The Racer's Group Leads In GT Class At 24 Hours Of Le Mans Preliminary Session.
LE MANS, France - May 6, 2002 - The Racer's Group was the fastest car in the GT class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans preliminary testing session on Sunday at the Circuit de la Sarthe. The Porsche 911 GT3 RS timed at 4:10.081 in the team's first-ever appearance at Le Mans. Kevin Buckler, the owner of the team is co-driving with Lucas Luhr and Timo Bernhard. The No. 81 Racer's Group car was more than two seconds faster than the next closest car in the GT class.
"We are excited to be here and very happy with our time. It's a brand new car and the performance of it is a true testimony to Porsche's quality. Timo, Lucas and I worked well together and it's only going to get better from here," stated Buckler.
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 at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, California.
The Racer's Group is excited to welcome its primary sponsors Suncoast Porsche of Sarasota Florida, Thalist.com and Rennlist.com to the American Le Mans 2002 season. "The marriage of sponsor and race team is a tremendous tool for the success of any program. This is a great example of a perfect fit for both parties," Buckler said. Bill Hodges, sales manager at Suncoast has certainly proven he is out to meet his dealerships slogan, we don't want to be the biggest, just the best. They will be a critical part of our continued success all year."