Treacherous Conditions Catch Spirit of Daytona Racing Out at Mid-Ohio (LEXINGTON, Ohio) 21 June 2008-- Spirit of Daytona Racing's ambition to keep the at-track development of the V8 Porsche-Coyote program moving forward came to a disappointing...
Treacherous Conditions Catch Spirit of Daytona Racing Out at Mid-Ohio
(LEXINGTON, Ohio) 21 June 2008-- Spirit of Daytona Racing's ambition to keep the at-track development of the V8 Porsche-Coyote program moving forward came to a disappointing halt during Saturday's EMCO Gears Classic presented by Key Bank at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for round seven of the Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16.
A massive Ohio thunderstorm descended on Mid-Ohio seven laps into the Grand-Am Rolex Series EMCO Gears Classic, coming with a vengeance on the Daytona Prototype and GT class field.
The track was instantly doused with heavy rain shower and stout winds that made conditions for all the Grand-Am drivers a challenge. Despite the tough conditions, Guy Cosmo had the No. 09 Coyote in competitive form once again, running firmly in the lead pack. Unfortunately, the team was not able to convert the strong race pace into another race finish after Cosmo was forced into a spin as he passed for position. The day was done as the V8 Porsche Coyote made contact with the wall.
Cosmo emerged from the incident without injuries, save for some deep frustration.
"Everything's okay, just a bit of headache," said Cosmo after the incident. "It was really challenging out there, and I'm disappointed because I enjoy driving in the rain. We were in a good spot and I think the strategy that Spirit of Daytona had in place for our driver change to get Mark (Camirand) into the car would have played out perfectly. Unfortunately though, we didn't get the chance. I'm sorry for the team but I was going around another Daytona Prototype, and I must have got just an inch of wheel on that track sealant, and from there, there was nothing I could do and the car just took off once it hit the grass."
The rain cloud-induced incident did come with a silver lining, as Spirit of Daytona will get the chance to test in more predictable and repeatable conditions on Monday at the 2.258-mile circuit as part of a Rolex Series test day. The team will soak up all the new data possible in preparation for a home race in nearly two weeks at Daytona International Speedway for the Brumos 250 under the lights on July 3rd.