Mid-Ohio: Spirit of Daytona preview

Spirit of Daytona Racing Looks to Continue Upward Trajectory at Mid-Ohio Race and test at Watkins Glen moves Porsche V8-Coyote forward with development program Daytona, FL (19 June 2008) -- Success in racing only follows after building a good...

Spirit of Daytona Racing Looks to Continue Upward Trajectory at Mid-Ohio

Race and test at Watkins Glen moves Porsche V8-Coyote forward with development program

Daytona, FL (19 June 2008) -- Success in racing only follows after building a good foundation. Without it, expecting consistent podiums, much less wins, is nigh on impossible. For Spirit of Daytona Racing, that foundation comes in the form of a committed crew, strong Daytona Prototype motor and chassis package, and talented and development-minded drivers working to make the most progress possible.

From there it's a question of getting mile after full speed mile under their belts and that's exactly what the team did at the last Rolex Series round at Watkins Glen, adding to the new combination's record of race finishes. And another weekend of speedy progression is what Sprit of Daytona has in mind this weekend for the upcoming EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for round seven of the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, marking the organizations fourth start of the season.

The Spirit of Daytona Racing Porsche V8-powered Coyote secured a strong seventh on the grid at the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen on Friday as Marc-Antoine Camirand set a fast lap time of 1:45.672-seconds on the 3.4-mile long course in Friday's qualifying session. Enduring six grueling hours of racing on Saturday, Camirand, along with regular co-driver Guy Cosmo, joined by Terry Borcheller, would finish in 11th place.

Despite the intense heat and competition, the Spirit of Daytona crew earned valuable race miles in the best laboratory possible. Adding to that newfound data was the opportunity to run on the "Short-course" configuration at the Glen in a Rolex test day. The extra day of testing at the Glen gave Sprit of Daytona engineers even more data to keep the development moving forward, and will hopefully pay dividends this weekend.

"It was great to get back to racing last weekend at the Glen and things went well with the test on Monday so that's a lot of new information fresh in our heads and in our computers to work on," said Cosmo. "We are still in the early days with this combination, but we made a lot of progress last weekend and to get the chance to keep at it again this weekend at Mid-Ohio is great. Hopefully the aero package we have plays to our favor this weekend."

The combination of the stout Porsche V8 powerplant and the characteristics of the Coyote chassis, particularly in the area of aerodynamics, could well take a liking to the dipping and diving twists and turns of Mid-Ohio's 2.258-mile natural terrain circuit.

"So far we're really pleased with the progress we are making with this package," said Spirit of Daytona team owner Troy Flis. "The team performed well at the Glen even though it'd been a little while since we raced, so now we are looking to be stronger still here at Mid-Ohio. The car keeps making it to the finish and we were disappointed not to get a top-ten at the Glen, but we feel like so long as we keep making the progress that we have been with the car, that those results will come."

"Mid-Ohio is just one of those tracks that drivers love because you are getting a little bit of everything-the long back stretch, the slow technical sections, and the Madness section as well, so I am looking forward to this weekend not only because it's a great chance to keep developing this Porsche-Coyote package, but also because it's just a blast to race here!" said Camirand.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Marc-Antoine Camirand , Guy Cosmo , Terry Borcheller