Sonoma, CA -- December 29, 2003 -- The Racer's Group, overall winners of the 2003 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, today announced the driver lineup for the #66 Monster Cable Porsche 911 GT3 RS. The team will field three Porsches for the historic sports car race, with the driver lineups for the nos. 67 and 68 cars to be announced later this week.
Team owner Kevin Buckler will lead his team into the fray again, and will aim for his third consecutive Daytona win with Porsche factory drivers Jorg Bergmeister, Timo Bernhard and Patrick Long sharing driving duties. Buckler, Bergmeister and Bernhard will team up for the third straight year in the endurance classic, and will be joined by American Patrick Long, who recently signed with the team to contest the 2003 American Le Mans Series season. The 2004 race will be Long's first Rolex event, but if his pace in the 2003 Petit Le Mans is any indication, he will be hard to catch around the famed banking at Daytona International Speedway.
Kevin Buckler, two-time winner at Daytona, spoke about the race ahead of him. "I'm thrilled to be going back to Daytona with this group of guys," he said. "Monster Cable has made it possible again for us to contest this race, and the Porsche factory gives us a great chance at winning again with Jorg, Timo and Patrick. I feel that our team is the best prepared for this race -- we've demonstrated success here before, and we plan to put our heads down and work hard to get ready for this year's race. I'm honored to have the three Porsche factory drivers sharing the car with me, and I'm looking forward to helping Patrick get acclimated to the team and the circuit. We ran 24 hours without an incident last year on our Dunlop tires, which is quite a feat, and we're happy to be on Dunlops again this year."
In 2003, The Racer's Group stunned the racing world with a dominating overall win. The team's win in a GT car was the first time in 27 years that a car from the "slowest" class of cars won overall, and gave the team an added measure of prestige in the endurance-racing world. The car that won the race, a 2003 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, was immediately retired and purchased by Noel Lee, founder and President of Monster Cable, the team's biggest supporter. The car was featured in Daytona USA, the museum that chronicles the history of Daytona International Speedway, and has made appearances across the globe since the historic win. This week, the #66 car will occupy a place in Porsche's display booth at the Los Angeles International Auto Show, at the North American launch of the new Carrera GT, Porsche's world-beating supercar.
TRG will announce strong driver lineups for the #67 and #68 cars later this week.
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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. The Racer's Group is based at Infineon Raceway, formerly Sears Point Raceway, in Sonoma, Calif.
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