Birmingham: Spirit of Daytona race report

Broken Fuel Cell takes out Spirit of Daytona A top 5 finish was not far off site for the Spirit of Daytona 09 Pontiac- powered Crawford until the fuel cell began leaking during the last half of the Porsche 250 at Barber ...

Broken Fuel Cell takes out Spirit of Daytona

A top 5 finish was not far off site for the Spirit of Daytona 09 Pontiac- powered Crawford until the fuel cell began leaking during the last half of the Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park. Fuel spilled out of the cell's bladder pouring into the cockpit of the car. The 09 DP was running beautifully with fast and consistent lap times until the incident. At lap 62 Stephan Gregoire felt a fuel spike, smelled gasoline and he knew he would have to pit.

"At first I thought I was hallucinating from the heat because I started to feel really dizzy and heard strange noises, but then I realized my feet were in a puddle of gas and the 09 car was in trouble. The heat probably did not help the situation either as the gas fumes started to fill up the cockpit," said Gregoire as he left the racetrack.

Before the fuel cell broke, the 09 car was in 5th place, and had raced as high as 4th place on the score board. The car's performance proved to the team that the adjustments they had made throughout the weekend really had an improvement on the car's handling. "While I was racing, I could feel the changes and the car had a great reaction. It is a shame about the fuel cell since we had such a great car," commented Doug Goad, who started off the Porsche 250 in the 09 DP.

"This is just part of racing, parts break and we fix them, but unfortunately it was too hard to replace the fuel cell and send the car back out on the track to finish the race. One positive thing from this weekend is that we have a great handle on the car and are looking forward to the next race, " said Troy Flis, team owner/crew-manager. The next race for the Spirit of Daytona will be the Comp USA 200 at Watkins Glen.

-www.spiritofdaytona.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Stephan Gregoire , Doug Goad