Homestead: Spirit of Daytona race report

Spirit of Daytona Finishes in One Piece Larry Oberto started the No.09 Daytona Prototype (DP) from the 11th row on the grid, and Doug Goad finished the DP in 20th position 109 laps later. The race started off at a slow and consistent pace, with...

Spirit of Daytona Finishes in One Piece

Larry Oberto started the No.09 Daytona Prototype (DP) from the 11th row on the grid, and Doug Goad finished the DP in 20th position 109 laps later. The race started off at a slow and consistent pace, with very few on track mishaps. After the first yellow flag the race pace changed and a whole different story took place. The Sunday morning driving like conditions transformed into rush hour traffic with road rage.

Oberto powered the car over 40 laps before Goad dove into the 09 DP. For the remaining laps in the race, a nervous Larry Oberto paced throughout the pit waiting for Goad to make his move. "When I got out of the car I was just hoping that Doug would have a good strong run and have more luck with the car than I did." Oberto's foreshadowing was only halfway true. While Goad was running the Spiralz Jewelry/ Oh Boy Oberto Beef Jerky sponsored DP the race conditions turned for the worse and the 09 DP barely escaped the mayhem. The 09 DP's luck changed when it was hit from behind causing the left rear wheel to blow out and minor body damage. Goad pitted the car and the team was able to repair the DP proficient enough to last until the end of the race.

Goad was frustrated with the incident and started turning his fastest laps yet. After the tire change, Goad was hit from behind again and spun on track. " I was able to control the car and regain my sense of direction. I really didn't have time to get nervous during the spinout because I was concentrating on how to get back on track," he said. "We are lucky that the car finished in one piece without any major damage."

Troy Flis, co-owner/team manager said, "with all the incidents on track, our strategy was just to finish the race. Goad was able to pass a DP for position right at the end of his stint in the car which gave us something to cheer about." Spirit of Daytona Racing was able to brave out the race conditions and completed the third race of the 2006 season.

The racing action starts all over again in Long Beach on April 8.

-www.spiritofdaytona.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Doug Goad , Larry Oberto