Mid-Ohio: Spirit of Daytona qualifying report

Cosmo Eighth for Spirit of Daytona Racing at Mid-Ohio (LEXINGTON, Ohio) 20 June 2008-- Making just their fourth appearance of the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Series season, Spirit of Daytona Racing turned in a strong qualifying performance with Guy...

Cosmo Eighth for Spirit of Daytona Racing at Mid-Ohio

(LEXINGTON, Ohio) 20 June 2008-- Making just their fourth appearance of the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Series season, Spirit of Daytona Racing turned in a strong qualifying performance with Guy Cosmo at the controls, resulting in a Top-10 start for the EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Cosmo set a time late in the 15-minute long qualifying session good enough for the eighth spot on the starting grid. His quick lap stopped the clock in 1:19.136 seconds for an average lap speed of 102.719mph over the 2.238-mile circuit.

The team has been steadily developing their V8-Porsche powered Coyote chassis and continue to learn more and more with every lap.

"We're zoning in on a good balance with the car. It can still be a challenge getting the right level of consistency matched with outright speed, but every time we get on track we're gaining valuable data," said Cosmo who despite the good result was still a bit disappointed. "I was really hoping for a Top-6, especially because I know this track so well and I really enjoy it."

New aero developments were used in competition for the first time and although they were making a positive impact on some parts of the track, it was a lack of mechanical grip that was causing the most trouble. Both Cosmo and teammate Marc-Antoine Camirand are unanimous in their assessment of the car's challenges, which will ultimately aid in the it's development.

"We're doing well with what we have," said Spirit of Daytona team owner Troy Flis. "We need to get some weight out, but we are happy with this qualifying and we are going to just keep digging. Guy did a great job, and I think if we had one more flying lap, we could have moved a few spots up. But we're pretty confident about the car we'll have for the race tomorrow, so this was a good start to the weekend for us."

As for the race tomorrow, Cosmo is glad for the nearly two hours of practice the teams will have tomorrow prior to the 5:00 PM race start. Concentrating on a package that can deal well with traffic will be key.

"We're going to focus tomorrow on making sure that we have a car that will be able to go inside or outside through the traffic," asserts Cosmo. "This track really never stops changing direction and that requires a car that will be quite agile. I know we have the reliability if not the speed so if we can manage to avoid traffic and stay out of trouble, we'll earn a good result tomorrow."

-credit: sod

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