Homestead: Spirit of Daytona preview

Spirit of Daytona looking forward to Homestead Florida-based team looks to continue strong start to 2008 for Porsche-powered FABCAR entry Homestead, Fla. (27 March 2008) -- After starting the 2008 Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown...

Spirit of Daytona looking forward to Homestead
Florida-based team looks to continue strong start to 2008 for Porsche-powered FABCAR entry

Homestead, Fla. (27 March 2008) -- After starting the 2008 Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 season off by taking the highest finish for a Porsche-powered Daytona Prototype in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Spirit of Daytona Racing will look to continue the development of the No. 09 Porsche-powered FABCAR package in a competitive setting this weekend at Homestead Miami Speedway for the GAINSCO Grand Prix.

Spirit of Daytona pilots Guy Cosmo and Marc Camirand will share the driving duties for the two hour and forty-five minute race set on the 2.3-mile oval-based road course south of Miami.

While it has been nearly two months since the team took the checkered flag at Daytona, the No. 09 machine hasn't been sitting idly since. In fact, after making the short drive back to the shop in Daytona for a post-24 tear-down and evaluation, Sprit of Daytona set off for two days of testing at Homestead with the car in a Rolex Series open test.

The late February test gave the Sprit of Daytona Racing engineers and drivers a fresh new batch of data to work with as the team develops one of the categories' newest packages to prepare for a highly competitive Daytona Prototype field that continues to diversify.

"The Homestead test was productive for us, and even though we are still in the early days with this car, we are pleased with how things are moving forward," said team owner Troy Flis. "Finishing the 24 was a big step for this program. But we know we have to keep working because we are up against some Daytona Prototype combinations that have years and years of racing and testing behind them. But we're really excited about the increased varieties of cars we are going up against, and with the progress the team has made so far. We will just look to keep doing that this weekend at Homestead and see what we can take out of the weekend."

The Lozano-Brothers -prepared Porsche motor impressed during the Rolex 24, not only making it stoutly to the finish, but doing so after a pair of overheating incidents that could have proved terminal for other powerplants. The team will look to make the most out of the GAINSCO Grand Prix race weekend to post the most competitive effort possible, while also looking to push to maximize the development progress with the package.

"We think we are making the right steps that we need to be with this motor, and after the Homestead test and with what we learned at the 24, we also feel like we've established a good baseline for the FABCAR set-up wise," said Cosmo, who will only have to make a short trip south from his residence in West Palm Beach for the race weekend. "Homestead is a little like a 'mini-Daytona' so hopefully that bodes well for us this weekend."

"Through the 24 and during the test, the car has been nearly bullet proof and that's so important for us because we are gaining things every lap we do," said Camirand. "It's been an exciting process working with this car and hopefully this will be another strong weekend for us. It was great to go testing, but of course as a driver I just want to race, so this weekend can't come fast enough!"

Spirit of Daytona Racing's third driver in the Rolex 24, Michael McDowell, will be making his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut this weekend at the wheel of the No. 00 Michael Waltrip Racing Aarons Dream Machine Toyota Camry in the Goody's Cool Orange 500.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Guy Cosmo
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing