Beginning with the Utah round of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car series, Mazda veteran Jim Daniels will be piloting a MAZDA6 sedan for Tri-Point Motorsports. Daniels, the 2006 MX-5 Cup Champion, will join forces with Charles Espenlaub and 2007 MX-5 Cup Champion Jason Saini. While Jeff Altenburg and Tri-Point have enjoyed many successful years together, including a championship year in 2007, they have decided to part ways.
Tri-Point will also welcome a new sponsor to one of their MAZDA6s at Miller Motorsports Park – FidoWash. FidoWash is a self-service dog washing machine which offers everything you need to bathe and dry your dog for one low price.
He qualified for the Runoffs in SM early with four events in three different cars with poles and wins. He then jumped into the 2007 MX5 SSB and dominated the Mid-Div for the title. The limited effort (minimum events in each class to qualify) was enough to secure Jim as the Runoffs favorite and he was picked to win both SM and SSB by Sportscar magazine. Then SCCA pulled the SSB car from competition and Jim lost all motivation for the Runoffs in either class. 2007 looked to be over at that point. But wait, there’s more… Jim drove the Meathead Racing ’99 Spec Miata to a championship in the ARRC sprint race and backed it up in the Enduro with the class and overall win the next day in the Whitis Motorsports ,99 Spec Miata. On to 2008 with two teams in two different series and maybe the ARRC too…
On nearly a perfect day for racing at Miller Motorsports Park, Jim Daniels, of Germantown, Tenn., had a perfect day on the track winning his fourth consecutive SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by Hankook race, while clinching the Drivers’ Championship in the process. Daniels’ teammates Jason Saini, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Anders Hainer, of Hidden Hills, Calif., finished second and third, respectively.
Jim Daniels leads teammate Jason Saini en route to cliching the inaugural MX-5 Drivers' Championship.
Jim Daniels, of Germantown, Tenn., started from the pole and led every lap of today’s SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by Hankook Round Six race, part of Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, to take his fourth win on the season inch even closer to the inaugural series championship. Anders Hainer, of Hidden Hills, Calif., and Todd Buras, of Melbourne, Fla., completed the top three. Complete Story
(l-r) Anders Hainer, Jim Daniels and Todd Buras celebrate on the podium.
Jim Daniels, of Germantown, Tenn., was out for a Saturday afternoon drive as he drove flag-to-flag to capture his third SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by Hankook victory of the season. Daniels’ Round Five victory was part of the Portland Grand Prix at Portland International Raceway. Local driver Brad McAllister, of Portland, Ore., finished second, 17.911-seconds behind Daniels
Jim Daniels captures his third MX-5 Cup win of 2006 at Portland International Raceway.
Jim Daniels, of Germantown, Tenn., held off Team MER teammate Jason Saini, of Forth Worth, Texas, by 0.174-second to win Round Four of the SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by Hankook Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Daniels moved into the championship lead by a thin margin of one point. Team MER looks to have momentum heading into the second half of the season.
Jim Daniels (front) leads teammate Jason Saini en route to his second win of the season at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
After missing practice for his children’s graduations and then losing a transmission during qualifying, a clean race just would not have fit the type of weekend Jim Daniels, of Germantown, Tenn., had. So, it seemed right that the driver had to overcome more transmission problems, along with several lead changes, to take the checkered flag in Memorial Day”s SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by Hankook race, part of the Rolex GT Series Challenge at Lime Rock Park. Todd Buras, of Melbourne, Fla., finished second, 0.161-sec. behind, followed by Erik Stearns, of Van Buren, Ohio… read complete story at mx-5cup.com
Jim Daniels (front) barely leads Todd Buras during Monday’s MX-5 Cup race at Lime Rock Park.
Cresson, TX, Team MER Shops. The late “silly” season driver seat swapping has settled at Team MER. The final driver lineup for the 2006 MX5 Cup presented by Hankook has Jim Daniels, Jason Saini, Eric Stearns, Deborah Loth, Todd Lamb, Ben Hohn and John Kuitwaard completing the season roster for Team MER. It was also announced that a 8th car is available although plans to rent or sell it have not been determined. Team MER will be launching their new website in the coming weeks. Watch for more exciting news regarding sponsors and promotional events at www.motorsportenterprises.com.
BRASELTON, Ga., Road Atlanta. Jim ran a great race finishing 4th out of 48 cars in the last ARRC event to be held. With SM gaining National status for 2006 competitors flocked to Road Atlanta to participate in arguable the most prestigious SM event to date. In the 6 years the event has been held Jim is the ONLY TWO TIME WINNER and has never finished out of the top 5 while being the all time ARRC lap leader. A frustrating week for Jim was over shadowed by the camaraderie and festivities of the week. Jim would fight a straight line speed issue that would later be reviled as a faulty front brake caliper creating drag on the car.
The #47 PSM has been sold, stay tuned for news of our 2006 Club and Pro season!!
MONTEREY, Calif. (May 2, 2005) – Jim Daniels, of Germantown, Tenn. and Justin Hall, of Davis, Calif., split the season-opening SCCA Pro Racing Mazdaspeed Miata Cup Presented by Hankook doubleheader this weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, part of the U.S. Sports Car Invitational weekend.
… Sunday again provided close, clean racing action, with Daniels taking the win in his BSI Racing Mazda Miata 1.8 after a race-long battle with Hall. After a DNF on Saturday, Daniels started from the pole, but it was McCarthy that held the point for much of the beginning of the race in his FMG/880 Trailer/Rebello Racing Engines entry until a quick spin in turn nine relegated him to the bottom half of the top 10.
Daniels was able to spoil Hall’s attempt to sweep the doubleheader by beating him to the checkered flag by just 0.302sec.