The Racer's Group - Vive la France

SONOMA, CA. - April 5, 2002 - The Racer's Group has been invited to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The No. 81 Porsche 911GT3-RS will make the trip to France for the 70th running of the world-famous race to be held on June 15 and 16, ...

SONOMA, CA. - April 5, 2002 - The Racer's Group has been invited to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The No. 81 Porsche 911GT3-RS will make the trip to France for the 70th running of the world-famous race to be held on June 15 and 16, 2002.

Piloting the No. 81 Le Mans GT Porsche will be team owner and professional driver Kevin Buckler along with Porsche factory drivers Timo Bernhard and Lucas Luhr.

"Being invited to race at Le Mans is a dream, it's almost a bit surreal. I can't believe that after watching and following the race since I was a kid that we will actually be competing there. The team couldn't be doing any of this without the help of our sponsors, Bill Hodges and all the people at Suncoast Porsche, Thalist.com and Rennlist.com. After our win together at The 2002 24 Hours at Daytona we realized what a good partnership and a well-prepared race team can do together. I hold respect for the institution of Le Mans in the highest regard. We are all truly honored to be taking part in the event and also honored to be associated with Porsche. It doesn't get any better than having Porsche factory drivers Timo Bernhard and Lucas Luhr driving with us. From our crew, sponsors and team as a whole, this effort will be a "for real" first-class assault on this year's 24 hours of Le Mans. I realize this is only our first year. We just want to do our absolute best. We're on it," said Buckler of his invitation to the race.

The Automobile Club de l' Ouest (ACO) is the organizing body of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Only the 48 best teams worldwide are invited to compete in this prestigious and historic event held annually on the eight-mile course in Le Mans, France.

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 located in the paddock 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."

To learn more about The Racer's Group team and driver information, visit www.theracersgroup.com or call 707 935 3999. Digital photos are available through The Racer's Group. For additional information regarding the 24 Hours of Le Mans, visit www.lemans.org.

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Series ALMS , Le Mans
Drivers Lucas Luhr , Kevin Buckler , Timo Bernhard