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 with over 100 victories in the multiple professional classes.
Growing up in the Southern California car culture of the ‘70s created a deep and lasting connection to motorsports that led Kevin to the beginning of his professional racing career at the California Grand Prix in 1995, where he entered his TRG built Porsche 911 and won the race. From there, Buckler built a racing legacy with more than 100 professional starts with numerous pole positions, podium finishes and victories.
Notable highlights include wins at the 2002 24 Hours of Le Mans & 4 victories at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona . Buckler won as a driver in 2002 and 2003 (winning overall but from the GT Class — a Milestone). He is also a recipient of the coveted Porsche World Cup in 2002. 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). In 2009, TRG finished a historic 1-2 at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and was victorious again in 2011.
Driver and owner summary highlights include:
-4 victories and 13 podiums at the Rolex 24 at Daytona
-GT class victory at the 2002 24 hours of Le Mans
-Over 100 professional victories, over 200 podiums
-TRG has 7 series championships (IMSA, Grand-Am, Pirelli World Challenge)
– TRG run a multi-car effort at Daytona for 22 straight years and is the only team to have ever run a 5-car team Porsche team successfully for 8 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 forged ahead with his goal of contending in the Sprint Cup Series and successfully competed in the top series for three full seasons.
In 2012, the team was approached by Aston Martin Racing to run their entire North American racing operations and did so successfully for five years.
The company now successfully manages multiple motor sports programs, while keeping up a heavy-duty schedule of amateur and professional racing as well as high-end corporate events, dealership and corporate appearances, private track days for corporate clients, “bucket list events” and more.
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 wine 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 Northern California.
Adobe Road has become one of the darling boutique producers coming out of Sonoma and Napa counties and has received over 30+ scores from the Wine Spectator and Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. The company is in the process of building a brand-new state-of-the-art winery and entertainment complex in downtown Petaluma, right on the dynamic down to riverfront. The winery will include a beautiful new visitor center and tasting room, corporate and banquet facilities, motorsports museum and a complete winery production facility. Scheduled opening is late 2019.
When not at the racetrack, Kevin enjoys spending time with his family (wife Debra and three daughters) and friends. His interests include water sports, snow skiing, tennis (Kevin was a USTA 5.0 nationally ranked player) and winemaking/collecting.