Homestead: Spirit of Daytona preview

Spirit of Daytona Preps for the Grand Prix of Miami With only a two-week break after the race in Mexico City, Spirit of Daytona co-driver, Larry Oberto, climbed into the No. 09 Daytona Prototype (DP) for one last test session before heading down...

Spirit of Daytona Preps for the Grand Prix of Miami

With only a two-week break after the race in Mexico City, Spirit of Daytona co-driver, Larry Oberto, climbed into the No. 09 Daytona Prototype (DP) for one last test session before heading down to Miami. Spirit of Daytona Racing with Bobby Labonte was working on improving the No. 09 DP's overall development at Roebling Road Raceway this past week. The Spiralz Custom Jewelry/ Oh Boy Oberto Beef Jerky sponsored Daytona Prototype had a great run throughout the last race at Mexico City, having turned consistent and competitive lap times. The team is now looking for the extra boost that will propel the DP to a top-10 finish in Miami.

Oberto felt that the test session went well and improved his car handling skills. He said, "the car was meticulously prepared as usual. I feel much better in the car and I am updating my driving style. My old habits are not what the car or tires want, and it will just take some more miles to rectify this."

When comparing the two tracks, the road course at Mexico City and the roval at the Homestead- Miami Speedway, Oberto speaks very diplomatic about his preferences. " Being back on a roval will be nice for the fans. They can sit in the stands and take it all in and see all the action at once. I won't say what my favorite tracks are but Grand American has the best balance. What more could you want? This series incorporates rovals, natural road circuits, and a street race."

Co-owner/driver, Doug Goad was happy that Oberto had an opportunity to leave some Hoosier rubber on the Savannah track. "With the recent opportunity to have Larry in the car at Savannah and getting more seat time, I am looking forward to a great race. These cars are very different from the ones he has been accustomed to (Lola BII K-10 ) and they can take a little getting used to. Larry turned over 90 laps during the test and that should make a big difference in his comfort level with the car. We had a very competitive car at Mexico and I expect the same next weekend, so I am really looking forward to the race."

-www.spiritofdaytona.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Doug Goad , Larry Oberto