Spirit of Daytona Racing Scores Another Top-10 at Daytona in Brumos Porsche 250 (DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) 3 July 2008 -- Spirit of Daytona Racing opened the 2008 Rolex Sports Car Series season with a run to tenth in the Daytona Prototype class...
Spirit of Daytona Racing Scores Another Top-10 at Daytona in Brumos Porsche 250
(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) 3 July 2008 -- Spirit of Daytona Racing opened the 2008 Rolex Sports Car Series season with a run to tenth in the Daytona Prototype class in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, and showed improvement in Thursday night's Brumos 250 to take the tenth overall position with drivers Guy Cosmo and Marc-Antoine Camirand, who came back from a disappointing qualifying to mark another chapter in the potent V8 Porsche-Coyote combinations race history.
The No. 09 Spirit of Daytona Racing Porsche Coyote ran as high as seventh place in the early going with Cosmo enjoying a much-improved car over what he had experienced earlier in the day. The team's goal for the season is to learn and improve on the new Coyote chassis and they continue to do just that.
"This was a much better race car than we really had all day," said Cosmo. "I was working as hard as I could, driving every lap like qualifying. But we ran into a problem with our right rear in practice and then again in the race tonight, and it got to be a real handful. I'm not sure if the issue was just debris or what, but we weren't the only ones."
Cosmo stayed at the controls until turning the machine over to Camirand, who moved the car back through the order to come home in tenth, matching the best race finish thus far of the 2008 season for the Porsche V8-Coyote combination as the team looks to improve every facet of the effort.
"I can say for sure that one area where the team has made huge strides in cockpit cooling since we first ran this car," said Camirand. "It might not seem like a big deal for a sprint race like this, but that should pay dividends when long races like the 24 come up. Overall, we know we've made progress, but now we need to show it a little bit better and hopefully we can do that at Barber."
The team has run a select schedule during the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, and will look to keep the development moving forward quickly as the team races through a busy summer schedule that will see the team fighting again at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, Watkins Glen International in upstate New York and in Montreal, Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Team owner Troy Flis had been looking for more in the team's home race, but knows that not every break is going to go the teams way as the new Daytona Prototype combination grows its racing resume.
"That was an ok run for us--not great, but at least ok," said Flis. "We got a little unlucky on the radio and missing pit lane during that second caution on the lap that we should have come in. But we've just got to keep working at it. We were faster than the 16 car and pretty close to the 23, so we know we are on the right path with this car. We were really frustrated to finish outside of the top ten at the Glen, so at least we came home with a lead lap car in tenth tonight. But this was another day of us getting more knowledge with this car and we should be better still at Barber."
The Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant takes place at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama on July 18--20.