Enge and Charouz successfully tested at Daytona (07.01.08) - Official three test days of the Grand Am Rolex Series at Daytona marked a successful entry to the 2008 season for Tomas Enge and Jan Charouz. The Czech drivers drove for the Samax ...
Enge and Charouz successfully tested at Daytona
(07.01.08) - Official three test days of the Grand Am Rolex Series at Daytona marked a successful entry to the 2008 season for Tomas Enge and Jan Charouz. The Czech drivers drove for the Samax Motorsport team and put in flawless performances. Their Pontiac Riley, which they shared with another four drivers, was usually in the top four. The main aim of the test was a preparation for the famous 24 hours Daytona race that starts on November 26th.
Sixty driver crews were in action from Friday till Sunday. The black prototype No. 11 suffered brake problems on the first day. However, it was among the fastest cars around the renowned Daytona International Speedway.
Peter Baron, the boss of the Samax Motorsport (www.samaxmotorsport.com), was satisfied with performances of both Czech drivers. He knows Enge very well because the former F1 driver successfully raced for Samax already in 2007. Charouz captured his attention with quick and consistent laps. Baron will decide about the line-up of the No. 11 car in following days. He had already announced the crew of the No. 2 car which will be driven by factory Audi Sport drivers Allan McNish, Lucas Luhr, Mike Rockenfeller and Henri Zogaib.
Enge and Charouz shared the car with Milka Duno, Ryan Dalziel, Harold Primat and Stefan Mucke, who very well raced for the Skoda Charouz Racing System -- Lola/Judd in the LMS. Maximum five drivers can be nominated for one car.
Tomas Enge: "It was a productive test. We lost the first day when our technicians had to solve brake problems. However, our Riley Pontiac was very fast afterwards. We were in the top four whenever Ryan or I drove the car. All practice runs fulfilled the aim and I think that we are well prepared for the big race."
Jan Charouz: "It was an interesting debut for me. I was curious to see how a Daytona prototype behaves it is very specific class. Those cars race only in the Grand Am. I had expected something similar to the LMP1 or LMP2 classes but they are different. The car is closer to a GT1 car. I adapted fairly quickly to our Riley Pontiac but I would welcome more track time and less traffic. Anyway, all in all it was a great experience."
Antonin Charouz, manager of drivers: "It is shame that technical problems shortened track time but it is part of any test. The rest of the running compensate for this. All our drivers (Enge, Charouz, Mucke) did a great job according to the team boss Peter Baron. Stefan was unlucky because there was a red flag when he was in a fast lap. Jan did very solid times not far behind Tomas. I am happy and also curious to see Peter Baron's selection of drivers for the race."