Spirit of Daytona Racing
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How does an IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship racer who was arguably the best in class in 2019 – and whose erstwhile engineer ranks him with two modern-day IndyCar legends – end up still seeking a ride for 2020 as we head into November? David Malsher makes the case for Richard Westbrook.
Tristan Vautier’s shunt in the Sebring 12 Hours has obliged Spirit of Daytona to skip the third round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, held on Toyota GP of Long Beach weekend.
Spirit of Daytona driver Tristan Vautier has admitted to the error that caused the polesitting #90 Cadillac to pound the wall on the exit of the final turn in yesterday’s Sebring 12 Hours.
Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jordan Taylor, defending winner at the Rolex 24 hours at Daytona, believes that within the Prototype class, 75 percent are potential race winners.
Spirit of Daytona Racing, most recently known as VisitFlorida.com Racing, is to revert to its original name and run a Cadillac DPi-V.R for Tristan Vautier and Matt McMurry in 2018.
Renger van der Zande, who won the previous round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Laguna Seca, continued his momentum at Road Atlanta this morning with fastest time around the 2.54-mile roadcourse.
Jonathan Bomarito will join last week’s IMSA Laguna Seca winners Marc Goossens and Renger van der Zande in the Visit Florida Racing Ligier-Gibson for the 10-hour Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
Porsche’s World Endurance champion Neel Jani edged Action Express Racing’s Cadillacs to take pole position for the 65th running of the Twelve Hours of Sebring, as Christian Fittipaldi ran out of fuel on his final flying lap.
VFR’s endurance-race “third man” Rene Rast says its Riley XXX will better suit Sebring than Daytona, although full-time driver Marc Goossens suggests a strong result in this weekend’s 12 Hours will be a result of reliability rather than pace.
Nearly the entirety of Hour 14 in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona was run under caution.
FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 ace Rene Rast has joined Visit Florida Racing for his first attempt at overall victory in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona next month.
2016 IMSA Prototype Challenge class champion Renger van der Zande has announced he will share the #90 Visit Florida Racing Gibson-powered Riley Technologies Mk XXX with Marc Goossens next season.
Olivier Pla put the Michael Shank Ligier on top for the fourth straight practice session at Petit Le Mans, as Ferrari 488s headed the GTLM class.
New IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud will join Action Express Racing for the WeatherTech Championship’s season finale at Road Atlanta next month, leading a host of IndyCar stars spread across two of IMSA’s classes.
Goossens will take the No. 90 Visit Florida Corvette DP for the traditional run up the hill that is the competition focal point for the event.
The seventh place result was a disappointing one for the Visit Florida Racing team after showing so much progress throughout the weekend at Chevy’s home track.
Marc Goossens put the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype on the front row for the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic.
The result, which seemed completely improbable at the start of the race, was a welcome return for a weekend full of hard work from the team.