Laguna Seca: Tafel Racing preview

TAFEL RACING AT HISTORIC LAGUNA SECA This weekend Tafel Racing heads back to the track where they found their first victory last season, feeling confident that they are in a position to repeat that success. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will open ...

TAFEL RACING AT HISTORIC LAGUNA SECA

This weekend Tafel Racing heads back to the track where they found their first victory last season, feeling confident that they are in a position to repeat that success. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will open its 50th Anniversary season with the U.S. Sports Car Invitational delivered by Luggage Express in round five of the Rolex Sports Car Series. The 72 North South Machinery Porsche GT3 Cup will be in the capable hands of Andrew Davis and Nathan Swartzbaugh.

Davis, of Bogart, Ga., is coming off his best finish of the season at VIR where he qualified 3rd and finished 4th.

"My first taste of Laguna Seca a few years ago left me wanting more. I wish the track was twice as long because it is tremendous fun to drive. Tafel Racing scored its first victory at this race last year, and I am optimistic that Nathan and I can match last year's result. The team has been working non-stop to improve the car, and Nathan and I have been training hard to put our best effort into this event."

Swartzbaugh, who has relocated to Georgia to be near the Tafel workshop, is looking forward to returning to his native California.

"Laguna Seca is the track that I am most familiar with on the circuit. Tafel racing will give us the best Porsche on the track, and Andrew is the best teammate. Since this is my home track, I look forward to seeing a lot of our sponsors, family, friends, and fans."

Eric Lux of Buffalo, NY will share driving duties in the 74 Rembrandt Charms Porsche with Ian James of Phoenix, AZ.

"Laguna Seca is an incredible racing circuit, said Lux ."The history of Laguna Seca and the famous corckscrew makes this a great race to be part of. I drove with Ian several races last year and really enjoy being his teammate. I am optimistic that he and I can produce a good result with the Porsche at Laguna Seca."

James is happy to be back with the Tafel team where he competed part of last season.

"I have always enjoyed Laguna; it reminds me of some of the European tracks I raced on before coming to America. Last year I finished on the GT podium and hopefully I can have a repeat this year as I am confident Eric and I can pick right up where we left off in '06. As always it's a pleasure to be back in a Tafel Racing suit this weekend."

-credit: tafel racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ian James , Andrew Davis , Eric Lux , Nathan Swartzbaugh