The Spirit of Daytona (SOD) Corvette Prototype team recently held an open house in the spacious Daytona Beach, Florida, facility it shares with NASCAR K&N Pro Series outfit Ben Kennedy Racing. Two of the team’s race vehicles were on hand for the event, as were drivers Antonio Garcia and Richard Westbrook, who signed autographs and chatted with fans. SOD team owner Troy Flis and his media-manager wife, Michelle, meanwhile, answered questions about the upcoming season.
Ricky Taylor will join Westbrook as the second team driver for the 2013 Grand-Am season, while Garcia will serve as the third driver in the Rolex 24-hour and Watkins Glen six-hour races. A second Daytona Prototype Corvette will also be added to the team, to serve as a backup for the No. 90 car that ran last year. The new DP Vette was displayed in the GM booth at last fall’s SEMA and PRI trade shows, and both SOD race cars were available for up-close inspection at the open-house event.
Michelle Flis told Team VETTE that the cars would receive minor aero and suspension adjustments ahead of the new season. The team was already very competitive last year, finishing First overall at Barber Motorsports Park, Mid-Ohio, and Laguna Seca, and taking Second Place at Lime Rock Park. These performance changes should help keep the SOD Vettes near the front of the field in 2013. vette