Tuttle’s Dream Team
Almost the last significant DP entry at the Rolex 24 without a confirmed driver line-up now has one: the #11 Tuttle Team Racing by SAMAX Riley BMW will be in the hands of car owner Brian Tuttle, Kyle Petty, Boris Said and Steve Bunkhall.

The last-named isn’t driving though – he’s engineering the car: “The first time I’ve engineered a car at Daytona, and first time with a DP,” says the man who took Marc Lieb and Mike Rockenfeller to the FIA GT2 title last year, with GruppeM.

"It's no secret that I love driving sports car and especially racing in the Rolex 24," said Kyle Petty. "Brian has been generous enough to let me share this ride, and it's pretty cool to have Boris as a teammate as well. Boris is a tremendous road-racer and he has proved he can win in anything he races. Brian is a competitor, too, but more importantly, he's just a great guy."

Tuttle is also tall – six feet two inches, the same as Kyle Petty, these two being two inches shorter than Boris Said. The latter was suggested as a partner in the Wallace / McNish / Patrick entry – but would have been almost twice the size of some of his co-drivers.

“You don't race in the 24 hours of Daytona; you save everything," Said remarked. "I'm just glad we're all tall. That will make it a lot more comfortable."

Brian Tuttle bought the No. 11 Riley specifically for the Rolex 24. His other car is the #7 Riley Pontiac, which runs in CITGO colours.

"This program didn't exist on January 10, but everything came together perfectly," said SAMAX team owner Peter Baron. "The driver lineup is outstanding.”

Among the DPs, that just leaves the #78 Doran entry without any named drivers.

 

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