Mexico City: Spirit of Daytona preview

Spirit of Daytona's 2006 visit to Ciudad de Mexico Spirit of Daytona Racing with Bobby Labonte will be crossing the Rio Grande into Mexico City once again for the second race of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal...

Spirit of Daytona's 2006 visit to Ciudad de Mexico

Spirit of Daytona Racing with Bobby Labonte will be crossing the Rio Grande into Mexico City once again for the second race of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve. The city is nicknamed, la Ciudad de la Esperanza, meaning, "The City of Hope" which will help Spirit of Daytona with their best race finish yet. Doug Goad will be sharing the No. 09 Daytona Prototype (DP) with 2006 teammate Larry Oberto. The two co-drivers will be competing in their second race together.

Doug Goad, co-owner/driver, is looking forward to the team's return visit to Mexico City. During the Nov. 5 race in Mexico City, the 09 Pontiac-Crawford had a competitive run through the Autodromo Hermandos Rodriguez racetrack until the final moments of the race, when electrical issues plagued the DP. The team has already taken preemptive measures for the Mexico City course and has rebuilt the 09 Spiralz Jewelry/Oberto Beef Jerky sponsored DP from top to bottom after the Rolex 24 Hours.

"After the grueling 24 hours the DP had to be stripped down to its cage and rebuilt from top to bottom," said Troy Flis, co-owner/team manager. "The 09 DP will be ready for the Mexico City Formula 1 Course setup. The difference between this year's track and the Nov. 5 track will be a chicane on the main straightaway to slow the cars down. The changed course will bypass the stadium. This will act as a great equalizer for all the new talent on track."

Seattle Native, Larry Oberto is excited about his 2006 team plans. "I feel the team will be ready for Mexico and will show well. It will be great to be back in the seat with Doug." Oberto's first race in the 09 DP was during the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. "We had a good run going for the first half of the 24 and being 9th after starting 27th was nice. Unfortunately it wasn't a 12-hour race and unforeseen issues snagged us. Guess that's what makes a 24-hour race such a great event. You have to be there at the end," said Oberto.

-sod

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Doug Goad , Larry Oberto