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It's All About Daytona for Spirit of Daytona Racing at Home Track (DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) 2 July 2008 -- Spirit of Daytona Racing opened the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series season at the World Center of Racing with a strong run in the Rolex...

It's All About Daytona for Spirit of Daytona Racing at Home Track

(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) 2 July 2008 -- Spirit of Daytona Racing opened the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series season at the World Center of Racing with a strong run in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, making it through the night and to the checkered flag tenth in the Daytona Prototype class, netting the highest DP finish for a Porsche-powered machine in the grueling event.

After showing such stout reliability, the V8 Porsche-Coyote machine then began to show flashes of speed at the hands of Spirit of Daytona Racing drivers Guy Cosmo and Marc Camirand during the Homestead-Miami Speedway round, qualifying and running firmly in the top ten overall.

Following another race finish in the endurance challenge that is the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen, Spirit of Daytona Racing caught a bad break in tough conditions at Mid-Ohio, but showed resilience and strong preparation as the team was able to bounce back with a car that was ready to go in testing the following Monday.

"I was proud of the guys and the effort they put in to get the car ready to go after the crash at Mid-Ohio," said team owner Troy Flis. "They've really been busting all season long, and have even upped their game now that we have got back to racing. Of course, the Brumos race is one we all look forward to because it's right in our back yard. It is a long tough day at the track, but we know we've made a lot of progress with this car, and we are anxious to show it on Thursday."

Although this will be the eighth race of the year for the Rolex Series runners, Daytona will mark only the fifth appearance for the team this year having run a limited schedule through the season. But that doesn't mean they haven't been busy. As one of only two teams running the Coyote Chassis and the only team with the Lozano Brothers prepared Porsche V8 mated to the Coyote, they have had a steep development curve to climb since the package first hit the track in the final race of the 2007 season.

"This entire team is full of people dedicated to pushing this Porsche V8-Coyote to its absolute maximum potential," said Cosmo. "We've made a lot of progress but we know we have to keep pushing to be as competitive as we want to be in the Rolex Series. It has been encouraging how much progress that has been made, and even though this is just a one-day event, we know we can keep learning even more on Thursday. This is a great race for the fans, and for the drivers, it's a chance to hang it out a little bit because you don't really do that here for the 24. Hopefully we can show the form we did at Homestead and bring home a good finish for the guys on their home turf."

Now just over six months after the Rolex 24, the series returns to Daytona International Speedway, for a much shorter race Thursday night for the Brumos Porsche 250 under the lights. The team will look to put both the reliability and speed to use on the home track, with a solid eye toward the future and the Series' next race outing at the facility and the 2009 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

"We know what the car was like when we drove that last lap in the 24, so now we are looking forward to what it feels like when we go back on track this week," said Camirand. "Of course the conditions will be different, but we still are hoping that we get things going on the right foot on Thursday, because you don't get a chance to sleep on it. You have to be in a good spot right from the time the car unloads!"

The green flag waves for the Brumos Porsche 250 on July 3 at 8:00 PM EDT. The race is scheduled for 250 miles or 2 hours and 45 minutes, whichever comes first around Daytona's 3.56-mile, 12-turn road course. Live flag-to-flag coverage will be provided by SPEED.

-credit: www.spiritofdaytona.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Guy Cosmo