Spirit of Daytona's Qualifying Session As the Spanish language thundered throughout the grandstands of Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, the Spirit of Daytona took the track for the 5:30PM qualifying session. Two hours of...
Spirit of Daytona's Qualifying Session
As the Spanish language thundered throughout the grandstands of Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, the Spirit of Daytona took the track for the 5:30PM qualifying session. Two hours of track time was all that the team had in order to prepare for the 18 turn 2.78 mile track in Mexico City. The two practice sessions that the 09 Pontiac-powered Daytona Prototype (DP) participated in helped Doug Goad qualify the car to 16th place on the grid.
Goad, not feeling well due to the altitude and his allergies toughed it out as he drove the Spirlaz/Speedcom/Chemcraft DP throughout the allotted 15 minutes. The car's setup during qualifying was a little off making it difficult for Goad to drive on the rough roads and fast esses. Troy Flis, co-owner/team manager, commented on the DP's performance, "We are still looking to shave more time off the car but we did make a lot of progress on the DP's setup. Compared to the first session this morning to this evening's qualifying the car steadily increased in speed."
As the DP muscled its way throughout the mountain top racetrack Goad took control of the car and was able to turn consistent laps. However the track's technical turns did hinder the DP's passing ability. Goad said, "There a few places to pass, they are just hard to find. You can only pass the DPs at the straightaway and at turn 13."
French Canadian, Marc-Antoine Camirand, co-driver of the 09 DP commented on the track after his practice sessions, "There are a lot of bumps throughout the course, but it is a fast long track. There will be less than 30 cars on the course during Saturday's race so traffic will not be as crowded as most races. It won't be too hard to get a good lap in the car." The race on Saturday at 4:00PM ET will be fast and exciting.