Visit Florida Racing heads to COTA with Texas-sized ambitions

The team heads into the COTA race weekend with positive momentum after scoring podiums in every event from Detroit to Indianapolis.

Daytona Beach, Fla. – After a short break in action, Visit Florida Racing is ready for the final two races of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype, beginning with the Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of the Americas this weekend.

The famous 3.4-mile Texas road course is world-renown and is home to Formula 1’s United States Grand Prix. An exciting inclusion on the debut 2013 IMSA schedule last year, the track is a highly anticipated one. Both Visit Florida Racing drivers Michael Valiante and Richard Westbrook are eager to return to race action at the circuit.

We’ve been fighting hard all season long and we hope to close out the year on a high note,

Troy Flis

“Finally the gloves will be off at COTA and with an 18 point deficit in the championship, we will solely concentrate on adding another win to our tally,” said Westbrook. “We were a little disappointed when we finished fourth in Road America despite starting from the back but now we will just look forward and can throw a little caution to the wind. Even with a small chance of winning the championship, we will not give up until the end, especially as it took such hard work from everyone on the Visit Florida team to get into contention. COTA is a great track and should suit the Coyote. It’s a track I always look forward to.”

The team heads into the COTA race weekend with positive momentum after scoring podiums in every event from Detroit to Indianapolis, including a win in the historic 6 Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen. Despite a valiant effort at Road America, the team narrowly missed out on adding another podium result to its growing list.

“We’ve been fighting hard all season long and we hope to close out the year on a high note,” said Team Owner Troy Flis. “All of the guys have been working so hard all year. We are coming down to the final two races of the year in a really good position in the championship. We’ve been right up there the whole season and the second place at Chevy’s home track of Detroit and then the win at Watkins Glen was sort of a turning point for us. Richard (Westbrook) and Michael (Valiante) and really just this entire team has done great and I know they are capable of finishing the season just as strongly.”

Visit Florida Racing currently sits third in the championship points within striking distance of the 2014 title and ready to pounce should either of the teams ahead stumble.

Prior the 2.75-hour race event on Saturday, the team will have three practice sessions to dial in the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette machine before qualifying on Friday at 6:35 PM (ET). The green flag for the Lone Star Le Mans event will fly Saturday at 12:35 PM (ET).

Tune in to FOX on September 21st or catch the race LIVE September 20th on FOX Sports 2. Check your local listings.

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Series IMSA
Event Austin
Track Circuit of the Americas
Drivers Michael Valiante , Richard Westbrook
Article type Preview
Tags corvette, visit florida racing