2007 South East Division Sports Car Club of America National Race Series event

Charleston , S.C – The MINI of Charleston Racing team has returned home after competing in their last 2007 South East Division Sports Car Club of America National Race Series event. Held in the sweltering heat at Virginia International Raceway outside Danville , Virginia , the team Drivers had a good showing on the track and a great showing off the track. Needing a win to close the points lead with fellow MINI of Charleston driver Jill Urso, Robbie Davis made the long trip to VIR in hopes of getting the additional class win he needed to put him in a position to beat Jill to the SEDiv SSB Championship. Jill was left minding the family business last weekend as her Dad, Phil Simms 2006 GT1 National Champion, traveled to Topeka , Kansas to test for the upcoming SCCA National Championships in October.  However the class had plenty of other worthy competitors as the first and second place points leaders from the North East Division attended and perennial championship contender Bill Haggerty made the trip all the way from California to compete.

In practice and qualifying a rare mechanical gremlin appeared in Robbie’s 2005 MINI Cooper S anti-lock brake system. The excessive use of the brake system in road racing, exposes the system to temperatures and applications not designed into production systems. VIR has 8-9 brake applications per lap were the car is requested to slow it’s forward speed from 120+ mph to 45 mph three times and 5-6 other applications reducing the race car speed by at least 30 mph (usually in the 95-65mph range). The system detected an abnormal condition and put the ABS system in its safety mode, but that made driving the car at speed extremely difficult. Robbie qualified 6th. Race day, Sunday, brought more challenges as the oppressive heat drops the efficiency of the Supercharged MINI S engine. Like a true race driver, Rob filed all that in the back of his mind and went off to race hard anyway. At the end of the 45 mile sprint race, his consistent race laps landed Rob in 3rd, clinching 2nd place in the division and locking teammate Jill into the SEDiv Championship.

Racing the Counterfeit MINI , Brad Davis started 3rd in the SSC class and got pushed off the track by a Spec Miata class competitor on the 2nd lap, but struggled back to 6th in the 8 car field, only seconds behind the tight 3rd-5th place battle. Two-time National Champion Joel Lipperri finished 2nd as Brian Peele, the SEDiv points leader, adds another 1st place to his remarkable season.

Off the track the MINI of Charleston Racing team showed what winners are made of as they renewed their annual contact with several Boy Scout troops that camp at VIR each year, during this event. MINI of Charleston ’s new sponsor, CargoTrailersUSA.com, brought their party trailer to the race track and hosted the scouts for lunch in the pits on Saturday. Scouts answered MINI trivia questions and door prizes for given out, including a couple track laps in a new 2007 MINI Cooper S during the “touring” period at the lunch break. “When Brad mentioned their 4 year tie-in with the scouts, I saw a great opportunity to do something for the scouts and their chaperones and jumped right on it”, said Adam Dowe, CargoTrailersusa.com owner. Brad Davis added, “It’s not often racers find a supporting business that appreciates not only the exposure on the race car and trailer, but an opportunity to become part of the MINI experience that we share with all those we contact”.

The team will take a well deserved rest and prepare for the SCCA National Championship Runoffs in Topeka , Kansas October 8-14.

For additional Information, Contact Brad Davis @ brad.davis@hendrickauto.com or 843 402-6551


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