New Chassis Keeps Spirit of Daytona Racing On Track


Spirit of Daytona Racing's Daytona testing came to an early end after a serious crash (Credit: IMSA.com)

Spirit of Daytona Racing have received a brand new Coyote chassis from the Charlotte, NC based builder allowing the team continue with their preparations for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

The team’s #90 Chevrolet Corvette DP was heavily damaged in a crash on the first day of the series’ test at Daytona International Speedway, driver Richard Westbrook able to walk away from the car after a frightening series of spins and rolls.

“We are grateful that Pratt & Miller builds such a strong chassis and that Richard was able to walk away from that accident,” said team owner Troy Flis. “Everyone is working to learn as much as we possibly can about what happened, and take that information so we can avoid anything like that happening in the future.”

“We had our accident on Tuesday, and they said we would have a new Coyote in the shop by Monday but they went even better and had it to us on Friday,” added Flis. “It is chassis 007, and we are hoping it will bring us a little bit of luck. Getting the new chassis so quickly is a big help. We are working from behind a little bit to be ready to go for the next test, so to get a new car to use as our starting point is a huge help so we are really appreciative of this kind of support from Coyote.”

The SDR team debuted the Corvette DP late in 2011 and went on to win three races with the car in the 2012 Rolex Series. However, the team endured a disappointingly winless 2013 season in the series.

The team will make further announcements about the plans for the 2014 season in the coming weeks.