SCC: Daytona: Eric Curran race report

Curran's Quest for the Koni ST Championship Nets 5th at Daytona 3rd year Georgian Bay Chevy Cobalt driver focused on delivering manufacturers and drivers championship with team mate Jamie Holtom With opening round of the 2008 Koni Challenge ST...

Curran's Quest for the Koni ST Championship Nets 5th at Daytona

3rd year Georgian Bay Chevy Cobalt driver focused on delivering manufacturers and drivers championship with team mate Jamie Holtom

With opening round of the 2008 Koni Challenge ST championship behind him, 2006 and 2007 series front runner Eric Curran kept his sights firmly set on his goals for the new season.

"Winning individual races and pole positions is a natural motivation for most drivers, but my biggest goal for Koni Challenge ST this year is to help secure a manufacturers title for Chevrolet with my awesome team at Georgian Bay, and for my driving partner Jamie Holtom and I to give it everything we have to earn the drivers title," commented Curran.

Curran drove a new version of the familiar Chevy Cobalt SS he and Holtom drove into victory lane six times in the past two seasons, with the Georgian Bay bringing the turbocharged ECOtec-powered Cobalt to debut on the high banks of Daytona. In testing earlier this month, the team came to grips with the new powerplant in short order. In the race, Curran was pleased the car showed its potential.

"This Georgian Bay Chevy Cobalt SS ran great all race long. Jamie and I did a good job on the track and the Georgian Bay crew did a great job in the pits. We pushed hard all race long but couldn't overcome the fuel mileage on the Acura's. We had to stop twice for fuel and the Acura's only had to stop once. The additional 200 lbs that Grand Am added to our Cobalt SS to keep us from beating the competition didn't help with our fuel economy either. Chevy makes a fast little Cobalt SS that has to be given penalties to keep it from beating the competition. We are still happy with our 5th place result and after hearing that the first two Acura's had illegal oversized fuel cells it makes us feel much better"

(The news was not all positive for the i-MOTO Acura team. Each car was docked 10 team points and all four drivers lost five points after a post-race technical inspection revealed an illegal fuel cell in both team cars.)

"If our pre-season testing showed us anything, it's that the new turbo Cobalt has a ton of potential. I'm really proud of how many long hours, engineering efforts, and dedication the team at Chevrolet and Georgian Bay invested into the new car."

-credit: ec

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Eric Curran