OktoberFast Visits Daytona

Rajan Khannan/The Avion Newspaper

Rajan Khanna/Staff Reporter

This past weekend, the Porsche Club of America visited Daytona International Speedway for their annual “Oktoberfast” event organized by Porsche of Orlando. The event, which ran for four days, had all kinds of motorsports activities for their members, including on track racing and autocross. Although the event was organized by Porsche of Orlando, entrants were not limited to driving Porsche vehicles. Other manufacturers present included Aston Martin, Acura, BMW, Chevrolet, and Mazda. Participants raced around the road course layout of the speedway instead of the trioval, requiring a higher level of skill to navigate the hairpin and bus stop chicane and rejoin the high banks of Daytona. While at the event, I had the opportunity to interview two drivers who competed in various races during the event. The first of the two was Darrel Bell who drove for Bell Brothers Racing. He was ushered into racing by his father, who raced similar Porsches. He and his brother took interest in motorsports and raced from a young age, competing in similar events to the one this past weekend. He and his brother raced against each other because they loved the family competition. They found success and stayed with the sport. Darrel Bell drives the #48 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup while his brother Barry Bell drives the #149 911 GT3 Cup. Darrel noted that his favorite part of the road course layout at Daytona International Speedway was the entrance into the bus stop. He enjoyed the high speed into a technical section. I then asked him if he had been given the opportunity to race at any track with any car, where would it be and why. He was enthusiastic toward the Circuit of The Americas because it has many high speed sections including very technical sections, like the esses and the steep elevation changes. The vehicle he would like to use is the Porsche 911 RSR due to its raw and intense feel and power. The second driver I interviewed was Cory Friedman, who races for Autometrics Motorsports. His path into racing also started within his family. He took an interest after working for his father’s racing team. He later worked for Autometrics Motorsports and decided he wanted to become a driver instead. He drives the #90 Porsche 991 Cup in both the sprint and endurance divisions of the event. His favorite aspect of Daytona International Speedway was the high average speed throughout the lap. He noted that the road course layout is one of the fastest road courses in the country. I also asked him what his dream track and car combination would be. He chose the Circuit de la Sarthe in a Porsche Prototype car because the circuit has one of the longest back straights in history at nearly four miles in length.  The prototype cars are best known for participating in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is arguably the most grueling motorsport event in the world.  After the interviews, I headed over to victory lane where Friedman’s teammate David Baum hoisted the trophy after winning the overall sprint division. The Avion Newspaper wishes the best for the remainder of the season for both Autometrics Motorsports and Bell Brothers Racing.