MICHAEL TODD DAVID TO TAKE ON WSC DRIVERS AT PIKES PEAK CORONA, Ca (Sept 15) - - Coming off a career best fourth-place finish in the 12th and final round of the KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship at Laguna Seca on Sept. 6, Michael...
MICHAEL TODD DAVID TO TAKE ON WSC DRIVERS AT PIKES PEAK
CORONA, Ca (Sept 15) - - Coming off a career best fourth-place finish in the 12th and final round of the KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship at Laguna Seca on Sept. 6, Michael Todd David received an invitation by KOPF Racing to drive the prototype Kopf Keiler KII in the Exxon World SportsCar Challenge, September 28, at Pikes Peak.
The Exxon World SportsCar Championship boasts exotic, purpose-built 2-seat racing cars, capable of speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour. Their open cockpit design gives spectators a clear view of some of the world's greatest sports car drivers as they put man and machine to the test.
"This is a heck of an opportunity to be part of a high caliber series like WSC," said David. "These cars have almost three times the horsepower of an Atlantic car, so I'm glad I'll have a few practice sessions before the race."
The Keiler KII debuted earlier this year in the 24 hours of Daytona and had a very respectable finish for it=92s first outing. The 1997 campaign has been very limited due to the chassis and power train development process. The chassis incorporates a unique combination of composites and honeycomb aluminum substructure often found in aerospace applications. The car boasts a custom designed Ford STV 5.0 liter V-8 engine capable of generating over 660 h.p.
"When the Keiler KIII goes into production, it should represent a major challenge to the Ferrari 333 SP=92s and Riley & Scott configurations currently on the circuit," according to David Kopf, team owner and principle designer.
"Keiler is German for 'Wild Bore,' which is what is we have painted on the side of the transporter. It has a reputation in Germany of being very fast and aggressive. When I saw Michael's performance at Laguna I liked his style. He is very aggressive and showed some true sportsmanship in the closing laps when his car was giving him trouble. What's important about the WSC is to bring the car back to pits under its own power whenever you can, especially in a 6, 12 or 24 hour endurance race. We're planning on Daytona, Le Mans and Sebring next year and I have a vacancy for a good driver. I'm interested in securing some good young talent behind the wheel. I'm looking forward to seeing Michael in Colorado."
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