Spirit of Daytona Racing Fifth on Watkins Glen Grid; Fastest Porsche-powered Daytona Prototype in Qualifying Once Again (Watkins Glen, NY) 6 Aug 09 -- Buddy Rice qualified the No. 90 Boy Scouts of America/AMA Porsche V8-powered Coyote fifth on...
Spirit of Daytona Racing Fifth on Watkins Glen Grid; Fastest Porsche-powered Daytona Prototype in Qualifying Once Again
(Watkins Glen, NY) 6 Aug 09 -- Buddy Rice qualified the No. 90 Boy Scouts of America/AMA Porsche V8-powered Coyote fifth on the Crown Royal 200 grid on Thursday afternoon with his fast lap time of 1:05.712 seconds on the 2.45-mile Watkins Glen "short course" for Spirit of Daytona Racing.
The Rolex 24 At Daytona Champion will start Friday's two-hour sprint race before turning the machine over to fellow Rolex 24 Champion Antonio Garcia. The two are campaigning the latest iteration of Coyote chassis this weekend after the machine has returned to Rolex Sports Car Series race action following repairs from an accident at Daytona International Speedway in July.
The team is developing the new Coyote chassis in the heat of battle, and the fifth place grid position was a strong foot forward on the high-speed circuit for the new machine.
"The credit really goes to the team for us to even have the car out there doing laps today," said Rice. "They had to do so much work to fix the car and turn it around while we were also racing the old car at Barber, so all credit goes to them. The car was good--there is still a lot more we need to do to learn what it likes, but it's been a good day so far. I just took a slow lap with a few minutes left in the session to cool the tires off, and it paid off with that last quick lap. Hopefully we can keep learning more tonight in the practice session and be ready to go in the race tomorrow."
The qualifying mark matched the team's grid position from the previous round, where the team started fifth and finished in fourth to score the Daytona Beach-based organization's best Daytona Prototype result to date.
"Buddy did a great job for us again today, and it's great to be the fastest Porsche-powered car in qualifying once again," said team owner Troy Flis. "It's still early days of course with the car but this team just picked up where we left off. We lost a lot of time compared to what we had laid out in terms of the development with the car, but we're back at it this weekend. This is a good way to start things off to be this close to the front in a car that's basically brand-new in a field that is as competitive as this one is. So I'm pretty encouraged with how things have started so far today."