Key Personnel

Kevin Buckler

Kevin Buckler

Chief Executive Officer


Kevin Buckler is the founder and CEO of The Racers Group (TRG) and Adobe Road Winery and is a professional race car driver and team owner.  TRG is the single winningest privateer team in North American sports car history.

Buckler started his racing career growing up in the Southern California car culture of the ‘70s. He began his professional racing career at the California Grand Prix in 1995, where he entered his rebuilt 1970 Porsche 911 and won the race.

Buckler has more than 100 professional starts with numerous pole positions, podium finishes and victories. Notable highlights include four wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona (including in 2003 winning overall while racing in the GT Class — the only time this has been done in history), as well as in 2002 winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans GT championship. He is also a recipient of the coveted Porsche World Cup. Since then, Kevin has led TRG to back-to-back (2005 and 2006) Grand American Rolex GT Championships, including the Triple Crown in 2006 (Drivers, Team and Manufacturers Championships). TRG has run a multi-car effort at Daytona since 1997 and is the only team to ever run a five-car team successfully for eight straight years.

After much success in the world of professional sportscar racing, Buckler joined the ranks of NASCAR team owners by forming TRG Motorsports. After a successful stint in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2008, Buckler brought the team up to the top Sprint Cup Series and competed in the top series for three full seasons.

In 2013, Kevin was approached by Aston Martin Racing to lead its North American racing division, TRG-Aston Martin Racing, adding Aston Martins to a race lineup that now includes Lamborghinis and Porsches as well.

Today, Kevin manages his multi-car professional race teams and motorsports business from Northern California. He balances his love of speed with another driving passion — wine.  Kevin and the Adobe Road Winery team use the race team’s heritage of meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail and apply it to the crafting of his award winning Adobe Road wines, sourcing grapes from some of the finest vineyards in Sonoma and Napa Counties.

The winery, with Kevin and his wife Debra at the helm, continues to garner strong recognition and outstanding scores from The Wine Spectator and other publications, hosting incredible wine dinners and events throughout the country. Adobe Road is now prominently featured in some of the finest restaurants in North America.

When not at the racetrack, he enjoys spending time with his wife, three daughters, and friends.  His interests include water sports, snow skiing, tennis (Kevin was a USTA 5.0 nationally ranked player), winemaking, and growing his expansive wine collection.

Debra Buckler

Debra Buckler

Chief Financial Officer


Graduated from Drake University with a Business degree and majored in corporate finance.  Magna cum Laude, and graduated in 3.5 years.   Formed The Racers Group with Kevin Buckler in 1993, and has been the CFO since inception, along with the CFO of Buckler Family Vineyards, LLC and TRG-AMR North America, LLC. Over the years, has worn many “hats” including obtaining a California Real Estate License and a California Motor Vehicle Dealers License.   3 Daughters, ages 17, 15, and 13; and loves cooking, and summers spent with the family enjoying the water.

Ryan Budlong

Ryan Budlong

Creative Director


Ryan owned and operated his own design firm for 6 years designing successful promotional, advertising, marketing, and entertainment collateral for different clients. It was in 2013 that Ryan was brought on by The Racers Group (then TRG-AMR) to supervise and direct all creative operations ranging from digital marketing, web development, race car livery designs, vinyl applications, print graphics, and many other aspects of the company.

Gail Benzler

Gail Benzler

Director of Communications


Gail Benzler is a passionate communications and engagement strategist. A lifelong racing enthusiast who has dabbled in competition rally, she brings her love of cars and 20+ years of experience as a PR and communications executive to her role as Director of Communications at The Racers Group and Adobe Road Winery.

Some of her responsibilities for the team include editorial branding and content, social media marketing, strategic communications planning, public and media relations, reputation management and online communications.

Founder of Gail Benzler PR, she has worked with a diverse client base featuring for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, celebrities, athletes and public figures, specializing in sports, lifestyle, and entertainment, including a nine-year stint as director of outreach and communications with the United States Tennis Association, Pacific Northwest Section.

Ryan Werner

Ryan Werner

Sponsor Activation Manager


Born in San Diego, California, but raised in Baja California, Mexico. Ryan grew up in a competitive sports environment, surrounded by olympic athletes as family members. Majored in International Sports Marketing in Guadalajara, with additional Sports Management courses from University of Real Madrid in Spain. He entered the motorsports world on his first summer job as a college student with an Off-Road racing promotions company, supporters of the Baja 1000. Although his awareness for racing grew after witnessing the F1 Singapore GP, while he was doing an internship with Lagardère Sports and Entertainment at their Asian headquarters.

He has been granted the opportunity to work with other professional sports like soccer, tennis, golf, boxing, swimming, and his personal favorite – football.

He now oversees TRG’s projects, partners and clients in Mexico & Latin-America.

Alicia Busch

Alicia Busch

Logistics Agent