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