Daytona Beach , Florida : The MINI of Charleston Sports Car Club of America Racing Team returns to Charleston with its third National victory of the season. Driver Brad Davis improved his 2006 record to 4 starts, 4 top qualifier honors and 3 national wins. The 3.56 mile Road Course raced at Daytona International Speedway is the same course used in the world famous sports car race The 24 Hours of Daytona. The 2005 MINI Cooper S hit speeds of over 130 mph on the 2.5 mile tri-oval’s front and back straight-aways before heading back into the infield portion of the road course to show off the Showroom Stock MINI’s superior handling. “A win at Daytona is the dream of every driver from the time you were a kid pushing a matchbox car around the living room.” said South East Division points leader Brad Davis. “The Hoosier tires we are running this year have really helped us pick up the pace and made us the team to beat in the South East.” Davis established a new SSC lap record at Daytona, beating the old mark set in 1999 by former SSC National Champion Michael Kramer.
The newest addition to the MINI of Charleston Team, driver Jill Urso, broke in her new MINI of Charleston 2006 MINI Cooper S with a 4th place finish. Jill looks like she has inherited her driving skills from her dad, Phil Simms GT1 and former Trans Am driver, as she adjusted quickly to the Showroom Stock class after racing for several years in the modified Production classes. Second place was last year’s SEDiv SSC Champion Juston Poole, who sold his Honda Civic SI and made the change to a MINI Cooper S, giving MINI USA a 1-2-4 finish.
The team heads to Virginia International Raceway this weekend where Robbie Davis hopes to claim two more South Atlantic Road Racing Series (SARRC) victories in the Double SARRC/MARRS (Mid-Atlantic Road Racing Series) races. Robbie is currently 2nd in SEDiv National points and 1st in SARRC points. Rob’s 4 SARRC wins this season put him well on his way to repeating his SARRC Championship. Then Brad and Rob will rest for a couple of weeks until the National Series returns to Road Atlanta June 3 & 4. The MINI Southern Region will be hosting a club event for the Atlanta MINI Clubs that will include a track tour for MINIs during the Sunday lunch hour. The racing team looks forward to meeting the MINI owners and answering questions at the lunch break.
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