Kevin Buckler

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Kevin Buckler (born c. 1959) is an American race car driver and entrepreneur. He founded Adobe Road Winery[1] 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.

History[edit]

Buckler began racing at the local level in the late 1980s. He attended his first high-speed race in 1990. In 1992, Kevin and his wife Debora created The Racer's Group (TRG) as a Porsche Club Racing business that has grown into much more.[2] 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, TRG 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 TRG to 3 more GT class wins in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, including an overall 1st place in 2003. TRG 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.[3] 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.[4] In 2012 TRG Motorsports announced it would not continue competing in NASCAR, but would focus on Grand-Am.[5] As Buckler and TRG continued to make a name for their selves on the track, Kevin and Adobe Road Winery established themselves as a boutique national brand. Adobe Road wines have collected many awards, and has 15 wines receiving Wine Spectator scores of 90 and above including the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Beckstoffer Georges III which received a score of 94 out of 100.[6] 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.[7]

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2002 United States The Racer's Group Germany Lucas Luhr
Germany Timo Bernhard
Porsche 911 GT3-RS GT 322 16th 1st
2003 United States The Racer's Group Germany Jörg Bergmeister
Germany Timo Bernhard
Porsche 911 GT3-RS GT 304 20th 5th

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Adobe Road Winery". Adobe Road Winery Official Website. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "About TRG". TRG Official Website. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "IMSA Team Listings". IMSA Official Website. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Camping World Truck Stats". Driver Averages Website. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "TRG leaves NASCAR". Tireball Sports News. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Wine Rating Database". Wine Spectator Official Website. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "About Aston Martin and TRG". TRG-AMR Official Website. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 

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