Mid-Ohio: The Racer's Group race report

The Racer&Rsquo;S Group takes first in GT class. LEXINGTON, Ohio– June 30, 2002– The Racer’s Group took the win in the GT class with the No.66 Porsche GT3 RS at today’s American Le Mans series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports...

The Racer&Rsquo;S Group takes first in GT class.

LEXINGTON, Ohio– June 30, 2002– The Racer’s Group took the win in the GT class with the No.66 Porsche GT3 RS at today’s American Le Mans series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The car was driven by team owner and driver Kevin Buckler of Sonoma, Calif. and local driver B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati. No. 66 started sixth in class with Buckler as the starting driver and Zacharias taking the car through the finish line at the end of the two-hour, 45-minute race.

The Racer’s Group, headquartered at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. fielded the No. 66 Porsche GT3 RS which also won in class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans just two weekends ago.

Zacharias drove with The Racer’s Group at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in the team’s No. 68 car

at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and finished fourth in class. Buckler and Zacharias have been planning this race since February’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Zacharias took over the helm from Buckler starting fourth in class and consistently worked his way forward until he was first with only a 2.627 second lead ahead of the second place car as he took No. 66 through the final lap.

"This has been an incredible year so far. It has been a perfect marriage between Porsche, Michelin and the team. The car is just good; it runs flawlessly time and time again. I really have to hand it to the team. They have been going full force since Le Mans and have really come together to make this happen, " Buckler said of his win.

"I love to run my home track. It is a great win and though I come from a different racing background, I am really getting to like sportscar racing. Thanks to The Racer’s Group for giving me the opportunity," Zacharias said.

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 shop and a professional race team. Additionally, the organization provides electrical and mechanical engineering services, driver development and "arrive and drive" programs. 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 located at Sears Point Raceway.

The Racer’s Group is excited to welcome its primary sponsors Thalist.com, Rennlist.com Adobe Road Winery and Suncoast Porsche to the American Le Mans 2002 season.

To learn more about The Racer’s Group, visit rennlist.com/racing/ or theracersgroup.com. Digital photos available.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Kevin Buckler