•Mini-driving Davises’ master Sebring•
There are many ways that fathers and sons bond, but taking a victory lap side-by-side doesn’t come up very often.
That’s the rare treat of Brad and Robbie Davis after Brad the dad and offspring Robbie won races at Sebring International Raceway earlier this month.
They both drive for the Mini of Charleston/Mini USA/Mini Financial Services race team, with Robbie Davis competing in the B Spec class and Brad Davis in the H Production class.
The 2013 racing season opened at the 3.7 mile, 17 turn, Sebring International Raceway in Florida.
According to Brad Davis, “The world famous track has hosted sports car racing since the 1950s when Hendricks Airfield stopped training B-17 pilots.” Among the track’s races is the spring 12 Hours of Sebring.
The Jan. 5-6 event was part of the Sports Car Club of America’s new Majors Series and a BFG Super Tour event.
Robbie Davis drove a 2012 Mini Cooper that he competed in last year to win two Gran AM Series events, while Brad Davis handled a 2002 Mini Cooper.
In races Saturday and Sunday, Robbie Davis traded spots with Chi Ho of Orlando, Fla., in a Honda Fit. Davis got caught up in a slower pack of cars but caught Ho each time to win both 45-mile races. He set a Sebring B Spec track record in the Saturday race.
Brad Davis competed in the same events but in a different class. In the Saturday race, Davis moved up to second place with a little more than one lap to go when track debris punctured his right front tire. He wound up third behind Terry Boylan of Lakeland, Fla., in a Honda CRX and Jay Griffin of Titusville, Fla., also in a CRX.
Boylan and Davis went head to head for first place in the Sunday race until Davis spun out on a turn. He quickly righted the Mini and stayed in second place. Then with two laps to go Boylan broke a front body part and ran over it, puncturing his front tire. Davis took the lead and won by 10 seconds over Tony Drum of Mt. Holly, N.C., in an Austin Healey Sprite. Pat Simpson from Huntington, Mich., took third in a BMW 1600.
“What a thrill to take a side by side victory lap with checkered flags hanging out the window with father and son together,” Brad Davis said during the victory podium ceremonies.
“I could not have done this without the support of Mini USA, Mini of Charleston and our crew members, Chris McAlister and Stuart Kestenbaum,” Robbie Davis said in the public address interview.
The next race is the SCCA Majors/BFG Super Tour event at Road Atlanta Raceway March 16-17.
For more information, contact Brad Davis at 843-402-6551 or e-mail Brad.firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Grinning from E to V•
We’ve heard of “Bette Davis Eyes” but the “EV Grin” is a new one.
Credit James Poch, executive director of Charleston-area-based Plug In Carolina, with promoting the term locally.
Meanwhile, he touts Alexandra Paul with the “best definition” of the facial response. Paul is the “former Baywatch beauty (and) professional tri-athlete” who has made 70 movie and television appearances, he said.
In his latest newsletter, Poch quotes the celebrity as saying, “The EV grin is the smile virtually everyone gets when they drive an electric car for the first time. It is an automatic response to experiencing its smooth silent ride,” Paul said. “No matter how cool you try to be, within moments the sides of your mouth will creep up. Press on the accelerator for the instant torque and you cannot help but emit a ‘Wow,’ or smile even more,” she said.
According to Poch, “So often I push why plug in vehicles are so important, I forget how they can simply be a more fun and exciting way to drive.”
Poch in the newsletter said he once allowed a radio personality to drive his Chevy Volt. “In a safe area, I suggested he ‘punch it’. I saw the hesitation, so I questioned his manhood and told him he had been driving gas cars for too long. He responded in course and as my Volt took off the line, he proclaimed, “Good grief!” According to Poch, “His proclamation was followed with the EV Grin.”
Poch expects the electric smile to be on display beginning at 6 p.m. Jan. 31 at the GrowFood Carolina warehouse at 990 Morrison Drive.
Coastal Conservation League, Plug In Carolina, Growfood Carolina and the Lowcountry Plugin Drivers are hosting an electric vehicle get-together with vehicle displays and light refreshments and an interactive presentation starting at 6:40 pm.
Poch added a caveat to the public event. “Alexandra will not be there but I will be. I’ve been told I have the Hollywood looks of Paul Giamatti.”
For more information, call Poch at 843-743-6736 or visit www.plugincarolina.org.
EV driver Alexandra Paul was a “Baywatch” actress (Provided).×
Robbie Davis leads his dad around the track after the father-and-son took a victory lap (Provided).×
James Poch, executive director of Plug In Carolina, quipped that the actor he’s most compared to looks-wise is Paul Giamatti (Provided).×