Team visited the historic Daytona International Speedway

The MINI of Charleston Sports Car Club of America racing team visited the historic Daytona International Speedway for the 5th round of the South East Division SCCA National Racing Championship. I the Showroom Stock B Class, Summerville, SC resident Robbie Davis drove the team’s 2005 MINI Cooper S in what most observers said was one of the closest SCCA races in years. Rob started the race 2nd in points behind MINI of Charleston customer and team member Jill Urso, of Orlando , Florida . With only one point separating them, it was sure to be a competitive battle on the 3.5 mile road course, home of the famous 24 Hours of Daytona.

Rob qualified 2nd behind Jill but grabbed an early lead on a good start in the multi-class 45 mile sprint race. Cars from the production classes with race tires (the MINI is required to run street legal tires in the Showroom Stock class) were faster in the turns, but the MINI used its stock supercharged power to get by them on the long straights and the NASCAR banking. But the heavy traffic allowed Jill to catch Rob on the 2nd lap and the battle began. The two cars ran nose to tail or door to door for the next 40 miles. Another MINI Cooper S driven by David Theen joined the battle and a one point the 3 MINI s entered turn one, onto the road course, 3 wide. After several passes for the lead, Jill edged Robbie for the win, with Theen finishing third for a 1-2-3 MINI Cooper S finish. Fourth was the Chevrolet Camaro of Tom Aquilante of Phoenixville, Pa. and rounding out the top five was Carlo Lira of Port Orange Florida in his Ford Focus.

With Rob and Jill only 4 points apart, the battle goes back to Road Atlanta next month, where Rob won his last race in April. Showing that a Counterfeit MINI is no substitute for the real thing, team manager Brad Davis was forced to come into the pits after 2 laps in the SSC Class with an overheating problem in the Civic SI.

For additional information contact Brad Davis @ 843 402-6551 or brad.davis@hendrickauto.com

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