Utah: Spirit of Daytona race report

Spirit of Daytona goes the distance in Utah Porsche-based V-8 Fabcar delivers nearly seven hours of hard racing at Miller Motorsports Park Tooele, UT (September 15, 2007) -- Spirit of Daytona Racing made over 600 miles of racing progress on ...

Spirit of Daytona goes the distance in Utah
Porsche-based V-8 Fabcar delivers nearly seven hours of hard racing at Miller Motorsports Park

Tooele, UT (September 15, 2007) -- Spirit of Daytona Racing made over 600 miles of racing progress on Saturday in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve season-ending SunChaser 1000k at Miller Motorsports Park.

The team is utilizing a Fabcar chassis fitted with a new Lozano Brothers-prepared, Porsche-based 5.0-liter V-8 engine, and was looking to learn as much as possible about the new combination by taking it to the best classroom available--long-distance competition--as the team prepares for the 2008 season starting with the 46th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona next January.

Drivers Guy Cosmo, Marc-Antoine Camirand and Doug Goad combined for 135 laps on the 4.5-mile natural terrain road course to take fifteenth at the finish of the SunChaser event as the No. 09 took the checkered flag in a hard-fought Rolex finale.

"I'm really happy with how things went today and all weekend," said Spirit of Daytona co-owner Troy Flis. "This motor now has over 25 hours of hard running on it and it didn't leak a drop or miss a beat all weekend. We are also happy with the fuel mileage we got and we learned a lot about what we need to work on here moving forward. We have three months until the 24, and this team is going to work flat out until then making improvements with this package. We thought it had a lot of potential before this weekend, but now we know it does and we're looking forward to seeing what we can do with it."

The team was looking to the seven hour enduro as an extended test opportunity, and the perfect reliability of the No. 09 allowed the team to make the most of the entire race weekend, not missing a single lap of practice or qualifying as the team worked with a variety of set-ups to continue to develop their data collection and familiarity with the package.

"From a durability stand point we got exactly what we wanted out of this motor," said Spirit of Daytona co-owner Doug Goad. "We have only had this car for a matter of weeks, so that we were even able to be out here and ready to go this weekend I think is a testament to how much effort this team put in. There are a lot of things we need to do, but it was great to get this car to the finish and to learn as much as we did--we certainly met or exceeded our objectives this weekend no question."

As the driver team huddled with the team after the race to talk about what needs attention first, there was a common theme that developed in the feedback.

"The motor ran rock-solid all weekend," said Cosmo. "We knew we were a little on the conservative side coming into this race, and I think we found out exactly how conservative we actually are. We are confident we can get more out of this motor and we made a lot of progress with the Fabcar, just feeling what it likes and how it reacts to changes we made. It was great for us to take the checkered flag to day I think that's a good way to kick of our development for the 24. All credit to the team-they are a dedicated group and I'm glad to be a part of this effort."

Camirand ran two stints during the race and found himself enjoying the car even more the second time he strapped in for duty to take the No. 09 to the finish.

"The car was even better for me during my second stint," said Camirand. "This was a huge test for us, and we feel like we passed. You can test all you want, but it doesn't mean as much until you put the car up against the competition in a situation like this to see where you really are. We know we have work to do, but this was a really good weekend for us."

The team will return to the shop in Daytona, Florida, and begin to prepare for the cars next outing in testing during the off-season.

-credit: Sunday Group Management/SoD

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Marc-Antoine Camirand , Guy Cosmo , Doug Goad