Austin, Texas – Calvert Dynamics and its two-car Pirelli World Challenge team, in collaboration with Phoenix Performance, are heading into rounds three and four of the 2016 season this weekend on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, fresh off a promising start to the year at the Circuit of Americas (COTA), highlighted by Andrew Davis’ drive to sixth in class in GT in Sunday’s action-packed race.
The first race of the COTA event took place under near perfect weather conditions, with Davis, a multi-time sports car champion, showing strong early until an incident sent him back through the field, finishing 18th in the GT class in the No. 76 Porsche 991 GT3-R for Calvert Dynamics. In GT Cup, Preston Calvert finished seventh in a class that has gotten extremely more competitive year-to-year. In both cases, the Phoenix Performance team worked diligently throughout the weekend to improve the on-track performance of both entries.
Sunday would sing a different tune at COTA, as Davis moved through the field and kept the nose of his Porsche clean while others faltered, finishing a promising sixth and setting up momentum for the Calvert Dynamics team leading into St. Petersburg. Preston Calvert, meanwhile, finished seventh on Sunday in the GT Cup field, bettering his fast race lap time down to 2:15.798 in the No. 77 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entry.
“The team worked well together and continued to cement a good working relationship and set of systems,” said Calvert, of the team’s 2016 pro debut at COTA. “I had a better second race than first race, but there is some work to do, the car is performing well and the crew is taking great care of it.”
Added Davis: “We’ve been working on the Calvert Dynamics Porsche session by session and making improvements. We kept getting faster and I’m very proud of the crew and how they’ve worked to give me a good car. This is such a competitive field; the Pirelli World Challenge series is awesome. In the first race I was in a battle in the entire race with other great drivers. A lot of times that would have been a battle for the podium but it was a battle for 10th – it was a dogfight with some contact and bumper cars. Unfortunately I had some contact with the Gainsco car that turned him around and gave us a penalty.
“The goal for Sunday was to survive and we did. We didn’t have the best car but ended up being the highest finishing Porsche. It was a good way to end a tough weekend.”
St. Petersburg offers up a completely different environment than that of the Circuit of the Americas, with a street course featuring close concrete walls and a potentially confrontational environment. Both drivers will again get two 50-minute timed races over the course of the four-day event, which is expecting a large turnout paired with the IndyCar Series.
“I’m hoping our test at Sebring will help us at St. Pete,” added Davis. “We’re now in street-circuit thinking and need to re-think the balance of the car. St. Pete is an awesome place, and it’s always fun racing street circuits. Porsches are historically good on street courses, so I know we’re going to have a good car.”
“I think I learned a lot about driving street tracks and the need for precision and mistake-free driving on street tracks last year.” said Calvert. “I think that experience will serve me well. We also may have a wet race or two at St. Pete. I’m looking forward to it; I enjoyed the street races last year and look forward to them again.”
##About Calvert Dynamics##
Calvert Dynamics, LLC is focused on human factors and medical issues in motorsports. This emphasis especially includes visual attention and visual processing that determine driver performance. In addition, Calvert Dynamics promotes awareness of the importance of minor traumatic brain injury in motorsports performance and driver well-being.
## About Phoenix Performance ##
Phoenix Performance is a performance tuner, providing maintenance, tuning and diagnostic services for foreign and domestic cars and trucks, as well as performance upgrades and tuning for street and track cars. The PWC race team occupies part of the 32,000 square-foot race shop, which is located 30 miles west of downtown Philadelphia. Since 1999, Phoenix Performance has prepared over 35 SCCA Runoff winning national championship cars for customers.
1. Andrew Davis
2. Preston Calvert
3. Andrew Davis (left) and Preston Calvert (right)
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