Jonathan Cochet lands full-season ride

Jonathan Cochet to Compete in 2006 Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve INDIANAPOLIS, IN, FEBRUARY 21, 2006 - Jonathan Cochet has reached an agreement with Tuttle Team Racing / SAMAX Motorsport to be the...

Jonathan Cochet to Compete in 2006 Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, FEBRUARY 21, 2006 - Jonathan Cochet has reached an agreement with Tuttle Team Racing / SAMAX Motorsport to be the team's primary co-driver alongside driver / owner Brian Tuttle in the No. 7 BMW Riley Daytona Prototype for the 2006 Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve. Cochet will drive in a total of ten races for the team beginning at the series' next round at the Autodromo Hermanos Roriguez at Mexico City, March 2 - 4, 2006.

"Throughout last year and during the off-season, we put several different drivers in our car to explore the possibilities for 2006," said SAMAX owner Peter Baron. "After the job he did with us last year, we just couldn't find a reason not to hire him. He definitely earned it based on his performance in the car, but there was also good chemistry with the team."

Cochet made a stunning series debut with Tuttle and SAMAX at the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant at Barber Motorsports Park last July. Without ever having driven a Daytona Prototype or the circuit before, he was among the top four fastest drivers throughout practice and was the fastest overall in the pre-race warm-up. He climbed from ninth to second place in the race only to be penalized for contact while executing a pass. When he emerged from the pits after serving a penalty, he chased down and passed eventual series co-champion, Max Angelleli, to get back on the lead lap. "There aren't many drivers in this series who have actually passed Max during a race," said Baron. "That really made an impression on us and definitely figured into our decision."

SAMAX also paired Cochet with Tuttle for the Emco Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio last August. His performance in that event helped the team improve eleven positions in the race - the most of any team - and earned the Tuttle / SAMAX entry its first top ten finish in the Daytona Prototype class in only its fourth start.

"I have very good memories from the two races I did with SAMAX and Brian last year and I'm very excited to team with them again in 2006," says Cochet. "I really like the team, the series and the cars. There should be no reason we can't have more good results together again this year. I'm really excited to get started."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jonathan Cochet , Peter Baron , Brian Tuttle