TRG - Ready for the 60th Sebring 12 hours
First on the agenda is a win at Sebring. It is the only major sports car race that has eluded Buckler in his 20 years of racing, and he is focused on adding that trophy to his 150-plus race trophy display case. Second, is an American Le Mans Series championship, another feat that has eluded TRG.
A year ago, TRG went into the season finale at Petit Le Mans with a chance to pull that off, needing a win and a little misfortune to eventual champion Black Swan to claim the Series crown. Having won the previous year's Petit as well as the Rolex 24, TRG was also going for the never-been-done-before "Trifecta" of winning the three big endurance races in North America back-to-back. TRG had turned in an incredible season to date, with four victories, including one-two finishes at Mid-Ohio and Lime Rock as well as a second place finish at Sebring. A third place finish at Petit Le Mans placed the Buckler group second for the ALMS Series GTC class crown but left the team more determined than ever to change all that in 2012.
While every race is important, 2012 marks the 60th running of America's oldest endurance classic. There is certainly extra incentive to win, and Buckler is playing his cards close to the vest this year, waiting until next week to announce TRG's driver line-up for 2012.
"We are all so excited to be returning to Sebring again this year," stated Buckler. "We have a strong line-up to announce, and we are going for it in 2012. All of our programs are solid, and we are back in a big way...stay tuned."
The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will also be the first of the FIA's World Endurance Classic which means that top sports car teams from all over the world will fill an anticipated 64-car, six-class field.
"The competition will be amazing," continued Buckler. "The Sebring course is legendary for being a rough ride. A really fast lap here is a violent experience. Not only does that take its toll on the car and drivers, but having a great sense of all the other cars at varying speeds that are around you is crucial. You have to be cautious, patient AND aggressive all at the same time, because it has become a 12-hour sprint race despite the fact that it is an endurance classic."
The 12-hour race with its 10:30 a.m. EDT green flag will be seen live on ESPN3.com along with special feature coverage from ABC on Sunday, March 18 beginning at 12:00 noon.
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, to traditional sponsorship models, all the way 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 two championships, four Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona victories, and a Le Mans 24 Hour win.
Detailed team info can be viewed at www.theracersgroup.com.
The Racer’s Group
1995 S. McDowell Blvd.
Petaluma, CA 94954
Last Updated (Wednesday, 07 March 2012 22:58)