Spirit of Daytona Racing announced today that Richard Westbrook will be joining the SDR driver line-up for the entire 2012 GRAND-AM series. Westbrook will be driving the #90 Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype along with returning Spirit of Daytona driver Antonio Garcia.
Westbrook has established himself as a standout in top-tier international sports car competition. He won the FIA GT2 championship in 2009, and scored podium finishes in 24-hour races at Le Mans (third in GT2) and Daytona (third overall) in 2010. A two-time Porsche Supercup champion (2006-07), Westbrook notched an ALMS GT2 victory at Road America in 2008.
“We are very excited to have Richard behind the wheel of our new Corvette. This is a very exciting time for Spirit of Daytona Racing” commented team owner Troy Flis.
“I'm delighted to have joined SDR for 2012. It's a very exciting time to be joining the GRAND-AM Championship with all the new cars and in particular the new corvette. We all know how good looking the car is but now we will work hard to make it a success on the track and I'm relishing the hard work that lies ahead.” stated Westbrook.
“Everyone at Spirit of Daytona racing is thrilled about Richard joining our team. We are working very hard to make sure that we perform at the highest level and are challenging for a Championship at the end of the year. Our focus now is to be prepared for the 50th anniversary of the Rolex 24 in a few weeks and to carry that momentum for the entire season” said Flis.
Richard Westbrook will begin the 2012 race season with Spirit of Daytona Racing at the official three-day test weekend, the Roar before the 24, scheduled for Jan. 6-8, on the 3.56 mile road course at Daytona International Speedway.