Phoenix: Spirit of Daytona preview

Spirit of Daytona Fields two DPs at Phoenix Temperatures and competition will be hot and on the rise at the Phoenix 250 on September 10. The arid desert conditions will be fuel for the Spirit of Daytona 09 Pontiac-powered ...

Spirit of Daytona Fields two DPs at Phoenix

Temperatures and competition will be hot and on the rise at the Phoenix 250 on September 10. The arid desert conditions will be fuel for the Spirit of Daytona 09 Pontiac-powered Daytona Prototype to get heated up for a success after the disappointing finish of 16th place at the EMCO Gears Classic. Co- drivers Doug Goad and Marc-Antoine Camirand in the 09 DP sponsored by Spiralz/SpeedCom Communication/Chemcraft will be rejoined by teammates Bob Ward and Roberto Moreno in the sister DP, #07 Waste Services Inc Crawford.

Both Goad and Ward placed well at Phoenix last season. Goad drove the 09DP to a 7th place finish and Ward raced the #47 Porsche to an 8th place finish in the GT Class. However this will be Camirand and Moreno's first time at Phoenix, both are confident and looking forward to their first experience at the track. " This is one of the few tracks in the US that I have not raced at but I am not nervous. I am confident with the team and I only want to go forward and improve from our last race finish at Mid-Ohio," said Camirand.

This will be the 07DP's 5th race of the season. Even with their DP not competing in all of the races, the 07 Crawford has had success throughout the season. Ward and Moreno raced the DP to their first top-10 during the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen, at Watkins Glen. The last race the 07 competed in was the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Both drivers are ready to get back into the car after their 2month hiatus and race the 1.51mile Phoenix International Raceway.

Hopefully Phoenix's desert conditions will stay dry and not give the Rolex Grand American Series competitors an unexpected rain shower. In 2001, Goad was racing in the AGT class at the Phoenix Raceway, and a flash flood poured all over the track, actually making the 09 Corvette float off the road. But Goad and team manager Troy Flis had the tenacity to keep racing and was one of the few competitors that actually finished the race and the team came in 1st place.

-www.spiritofdaytona.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Roberto Moreno , Doug Goad