is almost complete except for adding flowing strands of hair. You'll notice the Judge is 'meaner' appearing than in the original artist's rendering." Looks like they have pictures of a 1969 Judge taped to the window for guidance. That picture is from this site! Click here to see it.
Here is an even closer close-up of the Judge graphics. Doug continues, "Next comes the front-end graphics and GTO badges - also to be airbrushed. In the next step, the car will be clear coated, sanded, and then clearcoated for a three-dimensional appearance. I should have pictures of the finished job in another week. After that the car heads back to St. Louis for final assembly. Probably still about 6 weeks away from completion and pickup."
The front end graphics have been applied at Illusions Paint and Body. The graphics include similated recessed grilles, fog lights, parking lights, lower air intake, and grilles in the hood scoops.
The hood scoops are labeled with Ram Air VI. In case you're not up on your roman numerals, that's a "6".
Front end shot of the completed graphics on Doug's 2005 Pro Street 2005 GTO.
Here is the rear end graphics. There will be 10.5 liter engine under the hood. Next the body will be reclearcoated and buffed before return to St. Louis for final assembly. Click here to see a picture of it completed, which is found earlier in the 2005 Parking Lot pages.
Michael Santana's wife bought him this Quicksilver 2005 GTO as a 'Welcome Home from Iraq' present. This was our Picture Of The Week for 5/8/05. Michael comments, "I just got back from a
7-month combat tour in Iraq with the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines. I'm a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman ('The Doc') with 15 years service. I've dreamed of owning a Goat since I was about 10 years old, and the 2nd day after returning, my AWESOME wife Lucy made my dreams come true! I've got my ESSO Tiger tail hanging by the rear-view mirror and fast drivin' tunes JAMMING on that Blaupunkt! It has been my dream to own a Goat since I was 10 years old. This thing is 'scary fast.'"
Quicksilver 2005 GTO, left rear view. Michael has 18 inch wheels and Toyo tires.
This is a drawing of a 2005 GTO that will be run in the GT class of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series by The Racer's Group (TRG). This was our Picture Of The Week for 5/29/05. There will be two of these Pontiac GTO-Rs built by Pratt and Miller. The cars will debut at the Daytona Race on June 30th, 2005 in conjunction with the NASCAR event. Jan Magunssen will be driving at
Daytona. Kevin Buckler tells, "We are taking possession of the cars this Tuesday at Mid Ohio. We will be looking very seriously at entering the aftermarket with a full line of TRG developed race parts for the street cars." This is a copyrighted drawing, but the nice people at TRG desire to share the concept with the public and gave us permission to post it. TRG is taking any questions about the racing (email@example.com) or tech questions (firstname.lastname@example.org). See the next photo as well.
Front end shot of the soon to be built TRG 2005 GTO-Rs. TRG will take possession of the cars in late May, 2005 and will enter at least one of the vehicles in the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway on June 30. The 2005 Independence Day weekend kicks off with the fan-favorite Brumos Porsche 250 Rolex Sports Car Series race. You can watch the best cars and drivers from the Grand American Rolex Series tackle the infield road course and the 31-degree high banks in this nighttime sprint to the finish. If you want to see Daytona's website, go here http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com and don't miss the part where you can get a 3D view of the track from any seat in the house. You basically pick out a seat from the overhead map on their website and it will show you a realistic 3D view of the track facility from that seat. You can pan and zoom the view to your liking. Here is the entire press release as seen on the TRG website...
GM Racing Selects Team To Run Pontiac GTO.Rs
Successful TRG team will campaign two production-based race cars
MONTEREY, Calif. – Pontiac has chosen TRG, a successful California-based motorsports organization, to run the first two of its GTO.R race cars in the GT class of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series. The production-based race cars were introduced at last November’s SEMA show and have spent the last four months being designed constructed, developed and tested by GM Racing. TRG will take possession of the cars in late May and will enter at least one of the vehicles in the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway on June 30.
“We’ve chosen TRG to campaign these Pontiac GTO.Rs because the team has proven to be a force to be reckoned with in Grand American road racing,” said Mark Kent, director of GM Racing. “TRG has had strong performances in the GT class in the past, and their Pontiac-powered Daytona Prototype racers are very competitive this year. We felt that they had the experience and determination to back a program as significant as this one.”
