Sears Point: Tafel Racing preview

TAFEL RACING GOES TO SEARS POINT AS SEASON WINDS DOWN CUMMING, Ga.-- When the green flag drops at Infineon Raceway in round 12 of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve, it will begin of one of the ...

TAFEL RACING GOES TO SEARS POINT AS SEASON WINDS DOWN

CUMMING, Ga.-- When the green flag drops at Infineon Raceway in round 12 of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve, it will begin of one of the final two races in what has been a very successful season for Tafel Racing.

Leading the three-car Tafel Racing effort are Wolf Henzler of Germany and Scotsman Robin Liddell in the 72 NEC Porsche GT3 Cup. Henzler and Liddell are tied for 2nd in driver points and currently in first place for the MESCO Building for the Future Rookie of the Year Award. They are looking forward to a very challenging track.

"The first time I drove at Infineon was in 2004 in a Speed World Challenge race, "said Henzler. " I qualified 2nd and won the race. Last year I also did the Speed World Challenge race and the ALMS race there. I like this track because it is very challenging with a good mix of fast and slow turns on a circuit that is very hilly. The race will be hard because you have no straights to relax, especially when it is hot. I expect us to be competitive with the Pontiacs and the qualifying will be important."

Liddell echoes him teammate's assessment of the challenges of driving at Infineon Raceway. "The track is fun with a lot of undulation and some pretty challenging corners. It normally is pretty hot there and with no real straights it means the driver keeps pretty busy. I expect the grip to be quite low so it will be a question of keeping the tyres underneath the car and hopefully staying out of trouble as it will not be easy for the DP's to pass."

The 74 Tafel Racing Rembrandt Charms Porsche GT3 Cup, which is 6th in team points, will be driven by Ian James of Phoenix, AZ and Eric Lux of Buffalo, NY. James has some good memories of the circuit, having finished 2nd in P2 in the ALMS series there in 2004. "The Tafel Porsche should be good in the high speed corners and have a very good suspension package over the bumps. Passing happens two to three corners ahead of time when you have to set up the car in front of you and get them to compromise their lines."

Lux, who will also be starting his freshman year of college at Jacksonville University this week, is only in his second season of full- time racing and has never raced at Sears Point. He has, however, seen success this season, finishing 1st in the Grand-Am Cup 200 and 3rd in the Brumos Porsche 250, both at Daytona.

One testament to the team's achievement this season is that all three cars are in the top ten in team points, a feat no other team has accomplished. The 73 NEC Porsche GT3 Cup, driven by team owner Jim Tafel and Andrew Davis, both from the Atlanta area, is 8th and Davis sees a lot of potential for a good finish this weekend.

"Sears Point is a one of the classic circuits of North America. It has a great combination of both fast and slow corners. The elevation of the area also adds some technical challenges to this track, which makes it very appealing to me personally. I expect the Tafel Porsches to be exceptional at Sears Point. The endless effort put into these cars by every member of the team should really pay off during this final stretch of the season," said Davis.

-credit: tafel racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Robin Liddell , Ian James , Andrew Davis , Wolf Henzler , Jim Tafel , Eric Lux