Spirit of Daytona Racing Looks ahead to Watkins Glen Porsche V8-Coyote on the hunt for results in Upstate New York... (WATKINS GLEN, NY) 6 Aug 08 -- After a promising race outing for the No. 09 Spirit of Daytona Racing Porsche V8-Coyote of Guy...
Spirit of Daytona Racing Looks ahead to Watkins Glen
Porsche V8-Coyote on the hunt for results in Upstate New York...
(WATKINS GLEN, NY) 6 Aug 08 -- After a promising race outing for the No. 09 Spirit of Daytona Racing Porsche V8-Coyote of Guy Cosmo and Marc Antoine Camirand was cut short in the closing laps of the Montreal 200, the team will look to rebound this week at Watkins Glen as the Rolex Sports Car Series returns to the upstate New York facility.
The Watkins Glen event marks round eleven of the 2008 Rolex Sports Car Series season, although the Friday night two-hour shoot out is the final planned race outing for the Porsche V8-Coyote.
Spirit of Daytona is already moving forward on plans for the 2009 Rolex Sports Car Series season with the Porsche V8-Coyote package, which continues to show pace and promise. The team has performed well in conditions and tracks as varied as the Alabama high heat at Barber Motorsports Park to the endurance setting of the Glen 6, and would like to close this chapter of Rolex competition out with a good result on Friday night.
"We were strong here in June but it was frustrating to finish out of the top ten, so we're really focused on getting this Porsche-powered Coyote a good run here at the Glen," said team owner Troy Flis. "We just want to bring home a finish that shows how capable this Coyote is because we believe that there is more to come from this combination, and that is what we are going to be concentrating on after this race weekend. We've learned a lot even since we were here in June and we're looking forward to putting it to use Friday night."
Friday night's two-hour race (SPEED 8:00 PM ET) will utilize the same 2.45-mile "short-course" layout that the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will employ during the weekend. Spirit of Daytona came home 11th in the Sahlen's 6 Hour in June, and will look to go better as the team hopes the high-speed layout of the short course plays well with both the aero set up of the Coyote as well as the power of the Porsche V8.
"It was frustrating to not make it to the finish in my home race last weekend in Montreal, but now we have to look ahead to the Glen and it's a good thing to look forward to as a driver because the corners are all very fast and we've made more improvement with the car, so hopefully we can bring home a top ten this weekend," said Camirand. "There is no GT traffic this week so that should mean we are flat out the entire time, which is something all the drivers love and hopefully we just have a good balance for the race and can finish strong."
After the low-grip situations in Homestead and Alabama saw the Coyote make impressive qualifying runs in the hands of Guy Cosmo, the team knows that the Friday evening conditions could prove to be similar given how much other rubber that will be on the track by the time the race goes green.
"I can't wait to get back up to the Glen," said Cosmo, who will look to have the car in top-five form once again. "It is like coming home for me and we'd like nothing more than to close things out with a good result this Friday. We've had some good runs, so we know the car is capable, but it'd be great to be able to show that in a box score so that will be the concentration for everyone. The team has made a ton of progress every time we've gone out, and while we are already hard at work on things for next year, we know we have one more chance to bring home a good result and there'd be no place better to do that then the Glen!"