MICHAEL TODD DAVID RETURNS TO LAGUNA SECA FOLLOWING A STRONG SHOWING AT VANCOUVER CORONA, Calif. (Sept. 9, 1998) - The beauty of returning to Laguna Seca Raceway for Michael Todd David and the PDR/Water Joe/Autodesk Racing team is they...
MICHAEL TODD DAVID RETURNS TO LAGUNA SECA FOLLOWING A STRONG SHOWING AT VANCOUVER
CORONA, Calif. (Sept. 9, 1998) - The beauty of returning to Laguna Seca Raceway for Michael Todd David and the PDR/Water Joe/Autodesk Racing team is they left Laguna Seca last year with success and they are returning on the same note. With that in mind David is anxious to return to one of his favorite road courses for round 12 of the 13-race KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship, Saturday, September 12, and the Honda Grand Prix of Monterey (Calif.).
This year's annual return to the picturesque central California coastline will celebrate the 24th KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship race around the 2.238-mile, 11-turn road circuit. An anticipated field of over 30 cars will take a "standing start" at 3:30 p.m. (PT) for an expected 28-lap sprint, setting the stage for the CART FedEx Championship Series Honda Grand Prix of Monterey the following afternoon.
Good fortune combined with strong preparation made for a surprisingly successful race last weekend in round 11 at the Molson Indy Vancouver. A five-car pile-up among the five leading drivers blended with the various misfortunes of others assisted David in climbing from 22nd on the starting grid to an 11th place finish, best of the Ralt chassis.
David's five championship points improved him to 37 for the season and 14th place overall entering Laguna Seca. David also finished 11th place with 19 points in the 1998 Player's Challenge for the KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship. The Player's Challenge, which recognizes the efforts and results of the 15 highest placing Atlantic drivers who earn the most points in the series' Canadian events. David's inspiration for a solid finish at Laguna Seca is partly due to drawing to within 15 points of the breaking back into the top-10. His highest position this season in the driver's championship was fourth following Nazareth just prior to series implemented changes to the Ralt chassis that limited its competitiveness versus the newer Swift 008a.
Laguna Seca is not only one of David's personal favorites, it is also the track where he earned an Atlantic career best finish of fourth place last year.
ESPN2 will telecast round 12 of the 1998 KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship from Laguna Seca Raceway on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET (2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. PT).