SpeedSource Going Strong with New Prototype Watkins Glen, NY - The SpeedSource Race Engineering team featured their brand new Daytona Prototype this weekend at the Glen. Taking one race off to fine tune the Mears Motorcoach No. 9 proved ...
SpeedSource Going Strong with New Prototype
Watkins Glen, NY - The SpeedSource Race Engineering team featured their brand new Daytona Prototype this weekend at the Glen. Taking one race off to fine tune the Mears Motorcoach No. 9 proved beneficial. The team took two test days at VIR prior to the Glen race.
During qualifying SpeedSource took 6th place, the best qualifying round for their prototype effort this season. With race engineer and strategist David Haskell, Crew Chief John Beitz, and drivers Paul Mears and Mike Borkowski SpeedSource finished the race at 13th place.
The team started with Borkowski at the grid, bringing in Mears to drive through the finish line. The only problems experienced by the team were through lap 60 and later in the race through the esses. The team at one point was in the gravel pit but the exceptional reaction of the entire crew allowed the car to get back into the race.
In addition to the quick reaction of the crew, Burkowski and Mears appeared to have quickly adapted to the new prototype. During his last stint, Mears was turning laps a only a few seconds off of the race leaders.
"The Riley group had been great to work with and CRD has been making great power for us. The No. 9 looks good and handles well. Paul and Mike are both excellent drivers and the front end of the grid is where we expect to be from now on. I am anxious to see where this car can take us. The Glen is a difficult track to bring a new car to. Daytona will be the true test," commented Sylvain Tremblay, team owner.
The team has started on preparation for the Paul Revere 250 that will take place July 1st at Daytona International Speedway. This week the team will have little time to prepare before the Daytona race.
"There is a lot to accomplish this week but the good thing is this is the only car we will be bringing with us to the race. We have put a lot of effort into making the prototype a winning car. I think we are going to put up some good times the rest of the season."
SpeedSource Race Engineering's partner Mears Motorcoach has allowed them to make their Daytona Prototype effort a reality.