Tuaty looks to Mid-Ohio and second half of season. Akron, OH. (August 8, 2002) Â David Tuaty has put the problems from the first half of the season behind him and is looking to the second half of the season to make a run for the drivers and ...
Tuaty looks to Mid-Ohio and second half of season.
Akron, OH. (August 8, 2002) David Tuaty has put the problems from the first half of the season behind him and is looking to the second half of the season to make a run for the drivers and manufacturers championship. After a frustrating series of mechanical problems and crashes David sits 68 points behind first place. With David's support, Acura is second in the manufacturer points in Sport Touring I, behind BMW ahead of third place Lexus.
Ohio is quite a change from what Peruvian native David Tuaty (29) is used to. David has lived in Miami most of his life and sees his time spent in Ohio as a nice change from the go-go atmosphere of Miami. "I look forward to our stop at Mid-Ohio, the people are so nice and the weather is perfect...now I just need a good finish on this track." He explained the difference in latitudes, "During the week, I am busy running my mortgage business and spending time with my family...I am always in a rush. So its nice to come up here and focus on just one thing...Winning." Last year Tuaty led every lap in his Sport Touring I class and had a solid finish after turning the car over to his co-driver.
David campaigns an Acura Integra Type R in the Sport Touring I class of the Grand-Am Cup series. A production car based series where modifications are limited and rules are vigorously enforced to ensure the closest possible racing and emphasizing driver talent over costly engine modifications. Tuaty sees this series as a stepping stone on his path to driving leading edge cars like the Le Mans prototypes or GT cars in the American Le Mans Series. David continued, "Grand-Am Cup racing is huge fun and the fans really respond to our races because we race the cars you see driving around on the street everyday." Like Tuaty's number 9 Acura Integra.
Braco Racing has used the time between races to do some testing and development on the Acura and thinks they have found some improvements. "The team has been working really hard on the cars and we have worked on some of the suspension settings for Mid-Ohio. Tuaty explained, "The Acura makes exceptional power and is gets it to the ground really well, but we have to keep our RPMs and corner speeds up so we have focused on getting the suspension right." Tuaty talked about his expectations, "I led a lot of laps here last year and didn't win, so we have very high expectations for our race on Saturday and want to be back in the title hunt."
The 2.5-hour Grand Am Cup race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will run on Saturday August 10th in support of the CART Grand Prix weekend.