PORSCHE BOXSTER AND TUATY SET TO BUILD ON PRIOR SUCCESS AT DAYTONA GRAND-AM FINALE Daytona, FL (October 30, 2001) - Looking to capitalize on a season's worth of development on the first professionally raced Porsche Boxster, driver David Tuaty is...
PORSCHE BOXSTER AND TUATY SET TO BUILD ON PRIOR SUCCESS AT DAYTONA GRAND-AM FINALE
Daytona, FL (October 30, 2001) - Looking to capitalize on a season's worth of development on the first professionally raced Porsche Boxster, driver David Tuaty is looking to repeat his qualifying efforts from Canada at the season ending race in Daytona. In Canada, David took advantage of the Boxster's inherent ability to turn in his best starting position of the season, a second in class and seventh overall. "This was the qualifying position I always knew we could achieve and we finally got it done. The Speedsource team gave me a great car."
Looking forward to this weekend's Grand-Am Finale at Daytona International Speedway Tuaty seeks to extend his qualifying success and translate that into the first professional victory for the Boxster. "We have been close several times this year and for one reason or another weren't able to put it all together. But I think we have all of the right elements in place for the Daytona Finale."
This weekend's race on the 3.75 mile Daytona road course will be the team's second visit to the storied facility this season. Tuaty is excited about the prospect of being back in the car after such a long delay. The delay caused by the postponement of the race that was originally scheduled for the weekend following the attack on the United States.
Tuaty takes the Boxster into the Finale with a successful season already behind him. Two top ten, three top five and two podium finishes leave him eleventh in the standings going into the final race. Tuaty explained "We've had some good finishes and would be even higher in the points if it weren't for the two DNFs. But considering we are new to the Boxster and the car is new to racing it's not a bad result. We can still pick up a couple of positions if we have a good race."
Tuaty on Daytona: This is practically my home track. I have raced here so many times and had some very good finishes; I always enjoy coming back. This track favors the high horsepower cars but I think the Boxster can reel in the big guys on the infield section. And we have reliability on our side. Reliability is always an issue in three-hour events like we run.
Tuaty on the Car: The Boxster has been a pleasant surprise for us. We knew this was a phenomenal road car but the fact that it has turned into such a solid racecar is just fantastic. We've put Porsche fourth in the manufacturer championship and may be able to deliver third, I think that is something we can all be proud of.
Tuaty on 2002 Season: I don't have everything in place yet and I have a couple of offers from different teams to consider. I've had a good run with the Speedsource team this year but I need to make sure I have right combination of a fast car and fast co-driver, because you need both to win the championship. I will announce my plans before the end of the year.
The Grand-Am Cup features a schedule of 10 races run in the US and Canada. Virtually all auto manufacturers compete in four distinct classes, racing on track at the same time. The series awards driver, team and manufacturer championships in each class raced. Final stop on the 2001 Grand-Am Cup schedule is the Manheim's Daytona Auto Auction Presents The Brumos Continental Historics, Nov. 1-4.