Spirit of Daytona GTO set for VIR Craig Conway and Mike Weinberg of Spirit of Daytona/ Rockland Standard Gear Pontiac GTO know that the VIR 200 is no day at the Country Club. The driven duo will team up to tackle the fast turns and ...
Spirit of Daytona GTO set for VIR
Craig Conway and Mike Weinberg of Spirit of Daytona/ Rockland Standard Gear Pontiac GTO know that the VIR 200 is no day at the Country Club. The driven duo will team up to tackle the fast turns and narrow straight-aways at the VIRginia International Raceway. The hospitable charm and rolling hills will not help soften the nearly 100 competitors that the SDR team will have to race against.
This will be the second time the GTO has driven under the green flag in the Grand Am Cup Series. Spirit of Daytona introduced the GTO into the series starting with the Daytona race in the Grand Am Cup 200. "We ran the first race in Daytona just before the 24 Hour race. It was a brand new car and we experienced teething problems all weekend. The car is plenty quick," said GTO driver, Craig Conway. "VIR is a difficult place to pass, so track position will be key. A good pit-stop strategy will be the difference," stated the Scottish Conway.
Partnering up with Conway will be Mike Weinberg. Weinberg drove the No. 10 GTO in the last race at Daytona and is looking forward to taking the American Muscle car back out on track. "We ran with a very large field at Daytona and there was a bunch of unnecessary contact which shortened our race for no good reason. VIR is a great track and we are looking forward to driving the Spirit of Daytona/ Rockland Standard Gear Pontiac GTO to a competitive finish. VIR is a lot tighter track than Daytona and traffic will definitely have a major effect on the race strategy and performance, said Weinberg."
Troy Flis, team owner/manager said, " With over 90 cars on track and the technical turns and setup of the course, the race will keep everyone glued to the TV screen. We have put a lot of development into the GTO and this will be the race where we see the car shine on track. I just don't want to see the majority of the race under yellow. This course is over three miles long, there should be enough room to see some great racing."
Spirit of Daytona will be campaigning a fleet of three GTOs in the 2006 Grand-Am Cup Series.