Two Alms Podium Finishes In Seven Days For The Racer&Rsquo;S Group Elkhart Lake, Wis.– July 7, 2002– The Racer’s Group is on a role; the team took its second podium finish in seven days with a third place finish in the GT class...
Two Alms Podium Finishes In Seven Days For The Racer&Rsquo;S Group
Elkhart Lake, Wis.– July 7, 2002– The Racer’s Group is on a role; the team took its second podium finish in seven days with a third place finish in the GT class with the No.66 Porsche 911 GT3 RS at today’s American Le Mans Series Road America 500 race. The car was driven by team owner and driver Kevin Buckler of Sonoma, Calif. along with professional drivers Michael Schrom and Brian Cunningham. No. 66 started fourth in class on the famous four-mile circuit of Road America.
Buckler started the race driving the car, Schrom took over the helm and held position with Cunningham driving two half stints and Buckler taking the car through the finish line of the 500-mile race. Heat seemed to be the biggest factor for the team with inside car temperatures of 150 degrees and cool suit device problems causing an extra pit stop.
"My first stint was really difficult with the extreme inside car temperatures. We worked through many adjustments and did our best, I’m happy with the finish," Buckler said of his second podium finish in a week.
"I am really pleased with the outcome of my first race in eight months. I am happy to be back with the ALMS series and would like to thank The Racer’s Group and Porsche Motorsport. I think this is a great team and I’m looking forward to the upcoming races in the coming season," Cunningham said of his podium finish.
"Kevin and Brian did an incredible job. It’s great to be part of a strong team. This is the hottest condition that I have ever driven in, it was tough, but we are a great team and did well," Schrom said.
After a grueling four weeks on the road and five races, the team will take a break from racing and podium finishes until the Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington D.C. on July 21.
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 Mail2web, Thalist.com, Rennlist.com and Adobe Road Winery to the American Le Mans 2002 season.