CDOC and TEAM 16 Return to the Rolex Sports Car Series Charlottesville VA- The Rolex Sports Car Series returned to the picturesque Barber Motorsports Park located outside of Birmingham, Alabama, for what would be another historic race for TEAM...
CDOC and TEAM 16 Return to the Rolex Sports Car Series
Charlottesville VA- The Rolex Sports Car Series returned to the picturesque Barber Motorsports Park located outside of Birmingham, Alabama, for what would be another historic race for TEAM 16.
The race entry list consisted of a new Daytona Prototype driver pair, CDOC Contingency Program drivers Brad Coleman and Colin Braun. The duo had already raced into the history books when they were part of the Porsche TEAM 16 that set a world record by becoming the youngest team ever to compete at the Rolex 24 of Daytona.
Now TEAM 16 has turned their racing attention to the Daytona Prototype class. Coleman and Braun have teamed up with Essex Racing to drive a Ford- powered Crawford at Barber. CDOC, a partner of TEAM 16 at Daytona, will continue to partner with TEAM 16 as they begin their Daytona Prototype venture. "CDOC has always been there for me," said Coleman. "They are providing us with all the right equipment to race with from the helmet and driving suit to other top quality racing products." The strong association between CDOC and Coleman was shown last year as Coleman drove the CDOC sponsored Pro-Formula Mazda in the Star Mazda Series.
TEAM 16 has been on a media blitz for the last 8 days with over 13 media interviews and 28 television spots. The CDOC Contingency Program drivers also took time from their busy schedule to visit the local Children's Hospital and Ronald McDonald House. There they spent time playing racing video games with the children and signing autographs.
Coleman is currently competing in the Dodge Weekly Series racing stock cars in the Carolinas, while Braun is racing in the Star Mazda Series. Now this young duo have the opportunity to race in the Daytona Prototype class against some of the greatest drivers in the world who have competed in Formula 1, Champ Car, NASCAR and in the Indianapolis 500.
With a field of almost 50 Daytona Prototype and GT entries in this weekend's race, the team knew the competition would be tough. During the pre-race practice sessions, the TEAM 16 duo would achieve an 11th fastest time in one of the sessions. This prompted smiles all around the TEAM 16 pit.
Qualifying would find the TEAM 16 car starting in 15th position on the grid with a time of 1:24.002 around the Barber Motorsports Park track. The #5 TEAM 16 car would find themselves starting in front of NASCAR champion Bobby Labonte and several 2005 Daytona Prototype race winners.
The race action race was rapid and exciting right from the start. The TEAM 16 drivers had to adjust to a completely different race than in Daytona when they raced a GT car. Now the drivers were in a faster Daytona Prototype and would be working their way through traffic. The race was filled with cautions as the tight confines of the Barber track and traffic lead to many incidents. The TEAM 16 Crawford found some of those incidents and this hampered their effort. Despite the incidents, Coleman and Braun were able to bring their Daytona Prototype home across the finish line in 13th place overall. This was an outstanding achievement in their first race in a Daytona Prototype.
"A major thanks to CDOC," said Braun. "Colin and everyone at CDOC are great and the team appreciates their support at the race track." Look for the CDOC Contingency Program drivers at their next event in October at the VIR 400. TEAM 16 will also be at the CDOC booth at this year's PIR Show in Orlando, Florida, in December.