Sears Point: The Racer's Group race notes

Local team takes second in GT class. SONOMA, Calif.– May 19, 2002– The Racer’s Group took second place in the GT class with the No.66 Porsche GT3 RS at today’s American Le Mans series race, the Grand Prix of ...

Local team takes second in GT class.

SONOMA, Calif.– May 19, 2002– The Racer’s Group took second place in the GT class with the No.66 Porsche GT3 RS at today’s American Le Mans series race, the Grand Prix of Sonoma presented by Foster’s at Sears Point Raceway. The car was driven by local driver and team owner Kevin Buckler of Novato, Calif. and Marino Franchitti of Broxburn, Scotland. No. 66 was the polesitter in the class with Buckler as the starting driver and Franchitti 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, fielded the No. 66 Porsche GT3 RS as well as No. 67 driven by Robert Orcutt and Vic Rice. The No. 67 car experienced an incident with another car and was DNF in the second hour of the race.

"I’m happy to finish second at my home track and in front of a hometown crowd. My congratulations go out to both Lucas and Sascha; we battled close through the entire race. The crew has done an excellent job this weekend. We encountered some bumps and managed to work through all of them with great teamwork, " Buckler said.

"I had fun out there today. It was hard driving with some of the things that happened with the car, but we held in there. I like the car and hope to race again in this series. The Michelin tires were excellent, the slicks worked out well," stated Franchitti of his first experience at Sears Point Raceway.

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 Suncoast Porsche of Sarasota Florida, Thalist.com and Rennlist.com to the American Le Mans 2002 season.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Vic Rice , Robert Orcutt