Spirit of Daytona set for sixth on the grid at Homestead
Best-ever qualifying for Lozano-Brothers-prepared Porsche-FABCAR
Homestead, Fla. (28 March 2008) – Spirit of Daytona Racing set a new high in the development program for the Porsche-powered FABCAR by scoring sixth in qualifying for the GAINSCO Grand Prix on Friday as Guy Cosmo set a fast lap time of 1:14.043-seconds at Homestead Miami Speedway. The third row start marks the best qualifying result in the short history of the Porsche-powered FABCAR Daytona Prototype package, which is set for a third outing in Rolex Sports Car Series competition on Saturday afternoon.
The package first saw competition in the 2007 Rolex Sports Car Series season finale at Miller Motorsports Park, taking the checkered flag after completing nine hours of racing. The package then took on the ultimate test--and passed--scoring a top ten finish in January’s Rolex 24 At Daytona. Spirit of Daytona Racing continues to develop the entry, which is fighting a Rolex Series field full of Daytona Prototype combinations that boast thousands of race miles heading into Saturday’s two hour and forty-five minute race.
“We’ve shown that this car is reliable in the first two races its run, and now we just need to keep building the speed into it,” said team owner Troy Flis “We were hoping for a top ten, so we’re obviously happy to qualify sixth today. Guy did a great job and he really got up on the wheel. We’ve been focused on our race package, so hopefully things go well again tomorrow. It’s still early days with this car, but today is a good day for sure.”
Cosmo will start the race behind the wheel of the Spirit of Daytona machine before turning the car over to Marc Camirand.
“There was so little grip out there that I have to admit I didn’t really think we were going to be that quick, but I just tried to get as much as I could from what the conditions would let me, and it’s great to end the session up where we did,” said Cosmo, who was greeted by a wide scope of well-wishers with congratulations after the session. “We still have a long ways to go with the car, but to look at who we are ahead of on the grid, I think the Spirit of Daytona Racing guys should be pretty proud today. I think the race is going to be tough, but hopefully we can keep this pace again tomorrow.”
Saturday’s two-hour and forty-five minute race will take the green flag at 3:00 PM ET. Speed Channel will broadcast the event on a tape-delayed basis starting at 6:00 PM ET.
Check into www.guycosmo.com, www.spiritofdaytona.com and www.grand-am.com for updates.
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