PILGRIM/GOAD WIN IMSA ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP FINALE AT DAYTONA IMSA ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP POST-RACE NOTES GRAND SPORTS DOUG GOAD (No. 1 Wheel to Wheel Racing Pontiac Firebird Formula) -- It was one of those great IMSA endurance races -- it...
PILGRIM/GOAD WIN IMSA ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP FINALE AT DAYTONA
IMSA ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP POST-RACE NOTES
GRAND SPORTS DOUG GOAD (No. 1 Wheel to Wheel Racing Pontiac Firebird Formula) -- It was one of those great IMSA endurance races -- it came right down to the wire! It's always competitive and there's a lot of cars that can bring it home. Andy (Pilgrim) did a great job to finish off. I was in that first hour just trying to keep the car together and just to give him something he could race with at the end. It came down to a dog fight but the best dog won. I got back into the No. 2 car at the finish to just try and get the laps back that we lost due to the axle change. I thought the whole race was gone in the first five minutes. The 47 car spun in front of me down in one and we had to come to a stop to avoid him. Then two little cars got together in the bus stop (chicane) and I was about 10 or 12 seconds behind at that point and had lost touch with 'em. At that point the objective was to run the car as quick as it would run, stay in contention and hold the 14-second differential until the driver change.
ANDY PILGRIM (No. 1 Wheel to Wheel Racing Pontiac Firebird Formula) -- After that full-course yellow (with one hour to go) it was very, very difficult. We were going for the manufacturers' title because I pretty much knew John Heinricy had the drivers' championship -- congratulations to him. It was very tight -- very tense. I had to win the race to have a chance at the championship, so we did what we had to do. I can't say enough about Dougie -- he gave me a good car. It's real hot in there with the windows closed! (ON PRESSURE OF RACING FOR BOTH THE DRIVERS' AND MANUFACTURERS' TITLES.) What can you say? you've just got to come through in those conditions if you possibly can. (ON LATE CHASE BY SCOTT MAXWELL'S FORD.) We knew they were coming, but we really were hoping their tires would equalize with ours -- that was the big deal because it might slow them down a bit -- and they did after about five laps. It was tough!
SPORTS ERIC VAN CLEEF (No. 84 Red Line Oil Toyota Supra) -- I tell you what, Bob (Henderson) did an excellent job in the beginning, like always. I don't think he's dropped a wheel (off course) all season and he's kept the car real clean. The Toyota Supra is an excellent car and it got excellent fuel mileage. The whole stint I was conserving fuel and counting on the BMWs to have to stop again. The competition here was the best we've had all season and it feels great to win here at Daytona -- again (after season- opening win here). I love Daytona. After being a Florida resident for 25 years (in Clearwater) I consider Daytona my home track.
BOB HENDERSON (No. 84 Red Line Oil Toyota Supra) -- You bet we're the young and old of it. Fantastic! Eight out of 10 wins and two seconds -- how can you do better than that? It's been a beautiful season. What a great team! Daytona's great -- what a fantastic place to race, where the NASCAR teams do, is a real treat.
TOURING BILL PATE (No. 43 Phoenix Promotion Mazda MX-6) -- I've got to tell you -- we've got to thank the good Lord for a safe race because there were a lot of incidents out there and a lot of wall contact. It was a compliment to all of the drivers to finish at a world class facility like this. Bill France has put together the best race track that there is in this country. It came down to the driver and the crew and the team that has had some bad breaks this year. We were in the points race and we sort of took ourselves out of it with a couple mistakes. If we won the race Terry (Earwood) won the championship. It was amazing the whole season came down to this -- the last five laps of the race. We were testing here in January and now it's October. This series has an excellent record and an incredible future.
COMPACT DAVID DAUGHTERY (No. 76 Red Line Oil Nissan 240SX) -- They've been tough (drivers' championship winners and teammates Peter Tonelli and Jason Engel) and they wrapped up the championship at the last race. The Nissan 240 has been the dominant car in Compact this year and the Nissan 200 won at Dallas. I think that's the first time that two different cars from the same manufacturer have won all the races. That Nissan 240 just keeps trucking and we just keep winning races! I want to congratulate John Goddard -- this is his first win in IMSA.
JOHN GODDARD (No. 76 Red Line Oil Nissan 240SX) -- I started the car and had a good run -- no problems at all. I got a little stopped up on the start. I had to get around some people but I just kept going and David got in and brought it in. It was a lot of fun. We really enjoyed the drive. It's been a tough year.
PROVISIONAL IMSA ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS (top 10 and class winners)
1. (1) Pilgrim/Goad, Pontiac Firebird Formula, 77 laps in 3:01:47.508; 2. (46) Maxwell/Priestly, Ford Mustang Cobra R, 77; 3. (17) Lapcevich/Turner, Ford Mustang Cobra R, 77; 4. (47) Kohler/Smith, Ford Mustang Cobra R, 77; 5. (3) Cochran/Murry, Pontiac Firebird Formula, 77; 6. (32) Hayner/Heinricy, Pontiac Firebird Formula, 77; 7. (4) Walton/Hoerr/Brassfield, Pontiac Firebird Formula, 76; 8. (20) Said/Hendricks, Ford Mustang Cobra R, 76; 9. (26) Snipes/DelVecchio, Ford Mustang Cobra R, 76; 10. (73) Singer/Singer, Porsche 968, 75; 19. (84S) Van Cleef/Henderson, Toyota Supra, 74; 24. (43T) Pate/JNonnamaker, Mazda MX-6, 73; 30. (76C) Daughtery/Goddard, Nissan 240SX, 73.