Watkins Glen: Spirit of Daytona adds Gregoire

Stephan Gregoire to Race with Spirit of Daytona As Spirit of Daytona heads into Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen in the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve the team will welcome back 2005 driver Stephan Gregoire....

Stephan Gregoire to Race with Spirit of Daytona

As Spirit of Daytona heads into Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen in the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve the team will welcome back 2005 driver Stephan Gregoire. The Frenchman has returned to Spirit of Daytona after coming from the 90th Indy 500 race weekend. Even though Gregoire's last stint was on a 2.5 mile oval course he will have no problem adjusting to the 3.4 mile 11- turn historic Watkins Glen circuit.

Gregoire is a veteran open-wheel racer, among a long list of other race credits gained in Europe and in the United States. He has started seven Indianapolis 500 races, during which he qualified as high as eighth and scored a seventh-place finish. He will be teaming up with Doug Goad to tackle the 6-hour endurance race. Last year at the Six Hours of the Glen the duo were looking for a solid top-10 race finish until the last few moments of the race when an on track altercation caused the Crawford Daytona Prototype (DP) to finish 18th. Watkins Glen happens to be one of Goad's favorite racetrack and expects to perform smoothly and efficiently on the course.

Team owner/driver Doug Goad is happy to be racing with longtime teammate Gregoire once again. "Stephan is a reliable driver and it will be great to have him back in the car again. He competed with us in the last six hour event at the Glen and I know he will want to push the car to its limits once again."

Team Manager, Troy Flis, comments about the 09 car, "This year the car will be in top shape and ready to perform the way it should for Goad and Gregoire. We are happy to have Gregoire back in the driver's seat for us. He is a consistent driver and knows what he has to do to make the car run fast. Gregoire is very sensitive to the car and gives us excellent commentary on what makes it easier for us to adjust the DP."

As the team prepares the No. 09 DP for competition fingers will be crossed for weather lacking the hot and humid conditions. " I don't mind rain, but it would be nice to not have to ring my shirt out after a session in the car, humidity is just a killer," said Goad.

-www.spiritofdaytona.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Stephan Gregoire , Doug Goad