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Last Updated (Monday, 30 December 2013 10:18)

 

Buckler, TRG Winds Down Era of Phenomenal Porsche Success

PETALUMA, CA (October 19, 2013) The End of an Era.  For the last 22 years, Kevin Buckler – now team owner/CEO for The Racer’s Group – has raced Porsche.  During that time, he has gone from being a how-to-get-it-done aspiring racing guy to one of the most innovative and revered team owners in North America.

This Saturday at Road Atlanta in the American Le Mans Series final event, Buckler will watch his Porsche race at the highest level of sports car racing for the last time.  Next year, Buckler will race Aston Martins in a deal signed this past year, which gives his organization exclusive control of the Aston Martin Racing program in North America.  He will continue to run Porsches in other amateur series and will stay involved with the Porsche Club of America where he cut his teeth.

“I must admit, there will probably be a tear in the corner of one eye,” said Buckler.  “We have been extremely fortunate to have raced and won with such a great marque as Porsche these last 20-plus years.  The support has been beyond terrific and the people along the way are people I will be friends with for the rest of my life.  But the opportunity that Aston Martin Racing presented to us was just too great to pass up for the future of our business and our company.”

Next season, TRG-Aston Martin Racing North America, LLC takes on a full slate within the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series, Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, participation in the Pirelli World Challenge and the launch of a one-make series – the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of North America.

In the TUDOR Championship, TRG-AMR plans to compete in the GT Daytona class with a pair of Aston Martin’s Vantage GT3 V12 monsters as well as supporting any other teams interested in running GT Daytona or GT Le Mans categories.   In the Continental Sports Car Challenge, the TUDOR Championship’s top support series, TRG-AMR expects to run several Vantage GT4’s. All this while also servicing multiple customer programs and wearing his TRG-AMR North America hat.

“This is certainly a massive program,” said Buckler, “which was the attraction from the first meeting with Aston Martin Racing.  While it was great running at the top with Porsche, being able to control the Aston Martin Racing program and have a say in the evolution and development of that program and the brand in North America is an absolutely exhilarating and an unbelievable opportunity that we had to jump in on.”

But Buckler admits to a bit of regret, particularly when his recall takes him back to the early days of 1992 when he and his then-partner (soon to become his bride), Debra, attended his first ever Porsche Club Race in Colorado or a few years later when they were running a start-up operation from their home in Monterey (CA) and shipping race parts from their garage.

“We were literally selling stuff just to create a little budget to go racing,” says Buckler.  “We were crisscrossing the country in our truck and trailer hitting any event we could--- auto crosses, club events, swap meets…..Anything we could do to build and develop our parts and racing business.  I still have old friends come to me now and say -  ‘I wasn’t sure you kids were going to make it in the early days…We would see your truck and trailer set up at Sebring and just buy something to make sure you had gas money to get home!!’ -  We began manufacturing parts for our own Porsche and winning the races we were involved in and soon other guys were coming to us wanting to know if they could have the same parts and set-ups too.  So our first business which we still have today became The Racers Group and was later shortened to TRG.”

From those humble beginnings became an accomplished sports car program that has gone on to win championships and races at virtually every major road course and street race in North America.  And then there was the unbelievable win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2002.

“We went there as the little engine that could,” said Buckler.  “We didn’t have a very big crew and we were a customer team dwarfed by the Porsche, Audi, Ferrari, BMW, Peugeot, Corvette and so-on factory programs.  But we rolled up our sleeves, kept at it, didn’t let a bit of adversity distract us, and by the end of a very, very long month over seas, we were spraying champagne at the top of the podium in one of the closest finishes to this day.  I’ll never forget it.”

That season finished off with Buckler winning the prestigious Porsche World Cup for the Porsche factory as one of the few American drivers to ever receive the honor.

Another huge race Buckler won’t ever let slip from his memory is the 2003 Daytona 24.   Yes, Buckler has won four 24 Rolex Hours at Daytona championships as a driver or owner from the GT class but 2003 was different.  He won OVERALL as well!

“People tell me that will never happen again,” he says.  “I don’t know if that’s true or not, but it sure was a momentous achievement to be on top of the entire field including the prototypes after 24 hours.  We ran a perfect race that day.”

