10 Questions with Andrew Davis

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Matt:  You had a lot of success in Grand Am, winning the 2011 GT Championship.  You also finished on the podium with Magnus Racing in the ALMS and had many other starts within the series. What were your initial thoughts when the merger happened?
AD: I certainly feel fortunate to have competed in both Grand Am and the American Le Mans Series throughout my career.  Both series offered great opportunities for teams and drivers to compete at the highest level in some of the biggest events in sports car racing.  Having spent most of my time on the Grand-Am side, I enjoyed quite a bit of success over there.  However, some of my most memorable moments involved the numerous ALMS events in which I competed.  Being an individual that worked in both series, my initial thought with the merger announcement was one of slight disappointment.  I personally loved both series, and thought each satisfied certain needs of endurance racing here in North America.  After my initial disappointment, I realized that change is always a catalyst for opportunity.  At that point, I started to get excited about how the merger might be able to strengthen our sport to make it more attractive to everyone involved.

Matt:  How did you think the IMSA handled their first season with TUSC? Are you optimistic for the future?

AD: IMSA had a tremendous task ahead of them when the merger became a reality.  Combining two separate entities that had fundamental differences was not going to be easy with amount of time given to make the new series a reality.  There were obviously some things that didn’t go well during the first TUSC season, many that were very visible to everyone and some that were behind the scenes.  There were certainly some disgruntled participants, and there were some casualties along the way.  However, as things started to settle down towards the end of the year, I saw the series make a concerted effort to listen to the competitor feedback and begin implementing positive changes.  Now at this point, I am quite optimistic in the future of TUSC.  I feel that the right people are in place, and the plan moving forward should continue to lend to close racing at North America’s best venues.

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Matt: You raced in Conti last season, is there anything with CTSCC you would like to see changed?

AD: I can’t begin to describe how impressed I was with the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge last season.  The level of professionalism displayed on an off the track by both the drivers and the teams involved in the series was outstanding.  I had so much fun competing in our #6 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro Z/28.R, and the entire season was packed full of epic battles and close finishes.  I feel like CTSCC is one of the best products out there at the moment, consistently being able to put on a great show for the fans.  So all that being said, I don’t see any reason to fix something that is not broken!

Matt:  How did you first get involved in motorsports?

AD: My father began racing at the club level when I was about four years old.  We would spend our family vacations heading out to the race tracks spread throughout the Southeastern United States instead of the usual trips to the beach or Disney World.  At that young age, I became completely enamored with everything pertaining to racing.  Watching my #1 role model compete and push the limits was all that was needed for me to know that I wanted to follow in his footsteps.

Matt:  Favorite track and why?

AD: Although I’ve never met a race track that I didn’t like, I would have to say that Road Atlanta is my favorite track.  Obviously, I love the fast sweeping turns and the superb use of the natural topography of North Georgia.  However, it is really my favorite track for emotional reasons.  Growing up a short 45 minute drive to the track, I really consider Road Atlanta my second home.  In addition to all of my father’s races that I attended, I grew up watching all of my racing heroes seemingly defy the laws physics while pushing the boundaries in the Camel GT series.  Watching GTP cars blast full throttle through the final corner was absolutely astonishing!

Matt:  You have had a lot of success through your career, can you think of one moment you would consider your favorite?

AD: I have been so privileged in my career to drive for a lot of great teams, and I have created amazing memories with each of those teams.  All of my victories are very dear to me, because it is so difficult to win at the top level of any sport.  The hard work and effort put forth by everyone involved is never lost on me, so I try to savor every chance to stand a top that podium.  If I had to single one moment out in my career, it would have to involve being crowed 2011 Rolex Series Champion.  That season with Brumos Racing was truly a magical experience for me!

Matt:  What or who keeps you motivated to keep racing?

AD: I have always been an internally motivated person…always striving to better myself.  I race because it allows me to push my limits beyond the normal comfort zone, and it helps satisfy my goal for continuous self improvement.

Matt:  When you’re away from the race track, what do you do to relax?

AD: With a four year old son, I’m not sure if there is ever really any time to relax!  When I’m away from the track, I prefer to spend most my time with my wife and son.  I’m not really crazy with outside hobbies or projects.  Nowadays, I find my most relaxing moments are when I’m tagging along to the playground or heading out on a bike ride with my little guy.

Matt: If you were not a racecar driver, what would your career be?

AD: The motorsports industry is really all that I know, but if I were to dream up another career…I think I would be a killer lead guitarist for a rock band!  I have absolutely no musical talent, but I still have the dream!

Matt:  You’re behind the wheel of any racecar car from any era.  What is it and why?

AD: Because I grew up watching the GTP cars blast around Road Atlanta, my race car of choice would be the Porsche 962!  Those cars were lighting fast, and produced enormous amounts of downforce.  The drivers back then were impressive compared to the current era of drivers…we have it a lot easier in regards to driver comfort and use of technology these days.

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Matt

Matt Kistler is the founder and editor of NASportsCar. Matt works full time for a Fortune 500 life Insurance company and runs Kistler Media on the side producing digital media of all kinds.

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