Road America Michael David Preview

MICHAEL TODD DAVID AND HIS PDR/WATER JOE/AUTODESK RACING TEAM GAIN MOMENTUM HEADING INTO ROAD AMERICA CORONA, Calif. (August 12, 1998) - Persistence and learning from experience are fast becoming the calling cards of the ...

MICHAEL TODD DAVID AND HIS PDR/WATER JOE/AUTODESK RACING TEAM GAIN MOMENTUM HEADING INTO ROAD AMERICA

CORONA, Calif. (August 12, 1998) - Persistence and learning from experience are fast becoming the calling cards of the PDR/Water Joe/Autodesk Racing team and driver Michael Todd David as they look forward to round 10 of the 13-race KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship, Sunday, August 16, at Road America (Elkhart Lake, Wis.).

Round 10 will mark the third consecutive appearance of the KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship to the long and challenging 4.048-mile Road America circuit since 1996. An anticipated field of over 25 cars is expected to take the green flag at 12:15 p.m. (CT) for a 17-lap/68.816-mile sprint around the 14-turn circuit, setting the stage for the CART FedEx Championship Series Texaco Havoline 200 later that day. Strong back-to-back showings at Trois-Rivieres and Mid-Ohio in rounds eight and nine, respectively, have strengthened David's resolve. Moreover, David and his team have proven that the PDR-prepared Water Joe/Autodesk Ralt RT-41 can be competitively engineered despite the mid-season series-induced handicaps placed on Ralts in favor of the series preferred "spec" chassis from Swift. PDR has effectively turned a couple of the tables to become the fastest Ralt competitor on a consistent basis. David's ability to maintain competitive straight-away speed at Mid-Ohio bodes well for the challenges of Road America. "After running good speeds on the straight-aways at Mid-Ohio, I'm now looking forward to Road America," said David. "With the motors we have now, we can definitely run with the Swifts on the straight-aways. We just have to fine tune our way through the corners and then we should be as competitive as anybody else." Road America will also mark a homecoming of sorts for PDR Enterprises sponsor Water Joe. Water Joe, the world's first caffeine enhanced spring water, is produced by Water Concepts LLC, of South Barrington, Ill., and bottled at Nicolet National Forest, in Mountain, Wis. Road America is affectionately viewed as "Water Joe's" home race track. Road America can expect a large contingent of Water Joe patrons and business interests to be in attendance. New to the PDR Enterprises racing family, Autodesk will be entertaining its second of four races in sponsorship alliance with PDR, which is the fourth largest producer of computer software in the world, made its Atlantic debut at Mid-Ohio. Autodesk targets the technical software industry which ranges from mechanical and architectural engineering to sectors in the automotive, aerospace, and consumer products arenas. AutoCAD, a Computer Aided Design software program, commands a near 70 percent share of the "CAD" market. Autodesk also has a fast growing Kinetix division featuring "3D Studio," a three dimensional graphics animation software program used by all major television networks, movie studios, and other telecommunication industries.

ESPN2 will telecast round nine from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Saturday, August 15, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET (12:30-1:30 p.m. PT). Road America will be shown on ESPN2, Saturday, August 22, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PT).

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