Spirit of Daytona's Race Report The 2.45mile short track at Watkins Glen made for close competition at the CompUSA 200 on Friday night for the Spirit of Daytona. After battling for position on the shorten racetrack...
Spirit of Daytona's Race Report
The 2.45mile short track at Watkins Glen made for close competition at the CompUSA 200 on Friday night for the Spirit of Daytona. After battling for position on the shorten racetrack the Pontiac-powered Crawford 09 DP placed 13th overall. The race had many off track spins and crashes changing hot laps to 25 actual caution laps, cutting into the amount of full force racing. The 45 cars competed hard on Friday night making it a close and crowded race. Doug Goad was first to pilot the Spiralz sponsored 09DP, taking the racecar from its 18th qualifying position to 8th after 27 laps. Goad drove the DP mistake free and was nearly taken out when a GT car crashed in front of him. " I was really lucky there, I saw the car coming right at me and was able to escape and pull out before the crash," said Goad.
Goad pitted after driving 40 laps and turned the car over to new co-driver Marc-Antoine Camirand. He took the DP back out under a yellow flag. With less than an hour left in the race, Camirand was able to speed his way up to 13th. His lap times were consistent and even faster than some of the DP's ahead of him but the crowded track left no room to pass especially in the corners.
"I had to tell Marc before he got into the car, that when he is racing not only does he have to look at the cars right in front of him, he needs to look even further down the road for the cars in front of them. The track was just so full Friday night making it even more challenging to pass," said Goad. Had the race been one hour longer or have had less caution laps, the Spirit of Daytona may have been able to place higher on the grid. The team is happy with the racecar's performance and they are looking forward to finishing the season out with Camirand. " I am pretty content with my first race. I made a mistake but that is just part of the game. I was trying to pass another car and I pushed the DP a little too hard. But now I know how hard I can push it," states Camirand.
" I was happy with Camirand's performance. He still learning how to handle the DP . Overall he is a great racer because he is patient and fast. This race just shows that he really wants to compete and will not back off," comments Troy Flis.