Watkins Glen: Spirit of Daytona race report

Spirit of Daytona Continues Progress in Sahlen's Six Porsche V8-Coyote adds yet another race completion to development resume Watkins Glen, NY (7 June 2008) -- Spirit of Daytona Racing continued to make strides in the development of the No. 09...

Spirit of Daytona Continues Progress in Sahlen's Six
Porsche V8-Coyote adds yet another race completion to development resume

Watkins Glen, NY (7 June 2008) -- Spirit of Daytona Racing continued to make strides in the development of the No. 09 Porsche V8-powered Coyote as the machine was deployed in the best research laboratory available with six hard-fought hours of Rolex Sports Car Series competition in the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen on Sunday.

Drivers Guy Cosmo, Marc-Antoine Camirand, and Terry Borcheller combined for an eleventh place finish as the Daytona-based team made a quick transition back to racing action after having last competed in March.

After qualifying seventh on the grid, Camirand got off to a fast race start before turning the machine over to Cosmo, who backed up his strong Homestead performance by getting the machine up into the top five before Borcheller took the controls of the No. 09. The trio combination fought the high heat and the tense competition, but the Porsche V8 machine didn't miss a beat, completing 178 laps to come home eleventh.

"We've picked up a lot of time since we last raced in March, but the other guys have as well," said team owner Troy Flis. "So even though we have made a lot of progress, we still have some work to do and we have a lot to learn about how to get the most out of these Pirellis. The crew did a great job and the guys had this car good to go all weekend long. I'm happy that we were able to add another finish with this car, and it was bulletproof, but we are frustrated because we know we can go even better and anxious to make more progress."

"The car was fun to drive and at some points we were within six or seven tenths of the leaders times, so that was pretty encouraging," said Camirand. "We still have a lot of work to do but overall this was a good weekend, and we made some solid progress that we should be able to use in the races coming up. It was great that we were able to make it to the finish once again with this car and I'm happy to be back to racing again this summer!"

"We made a lot of headway with the Coyote this weekend and I think there is a lot more to come chassis-wise," said Cosmo. "The Porsche V8 is fantastic and I think if we can make some improvements in the aero category, we can keep this curve of progress moving up. The car has been amazingly reliable and the team did a great job preparing the car. You always want to be fighting up at the front but we know we have to get more miles under our belt with this combination and that those results will come. Hopefully we can make more progress in testing on Monday."

-credit: sod

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Marc-Antoine Camirand , Guy Cosmo , Terry Borcheller