Tuttle Team Racing Takes Unique Approach in Daytona Prototype Debut Season DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 27, 2005) -- Tuttle Team Racing, which will make its Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series debut in the Brumos Porsche 250 this Thursday ...
Tuttle Team Racing Takes Unique Approach in Daytona Prototype Debut Season
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 27, 2005) -- Tuttle Team Racing, which will make its Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series debut in the Brumos Porsche 250 this Thursday (SPEED Channel, 8 p.m. ET) has elected to take a somewhat different approach to familiarize itself with Daytona Prototype competition.
Car owner Brian Tuttle of West Palm Beach, Fla. will share the No. 7 Tuttle Team Racing Pontiac Riley with NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series star Kyle Petty for the Brumos Porsche 250. As the team begins competition mid-year and is therefore out of the Daytona Prototype championship chase, the Tuttle team is looking to compete in the remaining 2005 Rolex Series races with a series of "celebrity" drivers.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity to have Kyle drive the car with me at Daytona," Tuttle said. "I'm also very excited to race in a finely-managed, finely-organized situation, and I think it's going to be fun. I'm a land developer and home builder, and God has been really good to me. I wanted to enjoy life a little bit and I did a little math to find the top road racing series in America. I kept coming back to the Rolex Series Daytona Prototype class, because I wanted to take part in the top series."
The car is being prepared by the Pompano Beach, Fla.-based SAMAX team that also fields a pair of Porsches in the Rolex Series GT class. After taking delivery of the car in early May, the team has done four separate test sessions, most recently at Texas World Speedway last week in an effort to simulate the high banks of Daytona International Speedway.
"Since we're staring mid-season, we are not in any points race, so our emphasis this year is to have some fun," said SAMAX owner Peter Baron. "We decided to get some fun people in the car that people want to see in Daytona Prototypes. I worked with Kyle Petty in three 24-hour races at Daytona, so he is perfect for this week. We're working on some other guys for later in the year. Next year, we'll worry about contending for the championship."
The Brumos Porsche 250 will mark Petty's return to Rolex Series competition for the first time since he finished second in the GT class alongside co-driver Gunnar Jeannette at Phoenix International Raceway in 2004. It will also be Petty's second career Daytona Prototype appearance, as he co-drove a Gunnar Racing Porsche Fabcar to a 15th place class result in the 2004 Rolex 24 At Daytona. He has made a total of eight Rolex Series starts, with a GT class victory at Watkins Glen in 2001 and a total of four top-two class results.
"The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series is a great, competitive series to race in," Petty said. "I've enjoyed racing the 24 Hours of Daytona and, really, anytime I've been able to race with the series. The Daytona Prototype class has really become an ultra-competitive class. It's great racing and they have something special there. I'm looking forward to this weekend. It's always fun to step behind the wheel of a sports car at Daytona."
Tickets for the Brumos Porsche 250, part of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Pepsi 400 weekend, are available by visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. The Brumos Porsche 250 will be televised in its entirety by SPEED Channel beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 30.
The Grand American Road Racing Association, which operates and sanctions the Rolex Sports Car Series and the Grand-Am Cup Series, is the premier road racing organization in North America. The 14-race 2005 Rolex Series schedule and the 11-race Grand-Am Cup calendar deliver professional sports car racing to key markets throughout North America in addition to being televised in the United States and Canada on SPEED Channel and distributed globally through ESPN International. With title sponsorship support from Rolex Watch USA, the Rolex Sports Car Series showcases emerging and legendary drivers from around the globe and thoroughbred racing machines from the industry's leading constructors and the world's top automobile manufacturers. Learn more about Grand American at www.grandamerican.com.