VIR: Spirit of Daytona Friday report

Spirit of Daytona Battles Competitors and Rain for top-10 Lap Time A full day of potential practice time was cut in half for the Spirit of Daytona during a never ending rain shower at the Virginia International Racetrack (VIR) on...

Spirit of Daytona Battles Competitors and Rain for top-10 Lap Time

A full day of potential practice time was cut in half for the Spirit of Daytona during a never ending rain shower at the Virginia International Racetrack (VIR) on Friday, October 7. Doug Goad, co-owner/driver, was able to take the 09 Pontiac-powered Daytona Prototype (DP) out for one last attempt at some practice laps at 2:00PM. The 09 Spiralz/SpeedCom/Chemcraft sponsored DP posted the 9th fastest lap time of the session. Throughout the whole practice session the Crawford DP had rain tires on and battled the on- again off-again precipitation.

"We actually have a pretty good racecar here. We had it setup for dry conditions and it held pretty well during the rain. We really won't know how competitive the car is until we get a dry track," Goad said after he completed his hour practice session. "I am feeling comfortable in the car and I think we have a chance for a good finish this weekend. There were a few parts this afternoon that I was holding back on. This track can really bite you if you go one foot off the line or miss the breaking point," commented Goad.

Goad arrived later Thursday night and Friday was his first time driving the DP this weekend. Co-driver, French Canadian, Marc-Antoine Camirand spent the whole day Thursday getting use to the track. Thursday was his first time driving on VIR's road course.

Camirand is up for the challenges that VIR has to offer. "The track is pretty hard. It is a very technical track with tricky blind corners and an off camber exit," said Camirand. He put in as much driving time as he could before returning home to Montreal on Friday night. His older sister, Marianne, is getting married on Saturday and Marc is the best man. He will be missing the qualifying session but will be returning in time for the race on Sunday.

" My sister is not too happy about me doing both events (the race and wedding) this weekend. But when she originally planned the wedding I was not supposed to be racing at VIR. And I did not know I would be driving for the Spirit of Daytona. I know it will all work out, I will be able to see my sister off and race for the team. This is going to be an eventful and exciting race weekend."

Goad and Camirand have been dealing with the DP's electrical mishaps all season long and this weekend looks very optimistic for both drivers and team. The 09 DP will take on Saturday's qualifying session in wet or dry conditions and will be looking for a fast top-five lap time.

-www.spiritofdaytona.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Doug Goad