Dreams of a successful race finish for the Spirit of Daytona 09 Pontiac Crawford were shattered when the prototype suffered a broken suspension piece causing the car to crash into the gravel traps. Spirit of Daytona co-driver Marc-Antoine Camirand...
Dreams of a successful race finish for the Spirit of Daytona 09 Pontiac Crawford were shattered when the prototype suffered a broken suspension piece causing the car to crash into the gravel traps. Spirit of Daytona co-driver Marc-Antoine Camirand was behind the wheel when he had to retire the prototype early after two hours of racing. The team finished in 25th position. Co-drivers Doug Goad and Camirand were disappointed to see the early race finish after the car was running in a strong 11th place.
"We knew we had a good racecar for this evening after Camirand turned the 4th fastest lap time of the morning practice session. That was great to see. Things finally went our way. We started off on the grid in 16th place having moved up a few positions. And Goad was able to hand off the No. 09 Prototype to Camirand in good shape after his stint," said Troy Flis the team owner and manager.
Before the failed part, the prototype was performing the best it had all year. Flis stated, "the package was all there this race. We had a good motor, a good car, and good drivers. Everything was looking as if we would have a top-10 finish." Before the crippling incident Goad kept the car clean even after he was hit on the right side by another prototype. No damage was done to the car and he continued to turn fast laps and pass his competitors. His lap times improved as the hot track stated cooling.
When Camirand jumped into the Crawford he placed himself right in the middle of the pack and kept a consistent and smart pace. The team felt that he could finish the race without having to make a final pit stop for fuel or tires. "The team has put a lot of work in the car these past few weeks. This is very disappointing for us to once again have a setback with the car," said Camirand.
Spirit of Daytona's next event will be at the Brumos Porsche 250 on June 29 at the Daytona International Speedway.