Monterey, Calif. (7 September 2013) – Spirit of Daytona Racing driver Richard Westbrook posted the quickest lap time during Saturday’s GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series qualifying at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to put the No. 90 VISITFLORIDA.com Corvette DP on the pole for Sunday’s Continental Tire Sports Car Festival event. Westbrook stood atop the time sheets with a quick lap time of 1:21.557-seconds. The effort marks Spirit of Daytona Racing’s first pole of the year and sixth pole overall.
It was a welcome result for the team, which won this event last year, and has faced some bad racing luck over the last few rounds of Rolex Series competition. The No. 90 VISITFLORIDA machine’s previous best starting position this year came at Barber Motorsports Park and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course when Westbrook’s co-driver Ricky Taylor took second on the grid in each event.
Westbrook, who usually runs the closing stint for Spirit of Daytona Racing, will open the 2.75-hour race from inside the front row before handing the No. 90 VISITFLORIDA Corvette over to Taylor who will finish the race.
“We used to have an advantage at these high downforce tracks but over the winter—it’s incredible the depth of talent in the DP field,” said Westbrook, who won last year’s Laguna Seca event with Spirit of Daytona Racing co-driver Antonio Garcia. “I’ve raced in a lot of championships in my life, but I have to say that GRAND-AM is one of the top—if not the top—ones. There are two races left. We need two strong races and hopefully two victories. It’s been a really, really tough year, so we want to finish strong and have some momentum going into the winter.”
It was the second consecutive pole at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for Westbrook and the Spirit of Daytona Racing group and the team will look to repeat last year’s performance in which Westbrook and Garcia led 41 laps at the California road course en route to Spirit of Daytona Racing’s third win of the season.
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