Since my last writing I have enjoyed driving both the 2012 Jaguar XKR-S and the 2012 Audi R8. Both Supercars are amazing in their own way. The Jaguar is a 5.0 liter V-8 (550hp) and the Audi is a AWD 5.2 liter V-10 (525hp); both weighing in around 3800lbs. While I have been able to drive the XKR-S at Lime Rock and Homestead Speedway, I have only driven the R8 on the streets of Philadelphia, Boston and NYC. Guests are invited to participate in “Test Drives” to discover how nice these cars are to drive as an everyday vehicle. Jaguar has been taking their events to race tracks while Audi has been taking over the city streets and proving that the R8 can be driven as an everyday car. Photo above is from the Audi R8 Boutique event in New York City.
Since my last writing I have enjoyed driving both the 2012 Jaguar XKR-S and the 2012 Audi R8. Both Supercars are amazing in their own way. The Jaguar is a 5.0 liter V-8 (550hp) and the Audi is a AWD 5.2 liter V-10 (525hp); both weighing in around 3800lbs. While I have been able to drive the XKR-S at Lime Rock and Homestead Speedway, I have only driven the R8 on the streets of Philadelphia, Boston and NYC. Guests are invited to participate in “Test Drives” to discover how nice these cars are to drive as an everyday vehicle. Jaguar has been taking their events to race tracks while Audi has been taking over the city streets and proving that the R8 can be driven as an everyday car. Below is a photo from the Audi R8 Boutique event New York City.
Jaguar continues celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legendary E-Type at the Lime Rock Historic races this Labor Day Weekend. Once again I will be giving Hot Laps in the Jaguar XKR-S to VIP’s and registered guests all weekend. If you plan on attending please registered at the Jaguar display in the paddock for a “Hot Lap” with me; it would be great to see all. If you have any questions please tweet davyracing or e-mail
and I will reply ASAP.
This year Jaguar is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legendary E-Type. Jaguar is also the honor marquee for the 61st annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elagance. With displays and street drives at Quail Lodge, Peter Hay Hill and Laguna Seca all weekend. I will be at Laguna Seca for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion giving Hot Lap in the Jaguar XKR-S to VIP’s and registered guest all weekend. To become a registered guest please sign up at the Jaguar display in the paddock. If you have any questions please tweet davyracing or e-mail
and I will reply ASAP.
It never seems to amaze me how fast time flies by, I have been going non-stop. To be busy is good but it all hasn’t been great. The racing has come to a halt for the time being. I have said in the past that all the components have to come together to be competitive; If I cannot be competitive I really don’t have the interest unless it is a program that developed in a winning effort. When I say non-stop; Jaguar and Lexus has been keeping me busy with special events and in-dealership training. The Jaguar XJ is ever so popular at shows like Amelia Island Concourse for test drives and the release of the Lexus CT200 hybrid is good timing as gasoline prices continue to climb. This week I am at the 12 Hours of Sebring with Jaguar Cars North America as a product specialist. I will be talking about XJ’s, XK’s and XF’s along with cheering on Team Rocket sports… I apologize for the lack of blog up-dates but I keep waiting for exciting racing news to share. There are some races in the works but whether they come to flourish only time will tell.
Happy New Year, I trust that all had as wonderful Holiday Seasons as I did. It was great to take some time off after a busy end to 2010.
2010 was a great year for me to get back into the racing game with driving and racing as many different race cars as possible. I have always been known for driving anything that has wheels and I feel that was the case starting out in Daytona and finishing the year in Baja, Mexico.
Our start to the 2011 racing season has changed with us forgoing the 24 Hours of Daytona this January. As much as I would like to be there competing with the Godstone Ranch/Dyson Racing team, we all had to evaluate our position in what it takes to compete in a 24 hour race (a press release will follow shortly).
I do look forward to another busy year with a lot of exciting things to come; yes it is a bummer to miss out on Daytona but we are all racers and all the components have to be in place to win.
The Panoz was great to drive, getting some seat time is key... Steve and I wow our class and finished 19th overall. I started 6th overall and ran as high as 2nd overall but 1.5 hours into the three hour race we had a gear linkage problem. Bummer because I feel we could have won overall. It was good fun participating in the NASA Phoenix Region’s last race of the year.
Non-stop… Since my last posting I have been to Arkansas, Missouri, Texas and back to Florida. I joined up with 52 Porsche owners on Jack McCall’s annual Ozark Porsche Tour. As Jack quotes “Your Porsche was built for you to enjoy. The roads we drove were built for your Porsche to enjoy”. The trip was a big success for all to experience something that I look forward to every year. Porsche of North Houston was the driving force behind this year´s trip and I thank them for supplying me a great car to enjoy. Then it was back to Florida to be a part of Jaguar’s City-Take-Over test drive events. This time we were at Bay Hill Country Club in Orlando, home course of Arnold Palmer. Yes, I did have a chance to visit with the King of golf, a true gentleman that welcomed us all to his “Kingdom Cup” golf event. I am excited to say that I will be joining one of Baja Wide-Open Adventures teams to race in this year’s Baja 1000. Press releases to be out soon, follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/davyracing
Since Miller a lot has been going on; the time goes by quickly when I’m busy or as I like to say “non-stop”. I worked with a great crew from Lexus on their Safety Experience tour which took us to Boston, New York and Washington DC. It was good value to show the Lexus employees’ how safe their product is despite what we hear in the news… Then I switched gears to Jaguar where we took people for test drives at the Petit Le Mans race, Monticello Motor Club and back to Atlanta for the NBAA Conference. I really enjoy seeing the surprise and excitement that people have when driving one of the Jaguars on the street and the track. Jaguar has, in my opinion, the complete package from exterior design, elegant interior, driving comfort and unmatched performance. It is a fun vehicle to drive and I am enjoying being a part of the Jaguar programs. Look at http://www.jaguar.com/us/en/#/experience_jaguar/xj_city_takeovers for upcoming test drives, you will be surprised…
How good it felt to be back into the game… I’ve always said that you have to be in the game to play the game. We accomplished just what we wanted to achieve from the race at Miller this past week. Coming away feeling that we are in the game and knowing just what we have to do for the next race: the 24 Hours of Daytona on January 2011. Sure I wish that we were faster and I had a better qualifying and race result than what we came away with, but it shows just how competitive the Rolex Grand-am series is… I know that Dyson Racing, Lola and Ford will work hard to develop this car into a winning package. It takes more than a few days of testing but racing is a true test and I am glad that we raced at Miller.
Today we leave for Utah to compete in the last Grand-am race of the season. A first for Dyson racing/Godstone Ranch Motorsport as we venture to Miller Motorsport Park this weekend. Our goal is to put the best result together as a team. We all have a steep learning curve but we are relaying on our years of race experience to adapt quickly. I am looking forward to learning the unknown, ready to put my mind to work. Learning about the new Lola/Ford DP car, learning about what it is going to take to improve each session and learning how to master the race. A long time has passed since I have been in this situation and I looking forward to getting back into the zone. I have great support from the Dyson Team and we have great sponsors that believe in us. We are racing for a great cause with the Texas Heart Institute and together we are all winners. Thursday we will test the Team Momentum Camaros to have time on the track before official practice starts Friday morning with the Rolex series. Many thanks to Team Momentum for giving us the track time in their Camaro, a very competitive car and a great car to race…