SCC: California: Tuaty and Picelli preview

FONTANA, Calif. (March 20, 2002) - After a disappointing first race filled with penalties and a disastrous pitstop marked by a stuck seat belt, Tuaty is heading to California for the Grand-Am Cup's first race on the new road course at Fontana's ...

FONTANA, Calif. (March 20, 2002) - After a disappointing first race filled with penalties and a disastrous pitstop marked by a stuck seat belt, Tuaty is heading to California for the Grand-Am Cup's first race on the new road course at Fontana's California Speedway. Where the four classes of street stock cars will help break in the California Speedway's new road course with a 250-mile race on March 24 prior to the Indy Racing League race.

The Acura has been repaired, tested and is ready to win in the Sport Touring I class. Arguably the most competitive class in the four class series Grand Am Cup series. "The car is back together, the seat belt has been replaced and we are ready to earn some points at Fontana" Tuaty went on to say, "I've wanted to race in Fontana since watching the first race there a few years ago. This is an amazing track and I love the California sport compact car culture."

California is the center of the sport compact car culture, which impacts both manufacturers and aftermarket automotive suppliers. This culture has inspired such movies as "The Fast and The Furious" and "Gone in 60 Seconds" which feature cars such as Tuaty's Acura Integra Type R raced in the Grand-Am Cup Series. David explains, "I love these cars and hope to see a lot of these guys in the paddock at the races. A lot of the parts that we use on our race car are available to the street guys, so it's a real life example of how racing technology makes its way to the street."

This race will mark the first time most of the drivers have seen the infield road course at Fontana. This will level the field and force drivers to adapt to the unfamiliar circuit. "I think we will have an advantage in California because most of us haven't seen this track. The Acura is so good in such a variety of conditions...I feel that we can get the Acura on track faster and get a good set up for the race." Tuaty explained.

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