That success led to General Motors tapping Buckler to run its Pontiac factory GTO.R program in Grand-Am for 2005-2006.  And Buckler dominated with that program as well, reeling off a 23-race podium streak while continuing to race Porsche in GT class.  In 2006, TRG won the drivers, team and manufacturers’ title in GT class while placing the Pontiac GTO.R on the podium every race and winning eight times.

When it all first began, Buckler was driver and team owner.  His wife Debra was and is the company’s Chief Financial Officer.   Today, they run an operation that is housed in a state-of-the-art 20,000 square foot race shop that ….. also contains a private wine tasting room and is joined next door by their winery operations.

Buckler does nothing second class. He does not shy away from any challenges and has always aimed high.  And above all, he follows his passions – one of which is wine.  In 1999, he and his wife launched Adobe Road Winery. Today, Adobe Road is considered one of the boutique winery darlings of Northern California,winning accolade after accolade for its wines from the industry’s premier authorities including Wine Spectator Magazine.  They support a brisk winery business and an active tasting room right on the square in downtown Sonoma.

 

So, as the season winds down at Petit Le Mans this weekend, expect a few things from Buckler– a likely podium (he admits to wanting a victory as much as he ever has), a moist spot in the corner of one of his eyes, perhaps an empty little place in his heart, and a glass of his favorite Adobe Road raised in excellence to a Porsche career that has indeed been admirable by anyone’s standards.


Career highlights include:

  • 4 Daytona 24-hour victories in GT-- once overall
  • 13 Daytona 24-hour podiums (a record)
  • 62 Daytona 24 entries (a record)
  • 24 hour of Le Mans GT victory --2002
  • Porsche World Cup recipient--2002
  • Petit Le Mans victory (2010)
  • 2 team championships. 3 runner ups
  • 1 driver's championship
  • 1 manufacturer's championship
  • 2009 Rolex 24 1-2 finish
  • 2005 Watkins Glen 6 hour Daytona Prototype 1-2 finish
  • 2005 Dual win at Phoenix in DP & GT on the same weekend
  • Longest podium streak ever 2005-6 with 23 podiums
  • 7 GT 1-2 finishes
  • 58 professional victories
  • 165 podium finishes

Now…. Moving on to Aston Martin…..

Last Updated (Saturday, 19 October 2013 11:37)

 

TRG had Another Busy Weekend with Events from Coast-to-Coast

(PETALUMA, CA – October 11) TRG continued another busy weekend of Porsche racing on both coasts with the Porsche Club of America as well as the Pirelli GT3 Challenge Series.

TRG had three Porsches competing at Laguna Seca with two long time drivers to the team, and one driver learning to road race Porsches. The No. 7 Porsche GT3 driven by Steve Miller spent all weekend near the front of the pack running in the Platinum class.  Miller qualified in second in both races.  The Porsche continued to show the pace in the race that it demonstrated in qualifying.  A second in race one was backed up by a second in race two.  In the third and final race, Miller hit a curb too hard and had a tire go down.  This tire issue resulted in a 10th.  This means that Steve Miller enters the final race weekend of the year for the GT3 Challenge Series at Sonoma in the points lead by seven points.

Chris Pallis piloted the No. 23 Porsche and Mark Nelson commanded the No. 32 Porsche during the weekend at Laguna Seca.  Pallis posted two top tens in the highly competitive Platinum class after having taken a few months off to watch his son's football season.  Nelson was pleased to post two top five finishes in the Gold class in only his second event.  

On the other coast, new TRG driver David Block drove the No. 48 Porsche in a PCA club race at Daytona International Speedway.  Block, Australian ace James Davison, and third driver John Dubets were the line up for the Porsche last weekend.  They had a great weekend on the same track that is used to host the annual 24 Hours of Daytona.  Block was able to post his best ever lap at DIS, three seconds faster than he had ever recorded.  In the one and a half hour race, the No. 48 Porsche finished fourth after having an extra pit stop to accommodate third driver Dubets in the event (other teams had only two drivers that shared their Porsches).

