Sonoma, CA -- The GT class will feature a very healthy eighteen car field as the ALMS heads to Infineon Raceway at Sears Point for round three of the 2003 Championship.
If there were to be a pre-race favorite this weekend in the strong class it would have to be Kevin Buckler in the #66 The Racer's Group Porsche. Buckler, who owns the team, has his company located on the grounds of the track and is well versed in every nuance of the circuit.
Buckler recently tested his Porsche GT3 RS at the track with his co-driver Cort Wagner.
"We tried a lot of different things at the test and the car felt pretty good," said Buckler. "We're looking for a comfortable car and we're getting there. "
Buckler did run his Porsche in race trim, and while he would not reveal his best time, he said it was a tad slower than last year's qualifying run of 1 minute, 37.742 seconds.
If Buckler, or any of the Porsche teams for that matter, can win then Porsche will tying their record of 13 straight race wins that they set in the 99-01 season. This win streak started at Sebring in 02.
"Things are more challenging in the GT class now than they were a year ago," said Alwin Springer, president of Porsche Motorsport North America. "The newly-entered top Ferrari teams in the class will give the Porsches a tough battle at Infineon Raceway as the BMWs did in the early years of ALMS. But the top Porsche teams have also improved the speed and handling of their race cars," said Springer, who noted that weight savings and 15 additional horsepower has improved the performance of the 2003 Porsche 911 GT3 RS compared to last year.