Racers Group Testing At Sebring
We do like to know what’s happening on the testing front,
don’t we? Russell Wittenberg badgered Kevin Buckler
for news of The Racers Group’s test at Sebring this week…
Racers Group brought three GT3 RSs (the three cars that ran at Daytona
'04 and throughout the '03 ALMS season) to Sebring this week for
a day of tire and shock testing, followed by two days of Porsche
Club racing. Over the course of the day, Cort Wagner and Patrick
Long substantially lowered the team’s lap times relative to
last year's qualifying time for the 12 Hour race. While the team
awaits delivery of its two, 2004 911 GT3-RSRs, it set up the 2003
GT3 RS as aggressively as possible, targeting a performance baseline
to start from during testing on March 15-16.
The team welcomed new
engineer Gary Grossenbacher, whose wealth of experience working
with the Porsche factory will add to the team’s strength as
it embarks on its 2004 racing season with title sponsor New Century
Mortgage and the Auto Gallery.
Team owner Kevin Buckler
said of the testing weekend: "Our goal in testing our 2003
car this weekend is to get a baseline and get everyone working together
in a low-pressure environment. We've added some key staff, and we
wanted the chance for our drivers and team to get some quality working
time together. We're excited to have had the opportunity, and feel
that it sets us up nicely for the 12 Hour race in March."
Also, TRG is participating
in the PCA club racing weekend in Sebring, and has a stable of 10
customer cars, including four 2004 GT3 Cup cars and a historic 935,
running the club enduros. In the past two years, the Club Racing
side of TRG's business has boomed, and the company now cares for
one of the largest stables of modern Porsche racers in the country.
Roll on March 15, 16,