The Spirit of Daytona Racing squad will start its 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season from the front row of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Richard Westbrook was handed driving duties for the short qualifying session and promptly put the car alongside the pole-sitting Corvette DP of Alex Gurney with a time of 1:38.487 seconds.
“I’m delighted! It proves we’ve got a quick car,” said Westbrook, who has three DP victories with Spirit of Daytona to his name. “I’m delighted to be going into this race on the front row with VisitFlorida.com on the front of the car, it couldn’t be better. Well, the pole would have better, but the front row here at Daytona- I’m really happy! It’s the first time for me in DP going into this 24-hour race knowing that we’ve got a car that we can definitely fight for a win.”
A testing setback caused the team to build an entirely new Coyote-based Corvette DP in time for the Roar Before the 24 test days and since then the team has been growing in confidence ahead of the inaugural TUDOR Championship.
“I think we did a good job and this race is 24 hours long,” said Team Owner Troy Flis. “I think everyone on the team has done a great job so far. We gave what we had and I think the No. 99 car was just a little bit quicker than us today, and it could have been at this track that he just got a good tow. But I’m happy with the front row here in Florida and the weather is beautiful. So we are going to go after it in the race. I think we have a good car for these three pro guys and now we are just looking forward to the race.”