Strong race outing for Spirit of Daytona at Homestead Performance continues to pick up pace for Daytona Prototype entry Homestead, Fla. (30 March 2008) -- Spirit of Daytona Racing continued to make great strides with the rapidly ...
Strong race outing for Spirit of Daytona at Homestead
Performance continues to pick up pace for Daytona Prototype entry
Homestead, Fla. (30 March 2008) -- Spirit of Daytona Racing continued to make great strides with the rapidly developing Porsche-powered Coyote package during the GAINSCO Grand Prix at Homestead Miami Speedway this weekend. The No. 09 entry rolled off the grid from sixth with Guy Cosmo behind the wheel, and moved up to race in podium contention early on.
The car is fighting not only some all-new designs in the highly competitive Daytona Prototype category, but is also going up against some race packages with thousands of miles of racing experience. The Porsche-Coyote continued to impress at Homestead in just its third race outing, running in top-five contention deep into the two hour and forty-five minute race distance.
"I'm really proud of what we saw out there from this car today," said Spirit of Daytona team owner Troy Flis. "We raced our way into the top five--it wasn't a fluke pit stop situation or anything so we're really excited to have that kind of pace in this car's first ever sprint race. We feel like there is more we can do still and everyone on this team is really excited about that."
Spirit of Daytona Racing has been looking to get not only as much as possible out of the race package, but also looking to learn the most possible with the drivers pushing it to the maximum. Unfortunately the race didn't play out as planned as Cosmo spun late in his stint and went off--track from fourth position before returning to the track to turn the driving duties over to Camirand, who brought the car home in an unlucky 13th position.
"I know that Guy is disappointed with what happened, but I'm not mad because we want these guys to be pushing and he was doing just that," said Flis. "We just didn't have our brake bias set like we should and it caught him out. This really isn't even a track where we'd expect to be that quick because this car makes a lot of downforce so this layout doesn't really let the car shine like it can, so to be quick here gets us pretty excited about getting to the Glen and to Barber and places like that."
Cosmo, who has been a part of several development programs in his career, was pleased with the early performance from the car, but was understandably frustrated with the outcome of the race outing.
"This was a great weekend--except for that one corner!!" said Cosmo. "I hate it for this team and everyone involved with this project because we were in a great position for a strong result today. I was working really hard in the car and just pushing pushing pushing, and unfortunately, I just got a little too much lock up and went off. I'm mad right now, but I know that we did make some big progress here this weekend but as racer, I am just frustrated not to have the results show that."
"Guy showed that the car was really strong here, and it felt good during my stint so I just want to get this thing on a downforce track and see where we end up," said Camirand. "Even though we wanted to finish higher, I'm excited with what we had this weekend and I think everyone on the team is looking forward to seeing more of this to come."