VIR: Spirit of Daytona qualifying report

Spirit of Daytona Racing 10th in Rolex Qualifying at VIR (Alton, VA) 24 April 09 -- Guy Cosmo will start Saturday's Bosch Engineering 250 from 10th on the Rolex Sports Car Series grid after posting a fast lap time of 1:43.483-seconds in the No....

Spirit of Daytona Racing 10th in Rolex Qualifying at VIR

(Alton, VA) 24 April 09 -- Guy Cosmo will start Saturday's Bosch Engineering 250 from 10th on the Rolex Sports Car Series grid after posting a fast lap time of 1:43.483-seconds in the No. 09 Porsche V8-powered Coyote. Cosmo will start the two hour, forty-five minute race before turning the controls over to co-driver Scott Russell, who got his first laps in 4-wheeled machinery on the 3.27-mile natural terrain circuit on Friday.

The day got off to a challenging start as the first practice saw Cosmo making an off-course excursion before the only V8-Porsche in the field was dispatched back to the garage for repairs. The Spirit of Daytona Racing squad had the Coyote ready to go in time for the afternoon practice session, as Cosmo worked on making up ground on the suspension set-up before Russell strapped in to get his first laps on the track from behind the wheel of a Daytona Prototype.

"This place is cool," enthused Russell. "It's great to get on to a real race track like this and even though it's my first time and I'm only just inching up on it, I have a lot to think about tonight now that I've been out there. I'm really looking forward to getting more laps in tomorrow before we race."

The top-ten qualifying came as a welcome return after Friday opened without the hoped for track time in the morning.

"I hated to start the day the way we did, but they guys worked hard to get the car ready to go and it was a lot more stable in qualifying than it'd been in the morning," said Cosmo. "I feel badly that Scott didn't get more time in the car today, but hopefully he can keep moving his learning curve up with this track tomorrow and that we can move up once the race gets going."

"With the problem we had in the morning, I'm pretty happy to be where we are in our first time here with the Coyote," said Team Owner Troy Flis. "Losing the first session set us back, but we rallied to get ready for the next session so now we'll just see what we can do tomorrow. It's going to be a lot warmer tomorrow afternoon and this car has shown really well in those conditions in the past, so we're going to see what kind of advantage we can take from that."

-credit: sod

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Guy Cosmo , Scott Russell