SPIRIT OF DAYTONA QUALIFIES THIRD FOR GRAND PRIX OF MIAMI Team newcomer Paul Edwards gives team season-best starting position in DP qualifying debut
HOMESTEAD, FL: Spirit of Daytona driver Paul Edwards has had a stellar Rolex Series career with fourteen GT class wins and the GT championship in 2008, but he never got to qualify a Daytona Prototype. Today at Homestead-Miami Speedway he finally had the opportunity and he answered with a season-best third-place qualifying effort.
The No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Chevrolet/Coyote finished the 15-minute session with a best lap of 1:13:888, just 0.223 seconds off of the pole. Jon Fogarty earned the top spot in the No. 99 GAINSCO /Bob Stallings Racing Chevrolet with a lap of 1:13:655 followed by Memo Rojas in the No. 01 for Chip Ganassi Racing, who lapped the 2.3-mile, 11-turn circuit in 1:13:838.
“This Chevrolet has been running really strong. All of the credit goes to this team. They went through a lot this weekend getting this car to where it is,” Edwards said. “The GT class is awesome and I loved every minute of it, but qualifying a DP is a lot more intense in my head. I got out of the car after two laps and I’m sweating. This is a really big day for me.”
Edwards – who joined the team in the offseason – will roll off the grid from the inside of the second row for the start of the Grand Prix of Miami which will air live on SPEED at Noon Est. He will be joined by Antonio Garcia of Spain as Spirit of Daytona looks for its first career DP class win, something team manager Troy Flis fully expects.
“Everything’s gone really well and according to the plan. Right now we just need to execute the race,” he said. “We made a deal that we’re going to run as hard as we can run from beginning to end, so we’re going to try to go to the front right from the beginning and lead this thing from flag to flag. I think we have a car that can do it.”
-source: sdr motorsports