Spirit of Daytona 09 Prototype Endures the Glen During the last practice session on Friday evening Spirit of Daytona Racing was thrown a curveball. Stephan Gregoire was racing on the Watkins Glen track in the 09 Daytona Prototype (DP) closely ...
Spirit of Daytona 09 Prototype Endures the Glen
During the last practice session on Friday evening Spirit of Daytona Racing was thrown a curveball. Stephan Gregoire was racing on the Watkins Glen track in the 09 Daytona Prototype (DP) closely following the car ahead of him when the 09 DP slipped on oil spilled on track by a competitor and crashed into the wall. Gregoire stepped out of the car unharmed but the Prototype took the damage. The team had to retire the car with one hour left in the Friday evening practice session to repair the carnage. Before the crash the No. 09 machine had the twelfth fastest lap time.
Doug Goad and Stephan Gregoire were looking forward to powering the 09 Crawford Prototype for the two-hour night practice session on Friday. Due to the legal actions on Thursday, Friday was the first time Gregoire and Goad sat behind the 09 DP's wheel. During the earlier practice session both drivers were impressed with the car's handling. "I am surprised at how comfortable the car has been. This is the smoothest the car has felt since I have been in it," said Gregoire. The Frenchman, Gregoire, is coming back from a stint in the Indy 500. This will be his first race in the DP this season. Gregoire started the session on Friday evening and was just getting up to speed before the crash.
With less than 25 laps turned in the DP during the session and hopes of turning a top-10 lap time the DP crashed into the wall. Troy Flis, team owner/manager knew something happened to the car before he received feedback from Gregoire. "I was watching the telemetry and I saw all the red flags go on when the car crashed. It took Stephan a minute or two before he answered when I asked if he was okay. The car took the brute of the damage, the wall is not very forgiving with impacts. Gregoire is fine and we will be able to have the car ready for Saturday's race," said Flis.
Goad turned a few laps in the DP earlier in the day and knew that the team had a good handle on the car's setup. " It was a good car today, I hope to get it back for the race." The team had to repair the front and rear suspension adding on new parts from the Crawford trailer.