Spirit of Daytona Racing hosts Corvette owners at Road America

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Spirit of Daytona Racing is set to stage a history-making double-header race weekend with both the GRAND-AM as well as the ALMS racing at Road America.

Elkhart Lake, Wis. (9 August 2013) – Spirit of Daytona Racing played host to an enthusiastic group of Corvette owners on Friday of the VISITFLORIDA.com Sports Car 250 race weekend as Road America is set to stage a history-making double-header race weekend with both the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series as well as the American Le Mans Series racing at Road America.

The Corvette owners group, which had members from more than 10 states as well as Canada, got the chance to take a behind the scenes look as Spirit of Daytona Racing prepared the No. 90 VISITFLORIDA.com Corvette DP for Saturday’s race. It was a busy day on the track for the team as well, as Spirit of Daytona Racing had one final practice session in the morning before taking to the track to qualify for Saturday’s 2.75-hour event.

#90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP: Ricky Taylor, Richard Westbrook
#90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP: Ricky Taylor, Richard Westbrook

Photo by: Art Fleischmann

Spirit of Daytona Racing will start the VISITFLORIDA.com Sports Car 250 at Road America from the fifth row as Ricky Taylor and Richard Westbrook will look to make the most out of Saturday’s 2.75-hour race as GRAND-AM stages Round 9 of the 2013 Rolex Sports Car Series championship.

Spirit of Daytona Racing had a productive day of practice on Thursday, ahead of Friday’s 15-minute morning qualifying session which saw Taylor put down a fast lap time of 2:01.67-seconds in the No. 90 VISITFLORIDA machine.

Both Taylor and Westbrook have plenty of experience at the Wisconsin road course, having both stood on the podium at Road America in previous years. Westbrook claimed victory while driving in the American Le Mans Series and Taylor finished third in the 2011 Rolex Series event. Both drivers look to use their previous knowledge of the challenging circuit to move forward during Saturday’s 2.75-hour race.

“It was great to have all the Corvette owners here with us today,” offered team owner Troy Flis. “This track is great because it always has some of the best fans and the Corvette club is really active. So that was a fun part of the day, just to have them all here and get to show them a little bit of what we do on these race weekends. We were hoping to have a little bit something more to show them in qualifying. But we just didn’t hit the window right as far as the sweet spot with the tires and that magic lap. But tomorrow is what matters, so hopefully we can come forward once we get going.”

Road America marks the sprint to the finish of the GRAND-AM season with just four races remaining, and Spirit of Daytona is looking for a strong start to the final run with a positive result on Saturday.

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