Daytona 24: Spirit of Daytona Thursday report

Spirit of Daytona's Thursday Qualifying Session After two and a half hours of practice sessions, Doug Goad, co-owner/co- driver of Spirit of Daytona Racing, qualified the No. 09 Daytona Prototype (DP) in 27th position ...

Spirit of Daytona's Thursday Qualifying Session

After two and a half hours of practice sessions, Doug Goad, co-owner/co- driver of Spirit of Daytona Racing, qualified the No. 09 Daytona Prototype (DP) in 27th position (could be lower due to technicalities during qualifying). Goad, has been jumping in between the Pontiac DP and the Grand- Am Cup GS Pontiac GTO all day long acquiring lots of seat time. "The car is not hard to drive right now, we just want it consistent like this for the race. Our goal is to still be on the track at noon on Sunday. During qualifying we had the DP setup for the 24 Hour race conditions, as long as we turn laps consistently, we will still be racing throughout the night and into the morning."

Goads' co-drivers, 2000 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Champion Bobby Labonte, 2003 Grand Am SRPII Champ Larry Oberto, and European Stand out, Harold Primat also had ample seat time during Thursday's practice sessions. Oberto, who has competed in the Rolex 24 Hours before in a Lola B2K-40 is remembering how busy the track is with over 70 DP and GT cars vying for position. "Let's just say the trust factor is very low with the other cars on the track. I was able to get some good laps in the car, but it is super busy," commented Oberto. The Seattle native will be racing with the Spirit of Daytona for the remaining season. "This is a quality team and we have a quality car."

Rolex 24 Hour co-driver, Labonte, whose hectic race schedule with newly signed NASCAR NEXTEL Cup team, Petty Enterprise, is already consuming his racing energy. But Labonte's weekend at Daytona should reenergize him for the 2006 season. "The car is doing good right now, I wish we had a chance to test during the Daytona Test Sessions (earlier this month) but right now things are good. I am excited to be back at the 24."

European Sportscar co-driver, Harold Primat, is enjoying his first experience at Daytona. "The car is neutral right now but it has a better setup compared to this morning." Primat's last race was in September 05 and he has been looking forward to the 24 Hour endurance event. "It's good to smell the stress of competition again," said Primat in his French/Swedish accent.

-www.spiritofdaytona.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Larry Oberto