Watkins Glen: Spirit of Daytona early race report

Spirit of Daytona's Grey Race Results Doug Goad started the No. 09 Daytona Prototype (DP) in 21st place for the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen and left the car one hour later after reaching as high as 11th place. The Spirit of Daytona 09 Pontiac...

Spirit of Daytona's Grey Race Results

Doug Goad started the No. 09 Daytona Prototype (DP) in 21st place for the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen and left the car one hour later after reaching as high as 11th place. The Spirit of Daytona 09 Pontiac Crawford pulled out of the race due to a motor malfunction. After turning the 9th quickest time in the morning practice session the team felt confident in the car's soon to be race day performance but after 28 laps the car's motor expired. Spirit of Daytona was not able to complete the 8th scheduled race in the Grand American Rolex Series.

"Before this happened to the car I was running right up there with the leaders. The car had a little bit of a push but it was pretty much running as smooth as silk," said Goad. As Goad started the race he kept the car under control and took advantage of the yellow laps. "We wanted to pit on just about every yellow session, for fuel and tires. That way we could keep the car running strong all six hours," said Troy Flis, team owner/ manager.

At the end of the second yellow caution flag, Goad started having trouble with the engine. Each time he disengaged the clutch the engine would shut off. Flis looked up at the TV with the Speed Channel race broadcast and saw smoke spewing out of the 09 DP. Goad pitted and the team saw that one of the pistons broke and was dumping oil into the motor. The team had to pull out of the race with a little over an hour under their belts.

As the weather at the Glen took a turn for the worst Spirit of Dayton packed up their equipment to return to the Holly Hill race shop. "This has been a very interesting weekend, I hope to never repeat it," said Goad. "This is what happens when you try to stretch the lifespan of a part. We are trying to run our races on a shoestring budget. Until we find a full time sponsor we will have no choice but to stretch our funds as far as possible," said Flis. Spirit of Daytona will be ready for the next race event at Mid-Ohio on June 23.

-www.spiritofdaytona.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Doug Goad