DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 23, 2009) - Coming off an 11th-place finish in the Daytona Prototype class in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Spirit of Daytona Racing is continuing to work on the No. 09 Porsche Coyote in preparation for the next event on the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 schedule, the April 25 Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway.
Guy Cosmo recently tested for the team at Roebling Road Raceway near Savannah, Ga., and will join motorcycle legend Scott Russell Tuesday and Wednesday at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the special Rolex Series testing. The Spirit of Daytona car - sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America in the Rolex 24 - is the lone Coyote currently running in the Rolex Series.
"Savannah was fantastic," Cosmo said. "Troy Flis and the Spirit of Daytona guys have been making a lot of changes to that Coyote. We started late last year running the new version bodywork that Eddie Cheever had designed for it, and we're trying to learn the package and make some headway with it."
The team has been testing the car it raced in 2007 with new Coyote bodywork. The team plans to run the new bodywork on the updated Coyote chassis it raced at the Rolex 24, where Cosmo and Russell were joined by motorcycle racers Jeff Ward and Jason Pridmore.
"The test went real well," Cosmo said. "We were quicker than we've ever gone at that test, and we learned a lot of real good information that will help us out. We plan to have the bodywork and aero side sorted out when we run the updated chassis, so all that information can apply directly to the car. We're real excited about the upcoming race at VIR."