Spirit of Daytona Set for Sahlen's Six (WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.) 4 June 2008 -- Returning to competition for their third race of the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 season, Spirit of Daytona and drivers ...
Spirit of Daytona Set for Sahlen's Six
(WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.) 4 June 2008 -- Returning to competition for their third race of the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 season, Spirit of Daytona and drivers Guy Cosmo, Marc-Antoine Camirand, and former Rolex 24 At Daytona champ Terry Borcheller will look to keep raising the development level of the No. 09 Porsche Coyote Daytona Prototype this weekend in the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen.
Despite not having been in Rolex racing action since March, there's good reason for optimism. The Porsche-based motor, developed by Lozano Brothers Tuning, has delivered both reliability and power to match, and the team continues to make progress with the Coyote chassis.
At the Gainsco Grand Prix of Miami where the team last made an appearance, Cosmo qualified 6th and ran in podium contention deep into the race before a spin dropped them out of the highly competitive field as Camirand brought the car home an unlucky 13th.
Nonetheless buoyed by the strong pace the Porsche-powered Coyote showed, the team made a return to the south Florida track to add to the testing miles for the Porsche-Coyote combination and continued to make progress in advance of this weekends six hour endro in New York.
"We've really moved forward with this car and even compared to what we knew at the Homestead race, we've made some significant progress," said Cosmo, who is relishing a return to his home state. "But obviously there's no better way to push a package than to go race it and we have not had that opportunity, while most of our competition has been out racing. So, it will be interesting to see how things sort out at Watkins Glen but we are encouraged by what we've been able to accomplish so far."
The Sahlen's Six Hours at the Glen will be a stout test for the Spirit of Daytona Porsche-Coyote package, but they enter undaunted. Back in January, the team showed the nature of their mettle by finishing 10th in the grueling Rolex 24 At Daytona. There isn't a tougher test in the sport, and that team performance bodes well for this weekends' Glen event.
"We are really looking forward to getting back out there and competing this weekend at the Glen, " said team owner Troy Flis. "This will just be our third time out this season, so we know that everyone else has gained a lot of miles and data since we last raced against them, but we're still happy with the progress we've made in a short amount of time with this package. Running as well as we did at Homestead was a real boost for the guys who've been working so hard on this car, and hopefully we can just keep this development curve going this weekend at the Glen."
"I am a racing driver, so while it was good to get the testing miles in since the last race, I'm really anxious to get back in the car and compete!" said Camirand, who has raced at the Glen in a variety of classes. "We know that we are fighting some very strong cars, with thousands of laps on them, but every time we go out we keep improving so that drives us to keep pushing this car because there is a lot of potential. We just have to find a good race pace and stay out of trouble and just learn as much as we can to keep this program moving ahead."