The TRG Porsche Club Racing program is something that has a proud past and long future for the team.  Opportunities to race in Porsche Club, Pirelli Cup, GT3 Challenge, SCCA, POC, and NASA events with TRG are available to book now for 2014.  In addition, parts for your Porsche racecar are in stock from TRG and available to ship.  Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in regards to club racing and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for parts inquiries or visit www.trgparts.com.

Kevin Buckler on the TRG PCA Weekend:

"I am really proud of the boys holding the TRG flag high while we were at VIR.  Chris, Steve, and Mark did a great job out at Laguna.  Of course I would've liked to be there as it is one of my favorite circuits.  David was busy down in Daytona turning some incredibly fast laps in his first event with us.  I was so happy to hear of everyone's good results and appreciate the guys racing with us."

Chris Pallis on the Laguna Seca weekend:

“What can you say – it’s Laguna Seca!   It’s one of the best tracks in the world and the setting in the beautiful Monterey Peninsula only makes it all the more special.  Once again, TRG did a super job preparing the cars.  We had a ball.”

Mark Nelson on learning to road race:

"I had an absolute blast in my second race weekend with TRG and first time at Laguna.  It's been an incredibly fun learning experience moving from many seasons in AWD rally cars several years ago to road racing in a GT3 cup car.  The car was amazing and the team did a phenomenal job with preparation and taking care of the car throughout the weekend; it really allowed me to focus on learning and coming up to speed.  I couldn't ask for a better weekend."

David Block on the Daytona PCA event:


“The TRG team overcame several unforeseen obstacles to keep the car on track all weekend, and at the front of the pack.  Great work."

About TRG:

TRG is a full-service motorsports company offering a total driver ladder approach, as well as comprehensive sponsorship and business opportunities. For drivers, this approach starts with track days, goes to club events, up into street stock series and culminates in the ultimate goal of professional motorsports. For sponsors and business partners, this method starts with everything from executive events and traditional sponsorship models, to comprehensive business-to-business opportunities and experiential marketing. The team races in America's two largest sport car series - the American Le Mans Series and the GRAND-AM Rolex Series and can offer turn-key marketing programs as well as arrive-and-drive support.

The Racer's Group was founded in 1993 and has been competing at the top level of motor racing. The team boasts Rolex Series GT championships in 2005 and 2006 and holds the record for the most wins in GRAND-AM with 32. The team's resume is highlighted by four championships, four Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona victories, a 24 Hours of Le Mans win, a victory at Petit Le Mans and the longest standing ALMS podium run with 16 in a row.

About Adobe Road Winery:

Adobe Road features hand-crafted small lot wines produced from some of the finest vineyards in Sonoma and Napa counties. It has developed a reputation as one of Northern California's hottest boutique wineries, producing many award-winning wines. Most recently, Wine Spectator Insider gave outstanding scores to four of the wineries latest releases: 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard (94 points); 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Bavarian Lion Vineyard (93 points); 2009 Syrah, Dry Creek Kemp Vineyard (93 points); and 2009 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley (92 points).

Last Updated (Saturday, 12 October 2013 02:45)

 

TRG and Keating/Faulkner Finish a Great Weekend with Victory at COTA

(PETALUMA, CA) - September 23) With three races left on the season, the No. 66 TRG had one goal coming into COTA --- to win everything this past weekend.  After a bit of a tough season for the No. 66 Viper Exchange/Port Lavaca Auto Group Porsche GT3, the team came into the event with a razor focus on winning in practice, qualifying, and the race.  Saturday, the Ben Keating/Damien Faulkner pairing claimed victory after an intense battle with the No. 30 GTC team in the Austin, TX round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron event.  

After using the available testing time to the fullest the No. 66 TRG Porsche group felt really good if the race was a dry race.  At the start, with a beautiful sunny Texas day, Ben Keating started from pole position.  His start was balked due to a hold-up in front of him in his line from another class.   Keating settled into second; where he drove his entire stint directly behind the No. 30 class leader.  With an uncharacteristic solid green flag run; the two drove away from the rest of the class.

