Homestead: The Racer's Group race report

Podium Finish at Miami for TRG; Team Finishes Third and Sixth in Class Homestead, FL -- February 28, 2004 -- The two Porsches of The Racer's Group finished today's Grand Prix of Miami in third and sixth position, as Kevin Buckler and Liz...

Podium Finish at Miami for TRG; Team Finishes Third and Sixth in Class

Homestead, FL -- February 28, 2004 -- The two Porsches of The Racer's Group finished today's Grand Prix of Miami in third and sixth position, as Kevin Buckler and Liz Halliday teamed to take the #67 car to a podium finish in their first race together. Halliday, who is campaigning her first season of American sports car racing, inherited the lead from Buckler about midway through the race.

"The race was pretty good," she said, "but the track was more crowded than I expected. I had good fun, and it was a good, challenging experience for me. The team and the crew worked their tails off, and I'm grateful for that. Driving with these prototypes is a bit different for me -- in the European racing I've done, the prototypes aren't as aggressive. I'm happy with my co-driver, as well; he's a great guy to learn from. I'm excited to learn more and get to the next race."

Team owner Kevin Buckler was elated. "Fantastic finish!," he said, "What a great way to start the season. The team, crew and especially my co-driver Liz all did an awesome job. To finish as the first Porsche and third in class -- that's a quality result, and I'm pleased with it."

The #66 F1 Boston/Gleason Agency Porsche, driven by RJ Valentine, Chris Gleason and Ian James finished sixth in class, falling victim to ill-timed yellow flags, after having gained the lead on the first lap. James, of Kissimmee, FL, qualified the car to second position, and had a rousing race start. "It was a good race for us," he said, "I had a great start and had managed to put a bit of a gap between me and the BMW. One of the DPs almost ran me off the road, but I managed to hang on. The car developed a slight push from then on, but it didn't become a major problem. We were a bit unlucky with the yellow flags today, but that's racing. Great job driving by my teammates however, and I'm appreciative of the crew working so hard. I think this is going to be a great season."

The Grand-American Rolex Sports Car Series races next April 10 in Phoenix.

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F1 Boston is America's premier karting facility, and combines two indoor karting tracks with conference, gaming and entertainment facilities. F1 Boston hosts corporate team-building events, conferences, exhibitions and of course, racing. The facility hosts public and corporate league racing, as well as junior karting instruction and development. The biggest part of the business caters to corporate events, sales meetings, product rollouts, and any other sort of meetings that companies need. F1 ends it all with adrenaline-fueled team building events and loads of participatory fun.

Gleason Group is a leading, independently owned property and casualty insurance broker which develops and manages customized insurance, risk management, employee retirement, and benefits programs.

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. 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 , Ian James , Liz Halliday