Mexico City: Spirit of Daytona preview

Spirit of Daytona's 2005 Finale in Mexico City French Canadian Marc-Antoine Camriand, co-driver for the Spirit of Daytona 09 Spiralz/Speedcom/Chemcraft sponsored Daytona Prototype (DP), will not feel like the only non-native ...

Spirit of Daytona's 2005 Finale in Mexico City

French Canadian Marc-Antoine Camriand, co-driver for the Spirit of Daytona 09 Spiralz/Speedcom/Chemcraft sponsored Daytona Prototype (DP), will not feel like the only non-native speaker with the race team this upcoming weekend. Camirand, along with the rest of the Spirit of Daytona will head south to Mexico City where the Spanish language rules the scene.

Even though the Spirit of Daytona has many team members with an international background not one speaks fluent Spanish. But the team will not let the language barrier get in their way of competing in one of the most exciting venues of the season; the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez road course. Whether the race starts with the typical "Drivers, start your engines, or starts with the Spanish signal, "Pilotos, enciendan sus motores," the 09 Pontiac-Crawford DP will understand the command.

This will be the first points race ever held in Mexico for the Grand American Rolex Series. The venue is already a proven success and the series will make a return stop for the 2006 season during the first weekend in March, with the Busch Series.

With the Mexico City race being the last race of the season, the team wants to make sure they finish off with flying colors. " The 2005 season has been one long roller coaster ride. We have made tremendous progress with our program and learned a lot along the way, but we still had to deal with a lot of disappointing race finishes. We cannot discount the talent that we have brought into our program. We have taken onboard Camirand and are happy with his performances. We have also been very pleased with the technical support of Risto Koiv from Optimum G. We are looking to Mexico City for the race finish that we have deserved all season long," said Troy Flis, co- owner/team manager.

Doug Goad, co-owner/driver, also has mixed feelings about the 2005 season. Goad said, " It has been a relatively difficult season for the team but I am looking forward to finishing the season on a high note. We are still in the lead for the Trueman Award (award for top Sportsman driver) and I think we can win it if everything goes well in Mexico. I have never seen the track but I hear its great."

Mexico has a proven history with motorsports and the excitement surrounding the race weekend with Champ Car and Grand Am is evident among the 20 million plus Mexico City residents. The 09 Daytona Prototype will be racing at 4:00 PM ET on Saturday, November 5.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Doug Goad