Spirit of Daytona Moves to Chevrolet

Spirit of Daytona Racing will have Chevrolet power in 2011 DP competition.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Following up on their most successful season to date in GRAND-AM Rolex SSports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 competition, Spirit of Daytona Racing is already busily preparing for even better things in 2011. Following a season that saw the No. 90 return to the podium and score 11 top ten finishes, the Daytona-based team is returning to their DP roots to partner with GM once again, pairing a Chevrolet V-8 powerplant with their Coyote chassis.

Spirit of Daytona has many ties to GM that make the partnership a logical choice. The engineering firm of Pratt & Miller, who was involved with the Coyote re-design and worked with Spirit of Daytona on a one-on-one basis last season, continues to work closely with GM. Full-time Spirit of Daytona No. 90 driver Antonio Garcia has ties of his own to the Chevrolet brand, having long been a GM factory Corvette team driver. Joining Garcia as a full-time driver for the 2011 season will be former Rolex Series GT Champion Paul Edwards.

Edwards is looking forward to making the move into DP competition.
“I have really enjoyed the past several years in the GT class and have learned a lot about the tracks, the DP cars and drivers,” Edwards said. “This represents a huge opportunity for me and I can’t say how excited I am to continue with GM as part of the Spirit of Daytona team. I know from my past experience with Chevrolet that we will have what we need in the power and drivability department. GM is making a strong effort to regain the title in 2011 and continue their impressive track record in the series. It will also be great to drive with Antonio Garcia – I know what a talented driver he is and look forward to learning as much as I can from him about the car and the series. Spirit of Daytona has everything needed to have a very strong season next year and I can’t wait to get started.”

The new powerplant developed by Earnhardt-Childress Racing is a 305-cubic inch Chevrolet V-8. The 5.0 liter engine produces 500 HP at 7100 RPMs. Mark Kent, Director of GM Racing, spoke on behalf of the company, saying, “We are excited that Spirit of Daytona Racing has chosen Chevrolet as their engine manufacturer of choice for next year. The talents of the Spirit of Daytona team and the performance and reliability of the Chevrolet small block V8 engine will be a great combination to compete for wins and championships.”

Spirit of Daytona owner and manager Troy Flis is ready for change, while noting the contributions of those who helped bring the No. 90 consistent top ten finishes in 2010.

“Last season was a real breakthrough for us and we had the most successful run in our DP history,” Flis said. “We can’t say enough about Ben Lozano and all that his group contributed to that level of success. We wish him the best as he continues his work on developing the Rolex 24 winning Porsche V8 with Action Express. Our move back to GM is a natural progression, given our history with them and our ongoing partnership with Pratt & Miller. We are all excited about the season ahead and will be ready to put Spirit of Daytona back in the winners circle in 2011.”
Spirit of Daytona will make put its new engine to its first test as the team travels to Virginia for the Rolex Series test days at VIR on October 19-20.

source Spirit of Daytona Racing

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