Watkins Glen II: Spirit of Daytona qualifying report

Spirit of Daytona Qualifies at the Glen The Spirit of Daytona 09 Pontiac-powered Crawford DP qualified 18th at the CompUSA 200 Thursday August, 11. The team, not satisfied with the position, was not too disappointed...

Spirit of Daytona Qualifies at the Glen

The Spirit of Daytona 09 Pontiac-powered Crawford DP qualified 18th at the CompUSA 200 Thursday August, 11. The team, not satisfied with the position, was not too disappointed because they were focusing on the right race set up rather than a qualifying set up. Troy Flis, team owner/manager explains, "It is always great to qualify up front, but today we really wanted to set the car up for the race on Friday and we think we have the car close to perfect right now. The drivers are satisfied with its performance and the car is balanced and easy to drive. After the qualifying session we adjusted the front shocks and changed the gears, which made the DP even faster during the last practice session." The 09 DP will have to start at the back on Friday night, but with its set up, it will be able to race up to the front in no time.

During qualifying the Pontiac-powered DP performed beautifully as co- owner/driver, Doug Goad fought his way throughout the 2.45mile track. As Goad battled the DP throughout the competition on his second hot lap, another DP competitor spun off track and became stuck in the gravel trap which caused the black flag to wave, ending Goad's lap. Goad comments on the qualifying session, " Once again we have a great race car, but we are just lacking in raw speed. With Marc-Antoine (Camirand) onboard he will help to make that up, he has turned out fast lap times on this course previously in other racecars. I think we will have a great race on Friday night out under the lights."

The new co-driver for the Spirit of Daytona stand out Canadian, Marc- Antione Camirand, was able to get seat time in the DP before and after the qualifying session. His laps were fast and consistent and he felt at ease behind the DP's wheel. At the last practice session Camirand was able to turn lap times within split seconds of the leaders. "I am really comfortable in the DP right now, I do notice that there is a lot of down force and there is a lot more braking in this car, compared to the Cadillac I drove in the Grand AM Cup Series. But I like driving the DP, the shifting is very easy because there is not a clutch and the gears are sequential, like a motorcycle. It took me about six or seven laps to get used to it. Now I can't wait to get out on the track. I think good things are going to happen for the Spirit of Daytona this weekend," quotes Camirand.

Goad and Camirand will be able to bring the Crawford to the front of the pack with their own racing abilities but they also have an advantage because Dennis Fischer, from Fischer Engineering, is on hand to tune the DP's engine. Troy Flis is happy to have Fischer Engineering on board with the team. "Fischer Engineering has been around since 1973 helping racing teams finish on the pole. Having Dennis Fischer with us makes it even easier to reach our best performance on Friday night." Spirit of Daytona will be racing in the CompUSA 200 at the Glen on Friday August,12 at 6:00PM.

-www.spiritofdaytona.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Doug Goad