Millville: Spirit of Daytona preview

MILVILLE, NJ 27 August -- It can be hard to be the new guy, and when Spirit of Daytona Racing hits the track with the only Porsche V8-Coyote combination in the Rolex Sports Car Series paddock, that is the role the team plays as it competes...

MILVILLE, NJ 27 August -- It can be hard to be the new guy, and when Spirit of Daytona Racing hits the track with the only Porsche V8-Coyote combination in the Rolex Sports Car Series paddock, that is the role the team plays as it competes against other Daytona Prototype packages that boast thousands of miles of racing history.

But this weekend, the scales will be a little bit more even for the Supercar Life 250 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, as the newly-completed track will be new for everyone. Spirit of Daytona Racing drivers Guy Cosmo and Marc Camirand will once again share the driving duties in the No. 09 Spirit of Daytona Racing Porsche V8-Coyote, which will look to continue to gather speed and data towards the 2009 Rolex season.

"We are already pushing ahead on our plans for next year, but we thought we'd take this chance to get a first hand look at this track and get some data to give us a head start on next year," said team owner Troy Flis. "We also have been good on tracks like Barber and Homestead where there wasn't much grip, and we think that might be the case this weekend. We also hope that our aero package will be the right balance here because it looks to be a high-downforce kind of track."

The south-Jersey facility will still bare some signs of new construction as the Rolex Series sets up camp for a four day race weekend, but the entire paddock is looking forward to the chance to compete on a new battleground come Sunday afternoon.

"We know we are up against some cars with a lot of miles, but we're still hoping to show well here because our guys are going to be learning the track just like everyone else," said Flis. "No one has a set up book yet for the place, so we think we can be right there from the start. This is also really a good chance for us to prepare for next year, but at the same time, we're aren't going up there just to test. We want to close out the year with a good result."

"New tracks are always a fun experience for the drivers because you have to find the line and then just push to find more speed from yourself, from the car, and from the track," said Camirand, who recently made some racing history with yet another race victory in Trois Rivieres in KONI Challenge competition. "We don't know exactly what to expect but we've been studying in-car videos from the internet and I'm just looking forward to seeing what the track is like first hand."

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