Who ran second fastest on Sunday's Grand-Am test day for his first time ever on the high banks of Daytona? Meyer Motorsports driver Payton Wilson of Chantilly, VA. The Grand-Am Koni Sport Car Challenge drivers Payton Wilson and Eric Meyer drove...
Who ran second fastest on Sunday's Grand-Am test day for his first time ever on the high banks of Daytona? Meyer Motorsports driver Payton Wilson of Chantilly, VA. The Grand-Am Koni Sport Car Challenge drivers Payton Wilson and Eric Meyer drove the Mazda powered RX8 into the fastest top 3 cars during the 3 day "Roar before the 24" test in sunny Daytona Florida.
"We struggled with setup on Saturday and Sunday while trying everything to fight a mid-corner push in several areas on the track. For some reason we are getting a fair amount of understeer and I would guess there is at least another second of lap time to be earned when we figure it out" offered driver and team owner Eric Meyer. Payton Wilson ran the 2nd and 3rd fastest times of Sunday and Monday without a tow. "If we can get a few good tows, our cars will do very well for the race. Our Mazdas are strong in the infield but just OK on the longer straights. This is not the best track for our cars so if we can do well in Daytona, the rest of the reason is very promising. We need to take advantage of the draft here at Daytona to get to the podium. I had one draft in 3 hours of testing and unfortunately it was not on a better run" offered Wilson.
Daytona test days marked the introduction of several new crew members including Ron Carroll (formerly of Tri-Point and Freedom Autosport) along with Alex and Kim Ratcliffe. "This team has the potential and chemistry to win" offered Carroll. Ron Carroll took the Tri-Point Mazda6 to the 2007 SPEED World Challenge Championship as car chief for Jeff Altenburg.
Meyer Motorsports will run two Mazda RX8s for the entire season in the Koni Sports Car Challenge Series. The team is based in Indianapolis, IN.