ASC Motorsports Porsche Team Set for Koni Challenge at Daytona Tiffin, Ohio -- January 18, 2007 ASC Motorsports, based in Tiffin, Ohio, has announced the team's driver lineup for the season-opening Fresh from Florida 200 Grand-Am Koni Challenge...
ASC Motorsports Porsche Team Set for Koni Challenge at Daytona
Tiffin, Ohio -- January 18, 2007 ASC Motorsports, based in Tiffin, Ohio, has announced the team's driver lineup for the season-opening Fresh from Florida 200 Grand-Am Koni Challenge Series race at Daytona International Speedway on January 26th.
ASC Motorsports will campaign the Porsche 996 in the Koni Challenge in 2007 and has entered two cars in the series. At Daytona, team owner Zach Arnold and Rene Robichaud of Cincinnati, Ohio will co-drive the Arnold Machine-sponsored #43 Porsche. Tanner Baker of Sebring, Florida will team with 16-year-old Mitch Cobb from Edwards, Colorado in the Rubbn'Repair-sponsored #44 Porsche.
Team owner Zach Arnold began his career in karts and had success in SCCA sportscar racing, before moving to Grand-Am. Arnold was a co-driver in the 2004 Grand-Am Cup series and was the lead driver in the Arnold Machine designed and built Corvette in the Rolex Grand-Am GT Series in 2005 and 2006. His only start in a Daytona Prototype resulted in a top ten at VIR in 2005.
Rene Robichaud owns a stable of Porsches and makes his debut with ASC Motorsports at Daytona. Robichaud gained experience attending a number of racing schools over the years and then raced in a variety of Porsche Club of America events the last three years, earning his first victory in 2006.
Tanner Baker began driving karts in the Rotax series at 14. Currently working as an instructor at the Audi Driving Experience and Panoz Race schools, Baker has competed in Historic Sportscar Racing for the last two years and competed in selected Grand Am Cup races in a Porsche in 2006.
Mitch Cobb started racing karts in 2003 and became the Colorado State Junior TaG and Junior 80cc Champion in 2005. He moved up to the senior ranks in the Stars of Karting ICA division in 2006 and captured his first podium finish shortly after joining the Italian Motors team.
Commenting on the driver lineup, Arnold said he was excited to be headed for Daytona after a great winter test and looked forward to co-driving with Robichaud in the team's first race with the Porsche. About the second team car, Arnold said, "Mitch is only 16, and he did a stellar job during the January test session. The kid drives well beyond his years. Tanner also showed his skill and Porsche experience during test days. Those two will make an excellent driving pair for the Daytona event."
The 200 mile race, to be run on Daytona's 3.56 mile road course, is scheduled to take the green flag on Friday, January 26th at 2:15 PM. The television schedule has not yet been announced, but fans can follow the action live on the Grand Am website at www.grand-am.com.