Sebring: The Racer's Group race report

The Racer's Group finish 6-8-11 at 51st running of the 12 Hours of Sebring. Sebring, FL. -- Mar. 15, 2003 -- The three Monster Cable/mail2web.com Porsche 911 GT3 RS es of The Racer's Group finished 6-8-11 tonight at the 12 Hours of Sebring. ...

The Racer's Group finish 6-8-11 at 51st running of the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Sebring, FL. -- Mar. 15, 2003 -- The three Monster Cable/mail2web.com Porsche 911 GT3 RS es of The Racer's Group finished 6-8-11 tonight at the 12 Hours of Sebring. A grueling race on a technically difficult course took their toll on the three blue Porsches. Car #68, driven by Cort Wagner, Marc Bunting and Chris Gleason, survived two penalties in the race to finish in 6th place. Marc Bunting, in his first race with The Racer's Group, was happy with his finish. "In my last stint, we double stinted the tires, and towards the end, they were shot. As the tires went away, we were trying to conserve fuel. It was tough riding on those tires, but we ended well."

Car #66, driven by Kevin Buckler, Eliseo Salazar and Jim Pace, suffered two concurrent mechanical problems, the first a loose shock, and second a blown rear axle. Through the difficulty of the race, the three well-decorated drivers managed to finish the car in the top ten, piloting the car to an 8th place in class. Jim Pace, himself a two-time winner at Sebring, including an overall victory in 1996, shared his thoughts on the race. "The car was really good, but when we changed the front shock, we thought we had it licked. As I was around the back section of the track, I picked up a little wobble that I thought was the tire going flat. As it turns out, it was the axle. Sebring's a tough race to win, and when one of the best teams has an uneventful race, it's even tougher to beat them."

Car #67, driven by Michael Schrom, Pierre Ehret and Vic Rice, had a heartbreaking setback literally in the 11th hour, as Pierre was on his last lap before pitting for the final time. #67 was the victim of some contact, which caused the car significant shock damage. The crew worked hard to put the car out for the finish, and considering the circumstances, the team was satisfied with their results.

Team owner and lead driver of car #66 Kevin Buckler, summed up the week. "We had a tough week trying to sort out our setup. Everyone knows it, it's a tough, tough track, and the place just tears up cars, as we saw tonight. I'm proud of our drivers and I'm proud of our crew guys. When we had the axle difficulty with my car, they did like they always do -- put their heads down and go to work. Because of them, we finished the race. My guys are monsters."

Next, The Racer's Group heads to Road Atlanta for the Grand Prix of Atlanta. The team plans to take advantage of its break to get prepared for the rest of the ALMS season.

Monster is the world's leading manufacturer of high performance cables for home, car and professional use as well as computers and computer games. Monster Power®, a division of Monster Cable, provides AC power conditioning and protection products as well as a complete line of PowerCells.

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The Racer's Group is a manufacturer and distributor of high performance Porsche parts, an engine and chassis building and tuning facility, a full service Porsche prep facility, and a professional race team. Additionally, they provide electrical and mechanical engineering services, driver development and "arrive and drive" services. They are also the North American distributor of the UNICHIP, a fully programmable piggyback computer system that enhances the performance of streetcars and currently support approximately 130 dealers in the U.S. The Racer's Group is based at Infineon Raceway, formerly Sears Point Raceway, in Sonoma, Calif.

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