After Keating’s fantastic opening stint, Damien Faulkner assumed the driver’s seat again directly behind the No. 30 Porsche.  The TRG team felt that their car had an advantage in tire wear if the race stayed green throughout the stint.  The racing field cooperated, and as the laps counted down, Faulkner began to attack with 20 minutes remaining.  The race saw some of the closest GTC racing of the season with the cars and drivers equally matched.  As time drew down to the 2 hour 45 minute time limit, Faulkner and the No. 30 car had not only their own race to contend with but also the Prototype and GT Cars in a battle as well.  The increased traffic allowed Faulkner to find a way to get a run on the No. 30 Porsche.  He made a brave pass with five minutes left in the race and drove away to victory by more than 10 seconds.

The victory was a great conclusion to an outstanding weekend for the No. 66 TRG Porsche team and Texas native Ben Keating.  The team now looks forward to the penultimate event for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron at Virginia International Raceway.

Kevin Buckler on TRG on the COTA track for ALMS GTC:

“That was epic.  Epic in so many ways….We said that this was exactly what we wanted to do, and planned for…and executed…Done.  The team was flawless all weekend.  It was hot and sweaty and they worked early to late every day.   But I have to say that that was one of the most amazing shows of pure driving talent I have ever seen.  Ben was flawless and put us exactly where we wanted to be.  The battle with Damien and Sean in the #30 was was simply amazing---they stayed 3 seconds apart for an hour and just did it lap after lap….My hat is off to all of them and of course I am so glad we came out on top."

Ben Keating on the big win at COTA:

“Today was amazing.  We worked really hard all week to get the Porsche as good as possible.  I had so many family and friends here and to start from pole position was a great way to begin the race.  We got held up at the start due to issues in front of us at the start.  After we found ourselves in second, I worked hard to stay with the No. 30 while also using as little of the car as necessary.  We had no drama during my stint, and Damien got in and drove really hard.  The TRG guys have worked so hard for us and we are so happy for everyone to get the victory.  For me, if you told me I could only win one race this season, this would be the one for me to win.  To capture the victory here was outstanding!"

Damien Faulkner on the battle to victory:

"I am so pleased.  We all worked so hard, but especially the TRG crew.  The season has had tough luck, so to win today makes the win that much sweeter.  I am also really happy for Ben to get this win with all of his family and friends here to see it.  We knew that our Porsche seemed to make the tires work better longer than on the No. 30 Porsche.  With around 20 minutes to go, I attacked HARD.  This attack allowed me to get close to the No. 30.  When traffic hit, we were able to make the move and pull away for the win. Thank you to TRG, Ben, and Kevin for such a great day!"

About TRG:

TRG is a full-service motorsports company offering a total driver ladder approach, as well as comprehensive sponsorship and business opportunities. For drivers, this approach starts with track days, goes to club events, up into street stock series and culminates in the ultimate goal of professional motorsports. For sponsors and business partners, this method starts with everything from executive events and traditional sponsorship models, to comprehensive business-to-business opportunities and experiential marketing. The team races in America's two largest sport car series - the American Le Mans Series and the GRAND-AM Rolex Series and can offer turn-key marketing programs as well as arrive-and-drive support.

The Racer's Group was founded in 1993 and has been competing at the top level of motor racing. The team boasts Rolex Series GT championships in 2005 and 2006 and holds the record for the most wins in GRAND-AM with 32. The team's resume is highlighted by four championships, four Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona victories, a 24 Hours of Le Mans win, a victory at Petit Le Mans and the longest standing ALMS podium run with 16 in a row.

About Adobe Road Winery:

Adobe Road features hand-crafted small lot wines produced from some of the finest vineyards in Sonoma and Napa counties. It has developed a reputation as one of Northern California's hottest boutique wineries, producing many award-winning wines. Most recently, Wine Spectator Insider gave outstanding scores to four of the wineries latest releases: 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard (94 points); 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Bavarian Lion Vineyard (93 points); 2009 Syrah, Dry Creek Kemp Vineyard (93 points); and 2009 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley (92 points).

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Last Updated (Tuesday, 24 September 2013 02:07)

 

TRG Heads to Road America with a Pair of Potent Porsches

 

(PETALUMA, CA – August 9) After two podiums in a row in the GTC class, TRG will look to make it three-straight podium finishes as the American Le Mans Series heads to Road America for the Orion Energy Systems 245. Ben Keating and Damien Faulkner are coming off a fantastic third place run at Lime Rock Park and a solid weekend at Mosport with sights firmly set on getting back on the steps during the big sports car weekend in the No. 66 Port Lavaca Auto Group/Viper Exchange/Adobe Road Winery Porsche.

