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Homestead, FL (October 9, 2009) – Spirit of Daytona Racing will start the final race of the 2009 Rolex Sports Car Series season from eighth on the Grand Prix of Miami grid after Buddy Rice set a fast lap time of 1:13.979-seconds in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Porsche-V8-powered Coyote in qualifying on Friday. Rice will open the two and a half hour event from behind the wheel before handing the machine over to fellow Rolex 24 at Daytona Champion Antonio Garcia to take to the finish.
The team has had good reason for optimism for a strong performance at the track, having shown well on the 2.3-mile oval-based road course in years past. The team will also be boosted by the appearance of a large contingent of Boy Scouts what will be on hand for the race.
The time is the fastest lap the car has done all weekend as the team continues to push the development program on the latest specification Coyote, equipped with Porsche-V8 power.
“We’ve improved a lot so far this weekend and I think the car is pretty good,” said Rice. “It is so much more drivable and comfortable to be in now than where we started out and we just keep learning more and more about the car. It is certainly the best it’s been this weekend, and if we have some long green flag runs I think we’ll be in good shape. We might not have the outright one-lap speed that some of the other guys have, but I think we can set a really good race pace tomorrow.”
“I think Buddy got everything he could out of the car today,” said team owner Troy Flis. “We’ve made some solid progress with the car so far this weekend and hopefully we can learn even more in the race. We were using this qualifying session as just another chance to try more with the car than to really go for a time, but its great that we were able to get the fastest lap of the weekend. Hopefully we can be easy on the tires and strong on the long runs and close out the year with a solid result to get 2010 started on the right foot.”
The Grand Prix of Miami is slated for a 1:00 PM green flag on October 10. The race will be carried live on SPEED.