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Spirit of Daytona to Compete in the VIR 400 The fall foliage at the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) will be a welcoming site for the Spirit of Daytona as the team prepares to battle its second to last race of the ...

Spirit of Daytona to Compete in the VIR 400

The fall foliage at the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) will be a welcoming site for the Spirit of Daytona as the team prepares to battle its second to last race of the season. The Spiralz/Speedcom/Chemcraft sponsored 09 Daytona Prototype (DP) will be turning its Hoosier tires on the 3.27 mile racetrack at the VIR 400 on Sunday October 9 at 1:00PM.

At last year's race the team had a top-ten finishing, placing 6th overall. But the Spirit of Daytona is coming into the race weekend expecting more competitive racing conditions. "If you compare last year's fast lap times to this year's lap times, you will see that the 2004 times are off by seconds. This series is becoming bigger with faster cars and better teams and lap times will only become increasingly faster," said Troy Flis, team co-owner/manager.

The team expects a point setting finish but is cautious about keeping the Pontiac-powered 09 DP free from mechanical malice. The last race at Watkins Glen, NY, the Crown Royal 250, threw the team an unexpected shortened race finish. The car experienced electrical problems that made the team pull the DP out of the race early.

"We have been having electrical issues all season, sometimes we are able to patch it up without it effecting our performance, but these past few races we have not been able to catch it soon enough. We have had too many disappointing race finishes this last half of the season so we have gone into the wiring system and pulled it apart finding the faulty wires. We think the problem started at the beginning of the season and has become increasingly worse," explains Flis.

The team will be taking the 09DP to VIR expecting to finish the race on track with the leaders.

-www.spiritofdaytona.com

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