Long Beach: Spirit of Daytona qualifying report

Spirit of Daytona Shines under the California Sun Larry Oberto, of Spirit of Daytona Racing with Bobby Labonte was pushing the Pontiac-powered prototype to its limit during the 2006 Crown Royal Grand American Challenge of Long Beach qualifying...

Spirit of Daytona Shines under the California Sun

Larry Oberto, of Spirit of Daytona Racing with Bobby Labonte was pushing the Pontiac-powered prototype to its limit during the 2006 Crown Royal Grand American Challenge of Long Beach qualifying session. The 09 Daytona Prototype sponsored by Trench Shoring Company and Oh Boy Oberto Beef Jerky, qualified in 20th position overall. The qualifying session format was changed to two 30-minute sessions and the 09DP was in the first qualifying group. Oberto turned the 10th fastest lap time in his group.

The Seattle driver's splits from the morning's practice session to the afternoon's qualifying lap times showed signs of Oberto's confidence with the car and course, this being his first day ever running on the Long Beach track. Oberto was pleased with his results. "We know the limits with the car and I think we can run a solid 90 minute race on Saturday." Co-owner/driver Doug Goad helped out his teammate and spotted for the 09 DP from the grand stands. Goad said, "Our car was very smooth on track. Larry kept it stable and I feel good about tomorrow's race, we just need keep the car between the lines and out of the wall."

While on track, Oberto pushed the car to its edge. Troy Flis, co-owner/team manager said, "Larry looks a lot more comfortable with the car and its setup. I know he can shave off more seconds. He had a better lap going for him during the session but he skated too close to the edge and wasn't able to finish his hottest lap."

With only a 20-minute practice session before the 4:00PM race, Goad and Oberto are looking for a few more laps to help dial in the car.

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