MICHAEL TODD DAVID DECIDES TO REFOCUS PURSUITS FOR 1999 CORONA, Calif. (Nov. 6, 1998) - - The advent of PDR Enterprises expansion in professional motorsports is also bringing a change by choice for team co-owner and driver Michael Todd David.
MICHAEL TODD DAVID DECIDES TO REFOCUS PURSUITS FOR 1999
CORONA, Calif. (Nov. 6, 1998) - - The advent of PDR Enterprises expansion in professional motorsports is also bringing a change by choice for team co-owner and driver Michael Todd David. David's interests in the business of professional racing along with his increasing responsibilities with family-owned David Engineering, a manufacturer of precision metal stampings, have become more compelling. With this in mind, David has decided to refocus his career pursuits and reduce or possibly step aside from competitive driving in 1999. David, who recently celebrated his first wedding anniversary and 26th birthday, is also entering the fourth and final year of his National Machine Tool Association (NTMA) apprenticeship program.
"Racing demanded an inordinate amount of my time last season," David said. "It's similar to working two jobs at once and not being able to give either a hundred percent. I had conflicts between racing and the NTMA this past summer that led me to miss key classes. I've invested so much time and effort into the NTMA program that it would be insensible not to complete it on schedule.
"Prior to Mid-Ohio, I sat down with my father and took a hard look at our options. That's when we started talking to Jean Marchioni about future possibilities. Jean has worked with many drivers over the years. Some of them have established very successful racing careers while others chose different directions. We liked his approach and decided now was as good a time as any to expand the program at PDR.
"Our relationship with Autodesk has allowed me to work in 3D CAD (three-dimensional computer aided design) and solid modeling with their Mechanical Desktop software. We'll have two new drivers in 1999, and I'm seriously considering becoming more involved with data acquisition and systems application engineering. There are Formula One teams that have merged the two software technologies and developed their own simulation packages to aid in chassis set-up and driver performance. The combination of my driving experience and the engineering expertise within the team leads me believe I may have more to contribute in a non-driving role.
"I'll still be active in testing and development but as co-owner of the team. Stepping up the program to a two-car, two-driver campaign confirms PDR is poised to compete at a higher level and win a championship. The response we have received from our expansion announcement has been phenomenal, especially from young drivers looking to develop their careers through Karting and Formula Ford to Atlantic's. The goal for 1999 is simple. PDR is looking to retain the most talented drivers available and support them with one of the best teams in the Atlantic championship."
PDR Enterprises is currently interviewing numerous drivers for upcoming test sessions scheduled for November and December. Team manager Jean Marchioni is interviewing prospective crew members while crew chief Scott Gelvin is busy incorporating all of the modifications to the PDR-Swift 008a.