Tristan Nunez is juggling a full-time professional racing career in both the American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, while also finishing up his junior year of high school. This weekend's Detroit GP at Belle Isle see the 17-year-old back in Rolex Series action in a SpeedSource Mazda6 (ABOVE) after a two-race stint in ALMS with Performance Tech Motorsports,in which he secured two top-five finishes. Prior to that, Nunez competed in the first three rounds of Grand-Am, scoring two top-five results including a runner-up finish at Barber. Still he admitted to a few nerves.
"I'm not going to lie, with this weekend being my second street course race ever, I'm a bit nervous to be surrounded by walls again," said Nunez. 'This time it's going to be in the closed-cockpit SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel Mazda6; so a little less visibly than in the prototype! But my co-driver, Joel Miller, has had plenty of experience on street courses so in sure I can learn a ton from him!
"As far as the car. it has been improving with every race and coming from a win in the Visit Florida car-which I unfortunately had to miss-I think the whole team is extremely confident going into this race in Detroit! Lets see if we can get a MAZDA one-two finish!"