Mont-Tremblant: The Racer's Group special day

F1 Boston and TRG Team Together to Fight Paralysis Mont Tremblant, QC and Boston, MA -- May 21, 2004 TRG drivers Liz Halliday, Kevin Buckler and RJ Valentine took a break from free practice at the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series 6 Hours of Mont...

F1 Boston and TRG Team Together to Fight Paralysis
Mont Tremblant, QC and Boston, MA -- May 21, 2004

TRG drivers Liz Halliday, Kevin Buckler and RJ Valentine took a break from free practice at the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series 6 Hours of Mont Tremblant yesterday to help out people with spinal injuries. For the fourth consecutive year, RJ Valentine's MBA Group, a holding company overseeing many various businesses, staged F1 Fight Night, a combination of amateur boxing, casino events and charity auctions, held to benefit the Greater Boston Spinal Cord Injury Association/Rise Above Paralysis Project. Each year, Valentine picks one charitable organization to support through the boxing fundraiser, and donates the use of his entire F1 Boston indoor karting center to showcase the event.

With more than 400 Boston-area businesspeople in attendance, more than $150,000 was raised for the Association. Halliday and Buckler, co-drivers of the #66 TRG Porsche, were honored guests at the event. Valentine donated the services of F1 Air, a charter air travel company that MBA Group oversees, to transport the TRG drivers and corporate staff, along with three Speed Channel on-air commentators to Boston and back from Mont Tremblant.

Valentine commented on the event. "We're hoping that this event helps us make strides towards rehabilitating those with spinal cord injuries. One of my partners, Karen Quast, has been involved with the Association and spent a lot of her time helping the charity and planning this event. It's wonderful to personally be in a position to help an organization like this one, and the MBA Group of Companies is thankful to The Racer's Group for their participation."

Team owner Kevin Buckler was effusive about his evening in Boston. "First of all, last night visiting F1 Boston with RJ and the team was unbelievable. I have a newfound respect for RJ the businessman because that facility is state of the art, and his ability to put together these charitable programs and attract the heaviest hitters in the Boston area is incredible. The whole night was unbelievable - RJ rocks. On a racing note, the crew did a great job in our absence and delivered us two spectacular car, Ian [James, driver of the #66 car] and I tried a lot of setup changes this morning, and we found ourselves on the "Porsche pole" at the end of the day."

Buckler just edged Ian James for the fastest time among the Porsches in the field. Qualifying for the 6 Hours of Mont Tremblant will take place Saturday, with the race starting at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday.

The 2004 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel, beginning at 11 a.m. ET.

For the latest news and event photos, visit www.theracersgroup.com

F1 Boston is America's premier karting facility, and combines two indoor karting tracks with conference, gaming and entertainment facilities. F1 Boston hosts corporate team-building events, conferences, exhibitions and of course, racing. The facility hosts public and corporate league racing, as well as junior karting instruction and development. The biggest part of the business caters to corporate events, sales meetings, product rollouts, and any other sort of meetings that companies need. F1 ends it all with adrenaline-fueled team building events and loads of participatory fun.

F1 Air is a charter air travel company, providing premier class services. F1 maintains a small fleet of jets that meet a rather extraordinary set of standards: those of its founders. You dictate the schedule, choose whatever airport is closest to your departure location, drive through our gate onto the tarmac, step into a luxury private jet aircraft, and prepare for take-off. From the minute you reserve the plane and crew, you are treated like an owner. You only pay for airtime for an individual flight, based on a surprisingly modest hourly rate.

The Gleason Agency is a leading, independently owned property and casualty insurance broker which develops and manages customized insurance, risk management, employee retirement, and benefits programs.

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. The Racer's Group is based at Infineon Raceway, formerly Sears Point Raceway, in Sonoma, Calif.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Ian James , Liz Halliday