Spirit of Daytona ready for debut in Utah
Porsche-based V-8 Fabcar continues to make progress at Miller Motorsports Park
Tooele, UT (September 14, 2007) -- For most contestants in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve season-ending SunChaser 1000k at Miller Motorsports Park, the race marks the end of a highly competitive season as well as the end of the current era of Daytona Prototype racing.
But for Spirit of Daytona Racing, the Utah event signifies a positive first step forward as the team prepares for the next generation of competition in the Daytona Prototype class. Utilizing a Fabcar chassis fitted with a new Lozano Brothers-prepared, Porsche-based 5.0-liter V-8 engine, the No. 09 Spirit of Daytona entry has entered the endurance event to prepare for the 2008 season starting with the 46th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona next January.
Guy Cosmo, Marc-Antoine Camirand and Doug Goad have been tapped to share the driving duties for the Florida-based team. Despite only taking delivery of the car some 45 days prior to the race weekend and with a limited test program, the team has been impressed with the positive progress the car has made thus far into the Miller event.
"We knew we had a lot of work to do this weekend but things have gone well so far," said Spirit of Daytona co-owner Troy Flis. "The car has been 100% reliable so we haven't missed a single lap of practice or qualifying this weekend. And that's really important to us because we just want to learn as much as we possibly can about the car. The guys have done a great job keeping up with all the changes we've put this car through, and hopefully we can get as many miles as possible under our belt tomorrow."
After a promoters test day on Wednesday and a practice day on Thursday, Friday opened with another practice session before setting the grid with a fifteen minute qualifying session on Friday afternoon. The No. 09 will take the green flag for its competition debut on Saturday from the ninth row after Cosmo scored a fast lap time of 2:45.672-seconds on the 4.5-mile Miller facility.
"We looked at this more as just another practice session and another chance to learn more about the car," said Cosmo. "Every time we've made changes, the car has improved, so it's been an encouraging start to the weekend. We know we have a ways to go yet, but considering this car didn't even have a race weekends' worth of testing before we got here, and we are running against teams who have been working on their cars for four years, it's a pretty good start."
-credit: Sunday Group Management/SoD