Daytona 24: Spirit of Daytona one-third report

Spirit of Daytona Race Update At 8:00PM all four drivers, from Spirit of Daytona Racing with Bobby Labonte had driven a two hour-stint, each in the Micoroflex/Spiralz Jewelry/Oberto Beef Jerky sponsored...

Spirit of Daytona Race Update

At 8:00PM all four drivers, from Spirit of Daytona Racing with Bobby Labonte had driven a two hour-stint, each in the Micoroflex/Spiralz Jewelry/Oberto Beef Jerky sponsored No. 09 Pontiac Daytona Prototype. With one third of the race completed, Spirit of Daytona is in 11th place.

Doug Goad, 2002 Rolex 24 Hours AGT Champion was first to pilot the 09 Crawford Daytona Prototype (DP). After turning 51 laps, Goad jumped out of the car and felt like it was doing its job. Troy Flis, co-owner/team manager, had told all four of his drivers to race smart and consistent, and that was exactly what Goad did on the track.

Flis stated earlier this morning, " We will probably be in the back of the pack at the beginning and throughout the night, but come Sunday morning we will be up front." The plan seems to be working, the car and drivers are steering clear of the numerous collisions that have already happened to the front running DPs. No major damage has occurred to the car.

Following Goad's lead, co-driver, Harold Primat jumped into the DP and completed his two-hour stint having turned 61 laps. Primat, who is used to piloting an open cockpit race car was surprised by the heat that built up in the DP he also had trouble with the tires' changing friction. " At first it was difficult to get accustomed to driving in the traffic and adjusting the sway bars, but once I figured it out, it was a fun ride," said the European Sportsman driver.

As Primat pulled up into pit lane, 2000 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver, Bobby Labonte was suiting up for his first stint in the 2006 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. Labonte's first laps in the DP were fine, then at lap 113, the right rear tire's outer edge ripped. The entire diameter of the tire was ripped but the team was able to change the tire before any major damage occurred to the car's suspension. Labonte turned 57 laps during the two- hour period. "Other than too much rear brake and a flat tire in the right rear everything went as planned," said Labonte.

Larry Oberto was the last driver to get behind the No. 09's wheel. Oberto drove his session and kept the car in 13th place. The 2003 Grand Am SRPII Champ turned 36 laps and pitted, letting Goad get back behind the DP's wheel and race it to 11th place. Oberto commented on his turn, "The car feels the best that it has all week. I am finally feeling comfortable in the DP and so far it has stayed out of the garage." Spirit of Daytona Racing will continue its race into the night.

-www.spiritofdaytona.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Doug Goad , Larry Oberto