Dallas, TX — The deBoulle Motorsports team claimed 12th place at this year’s ROLEX 24 Hours of Daytona. In only his second Prototype start, Nick Boulle joined the Prototype entry of AFS / PR1 Motorsports in their number 52, Ligier JS P217 Sports Car.
The demanding 24-hour race saw drivers from around the world take part in what was dubbed by many as the event’s most competitive running in its 56 year history. The endurance race tests both driver, team and equipment around the high banks of Daytona International Speedway as well as through the infield road course. The car itself will reach speeds close to 200mph and keep pace for the entirety of the grueling race.
The race was heavily attended with celebrities and many of the world’s most respected drivers competing in the field. Fernado Alonso’s attendance brought huge fanfare alongside Juan Pablo Montoya, Bruno Senna, Lance Stroll, Lando Norris, Paul DiResta and more. Also bringing out huge attendance was the addition of the new Acura prototype fielded by the fabled Penske Racing team.
This year the AFS / PR1 Motorsports car was driven by Nick Boulle, IndyCar regular Sebastian Saavedra, Gustavo Yacaman, as well as current WEC driver and former ChampCar driver Roberto Gonzalez.
After the team qualified in 16th position, Nick’s first stint came just as night fell over the 3.56 mile speedway road course. He drove the car for roughly 1.5 hours in what was the most treacherous portion of the race. Just over 20 minutes into his stint, rain began to fall on course. After driving on slicks in wet conditions for several laps, the team eventually pitted to change for rain tires. Minutes later, the drying track called for another pit stop as they went back to dry tires in the mixed conditions.
Nick Boulle commented after hist first stint in the LMP2 car, “Thanks to the technology in endurance racing, the cars & equipment are so good that it is truly a 24-hour sprint race. From the moment the green flag drops to the checkered flag you push the car to its absolute limits. There is no ‘saving the brakes’ or backing off because oftentimes in events like this – every second counts. You know the importance of keeping the car clean & safe, but certainly feel this even more in treacherous conditions where it is so easy to push too far.”
The team had advanced the car into the top 10 before an early morning mistake by one of Nick’s teammates sent the crew into the garages for repairs. Nick returned for three more flawless stints in the LMP2 car at the demanding circuit. And despite the time lost, Boulle & his co-drivers recovered positions through the remaining hours of the race to finish in 12th position in the Prototype class.
deBoulle Motorsports’ continued their partnership program in 2018 with an amazing crew of 20 guests from Concepta Labs, McFadden & Miller, Meridian Veterinary Capital, Nicholas Residential, and Palmares Energy. In addition, the car featured a logo from each of the companies in attendance.
About deBoulle Motorsports / deBoulle Diamond & Jewelry
de Boulle Motorsports is a living & moving illustration of the passion for excellence that de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry has for both jewelry & watches. de Boulle was established in 1983 by Denis and Karen Boulle, de Boulle has assembled an unrivaled collection of diamonds, fine jewelry and timepieces unsurpassed for its elegance and depth in selection. de Boulle has served thousands of discriminating customers and built a reputation as one of the pre-eminent independently-owned jewelers in the United States. Their sophisticated salon has a historical flair in the style of a two-story French villa. The Boulle’s have taken a continued interest in the community and currently supports a list of charitable causes. de Boulle also showcases Holland & Holland, the world’s most prestigious gunmaker, bespoke shotguns and rifles as well as clothing and accessories. de Boulle is located in Dallas at 6821 Preston Rd. and in Houston at 4444 Westheimer Rd. For more information, visit deBoulle.com
About Concepta Labs
Concepta Labs is a clinical laboratory housed in a state-of-the-art testing facility in Dallas, Texas. We are focused on delivering best-in-class blood testing services to a national audience of healthcare professionals through a collaborative blend of applied science and innovative technologies in the fields of blood chemistry, immunology, hematology and pathology.
About McFadden & Miller
The McFadden & Miller Story now spans seven decades of construction excellence. Founded in 1946, McFadden & Miller, Ltd. began life shortly after World War II through a partnership with a young Trammel Crow, making it the oldest and most experienced GC in the region. Today McFadden & Miller retains its position as a premier design/builder in the DFW area. The structural designs McFadden & Miller implemented many years ago were so unique to the industry that years later the McFadden & Miller “brand” is recognized and favored as an asset to any real estate portfolio. Mark Jacobson now serves as President of McFadden & Miller, with Jon Jacobson performing as Vice-President. Most “general” contractors broker every phase of construction to the lowest bidder, but McFadden & Miller actually self-performs such functions as engineering, mass grading and concrete work. This ability as well as their unique method of de-centralized project management, relying on the expertise of field managers to run projects, allows for economies, control and quality unmatched by other GC’s. McFadden & Miller began with a philosophy of treating its clients with fairness, honesty, and consideration, and always delivering the best possible product at a reasonable price. Sixty million square feet of industrial, office and retail product later McFadden & Miller is still embracing those ethics.
About Meridian Veterinary Capital
MedVet Medical and Cancer Centers for Pets is a 24-hour emergency, critical care and specialty animal hospital. MedVet is employee owned & veterinary led and is leading specialty healthcare provider for pets. MedVet provides specialty referral services, as well as emergency services, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. More than 100,000 dogs and cats are treated annually at MedVet’s expanding network of medical centers across the country. Meridian is a real estate investment, management and development company based in Dallas, Texas. Working with an established network of financial partners, architects and construction management professionals, Meridian’s mission is to create value for its investors by acquiring, developing and investing in real estate and real estate related assets. Meridian is primarily focused on senior housing and healthcare related investments. Meridian has acquired or developed projects in many areas of the United States including Texas, Colorado, Massachusetts, Arizona, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, Washington, California, Alabama, Virginia, Oklahoma, Illinois, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.
About Nicholas Residential
Nicholas Residential is a privately-held real estate investment firm headquartered in Dallas, TX. Nicholas invests alongside institutional and private clients in value-add and opportunistic affordable apartment communities across the Southwest. The firm’s investment strategy emphasizes capital preservation and incentive alignment between the firm’s principals and investors. With a focus on value creation, Nicholas seeks to unlock unrealized value in its portfolio through creative execution and a hands-on asset management approach. The company strives to produce compelling risk-adjusted returns for our investors while strengthening neighboring communities.
About Palmares Energy
Palmarès (Palm-AR-es) is translated to mean “record of achievements.” As an active buyer of minerals and royalty in energy producing regions across the nation, we view every transaction as an opportunity to provide the mineral owner with outstanding service, fair valuation, and timely closing. Palmares Energy, LLC is currently purchasing mineral rights, royalty interest, overriding royalty interest and non-participating royalty interest, whether it is leased or unleased, producing or non-producing. Our current focus is on the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico.