Thursday, February 9, 2017

"The Racer's Group" Kevin Buckler Born - February 9, 1959

February 9, 1959 
Kevin Buckler
He founded Adobe Road Winery and currently owns The Racer's Group, a professional sports car racing team, TRG Motorsports, formerly a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, and TRG-AMR, heading up all North American Aston Martin motor sports operations.

Buckler began racing in the late 1980s. In 1992, Kevin and his wife Debora created The Racer's Group as a Porsche Club Racing business that has grown into much more. 1995 saw Buckler take his first start as a professional driver. He would go on to win that race, beginning a notable career in professional motor sports. Off the track the same year, Kevin and his wife, along with friends, opened Adobe Road Winery in Sonoma County California.

In 2002, The Racer's Group with support from Porsche Factory, won the GT class at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Buckler would lead The Racer's Group to 3 more GT class wins in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, including an overall 1st place in 2003. The Racer's Group holds the record for the team with the most Rolex Sports Car Series GT victories at 29, and is ranked third for the most GT pole positions with 15.

In 2009, Buckler would expand his racing horizons into NASCAR with the formation of TRG Motorsports. TRG Motorsports would go on to take 106 starts in the Sprint Cup Series with 2 top 10 finishes and 6 starts in the Camping World Truck Series, taking 6 starts with 2 top 10 finishes and 1 top 5 finish.

In 2012 TRG Motorsports announced it would not continue competing in NASCAR, but would focus on Grand-Am. In 2013, Aston Martin Racing teamed with Buckler and TRG to form TRG-AMR North America, which will proudly be taking the reins of Aston Martin's North American Motor Sport operation.
The Racer's Group (TRG) Porsche 911 GTC Class at Sebring 2013

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