MICHAEL TODD DAVID HEADS FOR EASTERN CANADA AND Le PLAYER'S GRAND PRIX de TROIS-RIVIERES CORONA, Calif. (July 31, 1998) As the famed street circuit of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada, hosts round eight of the 13-race series, Sunday, August 2,...
MICHAEL TODD DAVID HEADS FOR EASTERN CANADA AND Le PLAYER'S GRAND PRIX de TROIS-RIVIERES
CORONA, Calif. (July 31, 1998) As the famed street circuit of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada, hosts round eight of the 13-race series, Sunday, August 2, the championship battle is heating up in the KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship, and with it the intensified competition for top-10 positioning and an opportunity for driver Michael Todd David to advance in the points race.
The 45-lap/68.445-mile Atlantic race around the 1.521-mile, 10-turn temporary street circuit at Trois-Rivieres is scheduled to begin at 2:05 p.m. ET. This will be the 23rd Atlantic race hosted by Trois-Rivieres, and a featured support event for the Player's Grand Prix de Trois- Rivieres.
David is currently 14th in the Atlantic driver's championship with 25 points. His last visit to Quebec, Canada, resulted in a seventh place finish in Montreal on June 6th. If misfortune can evade David at Trois-Rivieres, the 25-year-old southern California native is confident that a top- 10 finish at Trois-Rivieres is within reach.
The PDR/Water Joe Racing team recently announced they are progressing with development of their new Swift 008.a chassis but have decided to stay with the Ralt RT-41 until after their next test session.
"The choice we have is to risk mechanical failure due to the lack of development time or stay with the proven but much slower Ralt RT-41," Bob Lobenberg, team engineer noted. "It's obvious the Ralt is not very competitive given the current restrictions. We're losing about five m.p.h. on the straights. That adds up quickly and can put a guy two or three laps down by the end of a race. Our goal is to be the fastest Ralt out there until we're ready to make the switch."
ESPN2 will telecast the Player's Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres Atlantic race on Saturday, August 8, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET (1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. PT).