Miami, FL Â January 6, 2002 Â David Tuaty, in an effort to be better positioned to win a Grand-Am Cup championship has moved from a Porsche Boxster to the Braco Racing Development Acura Integra Type R. David Tuaty, 29, (www.tuatyracing.com) of...
Miami, FL January 6, 2002 David Tuaty, in an effort to be better positioned to win a Grand-Am Cup championship has moved from a Porsche Boxster to the Braco Racing Development Acura Integra Type R. David Tuaty, 29, (www.tuatyracing.com) of Miami will race the Acura in the Grand-Am Cup, a support race for the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series.
Tuaty returns to the Grand-Am Cup for his second season in the series. David broke new ground last year as the first driver to professionally race a Porsche Boxster. "The 2001 season was an excellent introduction to professional racing, but I want more. I want to win a championship." explained Tuaty.
Braco Racing Development based in Miami, Florida will prepare the Acura for the title hunt. Braco Racing has built a reputation in this series for turning out race winning Acuras. "Working with Acura will be a real pleasure. Last year we weren't really encouraged to develop our car." David went on to explain, "But Acura is a great company to work with. They have a strong reputation for winning in this series and that's part of the reason I decided to drive an Acura.
"This car has a lot of appeal for younger sports car fans. This is a hugely popular segment for a younger generation of race fans, just ask aftermarket performance parts manufacturers where the bulk of their sales are, and they'll tell you it's sport compact cars." David explains another reason he chose Acura for the 2002 season.
EARLY START ON THE SEASON
The Grand-Am Cup season got an early start at this past weekends test session for the Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series at Daytona International Speedway. Tuaty did not waste any time moving to the front in his new Acura Integra Type R. Tuaty set the fastest time in three of the six test sessions. Overall David ended up in second place just seven-tenth's of a second behind the leader. "This was a great start to the season, much better than last year. This Acura has more grip and a suspension that really makes the most of the horsepower that the Type R produces." David continued, "With this team I know we can win a couple of races on our way to the championship."
The Grand-Am Cup features a schedule of 8 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.
The first race on the 2002 Grand-Am Cup schedule is the Rolex 24 At Daytona International Raceway January 31 - February 3.