Spirit of Daytona GTO Misses a Top-10 Finish at Mid-Ohio With a grid position at the back of the GS pack, the No. 9 Crane Cams/ Corsa Exhaust Spirit of Daytona GTO made headway with an 11th place race finish overall. The No. 9 GTO driven by...
Spirit of Daytona GTO Misses a Top-10 Finish at Mid-Ohio
With a grid position at the back of the GS pack, the No. 9 Crane Cams/ Corsa Exhaust Spirit of Daytona GTO made headway with an 11th place race finish overall. The No. 9 GTO driven by Doug Goad and Marc-Antoine Camirand had its highest race finish all season in the Grand-Am Cup 200 at Mid-Ohio. The No. 10 Rockland Standard Gears/ Crane Cams/ Corsa Exhaust GTO driven by Greg Camp and Mike Weinberg had a stressful beginning with an unexpected flat tire but was able to stay out on track for the entire race and finished 28th in class.
During the race, the No. 9 GTO stayed in a solid top-10 position for the majority of its time on track. At the beginning of the race, Goad caught up to the front pack and was racing in 7th place from a grid starting position of 21st. The radios were quite when Goad was in the car meaning he was driving problem free. He raced the car and kept his cool. "The car was good. I really used up my rear tires because I was trying to get below a minute and 36 seconds for my lap time. But it was fun," said Goad. When Camirand jumped into the car Goad handed it off to him in 7th place on lap 38. Within no time Camirand was racing in the top-10 once again.
With 30 minutes remaining in the race the No. 9 GTO received excessive contact by the No. 97 BMW driven by Nic Jonsson causing Camirand to spin on track. Camirand at the time was running in a solid 7th place. After the on track collision the No. 9 machine dropped to 13th place and with little time remaining raced its way to an 11th place finish. Camirand was bitter sweet about his stint in the car. "At least we got a decent finish. After the car got knocked around the tires became really slippery and it was like driving on ice. We made a lot of headway on the car this weekend and we will come back even stronger at Barber," said Camirand.
The No. 10 GTO had a few issues of its own during the Mid-Ohio Cup race. With electrical gremlins plaguing the engine the GTO had to make a handful of pit stops to catch the issues. Then after 24 laps the No. 10 GTO's left front tire blew. While driving car back to the pit lane the tire disintegrated and took the left front fender off. Luckily Greg Camp was able to pit the car in time before any more damage occurred. The car and the team replaced the tires and taped the front fender. Even with the front fender missing Camp was able to turn fast and consistent lap times comparable to the leaders. His stint ended after 39 laps and co-driver Mike Weinberg got into the car. Weinberg kept the car out of trouble for the remainder of his stint and finished under a yellow flag in 28th place.