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Miami, FL August 8, 2001 David Tuaty and his Porsche Boxster have made a big impact in just their first year of professional racing. David Tuaty, 28, (www.tuatyracing.com) of Miami races the Porsche Boxster in the Grand-Am Cup, a support race for...

Miami, FL August 8, 2001 David Tuaty and his Porsche Boxster have made a big impact in just their first year of professional racing. David Tuaty, 28, (www.tuatyracing.com) of Miami races the Porsche Boxster in the Grand-Am Cup, a support race for the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series.

Tuaty entered this month's Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières in Quebec, Canada in the hunt for a championship title, despite a mechanical set back in last month's race at Road America. Tuaty explained the situation "The team has done a great job all year and we driven to some excellent finishes, but with just ten races on the schedule every race counts. So losing points at Road America hurt us a lot."

In Canada the Porsche Boxster was back in perfect form as Tuaty made progress in each on-track session and ultimately missing the class pole position by just two tents of a second. "This is my first time racing in Canada and this track is really treacherous, but I put in a good lap, which I thought would take the pole." But not all was to go as planed for Tuaty and the Boxster.

Tuaty races the Boxster in the Sport Touring class, arguably the most competitive in the four class series. "Its not unusual for us to be rubbing doors looking for any advantage to gain a position." Stated Tuaty. "It's pretty tense for us but our Canadian fans love it." He continued.

Tuaty started the race and immediately engaged in a three-way fight for first place. "I was leading the first 10 minutes then was second for the next 30 minutes just 4 seconds behind first, it was a great race!" Tuaty describing the early part of the race. "Then coming out of the hairpin I oversteered and when I corrected the rear stepped out and I hit the wall with the right rear tire and broke the suspension." He continued "We had a tough day, but I am still optimistic, as we were able to fight for the lead several times which gives me the taste for victory this season." Tuaty commented on the team's result. "We are close the end of a long season; and are where we need to be to fight for victories".

The Grand-Am Cup features a schedule of 10 races run in the US and Canada. Virtually all auto manufacturers compete in four distinct classes, racing on track at the same time. The series awards driver, team and manufacturer championships in each class raced.

Next and last stop on the Grand-Am Cup schedule is the Grand-Am Finale at Daytona International Raceway September 15-17.

-TR

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