Buckler, Racer's Group head to Laguna Seca

MONTEREY, Calif. (October 9, 2000) - Kevin Buckler will return to his roots this weekend, Oct. 13-15, when he brings his two Porsche 911 GT3 R machines to storied Laguna Seca Raceway for the American Le Mans Series GlobalCenter Sports Car ...

MONTEREY, Calif. (October 9, 2000) - Kevin Buckler will return to his roots this weekend, Oct. 13-15, when he brings his two Porsche 911 GT3 R machines to storied Laguna Seca Raceway for the American Le Mans Series GlobalCenter Sports Car Championships.

Buckler, lead driver for The Racer's Group-sponsored Porsches that will compete at Laguna, lived in Monterey for four years and is extremely familiar with the scenic road course, evidenced by his podium finish there in 1998. He's hoping that familiarity will lead to another top finish.

Action gets under way at Laguna on Friday and Saturday with qualifying. The green flag will drop for the main event on Sunday at noon for the 2-hour, 45-minute endurance race.

"Monterey is like magic to me," said Buckler, now a resident of Sonoma. "This is my favorite place in the world and Laguna is certainly my favorite track. I can't wait to get there."

In addition to Buckler, other drivers representing The Racer's Group at Laguna will be Philip Collin of Lincolnshire, Ill., and Tommy McGlynn of Orono, Minn. The final driver has not yet been determined. Collin has been Buckler's co-driver all season on the Grand American Road Racing Series.

Buckler, who is also the president of The Racer's Group, which is located at Sears Point Raceway, has competed in both the ALMS and Grand Am Road Racing Series this year. He hopes to conclude the season with a flurry. Following Laguna, Buckler and The Racer's Group will conclude the 2000 racing season with the ALMS Grand Prix of Las Vegas at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Oct. 27-29.

"We're really hoping to close out the season on a high note," Buckler said. "This event will feature a lot of good competition but I think this team has what it takes to make good things happen."

Good things have happened to Buckler on the Grand Am circuit this season competing in the GTU class. He placed second at both Homestead (Fla.) and Mid-Ohio, and he also earned pole positions at Homestead and Trois-Rivieres (Quebec). For the year, Buckler and Collin finished third and fourth, respectively, in driver points, while The Racer's Group finished second in owner points.

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