The Spirit of Daytona TUDOR United SportsCar Championship team are aiming to continue their string of positive results at this week’s Brickyard GP following thier victory at the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen and a second place finish at the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, whilst Wayne Taylor Racing are happy to return to Indiana.
The #90 Corvette DP of Spirit of Daytona will once again be piloted by regular drivers Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante, with team owner Troy Flis pleased with their performances in the last two meetings. “I’m very pleased with how the Visit Florida Racing team has been performing,” said Flis. “We didn’t quite get off to the start we wanted at the beginning of the season but it seems we’ve found our stride and the results are finally reflecting what this team is capable of.
“We have a couple of these Indianapolis races under our belts now and we’re ready to go. It would be incredibly special to win at the Brickyard and to be the ones kissing the bricks at the end!”
Wayne Taylor Racing, however, return home to Indiana, a track that Ricky and Jordan Taylor know well, with both taking top six finishes at the Brickyard GP before.
“Indy is already a special racetrack, but going there as our team’s home race makes it even cooler. We had a good race there in our first attempt,” said Ricky. “I think we can show very well with a clean race. That first race there in 2012 was a very exciting day for us. There was a lot of carnage and everyone wanted to win the inaugural race at Indy.
“I expect us to be very strong again this year and it would be nice to be out front for the beginning of the race and control it from the front.”
Jordan is also looking forward to driving the track, which has been resurfaced and reconfigured since 2013. “The track has a few changes from the last time we raced there,” he said. “We’ve got a slightly different configuration and it’s been resurfaced on the infield. I always enjoy going to this race. I’ve always enjoyed driving on the track.
“It’s got mostly low-speed corners but it can make for a different challenge to get the lap time out of it. It offers a pretty big challenge to the engineer as you’re mostly in low-speed corners through the infield. Then it’s offset by the long front straight.”
The TUDOR Championship’s Brickyard GP takes place on Friday, and is live on IMSA.com in Europe.