The 2007 Sports Car Club of America National racing series has gotten an early start, with the South East Division’s first event held last weekend at the historic Sebring International Raceway in Sebring , Florida . The track is host to the Sebring 12 Hour, one of the most prestigious endurance races in the world. The SCCA National race used the same 3.7 mile 17 turn converted airport circuit. The MINI of Charleston team was one of 4 MINI Cooper S race cars that made the trip south to participate in the first race with the MINI moved to the Showroom Stock B class.
In the “off Season” the SCCA decided that the MINI ’s dominance of the SSC class the last two years had to be addressed, so they removed 300 pounds of weight, the throttle restrictor and moved the car up to the next fastest class. With the competition even stiffer in the SSB class, team manager and driver Brad Davis decided to put Robbie Davis in the team’s primary seat this year, in the red 2005 MINI Cooper S. “The last two years I’ve been proud of my top ten finishes, but dropping from 6th to 10th last year forced me to fire myself as the driver and put those 21 year-old reflexes to work”, said the older Davis. “At Sebring, Rob proved my instincts correct as he learned one of the most complicated and difficult tracks extremely fast.
After qualifying 5th, Rob had a great start and ran most of the race in 3rd, dropping one spot in the last few laps to 4th. Richard Cullen from the Northeast Division was the lead MINI , finishing 2nd. Jason Meyers won the class in a Mazda Miata. Between Richard and Rob was Charles Guest in a Pontiac Solstice. Behind Rob in 5th was David Theen in his MINI and MINI of Charleston customer Jill Urso finished 7th.
The team’s next race will be February 18th at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw , South Carolina . Both father and son will be driving, with Brad in the seat of the Honda Civic Counterfeit MINI in SSC. The team’s entire 2007 schedule is posted on the team website www.minicooperracing.com