Homestead: Spirit of Daytona Thursday report

Spirit of Daytona's Spring Break in Miami Overcast skies greeted Spirit of Daytona Racing with Bobby Labonte for the first practice session of the Miami Grand Prix on March 23. Co-driver Larry Oberto took to the 09 Daytona Prototype as if ...

Spirit of Daytona's Spring Break in Miami

Overcast skies greeted Spirit of Daytona Racing with Bobby Labonte for the first practice session of the Miami Grand Prix on March 23. Co-driver Larry Oberto took to the 09 Daytona Prototype as if reuniting with an old friend. Oberto has turned many laps in the Spiralz Jewelry/ Oh Boy Oberto Beef Jerky sponsored Daytona Prototype (DP) this past March having competed in the race at Mexico City and participated in a test session at Roebling Road. Oberto was first to power the DP throughout the Miami track.

Spirit of Daytona was determined to turn as many laps as the practice sessions allowed. Thankfully a light sprinkle of rain felt on the back stretch of the track was not threatening enough to bring the DP into the pits. As the laps crept up in number, Oberto's times slowly decreased. He kept on chiseling away at the track dropping a considerable amount of time from his first lap turned in the afternoon to the last lap turned during the darkened evening hours.

Co-owner/driver, Doug Goad was able to battle through the Miami traffic and grueling rain to make it to the Homestead track in time for the Thursday evening practice session. Goad was only able to turn a handful of laps before the session came to a close. "The car was doing pretty good on the race track, usually here it wants to fishtail, but right now, it just wants to race on the track. And that's a good thing." After piloting almost 200 miles on Thursday afternoon the last practice session came to a close in time for the lightening storm that took place over the track's grandstands.

To add to the race excitement this weekend, Spirit of Daytona is announcing their newly reformatted team website. Spirit of Daytona decided to update their image for the 2006 racing season. This is only the first step for the rebranding of SDR. The first part of the equation is with the team's website. Troy Flis said, " When Bobby joined up with us we decided our website needed a face lift. He recommended Graceline Design, (company that created Bobby's site and countless others in the racing industry). We are very happy with the results and hope this allows another avenue for seasoned race fans and curious on lookers alike to find out more information on our team. The company created a professional and great looking website in a very short amount of team." Continue to look for more updates with Spirit of Daytona Racing.

For more information on Spirit of Daytona Racing with Bobby Labonte visit the team's new website at www.spiritofdaytona.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Doug Goad , Larry Oberto