MINI of Charleston Racing Press release

March 20, 2011                                                  

Braselton, Georgia – The Southeast Division of the Sports Car Club of America hosted a double race weekend at historic Road Atlanta, one of the premier road courses in the US. The challenging 2.5 mile road course hosted over 200 participants to vie for class wins and an invitation to the SCCA’s National Runoffs coming is September. The clear weather created great track conditions for the competitors and several new track records were set..2011 Charleston Mini Cooper Race Road Atlanta - Mini Mania Inc.

 The MINI of Charleston Racing Team represented MINI USA in both the Showroom Stock B class and the H Production class. Coming off a first race win in the rain at Roebling Road, Brad Davis tried the difficult task of taking a newly built race car and getting back to back National Series wins. After qualifying on the class pole, Davis and his 2002 MINI Cooper got pinched on the start and was relegated to chasing down the Toyota Corolla of Keith Church from Greensboro, North Carolina. The two cars turned their fastest laps within 4 hundredths of second of each other. Church’s smaller and lighter car had the advantage on the straight and Davis’ MINI closed the gap in the turns. Ultimately a loose plug in Church’s transmission gave Davis the victory just 3 laps short of the 18 laps, 45 mile race. In the rematch on Sunday Davis found the MINI in 3rd on the start after again setting the fastest qualifying time but worked his way past the Honda Civic of Terry Boylan of Lakeland, Florida and set out to chase down Church’s class leading Toyota. Davis caught Church with 2 laps to go and made a pass in turn 5, but Church was able to re-pass Davis in turn 6. Church was able to hang on for the win and Davis finished 2nd.

 Things were no less exciting for Robbie Davis in the team’s 2005 MINI Cooper S. Davis qualified 2nd, behind last year’s third place National Championship Runoffs driver Mike Scornavacchi, of Manheim, Pa. On the start 4th place qualifier Peter Schwartzott of 2011 Charleston Mini Cooper Race Road Atlanta - Mini Mania Inc.Freeville, New York jumped to the front and an accidental contact between Scornavacchi’s 2007 Pontiac Solstice and Schwartzoff’s 2008 Honda Civic, left the Solstice with a bent suspension. Tim Meyers from Atlanta later took the lead with his 2006 Ford Mustang and held on for the win. Schwartzott’s Honda held off Davis for 2nd. The stage had been set for a showdown in SSB on Sunday. Sunday’s cool weather helped Davis move his MINI into the number 2 starting position, behind Scornavacchi. The younger Davis has a fantastic start and found the MINI of Charleston MINI in first by turn 3. Davis held the lead for almost half the race as the other 3 top qualifiers battled for position behind him. However, the chasers soon stopped swapping positions and the race tightened up. Eventually Meyers moved his Mustang back into the lead and Scornavacchi slid the Solstice into 2nd place ahead of Davis. The two changed positions several times (sometimes on the same lap) and gained on Meyers in the closing laps. In the end Meyers got the victory with Mike, Robbie and Peter right behind him in a space close enough to be covered with a blanket. The track public address announcer focused on the SSB race and called it one of the best of the weekend. Final results showed the top 4 cars turned their fastest laps within three tenths of a second fastest to 4th. All of the cars averaged over 87.5 mph.

 

The team now begins preparation for the next SCCA SEDiv Double National at Virginia International Raceway in April.

 

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