Daytona II: Beyer Racing preview

Busy Week and New Car for Beyer Racing as it Prepares for Daytona Daytona Beach, Daytona - July 2nd, 2009 - The Beyer Racing crew has kept quite busy since returning to their St. Petersburg headquarters from Mid Ohio last week. As if it wasn't...

Busy Week and New Car for Beyer Racing as it Prepares for Daytona

Daytona Beach, Daytona - July 2nd, 2009 - The Beyer Racing crew has kept quite busy since returning to their St. Petersburg headquarters from Mid Ohio last week. As if it wasn't enough to have to repair the damage from contacts caused by competitors to the #13 Lennox Chevrolet Riley, the Beyer Racing mechanics were also faced with the monumental task of preparing a brand new Crawford chassis and fitting it with a Chevrolet engine. After running the Comptech/Honda engine for two races during the first stage of development of the powerplant, the team will now field the #5 Lennox Chevrolet Crawford at the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona while they await for the updated version of their Comptech/Honda engine. The crew of the rookie team has worked tirelessly to successfully prepare this new entry and their hard work will show when the car hits the track for the first time this season on Saturday morning with Jared Beyer and Jordan Taylor behind the wheel.

The team and its young drivers will be back in familiar turf for the first time this year as they return to the high banks and tight infield road course of the Daytona International Speedway, the track which marked Beyer Racing's Rolex Grand Am Series debut with a tenth place finish at the Rolex 24 in January. It is also a home race for the Taylor brothers (Jordan & Ricky) who live only a short drive away in Apopka and have attended this event since they were toddlers. Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor and Jared Beyer already have experience in the Daytona Prototypes around the 3.56-mile road course, but for their teammate Mike Forest this will mark his first start in this category, his previous experience around this track came at the Rolex 24 this year where he ran in a GT car.

Jared Beyer
No. 5 Lennox Chevrolet Crawford

"It's really nice to finally come to a track where we have all raced before and have a baseline to start at. Even thought we are coming back with a different engine and chassis combination than what we had before (Crawford Chevrolet), I think we should be quite quick. The Crawford has always been good at Daytona, we had a chance to do a lot of testing laps with it here last year so I think we'll be able to get up to speed and be competitive right away."

Jordan Taylor
No. 5 Lennox Chevrolet Crawford

"Daytona is right in our back yard and it has been a home track for us since we were kids. It feels great to be back here, after the Rolex 24 we gained a lot of experience and we've always been very competitive, I'm really looking forward to it.

We tested the Crawford chassis in October and were pretty fast, I'm not sure what will happen this time with the new tires but we have a good baseline and we should be able to pick up right where we left off."

Mike Forest
No. 13 Lennox Chevrolet Riley

"Daytona will be an intense event. I'm really glad I've been here before because with the limited practice time that we have, I will be able to focus strictly on learning how the #13 Lennox Chevrolet Riley Daytona Prototype reacts to these corners. The GT car drives very differently and the top speed is about 30 mph slower so it is nice to at least know the track, but there still is much to learn in the one day event."

Ricky Taylor
No. 13 Lennox Chevrolet Riley

"This is going to be a big weekend, it's the first time that Grand Am and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series run together on the same day so there will be lots of fans out there. It's important to put on a good show for them.

For us it is an important weekend as well, this is one of our best tracks and we are confident that we can achieve our best result of the year here. Overall it has been a good season for us, it's the first full year campaign for the team and the drivers but we have all learned a lot. This is a good environment for all of us because we can all grow and improve together. Every race we've gotten better and even though we haven't been able to show it we are stronger every weekend and we should be pretty good here at Daytona."

The Brumos Porsche 250 begins its chaotic 4th of July schedule Saturday morning with practice at 9:00 p.m., qualifying at 10:45 p.m., and the 250 mile race at 2:00 p.m. EDT LIVE on SPEED. The race will be followed by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at 8 p.m.

-credit: br

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jordan Taylor , Jared Beyer , Ricky Taylor , Mike Forest