Watkins Glen III: Spirit of Daytona qualifying report

Spirit of Daytona Qualifies 13th for the Crown Royal 250 "I am definitely awake now," said Doug Goad after he turned a lap time of 1:47:945 and qualified 13th Friday afternoon at Watkins Glen for the Crown Royal 250. Goad, ...

Spirit of Daytona Qualifies 13th for the Crown Royal 250

"I am definitely awake now," said Doug Goad after he turned a lap time of 1:47:945 and qualified 13th Friday afternoon at Watkins Glen for the Crown Royal 250. Goad, co-owner/driver of the Spirit of Daytona 09 Pontiac- powered Daytona Prototype (DP), didn't get much seat time before the qualifying session because of the earlier fog and rain hiding the track. "It's frustrating that the practice session was shortened earlier today. If I had more seat time in the DP, I would have been able to shave off more time."

Goad also had an endurance race of his own Thursday night because he decided to drive from his hometown in suburban Detroit to Watkins Glen. Goad, who is in the lead for the Trueman Award, the award for the Sportsman driver, had to appear at a business meeting in Ohio and drove straight to New York after the meeting. He had to battle a torrential downpour as he crossed into the New York State line. He pours as much dedication into racing as he does with his business.

"We weren't worried about Goad arriving at the track a little late, he knows the track pretty well and wouldn't have any trouble adjusting to the DP with the changes that we made during the practice sessions," said Troy Flis, co-owner/team manager of the Spiralz/Speedcom/Chemcraft sponsored 09 DP. Goad and co-driver Marc-Antoine Camirand have both raced at the Glen numerous of times before and both feel comfortable with the 3.4 mile track. The team had set the 09 DP Crawford up well for qualifying taking into account the cooler air and track temperatures.

"The car really took well to the track during qualifying," said Goad. Goad and Camirand both agree that the DP is driving better than it has in the past and are impressed with its performance. The Spirit of Daytona is looking forward to an exciting and challenging race on Saturday at 3:00PM at the Glen.

-www.spiritofdaytona.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Marc-Antoine Camirand , Doug Goad