STUTTGART, Germany (December 13, 2002) -- Rolex 24 At Daytona GT winners Kevin Buckler, of Navato, Calif., and Michael Schrom, of Ghent, N.Y., were honored as the two most successful private Porsche racing drivers in the world this season with the...
STUTTGART, Germany (December 13, 2002) -- Rolex 24 At Daytona GT winners Kevin Buckler, of Navato, Calif., and Michael Schrom, of Ghent, N.Y., were honored as the two most successful private Porsche racing drivers in the world this season with the 2002 Porsche Cup. Buckler took the top honors, while his co-driver for much of the season, Schrom, finished second in the Porsche Cup standings.
"I am so honored and humbled to receive this award. I couldn't have done it without this absolutely fantastic team of individuals we have assembled. While the reward is for me as a driver, I am accepting it for the team. Many things had to come together. Our sponsors mail2web.com and Rennlist.com really stepped up and without them, we wouldn't have been able to do what we did. Their support allowed us to acquire better equipment and drivers," remarked Buckler of winning the Porsche Cup.
"Kevin achieved a rare and historic feat this year when he won both the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the 24 Hours of LeMans," noted Grand American President Roger Edmondson, who attended the Porsche Cup awards ceremony in Stuttgart. "Porsche has a long, prestigious history, which you don't fully appreciate until you visit their facility in Stuttgart and see the broad scope of everything they are involved in. It really makes you realize how truly remarkable Kevin's achievement was this year."
Buckler becomes only the fourth American driver to earn the coveted Porsche Cup, joining the ranks of Price Cobb (1994), Cort Wagner (1999) and Mike Fitzgerald (2000).
His dream season kicked off by capturing the GT victory in The Racer's Group #66 Porsche GT3 R at the Rolex 24 At Daytona with co-drivers Schrom, Timo Bernhard and Jorg Bergmeister.
Buckler and Schrom also took a second Rolex Series GT win in the inaugural Grand American 400 at California Speedway en route to third- and fifth-place finishes in the driver standings. The Racer's Group was also the runner-up in the Rolex Series GT team owner championship.
"To have become the first driver following Kevin with his Porsche Cup win clearly demonstrates how professional this team has been all year. Kevin has always been supportive, and under his tutelage, my driving has seen great development," commented Schrom. "Most importantly, Kevin has become a great friend to me. Nine years ago, Kevin wrenched in his garage, and I drove a Porsche for the first time in a Porsche Club green group Drivers Ed at Bridgehampton. I'd like to thank the Porsche Club of America, Porsche Motorsports and The Racer's Group for helping me achieve this level of success."
The Racer's Group has already announced it will field a three-car effort in its defense of the GT crown at the 2003 Rolex 24 At Daytona, Feb. 1-2. Buckler and Schrom will once again join Bernhard and Bergmeister to lead the effort at the wheel of the #66 Porsche.
More information about The Racer's Group can be found at www.theracersgroup.com. Additional information about the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Rolex Sports Car Series is available online at www.grandamerican.com.