Spirit of Daytona Racing a Strong 6th in NJMP Qualifying; Looking to build on top-10 with Coyote-Porsche V8 (Millville, NJ) 2 May 2009 -- Guy Cosmo qualified the No. 09 Spirit of Daytona Porsche V8-Coyote for Sunday's Verizon 250 with a ...
Spirit of Daytona Racing a Strong 6th in NJMP Qualifying; Looking to build on top-10 with Coyote-Porsche V8
(Millville, NJ) 2 May 2009 -- Guy Cosmo qualified the No. 09 Spirit of Daytona Porsche V8-Coyote for Sunday's Verizon 250 with a fast lap time of 1:15.615 seconds to take 6th on the grid. The result is the second consecutive top-ten start in Rolex Sports Car competition for the team, which is looking to also score a second consecutive top-ten finish after scoring 10th at VIR last Sunday.
Cosmo will start the two hour and forty-five minute race before turning the AMA-liveried Coyote off to co-driver Scott Russell.
"I was working so hard to get as much as I possibly could out if it, every single lap, so I'm happy we were able to end up top six," said Cosmo. "With all the work the team has been putting into the car, you would love to be able to pay that back with a top three start, but we just weren't able to find any more speed out there today. The car keeps getting better- much more stable, and that gives me and Scot both more confidence, so hopefully we can turn this top six start into something a little better at the finish."
The team was able to use the race experience from the 2008 event as a head-start on the race weekend as the ultimate set-up was sought, but with the rain playing havoc with conditions and a slew of changes to the track, the Spirit of Daytona Racing still had a lot of options to explore this weekend.
"We keep making progress with this car and we kind of used this qualifying as another practice, just trying something new and seeing what Guy thought," said team owner Troy Flis. "So now we'll jus see what the track is like tomorrow. We've been focused on a dry weather set-up, but you still have to be ready in case it rains so we think we've got a good balance either way. Scott did a great job in the session before and we'll get him in the car again tomorrow morning to give him a few more laps before the race to get warmed up and then see what happens come race time."