Mid-Ohio: Spirit of Daytona preview

Spirit of Daytona Travels the Midwest The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course may be the closet thing to a hometown track for Spirit of Daytona owner/driver Doug Goad. Metro-Detroit native, Goad, has raced at the Mid-Ohio track numerous times, and...

Spirit of Daytona Travels the Midwest

The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course may be the closet thing to a hometown track for Spirit of Daytona owner/driver Doug Goad. Metro-Detroit native, Goad, has raced at the Mid-Ohio track numerous times, and last year he finished 6th overall in the 09 Pontiac-powered DP. Goad has victories at the track in the AGT series and won the pole in 2001. Goad, and co-driver, Marc- Antoine Camirand are looking forward to racing at the EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Raceway on Saturday, August 27. Canadian-born, Camirand, also is familiar with the raceway having competed many times before in Formula 2000, he has placed in the top-10 at Mid-Ohio more than a handful of times.

Both drivers are looking for a top-10 finish after placing 13th overall at the CompUSA 200 at Watkins Glen, NY on August 12. Goad reflects on the last race at the Glen, "The car was running fine at Watkins Glen, we just needed more time to race the car for a higher position. The 2-hour race seemed to be more like 45 minutes of actual racing and the rest were caution laps. I am looking forward to Mid-Ohio, I first stated racing there in my Firebird in 1984. I really enjoy this track, I like the section called "Madness," there are lots of quick left and right turns with elevation changes."

This past weekend the Spirit of Daytona 09 Pontiac-power DP was on display in front of team sponsor, Spiralz Studio of Contemporary Jewelry Design in Birmingham, Michigan for the historic Woodward Dream Cruise. The car was open for fans and visitors to look inside, check out the engine, and take pictures. Children were able to get their pictures taken inside of the car, and were won over by the patriotic paint scheme. After meeting Goad, many young fans professed their new career goals to become race car drivers and were advised to take up karting. Many fans were familiar with the Grand American Rolex Series and were looking forward to driving down to watch the race at Mid-Ohio. Other passerby's enjoyed learning about the Daytona Prototype and became new fans of the Spirit of Daytona. Once again the Dream Cruise was a success and great exposure for the race team and series.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Doug Goad