September 21, 2017
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Final Lap

Evansville Porsche technician competes for top spot
After 17 years of working as a Porsche technician, Steven Davis has a variety of tools he uses from day to day.

There is no average day at work for D-Patrick Porsche Technician Steven Davis. Surprises and challenges at every turn are the norm for the tech, but it’s a job he relishes.

“I love to diagnose electrical problems, to do something that actually challenges my brain,” says Davis. “I love to think things out versus mindlessly doing something.”

To prove his knowledge in diagnosing and repairing the well-crafted Porsche vehicles, Davis currently is competing in the 2017 Technician Challenge — a contest where only 200 of the 800 Porsche technicians in the U.S. qualify to participate. Davis, one of D-Patrick’s two certified Porsche technicians, has advanced to the top 10.

The D-Patrick team doesn’t seem too surprised by his success. Davis’ strong work ethic, down-to-earth personality, and love for his job resonate with his coworkers. Many claim he is one of the hardest working technicians they know.

“If you ever need to find Steve, just go to his bay,” says D-Patrick Porsche Service Manager Rick Kleist. “He’s always working.”

Davis has worked on Porsche vehicles, in addition to Audi and Volkswagen, since he first began with D-Patrick in October 2000. Though he enjoys working on all the vehicles that come into his garage, it is the Porsches he favors.

“I love the advanced technology only the German vehicles have,” he says.

“It’s exciting to have the Porsche brand and our new state-of-the-art building at D-Patrick Motoplex,” says Tony Ricketts, D-Patrick Motoplex general sales manager. “It’s comforting to know Steve Davis is here, one of the best Porsche technicians in the U.S., repairing and maintaining D-Patrick Porsche customers’ vehicles.”

Though inclusion in this year’s Technician Challenge is a great achievement, it is not the first time Davis has been a national finalist. For the past two years, Davis has worked to become a finalist in the Volkswagen technician competition, where he competed in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The Technician Challenge 2017 finals take place Aug. 29 at One Porsche Drive in Atlanta, Georgia. In the challenge, vehicles are bugged and technicians must find the problems and repair the broken items in a set time limit. It’s a high-pressure situation, explains Davis, where he could be working on the vehicle for hours.

If Davis finishes in the top five, he will have earned a trip to the World Endurance Championship race in Austin, Texas, in September. 

For more information on D-Patrick Porsche, call 812-473-6590 or visit dpatrickporsche.com.

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