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Lee Davis Sweeps Pirelli Cayman Interseries Races in The Mitty at Road Atlanta
by Frank A. Filipponio | May 01, 2012

Two-Time Reigning Champ Keeps a Cool Head and Wins Weekend’s Three Races in StopTech-Equipped Luna-C Clothing Cayman S

Two-time reigning series champion Lee Davis swept all three Pirelli Cayman Interseries Endurance Cup Championship races in record fashion last weekend at Road Atlanta in a convincing performance on his home track at the 36th Annual Classic Motorsports Mitty.

After winning Saturday’s opening sprint race in his No. 33 Cayman S in the colors of Brun Motorsport Porsche 956 and Luna-C Clothing, Davis picked up two more wins on Sunday, including a cool-under-fire solo drive in the weekend’s featured one-hour enduro race.

All of the specially prepared Cayman S racers used in the Cayman Interseries are equipped with StopTech brakes, and StopTech supplies support for the series as well.

On the opening circuit of the 32-lap endurance race early Sunday afternoon, Davis had his cool-suit box come loose but it did little to stop a solid six-second margin of victory over friend and close-competitor Mark Sandridge.

“The cool box came loose on the first lap and was flying around the cockpit,” Davis said.  “It rammed into the radio and on left hand turns, it came over against the shifter. I practiced driving smoothly to avoid that!”

Davis led from the start and his crew removed the faulty cool-suit unit when he pitted for his mandatory stop on lap 13. He rejoined the race in third place and moved by fellow race leaders Chuck Smithee and Wayne Nykyforchyn to take the lead for good seven laps from the finish.

Sandridge finished second in the enduro after Porsche Napleton Racing repaired his white and red-and-yellow striped No. 49 Cayman S, which is themed after his 1994 IMSA Champion Team Salad Porsche 911 RSR, that was damaged in an incident in Sunday morning’s second and final sprint race.

Davis also won the Sunday-morning sprint in a wire-to-wire run, beating Bob Schneider in his white No. 40 Cayman S modeled after the famous Martini & Rossi “Baby” Porsche 935. Schneider turned in a typically-strong performance to hit the podium in both of the weekend’s sprint races.

Davis set records for his Sunday sprint winning average speed of 86.528 mph and his Saturday morning qualifying time of 1:32.939, the fastest ever Cayman Interseries lap at Road Atlanta.

Smithee, driving his white No. 25 Cayman S that pays tribute to the Le Mans-winning Mobil 1 Porsche GT-1, finished third in both Sunday races as one of the weekend’s top Sportsman class competitors.

Nykyforchyn was making his first Pirelli Cayman start of the season in his No. 11 white and red Cayman S that runs the livery of a Marlboro/Joest Racing Porsche 956 and picked up right where he left off in last year’s Daytona finale with another Sportsman division podium on Sunday.

Established in 2009 by Napleton Porsche of Westmont, Illinois, the Pirelli Cayman Interseries Endurance Cup Championship is North America’s only auto racing series featuring the exclusive use of the 320-horsepower Porsche Cayman S. Sanctioned by Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR), the Pirelli Cayman Interseries conducted its first official seasons in 2010 and 2011 and crowned a pair of champion drivers in both the sprint and endurance racing formats each year. Races are run on legendary circuits such as Daytona, Sebring, Road Atlanta, Road America and other premier venues. Every competing Porsche Cayman S is exclusively supplied and prepared by Napleton Porsche and each car competes with an assigned and specific heritage livery themed after a famous Porsche race car from the past.  Learn more about the Cayman Interseries at www.CaymanInterseries.org. Phone calls direct to Napleton Porsche may be made at (630) 725-0911 and email inquiries can be sent to racing@napletonmotorsports.com.

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