Watkins Glen II: Spirit of Daytona race report

Spirit of Daytona Racing Fast Late at the Glen WATKINS GLEN, NY, 8 Aug --The Spirit of Daytona Racing V8-Porsche-powered Coyote of Guy Cosmo and Marc Antoine Camirand finished the Crown Royal 200 14th in the order on Friday night after posting...

Spirit of Daytona Racing Fast Late at the Glen

WATKINS GLEN, NY, 8 Aug --The Spirit of Daytona Racing V8-Porsche-powered Coyote of Guy Cosmo and Marc Antoine Camirand finished the Crown Royal 200 14th in the order on Friday night after posting fast laps late in the two hour wet and dry Rolex Sports Car Series race.

Cosmo started the race from pit lane equipped with wet Pirelli tires as a mass of rain clouds loomed over the track for the 6:30 PM green flag. But the anticipated rains didn't come fast enough, forcing Guy to circulate on rain tires with a mostly dry surface. However, just a few laps later, the rains did come, just not as fast as the team was hoping. This saw Cosmo move to the fore as the Coyote was once again in top-five form.

As the conditions consolidated into full-dry circumstances, Camirand took the controls over from Cosmo on a timely pit stop. As the race played out at a flat-out pace, Camirand was able to make the most of the conditions and set a series of fast lap times to close out the race. But the early tire call and mixed conditions conspired to hold the team back to fourteenth at the checkered flag.

"We were probably too aggressive on our aero package, but we had a good race car late in the race," said team owner Troy Flis. " We gambled last weekend with our fuel strategy and it didn't pay off, but our tire gamble worked out well today. This result isn't entirely what we were looking for, but the performance we had at the end was, so that was an encouraging way to close out the race."

"The car was a lot quicker in the carousel and much more stable in the bus stop, so it was really nice to drive," said Camirand. "I was having a lot of fun out there at the end because I could push really hard and the lap times just kept coming down so that kept me really motivated and I was pushing, pushing all the way to the end. I was happy with the changes we made to the car last night. We were really good in the corners but that was a bit of a compromise for us in the straights, but it was good to bring another finish home with this Porsche-Coyote."

While not expected to participate in the final rounds of Rolex Series competition, the team will still continue to push the development of the unique V8 Porsche Coyote combination, which has shown great promise despite competing a limited schedule against a paddock full of Daytona Prototypes that have years of competition development and experience already. The team is optimistic about the future, and is looking forward to returning to the track to compete with the V8 Porsche Coyote package in the Rolex Sports Car Series.

-credit: sod

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Guy Cosmo