First driver to win two races in the new, highly competitive Total Performance Showcase Series

Monterey, California: Robbie Davis became the first driver to win two races in the new, highly competitive Total Performance Showcase Series, sanctioned by Grand AM. Davis added his win this weekend at the 2.238 mile Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca to his previous win at New Jersey Motorsports Park. In the 5 races so far this season, Robbie has finished on the podium every race. The Laguna Seca race track features one of the most famous turns in all of North America, the “Corkscrew”. At that corner the track has an 18% drop which goes from the top of the turn to bottom of the turn in 450 feet for a 5 ½  story elevation change. With some of the most dramatic elevation changes of any track, turns 8 and 9 combine for a total change of 109 feet (10 stories). “This was my first visit to Laguna Seca and I used video games to learn the track and the proper racing line, although nothing could prepare you for the blind drop in the corkscrew” commented Robbie on the victory stand.

The MINI of Charleston team fielded two B Spec MINIs this weekend, with the second car being driven by Robbie’s father Brad Davis. At the start Robbie took the lead and had the joy of seeing the following three cars go into turn two three across on the first lap. Russell Smith of Gainesville, Georgia in a Kia; Jack Baruth of Columbus, Ohio in a Mazda 2 and Brad Davis of Summerville, South Carolina had an incredible battle for 2nd through 4th place with positions swaps nearly every lap. Late in the race Baruth ran off track in turn 7 and was unable to continue. Smith moved into 2nd and maintained that position for the last couple of laps, leaving the older Davis in 3rd. “We finished this car 2 hours before we had to load it into a tractor trailer for California. Most cars have some track miles on them before the race, but we were confident our B Spec kit works well right out of the box, so we used this race as a live test”, said Brad. “We put on Robbie’s used tires from the Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio races since we thought it would just be a test weekend.” Brad had also never seen Laguna Seca previously and “knew Robbie’s ability to learn new tracks, was much better than mine.”

The final race of the season is at the end of the month at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut and Robbie is looking to keep his podium and winning streak intact.

For Photos and additional information contact Sheila Thomasson at 843 402-6594 or Sheila.thomasson@hendrickauto.com

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