Porsche honors American Le Mans Series and competitors; Buckler receives Porsche Cup for 2002 season. BRASELTON, Ga. (December 9, 2002) -- American Le Mans Series driver/team owner Kevin Buckler, GT class champion team owner Alex Job and the ...
Porsche honors American Le Mans Series and competitors; Buckler receives Porsche Cup for 2002 season.
BRASELTON, Ga. (December 9, 2002) -- American Le Mans Series driver/team owner Kevin Buckler, GT class champion team owner Alex Job and the series itself were among the honorees at Porsche's celebration of motorsports in Stuttgart, Germany, this past weekend.
Buckler, from Sonoma, Calif., was honored as the top independent Porsche race car driver in the world for 2002 and was presented the coveted Porsche Cup, making him only the fourth American ever to receive the award.
Job, from Tavares, Fla., owned and operated a two-car Porsche team that won the team championship in the GT class in the American Le Mans Series in 2002. Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr, who co-drove one of Job's Porsche 911 GT3 RS machines, were co-champions in the ALMS GT class, the first time in series history that two drivers shared a driving championship.
American Le Mans Series President Scott Atherton was the recipient as Porsche also honored and recognized the series. Atherton, one of only three in an audience of 600 to be introduced, enjoyed the celebration with event host Wolfgang Durheimer, Porsche board member for research and development. Porsche race cars have been an integral part of the ALMS since the series was founded in 1999.
Buckler enjoyed a stellar season in 2002 as his team won the GT class in both the 24 Hours of Le Mans and a 24-hour race at Daytona. He became the first driver ever to win Le Mans, Daytona and the Porsche Cup in a single season. Buckler also co-drove a Porsche 911 GT3 RS to GT class wins in American Le Mans Series races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and at Mosport International Raceway near Toronto.
Job's team won the GT class in eight of the 10 American Le Mans Series races held during the 2002 season. Luhr and Maassen were the winners seven times, while Job's other car, co-driven by Jorg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard, won once.
The 2003 American Le Mans Series season begins with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway March 13-15.