Spirit of Daytona Racing are itching to get back to Grand-Am Rolex Series action at Indianapolis following a one-month break after Watkins Glen.
Despite the break, Spirit of Daytona spent their time wowing crowds at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, with Ricky Taylor and racing legend Sonny Whelen taking the team’s Corvette DP up the 1.16 hillclimb course.
Back in Flordia, the Spirit of Daytona crew were hard at work preparing the car for Indianapolis, hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s disappointment at the inaugural Grand-Am race at the Brickyard. The three hour race began under caution last year due to weather conditions, and almost as soon as the race went green, contact spun the #90 Corvette DP into the wall. Hard work in the garage meant the team got back on track, but had to settle for a lowly ninth at the finish.
Taylor raced the event last year for Wayne Taylor Racing, and will be looking to score another podium at Indianapolis. Joining him in the Spirit of Daytona machine will be regular team-mate, Richard Westbrook.
“Last year we were kind of wreckers or checkers and that was certainly the case at the Speedway,” said team owner Troy Flis. “We’ve had more consistency this year but unfortunately it hasn’t been the kind we are chasing. But this little break between the Glen and the Speedway was a good chance for the whole team to recalibrate for the second half of the season, and we are ready to go. We know what this package is capable of, and we just have to shake off some of the little things that have been holding us back and come home with a real result.”