VIR: Spirit of Daytona race report

Spirit of Daytona Races on Despite the Slippery Start The Spirit of Daytona competed in its last USA race for the 2005 season at the Virginia International Raceway on Oct 8. Doug Goad and Marc-Antoine Camirand drove the 09...

Spirit of Daytona Races on Despite the Slippery Start

The Spirit of Daytona competed in its last USA race for the 2005 season at the Virginia International Raceway on Oct 8. Doug Goad and Marc-Antoine Camirand drove the 09 Pontiac- powered Daytona Prototype (DP) to a finishing position of 15th in the DP category. The team was looking for a top-10 finish but will have to wait for Mexico before they can see such results.

Throughout the whole race weekend the 09 Spiralz/Speedcom/Chemcraft sponsored DP practiced in wet and rainy conditions and the team was not entirely pleased with the sudden dry track at 1:00PM for the race on Sunday. The car was setup for both conditions and was ready for any weather aliment but the team and drivers would have preferred a wet track.

"The car seems to like the rain, we had our best results at Mont-Tremblant this year and that was six hours of racing in wet conditions. This weekend we had to have a wet and dry setup making it hard to perfect one specific way of making the car ready," commented Troy Flis, team-owner/manager.

Goad started the race and turned 29 laps before pitting for a driver change. Marc-Antoine Camirand suited up and took the DP out under a full course yellow. The 09 DP was two laps behind when Camirand took the wheel because the car was bumped off track twice by two different DPs in the first 45 minutes of the race. Throughout the whole course the road was dry and cold making it hard for the DPs to get a good grip and lap times were unusually slow compared to last year.

Goad, still steaming about being pushed off track quotes, "This was a frustrating race, both cars that took me out were blatantly behind me and there was no need for the contact. If I had not been pushed off track we would have finished in the top-10. If you go off track you are pretty much ruined for the rest of the race. We were two laps down and once we started racing again there was no way to catch up to the lead lap."

As the race wore on it became apparent that the narrow track and tight corners made the drivers extremely frustrated. There were many reports of blocking and contact throughout the race. Both drivers after the race confided that they experienced all of the above out on the track.

Camirand said, " The car was pretty good, I turned some fast laps that were consistent with the lap times of the top-10 cars. The track was really narrow so it was hard to pass and there was a lot of blocking. I am not happy with the end result (15th) but I am happy with the way I drove and the way the car performed. This year the car has not placed as well as it should and that is a shame because we are a top-ten team with a top-ten car.

The Spirit of Daytona we will get the car back to Florida and prepare it for the long journey across the border to Mexico City to race on Saturday November, 5.

-www.spiritofdaytona.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Marc-Antoine Camirand