The newly designed Corvette Daytona Prototype scored its first victory on Saturday at the GRAND-AM Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park. The No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP driven by Antonio Garcia and Richard Westbrook started at the pole and never looked back. This was Spirit of Daytona’s first victory in the Corvette DP class.
“You talk about a weekend of firsts,” Westbrook said. “First win for our team and the first win for Corvette DP, which is just incredible. We’ve come a long way since Daytona.
“It’s good to get the monkey off your back. It’s good for everyone. It’s good for morale to just to get that first victory out of the way.”
The No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance “Red Dragon” Corvette DP piloted by Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney finished in 2nd place just 2.15 seconds behind the leader. In third place was Memo Rojas and Scott Pruett in the No. 01 BMW/Riley Daytona Prototype.
The Alabama race also provided some Corvette DP vs Corvette DP drama. At the 1:45 mark, the No. 10 SunTrust Corvette DP driven by Max Angelelli failed to provide enough room on coming out of a turn to Darren Law in the No. 5 Action Express Corvette DP. The contact sent the Law off course and into a restraining wall. Law was able to return to the pits for a lengthy repair stop while Angelelli was penalized a Stop and Go for the incident.
In GT, it was the No. 70 SpeedSource Mazdaspeed Mazda RX-8 with Sylvain Tremblay and Jonathan Bomarito that finished first, followed by Jeff Segal and Emil Assentato in the No. 69 AIM Autosport Team FXDD Ferrari 458 Italia Grand Am. In third place was the No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche GT3 driven by Leh Keen and Andrew Davis.
The Autohaus Motorsports Camaro GT.R driven by Jordan Taylor and Paul Edwards finished 6th in the GT class.
Here are the highlights of the Porsche 250 from Barber Motorsports Park:
The Corvette Daytona Prototypes will be back in action April 27-29th at the Grand Prix of Miami at the Homestead Miami Speedway.
Sports Car Illustrated