Cochet’s SAMAX Drive
(For Most Of The Season)
Jonathan Cochet (right) will be Brian Tuttle’s regular co-driver
in the Tuttle Team Racing / SAMAX Motorsport Riley BMW this year,
in the Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special
Reserve. Cochet will drive in a total of ten races for the team,
beginning at Mexico City on March 4.
last year and during the off-season, we put several different drivers
in our car to explore the possibilities for 2006,” said SAMAX
owner Peter Baron. “After the job he did with us last year,
we just couldn’t find a reason not to hire him. He definitely
earned it based on his performance in the car, but there was also
good chemistry with the team.”
Cochet made his SAMAX / DP debut at Barber Motorsports
Park last July, and was among the fastest four drivers throughout
practice. He climbed from ninth to second place in the race only
to be penalized for contact while executing a pass. When he emerged
from the pits after serving a penalty, he chased down and passed
Max Angelleli, to get back on the lead lap.
“There aren’t many drivers in this series
who have actually passed Max during a race,” said Peter Baron.
“That really made an impression on us and definitely figured
into our decision.”
very good memories from the two races (Barber and Mid-Ohio - below)
I did with SAMAX and Brian last year and I’m very excited
to team with them again in 2006,” says Cochet. “I really
like the team, the series and the cars. There should be no reason
we can’t have more good results together again this year.”
Two of the Rolex
Series clash with Le Mans Series races - Long Beach in April (Istanbul)
and Infineon raceway in August (Donington Park). Cochet's European
plans haven't been announced yet.