Kevin Buckler grabs Sears Point GR pole in Racers Group Porsche. SONOMA, Calif. -- May 18, 2002 -- The Porsche 911 GT3 RS team with its race shop less than 500 yards from the Sears Point Raceway start-finish line -- The Racers Group of Sonoma,...
Kevin Buckler grabs Sears Point GR pole in Racers Group Porsche.
SONOMA, Calif. -- May 18, 2002 -- The Porsche 911 GT3 RS team with its race shop less than 500 yards from the Sears Point Raceway start-finish line -- The Racers Group of Sonoma, Calif. -- has grabbed the GT class pole for tomorrow's Grand Prix of Sonoma presented by Foster's Lager.
Lead driver and team owner Kevin Buckler, who is already living a dream season with a win at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona and the Grand-Am event at California Speedway, took the pole away from the favored Alex Job Racing team by more than half a second. Buckler was happy, and he was glad to accept the newly-awarded point for the pole position, but he also realizes that tomorrow will be its own battle.
"The Racers Group has worked very hard for this moment -- a pole position in the American Le Mans race at our home track -- and I was able to successfully flog the car around for the best time," said Buckler, who was fastest in one of previous practice sessions as well.
"The Alex Job Racing Porsches, the Petersen Porsche, and Schumacher Porsche are right behind us, and the difference will be the stamina of the driver, who has to drive ten-tenths to maintain the pace at this very technical track," said Buckler.
Second was the #22 Alex Job Racing McKenna Xybernaut Porsche 911 GT3 RS qualified by Jorg Bergmeister, while the #23 Alex Job Porsche qualified by Lucas Luhr was third. Neither Buckler or Alex Job have won an ALMS event at Sears Point since the inception of the series in 1999. In fact, none of the GT teams entered this weekend have won here previously.
The American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Sonoma presented by Foster's Lager will be broadcast live on the Speed Channel (formerly know as Speedvision) network starting at 4:00 PM Eastern time on Sunday, May 19.
The race will be broadcast in Europe on a tape-delayed basis on Sunday, May 26, at 20:00 Central European Time on the Eurosport television network. The Sears Point event will be broadcast live online on the American Le Mans Radio Network, which can be accessed on the Web at www.imsaracing.net. That same American Le Mans Series/IMSA web site will also have live timing and scoring during the race event.
The official Porsche web site -- www.porsche.com - also has qualifying information on the Grand Prix of Sonoma for all the Porsches entered, and will have posted stories and photos during and after the race. Porsche web site uses should click on "North America" from the home page when prompted to select a country, choose "motorsports," then "news" to find the ALMS updates.