Subject: Michael David Preps for Nazareth MOMENTUM AND TESTING REINFORCES MICHAEL TODD DAVID AS SECOND ROUND ATLANTIC ACTION HEADS FOR NAZARETH CORONA, Calif. (April 21, 1998) - A strong season debut at...
Subject: Michael David Preps for Nazareth
MOMENTUM AND TESTING REINFORCES MICHAEL TODD DAVID AS SECOND ROUND ATLANTIC ACTION HEADS FOR NAZARETH
CORONA, Calif. (April 21, 1998) - A strong season debut at Long Beach coupled with a successful oval test last week continues to boost momentum for the PDR/Water Joe Racing team and driver Michael Todd David as the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship heads for round two at Nazareth Speedway and the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix on Saturday, April 25. David's sixth place showing at the rain plagued Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach continued his front-running effort from last year's season finale at Laguna Seca Raceway where he finished fourth. Combining those factors with a productive pre-Nazareth test day on the one-mile oval at Phoenix International Raceway and the valuable experience gained from last year's seventh place finish at Nazareth has bred cautious optimism within the PDR/Water Joe Racing team. "We ran 167 laps on the new 15-inch oval tires," David said. "It was good to see how they compared to the 13-inch tires we ran last year and whether we would have to make drastic changes to our oval set-up. The car felt really good going through the turns. We have everything dialed in for Nazareth. I just can't wait to get there." David has been very competitive in his previous two attempts at Nazareth and has shown an ability to navigate through traffic and improve his position. He has also completed 118 of the last 120 race laps run including the entire 60 laps last year. An advantage he brings to Nazareth this year is the combined expertise of veteran Atlantic crew chief Scott Gelvin and driver coach/engineer Bob Lobenberg. "Scott really knows how to squeeze extra speed out of the car when you need it," noted David. "Bob really pushed me toward the end of the test session. It doesn't take much to put a car into the wall on an oval. You have to be mentally prepared and know how to keep your focus during the race." Nazareth will also mark the racing career finale of head mechanic and power train specialist Walter Huff who recently announced his retirement after over 30 years in motorsports. Huff has been PDR's head mechanic for the past three and a half seasons and considers his major accomplishment with the team the four of five first place finishes in the 1995 C-2 championship. "Walter is the kind of guy that is loaded with niblets of information and observations," David added. "He has been around a lot of people, programs and drivers. He could relate to my needs as a driver. I'm going to miss him but I know his wife Gayle is happy with his decision. He'll be gone after Nazareth but his contributions will be around for a long time." 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 includes expanding 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.