Garcia Joins Spirit of Daytona Racing at Watkins Glen Rolex 24 Winner returns to site of debut Rolex race DAYTONA BEACH FL(June 1, 2009) -- 2009 Rolex 24 At Daytona Champion Antonio Garcia of Spain will drive the No. 09 Spirit of Daytona ...
Garcia Joins Spirit of Daytona Racing at Watkins Glen
Rolex 24 Winner returns to site of debut Rolex race
DAYTONA BEACH FL(June 1, 2009) -- 2009 Rolex 24 At Daytona Champion Antonio Garcia of Spain will drive the No. 09 Spirit of Daytona Porsche V8-Coyote Daytona Prototype in the fifth round of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16, the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International.
A native of Madrid, Spain, Garcia has 16 career Rolex Series appearances to his credit after having made his debut Rolex run at the Glen with Cheever Racing in 2007. Garcia will team with Guy Cosmo and Scott Russell in the annual six-hour classic, held on the 3.4-mile, 11-turn long course.
The team will look for a strong outing in the race on Saturday before returning to the track to test on Sunday with the team's all-new Coyote as part of the open Rolex Series test at the track.
"We are happy to have Antonio joining us both for the race on Saturday and for the test with the new Coyote on Sunday," said Spirit of Daytona Racing team owner Troy Flis. "This Coyote-Porsche V8 package has been bullet-proof, and we are hoping that we can make the most of the long runs in the 6 hour. Obviously having a guy we can just plug into the effort like Antonio is going to be a boost for us all weekend long."
In four Rolex Series starts at Watkins Glen, Garcia has two top 10s -- both in the series' two-hour events on the shorter, 2.45-mile course -- with a best finish of sixth last season.
"I am looking forward to racing in the Rolex Series again next weekend, especially on a track like Watkins Glen," said Garcia. "The opportunity to experience a new chassis and motor package is one that I am excited about as a driver and I'm optimistic that we can make good progress through the weekend."
Garcia drove in three races in the Rolex Series in 2007, notching a season-best fourth at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, in only his second-career series start. He was tabbed to pilot Eddie Cheever's No. 16 Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Coyote in 2008, and was part of the closest finish in series history, when he fell just 0.064 seconds short of the checkered flag at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve behind Canadian racer Mark Wilkins.
The Spaniard is noted for his winning efforts in endurance racing. In addition to his Rolex 24 victory with Brumos Racing and co-drivers David Donohue, Darren Law and Buddy Rice, Garcia was also part of the winning teams in his class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2008 and the 12 Hours of Sebring this past March.
SPEED Will carry live coverage of the Sahlen's 6 Hours of the Glen starting at 2:00 PM ET.