Phoenix: Spirit of Daytona preview

Spirit of Daytona Heats up at Desert Track From cold and cloudy to hot and sunny, the Spirit of Daytona 09 Pontiac Crawford is suiting up for the GAINSCO Grand Prix desert night race. The Oh-Boy Oberto sponsored Daytona Prototype will be...

Spirit of Daytona Heats up at Desert Track

From cold and cloudy to hot and sunny, the Spirit of Daytona 09 Pontiac Crawford is suiting up for the GAINSCO Grand Prix desert night race. The Oh-Boy Oberto sponsored Daytona Prototype will be powered by co-drivers Doug Goad and Larry Oberto on May 13th at 7:00PM. The two teammates are coming from the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca where the car had its best finish all year, 14th place. Even with the exciting race finish the 09 DP sustained major damage to the rear hatch and wing plate. With the few days of downtime before the Phoenix race, the crew has been working nonstop to make the DP as good as new.

"We really need to thank Crawford for supplying us with parts so fast for the DP. To have the manufacturer support at the race track allows us to regroup and fix the car and get back in the race. We had a considerable amount of damage done to the car but we were able to fix it up with the parts we had on hand from Crawford's support truck," said Troy Flis, team owner/manager. The team fixed the injured car for the race finish at Laguna Seca and now the team has to retune the engine for the hot and arid atmosphere in Phoenix.

The race conditions at Phoenix will provide the team and series with more aggressive racing due to the short track. Both the DP and GT car categories will be racing together forcing almost 50 cars to race on the 1.51 mile track. Conditions will be tight but will provide for thrilling race action.

Spirit of Daytona is excited to welcome Oh-Boy Oberto Beef Jerky friends and employees to the Grand Am race on Saturday. The 09 DP will be showing off the green and red colors of the Oberto Sausage Company."It will be really nice racing in front of Oberto employees, customers, and clients," said Larry Oberto. "This is going to be a great race weekend after coming from a top-15 place finish. The team has done a fantastic job and last weekend's finish is a great step forward," said Oberto, the Seattle native.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Doug Goad , Larry Oberto