Spirit of Daytona Secures Richard Westbrook For 2012 Season

Richard Westbrook will join Spirit of Daytona co-driver Antonio Garcia in the No. 90 Corvette Daytona Prototype in 2012.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Spirit of Daytona announced today that Richard Westbrook will be joining the team’s driver lineup for the entire 2012 Rolex Sports Car Series season. Westbrook will be driving the No. 90 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. He is also 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,” said 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,” added Westbrook. “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.”

“Everyone at Spirit of Daytona 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,” said Flis. “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.”

Richard Westbrook will begin the 2012 race season with Spirit of Daytona at the official three-day test weekend, the Roar Before the Rolex 24, scheduled for Jan. 6-8, on the 3.56-mile road course at Daytona International Speedway.

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