Millville, NJ – May 13, 2012: MINI of Charleston Race Team takes First Pro-Series Win

Robbie Davis, driving the MINI of Charleston, MINIUSA.com, MINI Financial Services 2012 MINI Cooper scored his first ever pro series win at the Grand AM Total Performance Showcase race at New Jersey Motorsports Park. The 2.25 mile 14 turn Thunderbolt Course was perfect for the MINI’s handling.


 Davis, from Dallas, Texas, started as the fastest qualifier, on the pole and lead for the entire 45 minute sprint race. Robbie was pressured early by MINI of Charleston customer Chip Howell of Chapel Hill, NC. Howell’s QSR Racing MINI set the fastest lap of the race, but with the rules restricting the competitors to 5 tires for the weekend, Davis was able to conserve his tires for consistent laps times to start from the #1 position and lead the entire race. “I knew that being smooth but fast was the key to a win on this very technical cornering track”, said Davis. Davis also benefited from a MINI on MINI battle between Howell and Brian Audet of Urban East Racing out of Alexandria, Va. Audet turned consistent laps in his 2007 MINI Cooper but was never able to cut into Davis’ 7 second lead. Meanwhile Howell fell into a dog fight with Todd Buras of Melbourne, Florida in his Irish Mikes Racing Ford Fiesta and the Kia Rio of Gainesville, Ga.’s Kinetic Racing’s Russell Smith. On the last lap Howell found himself in 5th and made the pass of both Buras and Smith to set up a 1-2-3 MINI finish, but 3 turns from the finish, Smith used the “chrome horn” to spin Howell off track and back to 5th. Officials immediately penalized Smith and put Buras on the victory podium in third, next to Davis and Audet. Davis also thanked his crew and the team from MINI of Charleston for the work required to get him on the top spot of the podium.

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The Total Performance Showcase is an entry level pro racing series that is using a rules package created by a panel of manufacturer representatives and various race sanctioning bodies. The rules limit the entry level cars to very few modifications except safety and handling changes. MINI of Charleston is MINI USA’s sole vendor for the kits to convert a stock MINI Cooper into a race car. The cars are being equalized through weight and inlet restrictors to balance the playing field and make it a very competitive series. Grand AM’s next Total Performance race will be at the famous Mid-Ohio Raceway next month.

 

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


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