Long Beach: Spirit of Daytona race report

Spirit of Daytona Finishes 19th Co-drivers Doug Goad and Larry Oberto were relieved to have finished the 09 Daytona Prototype (DP) in one piece and 19 th place for the 2006 Crown Royal Grand American Challenge of Long Beach on Saturday, April...

Spirit of Daytona Finishes 19th

Co-drivers Doug Goad and Larry Oberto were relieved to have finished the 09 Daytona Prototype (DP) in one piece and 19 th place for the 2006 Crown Royal Grand American Challenge of Long Beach on Saturday, April 8th.

The Long Beach race showed more carnage than the typical horror film. The 09 Trench Shoring Company and Oh-Boy Oberto Beef Jerky sponsored DP was able to escape the massive wrecks on track. More than half the race was under yellow. Oberto drove the car for the first few green laps before the first yellow flag. Larry Oberto said, " Each time I got into the prototype the team made the setup better and better. I wish we could have a better finish but then again we didn't crash with all the chaos."

After the first gruesome wreck that took place on track, SDR received the wave by and pitted the DP. After Goad's first lap in the car he lost radio communication with the crew, creating an even tougher battle for the team. For the remainder of the race there was no team communication. But Goad's driving intuition kept him out of trouble and he was able to complete the race without a scratch on the DP.

In total the turbulent race track took out five DPs from competition. With almost no wrecks or yellow flags during the practice and qualifying session, the seemingly gentle track became a monster. The last few minutes of the race was a nerve racking display and kept the entire team on their toes. Goad was able to turn his fastest lap times and passed another DP right before the checkered flag waved.

"It was pretty quiet out there without the team's verbal support but I just raced the car and kept out of the crashes," said Goad. " Even with the trouble on track I still want to come back next year. It's a fun course, I just wish we had more time to race."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Doug Goad , Larry Oberto