Spirit of Daytona Racing
Spirit of Daytona Hopes for Podium in Watkins Glen Return
Team back on track after solid showing at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL; August 10, 2011: Coming off of a season-best finish at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Spirit of Daytona heads to Round 10 of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series schedule this weekend at Watkins Glen in search of its first podium of the season. A 7th place finish three weeks didn’t show just how fast the No. 90 Chevrolet-powered Coyote was all weekend in New Jersey, but it was a positive step in the right direction for a team just a little luck away from contending for race wins.
“The car’s good and the program’s back on track. I think we got behind there at Road America (three races ago) with the crash and now we’re back on track. I’m excited to go to Watkins Glen,” said team owner/manager Troy Flis. “I think we’ve got a great car for Watkins Glen. It’s a short race so it’ll all be pretty exciting. It’ll be a wide open race from the green flag to the checkered.”
Spirit of Daytona demonstrated the speed at New Jersey Motorsports Park that they showed earlier in the season when they scored four consecutive front row starting positions and laps led in over half of the races. After qualifying second and leading 15 laps, the No. 90 Chevrolet/Coyote has now led 108 laps through nine races and has the third most laps led in the DP class since the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
“It will be great going back to a track for the second time around. It’ll be more familiar and should help us get up to speed,” said driver Paul Edwards, who made his Watkins Glen DP debut in the Six Hours At The Glen earlier this season. “The short course always brings a competitive race; I’m really looking forward to it. The car has been quick all year and I think our time has come for a result.”
Edwards and co-driver Antonio Garcia qualified 2 nd at Watkins Glen in June, but the No. 90 fell out of the race with just over one hour remaining because of a gearbox issue. The team hopes to put the mechanical woes that have plagued them all season behind them and return to the podium on Saturday.
“The car continues to be good every weekend,” admits Garcia. “We have a car that can compete for podiums and wins, we just need to put these problems behind us.”