VIR: Spirit of Daytona preview

Spirit of Daytona 09 DP Readies for VIR The technical turns and elevation changes at the VIRginia International Raceway are waiting to welcome the Spirit of Daytona 09 Oh Boy Oberto sponsored Daytona Prototype. Co-drivers Doug Goad and Larry ...

Spirit of Daytona 09 DP Readies for VIR

The technical turns and elevation changes at the VIRginia International Raceway are waiting to welcome the Spirit of Daytona 09 Oh Boy Oberto sponsored Daytona Prototype. Co-drivers Doug Goad and Larry Oberto are anxiously awaiting for the promised competition that the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve will have in store for them. Goad has already raced at VIR a handful of times in contrast to Oberto, this will be the first time the Seattle native has ever set foot on VIR's rolling road course.

Last year's race at VIR provided a mixed combination of weather results. The entire race weekend was wet but at the start of the race the track dried leaving a cold pavement behind. The 09 DP had a rough time at the 2005 event and was knocked off the race track twice during competition by another DP. This year, the 09 DP is shooting to stay on track throughout the entire green flag.

Goad said, " Last year's race was frustrating. I was knocked off track and became stuck in the wet grass there was just no way to get back our positioning. But I am looking forward to Sunday's race. The DP has been pretty consistent all season long and I think we can get some fast laps out of her yet."

Troy Flis, team owner/manager knows that VIR will be a tricky course for the DP team. " I think this is one of the toughest tracks that we race on. There are a lot of high-speed corners and a lot of places where you do not want to go off course. The drivers will really need to be on their mark for this race."

The tree lined course and laid back southern atmosphere will be in sharp contrast to the team's last race at the Long Beach Grand Prix in California. The Long Beach street course proved to be near fatal for some of the DP teams but SDR was able to stay clear of the on track damage. Also with the new qualifying race at 1:15PM on Saturday, April 22 the race at VIR will have an exciting twist on the traditional race day action.

-www.spiritofdaytona.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Doug Goad , Larry Oberto