Daytona Beach, Fla. (27 June 2013) – Spirit of Daytona Racing will be back in action this weekend as the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series heads to upstate New York to visit historic Watkins Glen International for the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen and Round 7 of the 2013 championship. The 32nd running of the Six Hours at the Glen also marks the second installment for the North American Endurance Championship presented by VISITFLORIDA.COM.
Ricky Taylor and Richard Westbrook, who scored their best finish of third earlier this season at Barber Motorsports Park, will share driving duties in the No. 90 VISITFLORIDA.com Corvette DP along with a familiar face in the Spirit of Daytona camp as Antonio Garcia returns to race with the squad this weekend. Garcia scored a podium finish with the team at Watkins Glen with Buddy Rice in the 2010 6 Hour race.
All three pilots have kept a busy schedule since the previous round at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, as the drivers traveled to France to compete in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans. Taylor co-drove the No. 50 Corvette with Patrick Bornhauser and Julien Canal with the trio finishing fifth in the GTE-Am division. Westbrook teamed with Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner in the No. 74 Corvette to finish seventh in the GTE-Pro category.
The trio will target victory with the No. 90 VISITFLORIDA Corvette DP in Sunday’s six hour race as Spirit of Daytona Racing looks to turn its racing luck around as the championship momentum kicks up through the second half of the season. The team is currently sixth in the championship and has shown strong pace all season long. The group had a very promising outing with Westbrook and Taylor leading a race-high 53 laps at Mid-Ohio but a series of late race calamities cost the duo a shot at a win as the No. 90 VISITFLORIDA entry came home ninth.
Taylor claimed victory in the Sahlen’s 6 Hour event while driving for SunTrust Racing in 2011 after having first started the race from the pole at the 3.4-mile road course.
“The result that we came out of Mid-Ohio with wasn’t at all what we were shooting for, but the big thing was that we feel like we’ve turned a bit of a corner on this season pace-wise,” said team owner Troy Flis. “I think Ricky and Richard are working really well together. Even though it was too bad that we weren’t able to close the day out as strongly as we opened it at Mid-Ohio, I think we are going into the Glen with some confidence so we are very much looking forward to it.”
The weekend opens with official practice on Friday. Qualifying is set for Saturday morning with the green flag to wave for the race Sunday morning at 11:00 AM (ET).
SPEED will carry live flag-to-flag coverage of the event. Living timing and scoring is available throughout the weekend at www.grand-am.com.