"Pole positions and two race wins for Florida driver"
Article By: Race Tech Development
Photo By: Kelly Brouillet
July 26, 2011 - Headed back to Road Atlanta, Floridian driver Tristan Nunez would look to turn his luck around at the famed facility. After competing there in 2010 with mixed results, 2011 would see the young up-and-coming talent claim a pair of pole positions and repeat the success with double race wins in the Skip Barber Summer Series program.
Greeting competitors with sunny weather and dry racing action, the twelve corner 2.54 mile facility would see Nunez at the top of the charts each and every time on track. As one of the fastest drivers in the series, Nunez was definitely a favorite for podium results after the official test day was completed.
"I was able to get up to speed quickly and concentrate on improving each and every session," explained Nunez. "It was a great advantage to have this as I was able to work on my driving and make sure I was hitting all my marks. I am very happy with these results and am looking forward to the next event."
Heading into qualifying for Friday's event, Nunez tore up the time charts scoring the fastest qualifying lap of the session at 1:33.997, a scant .046 away from the track record. With the fast lap, Nunez scored the pole position and inside front row starting spot.
Nunez continued, "I would have likely had the track record if it wasn't for a pass I had to make at the entry to turn twelve. I was able to get a good draft but had to make a late move that scrubbed off some speed. I was still able to carry my momentum to claim the top spot by over one second."
In race one of the weekend, Nunez and a fellow competitor managed to break away from the field to make it a two-car battle for the win. Swapping the top spot on multiple occasions, Nunez took the lead for good on the final lap and drove to the checkered flag. Utilizing a lapped car to open a larger than normal gap on the final circuit, Nunez scored his second win of the 2011 Skip Barber Summer Series program.
With the results from race one setting up the starting grid for the second race of the weekend, Nunez would once again be the pace setter and would take the lead at the drop of the green flag hoping to double up on his weekend results. Looking to keep the success rolling, a trio of competitors would get a jump on the field as they battled for the top spot.
"On the last lap of the second race, nobody wanted to lead as we were all looking to utilize the draft down the back straight. Halfway through the lap, I made my move and was able to get to the point and open just enough of a margin to hold the rest of the field behind me. It was a great win as I beat several of the National Championship drivers that were pulling double duty this weekend."
Not only was Nunez the pole sitter and double race winner, the Floridian pilot was the dominant driver all weekend long. Topping each and every on track session, Nunez never finished a session behind another driver and set the fastest race lap of the weekend among all of the Skip Barber competitors.
Tristan Nunez would like to thank all his sponsors and supporters for a successful start to his motorsports career. A big thank you goes out to his Uncle Jim as well as the Skip Barber Racing School, Jonathan Jorge, JJRD Team and staff, Derek Bell, Jay Howard, Performance Tech Motorsports, Kayla Graham Racing, Homestead Karting as well as all his family and friends.
For more information on Tristan Nunez and Tristan Nunez Racing, please visit him online at
www.TristanNunez.com or contact media representative Mike Maurini of Race Tech Development at 317.270.8723 or via e-mail at Info@RaceTechDevelopment.com . To keep up-to-date with Tristan Nunez and his racing career, be sure to 'Like' the Tristan Nunez Racing fan page on Facebook and follow him on Twitter (@TristanNunez).