Spirit of Daytona GTO Turns a Top-10 in Phoenix Even with only one half hour practice session on Friday afternoon to prepare for Saturday's Grand Am Cup race, the Spirit of Daytona No. 9 GTO is feeling pretty confident. Marc-Antoine Camirand was...
Spirit of Daytona GTO Turns a Top-10 in Phoenix
Even with only one half hour practice session on Friday afternoon to prepare for Saturday's Grand Am Cup race, the Spirit of Daytona No. 9 GTO is feeling pretty confident. Marc-Antoine Camirand was behind the Daytona Mitsubishi/Diamond Suzuki sponsored No. 9 GTO during the practice session and turned his fastest lap time only minutes into the session. Camirand's 5th lap turned was his fastest and put the car on the scoring pylon.
Camirand and co-driver Craig Conway have both shown that they can turn consistent laps in the Arizona sun. After Camirand turned his fast time he maintained similar speeds throughout the entire session. "It should be a good race on Saturday," said Camirand. " We just have to get in the car and push it forward. If the track is like how it is today, it will be a slippery and greasy run."
Conway will be starting the GTO first tomorrow afternoon from a starting position of 23rd on the grid. Originally the team qualified 25th but due to a technical infraction the GTO moved up a few spots. To prepare himself for the mid-day heat Conway and Camiand started drinking water. "You really need to start hydrating the night before and the morning of the race. If not the heat can really take you out. It will probably get to be 145 degrees inside the car at least," said Conway.
The heat can affect the drivers and also has the ability to stress the car as well. "These temperatures can do damage to the car. If we are not careful something can malfunction just because of the extreme heat," said GTO team manager Todd Flis. In spite of the Phoenix heat and the Grand Am Cup GS competition the Spirit of Daytona GTO will be looking for their pole finish on Saturday.