Disappointing Race Finish for Spirit of Daytona 102 American flags were flying high at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car course to start off the EMCO Gears Classic. Patriotic feelings and a sense of pride were felt during a moment...
Disappointing Race Finish for Spirit of Daytona
102 American flags were flying high at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car course to start off the EMCO Gears Classic. Patriotic feelings and a sense of pride were felt during a moment of silence for the 102 native Ohio soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq. But the somber moment quickly gave way to excitement as the Patriotic painted 09 Spirit of Daytona and 43 other racecars took the grid and started their engines. Co-drivers Doug Goad and Marc-Antoine Camirand finished the 250mile road race in 16th place.
The 09 Pontiac-powered Crawford DP started the race off from a qualifying position of 16th and slowly picked off its competitors. Goad was first to start off in the Spiralz/SpeedCom Communication/Chemcraft sponsored DP and turned over steady and consistent laps. Then at lap 15, another DP spun out on turn 5, narrowly missing the 09DP. Once again Goad was able to shoot through the accident without any damage to the car.
At lap 38 there was a driver change and Camirand took control of the DP's wheel. He pushed the DP to 9th place after lap 45 and was steadily increasing his speed. At lap 88 Camirand came on the radio and announced the DP was running low on fuel and was not able to run much longer. The DP pitted at lap 89 for a quick splash and was off again to finish the race. Fuel system issues plagued the 09 DP and they had to stop once again for a splash of fuel. With the unexpected fuel stop, the DP dropped to 16th place.
The next race for the Spirit of Daytona will be at the Phoenix International Raceway on September 10. The team will have a two car effort for Phoenix as their 07 DP will also make the trek out west.