MILWAUKEE NEXT FOR MICHAEL TODD DAVID AND THE PDR/WATER JOE RACING TEAM CORONA, Calif. (May 27, 1998) - The 1998 KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship is far from decided, which bodes well for Michael...
MILWAUKEE NEXT FOR MICHAEL TODD DAVID AND THE PDR/WATER JOE RACING TEAM
CORONA, Calif. (May 27, 1998) - The 1998 KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship is far from decided, which bodes well for Michael Todd David and the PDR/Water Joe Racing team as they set their sites on the famed Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis., and round four of the 13-race KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship, Saturday, May 30. The Milwaukee race marks the sixth consecutive appearance of the KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship at the Milwaukee Mile and seventh stop since 1988. Western Great Lakes area race fans will enjoy their first look in 1998 at North America's richest and longest running open-wheel development series when the 60-lap/60-mile sprint takes the green flag at 3:15 p.m. (CT), setting the stage for the featured CART FedEx Championship Series Miller Lite 200 the following afternoon. David's string of three consecutive top-10 finishes in Atlantic competition ended at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis in round three last weekend when fellow Atlantic driver Derek Hill forced contact with the Water Joe Racing Ralt RT-41 during a race restart that pushed it him into the outside wall. Both drivers were uninjured but the incident prematurely ended both racers day with no points to be had. Regardless, David maintained a top-10 hold in the Atlantic championship in ninth place with 16 points. St. Louis was a weekend filled with uncertainty regarding the Atlantic championship's direction in modifying the competitive capabilities of the Ralt chassis versus the newly initiated Swift 008a. Much of the PDR/Water Joe Racing team's time was spent experimenting and evaluating the handling and performance capabilities of the team's Ralt RT-41 under new series administered performance adjustments. Those adjustments were enacted following round two at Nazareth. With St. Louis now providing a baseline guide for the new rule changes, David is looking to be more competitive at Milwaukee. "One of the best parts of racing on the Milwaukee Mile is the full range of visibility it affords the drivers from any point on the track," said David. "Hopefully, we'll have the series required wood plank attachment to our Ralt's underside figured out so we won't waste another day calculating the most competitive and adaptable ride height and wing angles. That alone would place us a day or two ahead of where we were at Gateway."
PDR Enterprises, which is in its fourth season as a year round professional motorsports operation, is owned by David and managed by his father, Mike. Its strategic business plan aims to expand into a multi-car team, and to place a team into the CART FedEx Championship Series by the year 2000. Race results, team, sponsor, and driver updates may be viewed on the PDR's revised web site, www.pdrmotorsports.com.
ESPN2 will broadcast round four of the KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship on Saturday, June 6, from 4:30 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. ET (1:30-2:30 p.m. PT).