VIR: Spirit of Daytona race report

Near Catastrophic Crash Can't Stop Spirit of Daytona Spirit of Daytona suffered a race wipe out after 8 laps in the VIR 400, but was able to get back on track and finished 22nd in class. Ironic enough, race conditions could not have been more ...

Near Catastrophic Crash Can't Stop Spirit of Daytona

Spirit of Daytona suffered a race wipe out after 8 laps in the VIR 400, but was able to get back on track and finished 22nd in class. Ironic enough, race conditions could not have been more perfect for Spirit of Daytona Racing. The sun had finally made an appearance after countless rain showers over the past weekend. Larry Oberto was starting the Oh Boy Oberto Daytona Prototype (DP) in 16th position on the grid. With the start of the first recon lap an on track altercation caused the 09 Daytona Prototype to rear end a DP and Obeto had to pit in and have the front nose replaced before the race start.

The crew meticulously swapped out the DP's nose and Oberto was able to make his second recon lap around the track in time to meet up with his grid position. As the race went underway Oberto's skill behind the wheel matched with his competitive and consistent race lap times. Then as Oberto came over the back hill towards the front straightaway the 09 DP spun out and was hit in the right rear suspension. The entire right rear of the DP was taken out.

Regardless of the damaged suspension the team wanted to see the 09 DP back out on track. As soon as the tow trucks wheeled the car back to the garage, the team took to fixing the suspension. The crew worked on the DP like surgeons performing open-heart surgery.

After 50 minutes of the car being in the garages the DP was ready to take on the track once again. Team-manger Troy Flis and crew chief Justine Lages were even more motivated to prepare the 09 DP because they wanted to see Doug Goad in the car and gain points. Goad powered out onto the track and turned laps as fast as the leaders. He was able to catch up to other DPs for position and turned over 30 laps in the near destroyed race car.

"I really credit the guys on the team for this race effort. It was amazing to see them put the whole right rear suspension back together again and have the car actually turn competitive lap times. I was able to get back in the car and gain points for the Trueman Award," said Goad. Spirit of Daytona Racing will repair and perfect the 09 DP for the next Rolex race in May.

-www.spiritofdaytona.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Doug Goad , Larry Oberto