Spirit of Daytona GTO Race Finish in Barber An unexpected rain shower put a halt to the Grand Am Cup 200 at the Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday afternoon. The 200-mile race was cut short from 87 laps around the 2.3-mile road course to a 55...
Spirit of Daytona GTO Race Finish in Barber
An unexpected rain shower put a halt to the Grand Am Cup 200 at the Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday afternoon. The 200-mile race was cut short from 87 laps around the 2.3-mile road course to a 55 lead lap finish, right before the Spirit of Daytona GTO drivers could really sink their teeth into the race. With wind speeds as powerful as some of the racecars on track, the Spirit of Daytona GTOs finished 16th and 23rd. Marc-Antoine Camirand joined Craig Conway to power the No. 9 Daytona Mitsubishi/ Diamond Suzuki/ Crane Cams/ Corsa Exhaust GTO to a 23rd place finish. Doug Goad and Mike Weinberg in the No. 10 Rockland Standard Gear/ Crane Cams/ Corsa Exhaust GTO finished the shortened race in 16th place from a grid spot of 40th.
In the first half of the race conditions were relatively uneventful and consistent. Conway in the No. 9 GTO was making his way up to the leaders and kept the car under control, the same was for Weinberg in the No. 10 car. After the duel GTOs pitted for a driver change the race started to pick up. Goad was able to open up the No. 10 GTO's speed and was reeling in the lead cars. "From the vantage point of any spectator sitting on the hills, the GTOs probably looked like rockets speeding on the track," said team-manager/owner Troy Flis. Goad powered his way into the top-10 and was looking for a chance to push his way into the front of the pack. The team decided to make a quick stop for a splash of fuel to keep Goad competitive when the storm rolled in. The racecourse went under a full course caution and Goad was unable to catch his competitors. After a handful of caution laps, Grand Am Cup officials called the race early due to the weather and the No. 10 GTO never had a chance to catch up to the leaders.
Camirand in the No. 9 GTO, like teammate Goad was also speeding through his competitors and looked to finish the race high on the scoreboard but a race technicality held him back. Camirand had to pit due to a driving infraction. His brief stop and go penalty in pit lane took Camirand out of his competitive spot in the race.
The Spirit of Daytona GTOs will carry the race moment from Barber into the next scheduled event in Le Grand Prix De Trois-Rivieres on Saturday, August 6th.
Spirit of Daytona will be campaigning a fleet of three GTOs in the 2006 Grand-Am Cup Series. The team is offering a rental and ownership program for interested competitors. Sprit of Daytona associate sponsors include: Corsa Performance Exhausts, Crane Cams, and GCC Servicing Systems.