Spirit of Daytona's Grand Am Cup Race at VIR What started off as an optimistic run with a top-10 finish in site, Spirit of Daytona Racing ended with an 18th and a 21st place finish in the six hour endurance event at VIR on Saturday night. The No.
Spirit of Daytona's Grand Am Cup Race at VIR
What started off as an optimistic run with a top-10 finish in site, Spirit of Daytona Racing ended with an 18th and a 21st place finish in the six hour endurance event at VIR on Saturday night. The No. 10 Rockland Standard Gear/ Crane Cams/ Corsa Exhaust GTO finished 21st overall with Mike Weinberg, Greg Camp and Marc-Antoine Camirand. The No. 9 Daytona Mitsubishi Diamond Suzuki/ Crane Cams/ Corsa Exhaust GTO finished in 18thplace. Camirand also played an important role in the No. 9 car with new Spirit of Daytona driver Fernando Scattolin and long time SDR driver, Craig Conway.
Camirand drove the first stint in the No. 9 GTO. He started the race off in 13th place and after turning 65 laps was running 3rd overall. "I was really having fun on track. The car wasn't giving me any trouble and conditions were still perfect for racing," said Camirand. Teammate Mike Weinberg saw Camirand's skills on track and was impressed. "I was right behind Marc and I saw him pull a move in the esses. I was amazed at what he did. That kid drives like he wants to win," said Weinberg. After an impressive run in the GTO, Camirand returned to pit lane and co-driver Craig Conway got into the No. 9 car.
Conway's run was clear from problems and handed the car over to Scattolin without a scratch. As Scattolin raced the GTO events took a turn for the worse and the car got booted off track. He was able to regroup and continued to race the GTO. As the sky darkened the weather conditions turned to rain. Scattolin had to contend with a wet track. Another off track incident occurred and the No. 9 GTO lost the rear bumper and exhaust system. With the handful of mishaps in the car, the No. 9 GTO finished out the entire race. " I enjoyed the GTO and I was really getting comfortable in the car as the race wore on. It's too bad the incidents occurred. I thank Spirit of Daytona for their support. The team is great and they provided a competitive racecar. I also thank my sponsors Saputo, Fantino & Mondello, and Europe's Best," said Scattolin.
The No. 10 GTO also had its on track problems. Camp started off in the GTO and turned it over to Weinberg. Weinberg kept the car clean and turned the GTO over to Camp for his second stint. "I felt really good in the car, it was losing power at first but the team was able to catch it before it really hurt our run. The cars on track are competitive but I still had a fun run in the GTO." After Camp got out of the car Camirand suited up for his last stint with Spirit of Daytona for 2006. Camirand in total logged over three hours on the VIR track.
Spirit of Daytona will be campaigning a fleet of three GTOs in the 2007 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.