Sebring, Florida – The MINI of Charleston Racing Team started their season at the famed Sebring International Race Course. The first stop on the 2011 Sports Car Club of America’s National Racing Series attracted 100s of amateur racers to the hallowed concrete and asphalt of Sebring. The 3.7 mile, 17 turn road course is known as one of the toughest race tracks in the world and the fast but bumpy course has broken many a race car. Robbie Davis, driving the 2005 MINI Cooper S, qualified 2nd in the Showroom Stock B class race. During qualifying, Mike Scornavacchi, making the trip down from Pennsylvania, set the fastest lap in his Pontiac Solstice, but damaged the car, hitting the inside wall on turn one while trying to get past a slower car. The damage was not repairable at the track and Mike was forced to withdraw from the double national event. Robbie started first in class, but veteran driver Tim Meyers pushed his Mustang to within 2 car lengths of Davis’ MINI, only to drop out when a cooling system hose disconnected on the rough course. Davis went on to win and claim the first 2011 SSB win for sponsor MINI USA. “The Hoosier Tires stuck great and combined with the Carbotech Brakes, I was able to go a little deeper into the turns than the Mustang. It would have been an interesting race had Tim not fallen out early”, said Davis.
Sunday morning Robbie put the MINI Cooper S on the pole for Sunday’s race but late in the qualifying session the bumps at Sebring claimed another victim, the MINI Cooper S jumped a course defining curb at high speed and broke the housing on the steering rack. Not having another rack available, the team was forced to miss the 2nd race of the season. The team has elected not to go to next week’s double national at Homestead Raceway in Miami, but when the team returns to action in March at Roebling Road in Pooler, Georgia, Davis will be in the points hunt.
The expected debut of the teams new H Production 2002 MINI Cooper was delayed when the mandatory electrical cut off system caused the new car’s electrical system to scrabble the cars main control unit computer during its per-race technical/safety inspection. The team will be doing some testing in February and be ready to race in March.
For additional information, contact Brad Davis @ 843 402-6551