Following a fantastic 3rd place finish at Mosport, the No. 68 UIS/KENDA Tires/Recstuff.com Porsche is ready to help its drivers stand on the podium once again, this time in the capable hands of Road America veteran Jeff Courtney and Porsche hot shoe Madison Snow. Both drivers have a history of great finishes, and this weekend they are aiming for the top step of the podium.

For the first time ever, Grand-Am and ALMS will be sharing the stage with a Road America joint weekend, marking the next step in unity before they combine for the 2014 season as United Sports Car Racing.

Keating and Faulkner had a bit of tough luck in the previous event at Mosport, being shunted off the track by a prototype car, thus being taken out of contention. It was a difficult incident for the team, as up until then the team felt like things had really begun to turn around for the season. They’ll look to Road America for the finish to that turn with TRG finishing second there in 2011 and a team that’s determined as ever to get a podium result.

Both TRG Porsches have been through extensive testing during the course of the season trying to find extra speed wherever it could to keep pace with the competitive GTC class. It will be helped by Keating’s knowledge of Road America, having qualified on pole and won both races he’s competed in when racing in the SRT Viper Cup series here.

Ben Keating on Road America and the team:

"I love Road America. It is a long and fast track. I have high expectations. I want a win so badly, I can taste it. We have been working hard as a team. We have been working on improving the car, improving our set-up, improving our team, and improving our drivers. No one on the team is happy with our results this season. We are a team of winners, and that is where we expect to be. We are on our game right now. I expect the car to be the best it has been all season. We are so close."

Keating on moving forward after the recent incidents on track with Prototypes:

"After being run off the track by a Prototype Challenge car in the last two races, I decided to take a different approach. We have wrapped the 66 in the same wild colors of the ACRX Viper success. We ought to be seen very well now. It is bright and funky. It also has some great mojo at Road America. It gives new meaning to "pass with flying colors.”

Damien Faulkner on Racing at Road America:

“I’m really looking forward to Road America. Last year I qualified on the front row going on to finish third so I have unfinished business here. At TRG, the guys have been working tirelessly since Mosport in an effort to make us more competitive. It’s true to say that we have had a challenging first half of the season, but I believe that between TRG, Ben, and myself, we can get the job done. Together we are fighters, but above all we are winners and I hope that we can reward the team with a top result this weekend.”

Madison Snow on his ALMS Debut:

"I have always wanted to drive in the American Le Mans Series. This weekend with TRG, thanks to the Buckler family, I now have this awesome opportunity. I am excited to partner with Jeff Courtney in the No. 68 Porsche, as he’s very familiar with the track here at Road America.  This is only my third time at Road America, but we’re looking forward to a great result!"

Jeff Courtney on Racing with TRG:

"This is my first ALMS event and it’s a steep learning curve, for sure.  This is my home track, though, so that helps a lot. Driving for TRG in the Porsche is a huge plus.  While I have a limited background driving Porsches, TRG has been really helpful in getting me up to speed.  My co-driver, Madison Snow, is already an accomplished Porsche driver at his young age, which is another bonus for our No. 68 TRG Porsche. It's great to bring Kenda and www.recstuff.com to ALMS this weekend for my sponsors.  Thank you to Kevin and Debra Buckler as well as Lisa Kay – I couldn’t be here without them.  I can't wait to make further progress in practice session 2 and am ready for the race!"

Kevin Buckler on Racing at Road America:

“Road America is one of the original TRG tracks and the very first track I ever raced on back in 1991. We all love coming here. Ben and Damien drove well today, have a strong car, and I think this is going to be a great weekend for the No. 66 TRG Porsche. I’m also really excited for this pairing of Jeff and Madison this weekend in the No. 68 TRG Porsche. Jeff is a seasoned Road America veteran, while Madison is a young hot shoe that is quickly rising up the ranks as one of the best Porsche racers to come out of North America. All in all we’ve got a super strong lineup, a great team, and are looking forward to the podium this weekend!"

 

Last Updated (Saturday, 10 August 2013 00:48)

 
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