The production-based GTO.R uses the new 6.0-liter LS2 engine from the 2005 GTO with racing exhaust headers and the addition of a dry-sump oil system. Its output has actually been reduced by GM Racing engineers to comply with Grand American regulations. To stay within torque and power limits, a smaller throttle body was added as well as a reprogrammed engine management system.
The aerodynamic qualities of the car are such that little work was needed to modify the layout of the body for the race car. The dimensions of the GTO.R and GTO are the same; the body panels of the GTO.R are composite copies of the steel originals (with the exception of fender flares to fit wider wheels) fixed to a tube-frame chassis. Front and rear fascias are production parts as well as the mirrors, lamps and grilles. Brakes, suspension and other running gear consist of racing specific components.
“These new cars will give us the competitive edge and emphasize what Pontiac performance is all about,” said Mark-Hans Richer, Pontiac marketing director. “We entered road racing last year to prove that Pontiac is a brand focused on performance. Our first season, we beat out such makes as Porsche, BMW and Lexus to win the engine manufacturers championship in the Daytona Prototype class. We’d like to show the world that we can do the same in the GT class, which is even more production-based than the DP class.”
Four drivers will campaign the GTO.Rs for TRG: Jan Magnussen and Paul Edwards are sharing the driving of one car. Veteran driver Magnussen won the Le Mans GTS and Petit Le Mans GTS classes last year in a Team Corvette Chevrolet Corvette C5-R and is the most winning driver in the Danish Touring Car Championship of his native country. He also captured 14 wins for Paul Stewart Racing en route to winning the British Formula Three Championship, and has driven with the Stewart Grand Prix team in Formula One.
American Paul Edwards won the British Formula Palmer Audi Winter Series as well as the Formula Opel Winter Series. He has competed in the British Formula Three Series and British Formula Ford Championship recording numerous milestones including one win, eight top five finishes, two track records and Top Novice Driver award. Both Jan and Paul have been instrumental in the development of the GTO.R; having tested one of the cars at Sebring and Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The other Pontiac GTO.R will be campaigned by TRG drivers Marc Bunting and Andy Lally. Bunting and Lally lead the Rolex Series GT championship with a win and two podiums in three starts this year in a Porsche 911. They won the Rolex Series SGS championship last year with four poles, two wins, and 11 podiums; Lally also won the 2001 Rolex Series SRPII championship with three wins including the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
“All of us at TRG are so very excited to be the team that will be leading the Pontiac/GM Racing factory-supported program and their highly awaited debut of the GTO.R,” said Kevin Buckler, owner of TRG. “It has been a long, difficult climb over the last 12 years but we have never wavered from our goal of becoming one of the finest teams in sports-car racing. I am truly honored to be running this program and will do everything in my power to make General Motors and Grand American proud.”
TRG is a manufacturer and distributor of high-performance automotive parts, an engine and chassis building and tuning facility, a full-service race-car preparation facility and a professional race team. The company also provides electrical and mechanical engineering services, driver development and arrive-and-drive services. TRG is based in Petaluma, Calif., near its home track of Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. More info is at www.theracersgroup.com.
General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world’s largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader since 1931. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 324,000 people around the world. It has manufacturing operations in 32 countries and its vehicles are sold in 200 countries. In 2004, GM sold nearly 9 million cars and trucks globally, up 4 percent and the second-highest total in the company’s history. GM’s global headquarters are at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. More on GM can be found at www.gm.com.
Enrique Moreno created this collage using GTO pictures from this site. Enrique tells us, "It's based on all the new age GTOs with hood options, color options, unofficial color options, and even a look back at the 99 concept."
Midnight Blue 2005 GTO owned by Brandon Taylor from Mobile, Alabama. This was our Picture Of The Week for 9/18/05. Brandon tells us, "I can't stay off the roads! The 2005 GTOs are addictive and fun. I got mine 25 June, 2005. I haven't done any major changes, 18 inch wheels, tinted windows, and the sports package when the Midnight Blue becomes available. Two thumbs up!"
Midnight Blue 2005 GTO, right side view. Those are 18 inch aftermarket wheels.
Midnight Blue 2005 GTO, right front view.
Phantom Black 2005 GTO with the complete Sport Appearance Package owned by Chad Sisk from Greensboro, North Carolina. This was our Picture Of The Week for 11/13/05. Chad adds, "I got mine with the upgraded body package (ground effects, larger spoiler upgraded front and rear fascia, and dual chrome tips on each exhaust outlet etc). It has matching 18 inch Drift R wheels. I've seen some GTOs around this area but none that look like mine."
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