Daytona Finale: The Racer's Group preview

Returning to the scene of the team's greatest triumph, an overall win at the historic 2003 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, The Racer's Group unloaded their trucks today in anticipation of the Grand-Am Champions Weekend. The two-hour, forty-five minute...

Returning to the scene of the team's greatest triumph, an overall win at the historic 2003 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, The Racer's Group unloaded their trucks today in anticipation of the Grand-Am Champions Weekend. The two-hour, forty-five minute endurance race on Saturday marks the third Grand-Am race the Racer's Group has run this year. In addition to the overall win at the 24 Hours of Daytona, Kevin Buckler and co-driver RJ Valentine took a 2nd place finish at the Nextel 250 at Homestead.

Entering the final weekend of the American endurance racing season, team owner Kevin Buckler will pair with two familiar faces to the team -- Pierre Ehret, of Santa Rosa, California, and Chris Gleason, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Ehret and Gleason piloted the nos. 67 and 68 cars, respectively, through the entire American Le Mans Series this year, and are intimately familiar with the workings of the blue and yellow Porsche 911 GT3 RS es.

Ehret, who owns the Flamingo Resort and Hotel in Santa Rosa, Ca., gave his impressions of the impending race. "I'm excited to be back at Daytona for the second time," he said. "I've driven here only once before, but I feel that I've got a great teacher in Kevin [Buckler] -- he's got a bunch of experience at this track, and it's going to help up keep our speeds up throughout the race."

Team owner Kevin Buckler relished his return to the site of his biggest win. "The Racer's Group is happy to be back in the Rolex series race this weekend. We always enjoy racing with the guys in this series and at this track. Daytona holds a very special place in my heart, and always will," he said. "This is my first time co-driving with Chris and Pierre - they've been exceptional teammates all season long -- and I'm looking forward to it. Both have done so well this year with their driving; I think that we're going to be one of the top contenders at this weekend's event."

Chris Gleason, President and CEO of the Gleason Agency, a financial services company, was enthused about racing at Daytona International Speedway. "I love this place," he said, "there's so much history and tradition here. It's a fun track to drive, and I'm excited to drive it with Kevin , and in the #66 car. That number has been magic for him here, and he's established quite a record with it. This is a fantastic way and a fantastic place to wrap up the year."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Pierre Ehret , Chris Gleason