Homestead: The Racer's Group preview

The Racer's Group headed back to Florida (again) for Nextel 250. Sonoma, CA. -- Feb. 24, 2003 -- In what's becoming the team's home away from home, The Racer's Group is headed to Florida again this week to take on the Nextel 250 Grand Prix of...

The Racer's Group headed back to Florida (again) for Nextel 250.

Sonoma, CA. -- Feb. 24, 2003 -- In what's becoming the team's home away from home, The Racer's Group is headed to Florida again this week to take on the Nextel 250 Grand Prix of Miami. Team owner and lead driver Kevin Buckler will split driving duties with RJ Valentine, of Boston, Mass. The team rolls into Miami to run its first race since capturing an historic overall win at the 2003 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, where the team was the first in the GT class to win outright in 27 years.

Kevin Buckler was enthusiastic about the upcoming race. "It was such a blast to win overall at Daytona. We were all over the place emotionally during the race, because on the one hand, #66 was doing so well, and on the other, we lost the other two cars. Unfortunately, two of our three cars are still being repaired, so we're only bringing one car to Miami this week. Nevertheless, I'm excited to be down here, and I'm excited to drive with RJ, who kicked butt at Daytona."

Since the Grand-Am season opener at Daytona, The Racer's Group has had its hands full transporting and repairing cars. "My guys are working even harder than usual," said Buckler, "We've got two cars back in California being repaired, and we're building one car from the ground up. Car #68 has a brand new chassis, because the original one was totaled when it was bumped off course at high speed. We just pulled #66 out of Daytona USA this week to prep it for the GP of Miami. As it is, I've got crew guys all over the country getting us ready for the season. It's a big challenge, but like everything else we do, we just put our heads down and get the job done. With RJ as my co-driver, I know we have a good shot at a victory this weekend."

RJ Valentine, owner of F1 Boston, a premier indoor karting facility in Boston, Mass., reflected on Daytona, and talked about this weekend's upcoming race. "I had such a good time at Daytona with Kevin and his team. We were having a really good run when our accident happened, but that's racing. I'm excited to race at Homestead with the 3-time 24 Hour champions, and of course, I'm thrilled to drive the car that won overall at Daytona. Kevin's team exudes confidence, it's incredibly well organized, and their work ethic trankslates to winning. I've been to Homestead twice in Trans-Am races -- the last time I was there was my 125th Trans-Am start - so I know the track well. Having great equipment and a great team around me makes me very confident going into the weekend."

R. J. will also be using Homestead to make the annoucement of his election to becoming the Regional Distributor in all the New England State plus New York and New Jersey for the new RM1 Rotax Kart manufactured by Bombadier and distributed by SSC of Palm Springs, CA. SSC President Joseph Ramos said "We are thrilled to have R. J. on board because of his marketing expertise and the superior development to indoor and outdoor development facility." The RM1 is the closest the public can get to Formula 1 racing.

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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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kevin Buckler